Explore the latest news about Venture Partners at CU Boulder and keep up to date on the impact CU's startups and technologies are making.

A small robot that looks something like a spider

Tiny, shape-shifting robot can squish itself into tight spaces

Aug. 30, 2023

CU Boulder Today—The Compliant Legged Articulated Robotic Insect (CLARI) comes from a team of engineers at CU Boulder. The little, squishable robot that can passively change its shape to squeeze through narrow gaps—with a bit of inspiration from the world of bugs. Ultimately, the team wants to develop shape-changing robots that can move through a complex, natural space—in which the machines will need to bounce off obstacles like trees or even blades of grass or push through the cracks between rocks and keep going.

Doctoral student Justin Tran, Professor Al Weimer and Research Associate Kent Warren

CU Boulder develops new method to produce clean fuel

Aug. 28, 2023

Daily Camera—CU Boulder researchers have created a new method to produce clean fuel that could someday give consumers a more environmentally friendly option at the gas pump. In addition to transportation, the new method could open doors to clean and sustainable energy sources for industries, including steelmaking and ammonia production.

Cascade's co-founders: Alex Rosay (CEO, left) and James Weltz (CSO, right)

Cascade Biocatalysts secures $2.6 M to scale enzymes for biomanufacturing

Aug. 22, 2023

Business Wire—Cascade Biocatalysts (formerly Rigid Biotech), a CU Boulder startup and biomanufacturing company catalyzing green chemistry, raised an oversubscribed $2.6 million pre-seed. Cascade aims to use the raised funds to scale its impact from the lab bench to pilot scale and support its initial wave of customers.

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CO-WY Engine chosen as finalist in new NSF innovation competition

Aug. 17, 2023

Research & Innovation Office—CU Boulder is a founding partner of the CO-WY Engine, one of 16 finalists for the National Science Foundation’s inaugural “NSF Regional Innovation Engines” competition, which could net winners $160 million over 10 years.

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New deep tech startup creator Embark announces first cohort of entrepreneurs

Aug. 9, 2023

The Embark Deep Tech Startup Creator at Venture Partners at CU Boulder has officially launched its first Embark Entrepreneurs in Residence cohort. Embark aims to connect business minds outside the university with breakthrough inventions emerging from CU Boulder's research labs to bring them to market and unleash the full impact of CU Boulder's research into the world.

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Talking Tech Transfer with CU Boulder's Bryn Rees

Aug. 4, 2023

Talking Tech Transfer—In this weekly interview series featuring global thought leaders in technology transfer, host Thierry Heles, editor of Global University Venturing, interviews Bryn Rees, associate vice chancellor for research and innovation and managing director for Venture Partners at CU Boulder.

CO-WY Engine

CU Boulder partners on CO-WY Engine named finalist in NSF Regional Innovation Competition

Aug. 4, 2023

Innosphere Ventures—CU Boulder is one of the partner universities in the Colorado-Wyoming Engine proposal, a finalist in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Regional Innovation Engines competition. The proposal aims to address climate solutions and community resiliency, competing for up to $160 million in funding over the next ten years.

Prosthetic hand

Breakthrough prosthetic fingers revolutionize the lives of amputees

July 30, 2023

Cyberguy—CU Boulder startup Point Designs is working to help the healthcare industry through cutting-edge technology in the form of finger prosthetics. The team at Point Designs is combining clinical care with innovative additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, to give hope to people who have received medical denials in the past when it comes to missing fingers or hands.

Eat Meati box in a Whole Foods basket

Meati Foods teams up with Whole Foods to launch its plant-based products nationwide

July 28, 2023

Denver Post—Meati Foods, a Boulder-based producer of plant-based meat alternatives and CU Boulder spinout, is expanding its commercial reach by selling to Whole Foods Markets across the country.

Illustration of explorers in a purple and blue cave

SomaLogic partners with Dante Genomics to enhance clinical and research adoption of proteomics in Europe

July 24, 2023

BioSpace—SomaLogic, a leader in data-driven proteomics technology and CU Boulder spinout, today announced its partnership with Dante Genomics, a global leader in genomics and precision medicine, to offer a comprehensive solution for proteomics testing at scale in Europe. Dante will be the first SomaLogic-authorized site in Italy.