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.

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Virridy receives $2M for Africa and USA freshwater carbon projects

May 31, 2023

Virridy Carbon LLC—M. A. Mortenson Companies Inc. signed a carbon credit pre-purchase agreement with Virridy, a CU Boulder spinout, to enable programs in Rwanda, Kenya and the USA. The deal will ensure the emissions avoidance of at least 50,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent.

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In second year, deep tech accelerator advances CU startups

May 26, 2023

As the deep tech startup scene rapidly grows, the Ascent Deep Tech Accelerator, created by Venture Partners at CU Boulder, helps founders move past sticking points to hit critical milestones in transitioning their technologies from lab to marketplace.

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CU Boulder spinout Ayar Labs gets AI funding boost

May 24, 2023

Reuters—Ayar Labs, a CU Boulder spinout, raised another $25 million after its latest funding round closed, as demand has increased for faster, more energy-efficient computing for artificial intelligence applications. The funding will be used to accelerate the commercialization of Ayar Labs' silicon photonics technology, which uses light instead of electricity to transfer data between chips or servers.

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OnKure Therapeutics announces $54M Series C financing

May 23, 2023

BizWeist—OnKure, a CU Boulder spinout, is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of best-in-class precision medicines that target biologically validated drivers of cancer.

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NIST team demonstrates novel way to convert heat to electricity

May 19, 2023

NIST—Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and CU Boulder have fabricated a novel device that could dramatically boost the conversion of heat into electricity. If perfected, the technology could help recoup some of the recoverable heat energy that is wasted in the U.S. at a rate...

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University of Colorado soars into top five for launching startups

May 18, 2023

The University of Colorado is a national leader in startup creation with a growing suite of entrepreneurial resources giving innovative researchers opportunities to spin ideas into businesses.

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Two CU Boulder startups named in BizWest 2023 IQ Award

May 18, 2023

BizWest—BizWest has announced the winners of its 2023 IQ Awards, which honor the “innovation quotient” among companies in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado. This year's winners include CU Boulder startups Goodie Bag Food Co. and Prometheus Materials Inc.

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'One-of-a-kind' project: Sustainable artificial muscles could enable life-like movement in robots

April 24, 2023

Interesting Engineering—The primary goal of soft robotics is to achieve smooth and complex movement by mimicking the locomotion of soft bodies found in the environment. Researchers at CU Boulder and CU Boulder startup Artimus Robotics are leading innovation with a new type of "artificial muscle" to enable life-like movements.


New Iridium awarded $1M NSF SBIR Phase II grant

April 24, 2023

New Iridium—New Iridium was awarded $1M NSF SBIR Phase II grant to advance its photocatalysis platform to produce low-carbon chemicals at a lower cost the today’s incumbent processes.

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CU Boulder spinout Solid Power is building a better battery for consumers and the climate

April 24, 2023

In taking its technology from the lab to the streets, Solid Power is changing how electric vehicles run with less expensive, more efficient and safer battery technology.