Here is an outline of the main events we produce and a short description of them.
Shortly after the fall semester begins, we hold a retreat to inspire entrepreneurship and introduce the new graduate students to other students, faculty, alumni, and the community. The afternoon is filled with panels, speakers, lunch, breakout sessions, a keynote, and a cocktail hour.
StartupCU Pitch & Learn (StartupCU.com)
This monthly event consists of an entrepreneurial how-to and a couple business pitch-and-feedback sessions. The goal is to connect student entrepreneurs to other students and the community.
Twice a year we invite an experienced and successful entrepreneur to share his/her story, successes, failures, and advice. Lunch is provided.
Design Workshop (Jan ’13)
Dave Underwood, from CU’s office of OIT, leads an hour long workshop about the fundamentals of design.
Reverse Business Plan Compeititon (Feb ’13)
We’ll start with b-plan training, which will be followed by a competition to judge two plans currently seeking angel funding. We’ll then compare our ratings to that of the experts, and the student who is closest will get to attend an investor meeting with the Rocky Mountain Venture Club.
Entrepreneurial Trek (2013,2012,2011, 2010, 2009)
This annual event takes 12-14 students on a tour of businesses from startup (Path, Scan.me) to IPO and beyond (Google, Zenga) in some of the nation’s entrepreneurial hotspots. This coming year, instead of touring Silicon Valley, we may try Boston or New York.
Angel Pitch (Apr ’13)
What happens when you get 6 actively investing angels in a room with students pitching their innovative business ideas? Let’s find out! Hopefully, student startups get funded. Regardless, it will be a good experience for students, alumni, community, and Angels.