If you’d like to see what the student start-up scene is like in Boulder, check out the Third Annual CU New Venture Challenge Championships on the evening of Thursday, March 10th in the Wolf Law Building on campus. Supported by Silicon Flatirons and several other academic partners, this campus-wide business plan competition encourages students from different disciplines to come together and form a team that includes many different areas of expertise, from law to engineering. Teams are mentored by local business leaders in a similar system to the TechStars model, encouraging a stronger connection between the campus and the community.
Final business plan presentations begin in the Courtroom at 5:30pm with a job fair beforehand at 4pm in the law school café featuring local start-ups such as Next Big Sound, Power Tagging, and more. In addition to the winning teams, the event will feature recognition of several successful CU graduates who have gone on to start their own companies like Sarah Schupp of University Parent and Nathan Seidle of SparkFun. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.
Last year’s winner was strEATchefs, the popular gourmet food trailer inspired by Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg, and many past participants who may not have won any official prizes or even decided not to formally compete ended up becoming very actively involved with entrepreneurship in Boulder, such as Everlater going on to participate in TechStars.
This will be a great showcase event highlighting how entrepreneurship at the university is connected with Boulder’s exciting start-up scene. Register here: http://cunvcfinals.eventbrite.com/