How Colorado University helps students build the next generation of startups

An overview of the entrepreneurship opportunities offered by Colorado University Boulder.

Pre-accelerator program

Students and faculty can take part in a semester-long program that offers a preparation track for people with ideas that want to turn their idea into a real business.

  1. Company creation and development
    During this phase the mentorship really begins, combined with a series of workshops to help the startups progress as quickly as possible and tackle any pain points that the startups experience.
  2. Competitions
    The pre-accelerator program ends with a series of pitch events, where the startups are brought in contact with different audiences, depending on the category their company falls under. This all ends in a big Oscars-like party, where the startup that did the most for the community is awarded a price.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged

Organised by Silicon Flatirons, every month the Colorado Law University invites a serial entrepreneur to tell his or her story to a group of students (and the public, it’s open for everyone!) for about an hour, and discuss any interesting problems or experiences they had in the past.

Spark Boulder Co-Working Space

Set up by Fletcher Richman in 2013, Spark is a co-working space in Boulder created by & for students. Currently, there are more than 35 companies residing here, of which about 30 are companies of students from CU.

Startup summer

During the summer, CU connects students, including students from other states, to local companies for summer internships. If the students are interested in exploring entrepreneurship opportunities, they are offered the possibility to work as an intern during the day, and work on their own startups in the evening and participate in startup events.

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