Empowering entrepreneurs and innovators through free programming and mentorship
The Institute for Entrepreneurship serves as a hub for innovation, taking a zero-barriers approach to entrepreneurship by offering free programming open to all CSU affiliates and Colorado community members. Our three stage Venture Development Platform gives you all the tools you need to get your idea to market. This programming and others are designed to help launch successful ventures as well as build an entrepreneurial mindset in all of our program participants. The institute also facilitates connections with established business leaders and strategic partners in order to validate, incubate, and accelerate your startup.
Driving Innovation. Scaling Impact.
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"Last year I invested in a $5,000 year-long coaching program to help me grow and scale my business. I attended every Venture Validator lecture and learned more in those few short weeks than I did in an entire year in my $5,000 program. It was the first program I ever participated in where I felt like I was getting truly actionable steps to move me and my business forward."
- Heather C. (Venture Validator 1.0, Cohort 22)
Venture Development Pathway
Stage 1- Venture Validator 1.0
Venture Validator 1.0 is the starting blocks for your entrepreneurial venture. This cohort-based program takes you through all the steps to get your venture off the ground and figure out if there’s a real opportunity there.
Stage 2- Venture Validator 2.0
Venture Validator 2.0 is a continuation of your customer discovery journey from the Venture Validator 1.0 and explores the second half of the business model canvas to deep dive if there is a market opportunity.
Stage 3 – Venture Jumpstart
The Venture Jumpstart is all about getting your venture to market. This is a six-week program where entrepreneurs learn about – and take – the concrete steps needed to begin their business operations.
Stage 4 – Venture Rams
After successful completion of Venture Validator and Venture Jumpstart, our ventures have the opportunity to become part of the Venture RAMS mentorship program.
Learn more about these programs and others on our Programs page.
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