From pitch to launch in 24 hours!

What is Venture Invent?

A student presents his business idea during an Institute for Entrepreneurship pitch competition.CSU business students talk through their startup ideas during an Institute for Entrepreneurship business pitch competition in Fort Collins.

Venture Invent is a free, hands-on, 24-hour entrepreneurship experience hosted by CSU’s College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship. Venture Invent is designed for students from any discipline across CSU who dream of launching their own startup and want to learn how to make a creative idea a business reality. 

Students will also join a network of passionate entrepreneurs and connect with leaders in the local business community.

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It all starts with your big idea!

Venture Invent is the first step in the Institute for Entrepreneurship’s Venture Development Platform, which brings together our network of entrepreneurs, extracurricular programs, academics, and funding opportunities to support CSU students in their efforts to build viable startups.

Completing Venture Invent qualifies you to participate in Venture Validator – a series of four weekly sessions that starts on September 18 – where students take their new business ideas and put them to the test, refining concepts and preparing for launch with the help of seasoned mentors.

When does it take place?

Venture Invent takes place over two days, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 14 and wrapping up at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. Visit the registration page for more details.

What does registration include?

With your registration, you’ll be fully immersed in an entrepreneurial environment that includes:

  • One-on-one access and time with experienced business mentors
  • 4 meals throughout the course of the two-day program
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume!

And the winner is …

On the second day of the program, student teams will gain valuable experience pitching their venture ideas to an expert panel of judges.




CSU College of Business, Bohemian Auditorium