Pitch your start-up idea for a shot at the $5,000 1st place cash prize!

Throughout a new venture’s journey as a start-up, aspiring entrepreneurs will undoubtedly pitch their idea to countless stakeholders with the future of their companies on the line. The Institute for Entrepreneurship Venture RAMS Business Showcase provides start-up founders with the experience and exposure to present their businesses effectively, no matter what stage of the process they are in.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply and will have the opportunity to fine-tune their ideas and presentations through I4E programming and coaching. Finalists will get five minutes to pitch their idea in front of a panel of esteemed entrepreneur judges, while also facilitating a five-minute Q&A session. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling over $12,000.

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Innovate CSU Day

Innovate CSU Day brings together two flagship events – Demo Day, hosted by CSU STRATA, and the Venture RAMS Business Showcase, hosted by the CSU College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship. This is a day that welcomes faculty, staff, students, alumni, business professionals, and entrepreneurs to engage with local emerging companies, researchers, and visionaries within and around the community. Both CSU STRATA and the Institute for Entrepreneurship partner to offer resources for students, faculty and the greater community at any step of the entrepreneurial journey while leveraging innovation to make a real-world difference.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
11:00AM - 6:30PM
CSU Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom


11:00AM – 1:00PM Demo Day Poster Showcase

1:00PM – 2:00PM Networking

2:00PM – 3:00PM Demo Day Awards

3:00PM – 3:30PM Keynote

3:30PM – 4:45PM Networking Happy Hour

4:45PM – 6:30PM Venture RAMS Business Showcase

Reach out to Rachel Roberts or Aubrey Kruse with any questions.

Cash Prizes

This program is designed for students to build confidence, refine their pitch deck, sharpen their pitching skills and provide new companies a coaching and constructive environment to prepare their ventures for life beyond Colorado State University.

Cash Prizes Include:

  • 1st Place $5,000
  • 2nd Place $3,000
  • 3rd Place $1,500
  • Hime's People’s Choice Award $1,500
  • Michael Best Business for a Better World Award $1,000
  • Temple Grandin Impact Award $500 

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Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom