Empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators through free workshops and mentoring
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The Institute for Entrepreneurship is proud to support students from every college at CSU.

The College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship serves as a hub for innovation, taking a zero-barriers approach entrepreneurship by offering free workshops open to all students at CSU.  We also facilitate connections with established business leaders and strategic partners in order to validate, incubate, and accelerate University-wide startups.

Have a business idea? Don't wait!

Being an entrepreneur can be a daunting task. Building a startup from scratch requires persistence, collaboration and the drive to take on the unexpected. But, with those challenges comes the independence to work on exciting new ideas and create successful businesses that will improve people’s lives.

Our Venture Validator workshop is the perfect way to kick-start your entrepreneurial journey. Students have the opportunity to test out their business ideas with the guidance of experienced coaches and mentors.

Join us for the next Venture Validator!

11/10/2020 5:15 PM - 11/19/2020 7:00 PM
Providing early stage startup assistance, mentorship and market validation

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Our Programs

Venture Validator

The Venture Validator provides early stage startup assistance and mentorship, as well as market and idea validation. Participants gain experience by testing out a business hypothesis, performing customer discovery, developing minimum viable products, creating a business model canvas, and pitching their ideas.

11/10/2020 5:15 PM - 11/19/2020 7:00 PM

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Venture Jump Start

The Venture Jump Start is a six-week workshop series where entrepreneurs come together once per week from across CSU and the broader community to learn about – and take – the concrete steps needed to begin their business operations.

10/5/2020 12:00 PM - 10/22/2020 1:30 PM

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Venture RAMS

Venture RAMS helps propel the entrepreneurial success of validated business ideas by offering mentorship opportunities, presentation practice, and startup goal tracking. Venture RAMS teams also have great opportunities to make industry connections, secure office space, and take part in pitch competitions to gain visibility and funding.

Venture Works

Venture Works is a startup-focused workshop to help grow students' existing ventures and introduce new entrepreneurial skill sets. Students gain hands-on training in high impact entrepreneurship, explore business resources and tools, utilize design thinking and lean agile models, and more!

Entrepreneurship Ambassadors

The Venture RAMS Student Ambassador program is designed to catalyze the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at CSU. Our Ambassadors build excitement around entrepreneurial programming across campus and raise student awareness within their colleges.

Reach out to become an ambassador: bizventurerams@colostate.edu

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend: Music & Beer Innovation provides the opportunity for students and community members to connect and experience the startup process through hackathon activities in idea development, prototyping, business model creation, and pitching.

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Become a Mentor

Mentors with the Institute for Entrepreneurship give back by providing students with the business and industry guidance they wish they'd received as new entrepreneurs. We are always looking for mentors, advisers, and coaches who have time and advice to share. This is an enormous opportunity to make a positive impact on students and to network with real CSU entrepreneurial talent. 

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Venture Guru

Our Venture Gurus are domain experts with limited time that want to give back at ad-hoc engagements in an impactful and meaningful way.

Venture Advisor

Our Venture Advisors are experienced experts with flexible availability that want to give back by working directly with students on an as needed basis.

Venture Mentor

Our Venture Mentors are entrepreneurial and business experts with invested availability that want to engage in ongoing mentorship of CSU startup teams.

Our Community Partners

CSU Ventures logoCity of Fort Collins logo CVMBS logoLarmier Small Business Development Center logoDefy logo
Energy Institute logoInnosphere logo LEAP logoThe Music District logo
Nancy Richardson Design Center logoOtterBox logoOttercares logo Poudre School District logo
Poudre River Public Library logo SAGE logo venturewell logoWalter Scott College of Engineering logo
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