We inspire, guide, and connect the next generation of entrepreneurs. This is where CSU businesses are born.
A hub for innovation, the Institute for Entrepreneurship helps Colorado State University students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and launch businesses.
We support hundreds of students across the University each year. Alumni from our entrepreneurship programs have raised millions of dollars in external funding, and 50 percent of student ventures are still in business. These successful companies include Stuff n' Mallows, Fargreen, Living Ink Technologies, monkii bars, and more.
Meet Our Director
Leading the Institute for Entrepreneurship is Scott Shrake, Ph.D. Scott is an entrepreneur and talented teacher who has vast experience building entrepreneurial-related educational programs, connecting business and engineering initiatives, engaging with corporate partners, and managing large networks of mentors and donors.
Scott is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering. He joins us from Arizona State University where he served as executive director of entrepreneurial advancement and was a faculty member of the Fulton Schools of Engineering. Please visit Scott's LinkedIn profile if you'd like to know more about his experience.
A business idea is just an idea until it's launched. Our experienced faculty, staff, and mentors provide a supportive environment for budding entrepreneurs to make their dream a reality. Our students have benefited from taking part in programs such as StartUp Weekend, Demo Day, and Venture Accelerator, which provide them hands-on opportunities for exploring and developing ideas, creating a business model, and launching and pitching their venture.
We proudly support CSU's academic programs and student leadership opportunities that hone innovative thinking. Students can grow and refine their entrepreneurial mindset by taking for-credit entrepreneurship classes, earning an entrepreneurship certificate, joining the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program, or taking part in a student organization such as the Entrepreneurship Club, Net Impact Club, or CSU Startup Club.
Our students benefit from the strong, collaborative partnerships we’ve established across campus and throughout Colorado. Leveraging the innovative nature of a leading research university, we connect budding entrepreneurs with veteran business owners and industry experts who share an enterprising vision.
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Mentors with the Institute for Entrepreneurship give back by providing students with the 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 entrepreneurial talent. Please reach out to us if you're curious or interested in joining us.