Your big idea is ready to be put into action. But, how to you get to the next step?

You’ve done the work to get things started, you’ve polished your business plan, identified your customers, and so much more. Now, whether you went through our Venture Validator or have a business on the brink of making bank, this is where the fun really begins: we’re going to help you make it happen.

What is the Venture Jump Start?

A Venture Jump Start session
Jump Start students take part in a session in the College of Business Venture Lounge in North Rockwell

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.

The workshops are focused on providing the tools entrepreneurs need to succeed, whether that’s pre-built financial templates, industry connections, or an encouraging community here to help you navigate the complexities of launching a new business. We even have a therapy dog, Mr. Murphy, to help us get through the rough spots! There will be an optional seventh week session on company formation and exits.

What will you learn?

  • Applying your market validation research to your business
  • Which type of incorporation makes sense for you
  • How to implement a successful business plan
  • Creating financial projections and applying accounting best practices
  • Human resources for the early stage company
  • Go-to-market strategies and building your entry plan
  • Growing your business through effective marketing
  • Understanding exits: operate or sell

What should I bring?

  • Your curiosity
  • Your laptop
  • Microsoft Excel Pst, don't worry! It's only for one session and we'll have Mr. Murphy!

Who is the instructor?

Instructor Bill Cobb
Venture Jump Start instructor Bill Cobb

Workshops are led by William R. (Bill) Cobb, a prolific business leader and longstanding Institute mentor who has held executive positions across the telecommunications industry, working with large corporations and startups alike.

In addition to his corporate assignments, Bill has served as a member of the Colorado Commission for Space Science and Industry and has held multiple roles as both an officer and as a board member for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He currently volunteers as a business coach for the Northern Colorado entrepreneurial community. Bill is also the author of “Targeted Tactics – Transforming Strategy into Measurable Results,” and co-author with M. L. Johnson, Ed.D., Ph.D. of “Business Alchemy: Turning Ideas into Gold.”.

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Where does it take place?

All of the Venture Jump Start workshops take place on the first floor of Rockwell North in the Venture Lounge.

The Venture Lounge is located in Rockwell West, 638 South Sherwood Street, Fort Collins, Colorado