The University of Colorado is holding a campus wide business plan competition called the CU New Venture Challenge (CUNVC).
The CU NVC is a cross-campus collaboration consisting of workshops, crash courses, and other networking events leading up to a final business plan/new venture challenge in the spring. The CU NVC is designed to encourage entrepreneurship at the University, facilitate cross collaboration across the various disciplines and in the community, and foster a supportive environment for the creation of viable startups to emerge from CU and the surrounding areas. The buildup to the actual competition has included the successful “Entrepreneurs’ Unplugged series,” free introductory business workshops by the Leeds Business School’s Deming Center and Silicon Flatirons Center’s crash courses on entrepreneurship and will culminate in a business plan/new venture competition during CU’s Entrepreneurship Week from April 13-17, 2009. The winning team of the CU New Venture Challenge will receive a monetary prize along with expert advice and consultation from investors, legal counsel, and financial advisors on how to launch their idea and make their creative visions a reality.
Things kick off with a “Pitch Day” where the goal is to share possible ideas for submission and find possible partners. It’s happening November 6th at 6pm at CU’s Discovery Learning Center.
Anyone can enter the campus wide business plan competition as long as at least one member of the team who has a significant role is a CU ID holder. Learn more about Pitch Day and the New Venture Challenge here.