The University of Colorado – Boulder New Venture Challenge (“CU NVC”) finishes its seventh season next Tuesday, April 21st at the Wittemyer Courtroom in the Wolf Law building on the University of Colorado campus. The CU NVC is not only the premiere entrepreneurship competition on-campus, but also the go-to platform of entrepreneurial resources for staff, students, and faculty to get exposure and try out the entrepreneurial game. The program is made possible by a cross-campus collection of stakeholders including the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, the ATLAS Institute, BioFrontiers, the CU Tech Transfer Office, the Center for Education on Social Responsibility, and departments such as Computer Science, Engineering & Applied Science, the College of Music, and the law school. The program’s year-long schedule includes cross-campus events to help teams refine their ability to pitch, perfect their business model, and connect with other entrepreneurial minded members of the university. Additionally, the CU NVC is underpinned by its fantastic network of mentors, which has often been dubbed the “secret sauce” of the program.
This Tuesday’s event features five of the top business ideas coming out of CU-Boulder: Revolar, a company that has created a small wearable security device; Blue Star Medical Devices, whose specially designed cold cap helps mitigate the hair-loss effects from chemotherapy; Antigua Brewing Company, whose pilot program in Guatemala includes the building of craft brewery and a water purification plant to support the local residents; TENOR, a company that has devised a platform for managing emotion; and NuBru Coffee, which makes a cold-brewed coffee that is less acidic than the common cup of joe and already featured on stores such as Whole Foods. Teams will pitch their ideas in front of an esteemed panel of judges that includes Tim Miller, the CEO of Rally Software; David St. John-Larkin, a partner at Perkins-Coie; Stephanie Copeland, the President of zColo at the Zayo Group; and Reju Ravilochan, the CEO and Co-Founder at the Unreasonable Institute.