At CU, we believe in driving global change together, and the Presidential Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative aims to align and optimize resources—in an inclusive, multidisciplinary understanding—to reach across traditional silos and facilitate collaboration. Explore resources available by campus below: 

CU Boulder Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Explore the many entrepreneurship and innovation programs and resources in our interactive guided at CU Boulder at

  • ASSETT Innovation Incubator—Engaging teams of faculty, undergraduate students and staff from the College of Arts and Sciences in cycles of design thinking to develop innovative education technology projects
  • Atlas Institute—Home to research and academic programs transcending disciplinary structures of engineering, design, science and art to inspire new realms of invention
  • Creative Distillation Research Podcast — Creative Distillation is co-hosted by the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship's Research Director Jeff York and Faculty Director Brad Werner. Each episode distills entrepreneurship research into actionable insights
  • Deming Center for Entrepreneurship—A one-stop shop for students, staff, faculty and community members interested in entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Center for Music—Equipping today’s music students with the skills and tools they need to create sustainable careers in the arts
  • Idea Forge— A cross-disciplinary prototyping facility where students can design, build and test solutions to meet societal needs
  • Integrated Teaching & Learning Program—A workspace offering workshops, resources and high-end equipment open to engineering and non-engineering students, staff and faculty use
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Mentor Network—CU Boulder's entrepreneurial mentor network supports innovative activity on campus led by students, faculty and staff
  • New Venture Challenge (NVC)—Connecting the CU Boulder campus with the Boulder community to develop innovative ideas and pitch for up to $50,000 in venture funding
  • Silicon Flatirons — Propelling the future of technology policy and innovation
  • Startups2Students — A mini job fair that brings entrepreneurially-minded CU Boulder students and local Front Range startups together with a twist
  • Venture Partners at CU Boulder—The commercialization arm of CU Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver (Physical Sciences) campuses with support for beginning through growing ventures based on university-owned IP


Undergraduate, Graduate, and Faculty

  • Bachelor of Innovation — An interdisciplinary undergraduate program that combines the traditional degree curriculum with practical innovation and entrepreneurship training
  • EPIIC Community Events — Incubator to support economic development of Colorado Springs
  • Venture AttractorTM — Incubator for early-stage startups in the sports and outdoors, health innovation, and human performance sectors

Undergraduate & Graduate

  • Center for Entrepreneurship — Promotes entrepreneurship in the Southern Colorado region through its research, teaching and service activities
  • Student Research Center — Prepare and support undergraduate and graduate student researchers and faculty mentors
  • The Garage —  A student entrepreneurship center

CU Denver

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Faculty

  • Bioengineering — Academic department that provides opportunities for engineering students and researchers to work directly on a world-class medical campus
  • Grand Challenges — Interdisciplinary, applied research competition
  • Inworks Innovation Initiative — Two state-of-the-art prototyping labs and a collaborative community for creators, thinkers, designers, and makers
  • Imaginator Academy — Projects and research focused on reimagining the future of work
  • Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship — Entrepreneurship-focused resource center and academic department at the CU Denver Business School that offers an MS, BSBA, MBA specialization, and certificates in entrepreneurship; extracurricular programs; events; workshops; and more
  • Open Innovation District — Serving as the anchor institution in downtown Denver to fuel inclusive innovation, collaboration, sustainability, and economic growth for Denver and Colorado

Undergraduate & Graduate

  • Grand Challenges — Interdisciplinary, applied research competition
  • Smart Cities Future Lab — Incubator and accelerator focused on inclusive solutions for smart cities
  • Student Research Center — Providing jobs, resources, and grants for CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus, undergraduate researchers
  • THE CLIMB — An annual pitch competition and event series open to Colorado collegiate teams competing for a $10,000 first-prize
  • The Rutt Bridges Venture Fund — An early stage, micro-investment fund operated by a cross-disciplinary team of CU Denver students

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Graduate, and Faculty

  • Academia Industry Alliance — Strives to foster connections among entrepreneurs, scientists, technology professionals, and businesses
  • Ask the Expert — Monthly luncheon interviews with innovation experts
  • Brews and Biotech — Informal networking with local business leaders
  • Center for BioEngineering — The Center uniquely offers engineering students and researchers direct opportunities on a world-class medical campus
  • Center for Innovation — Children's Hospital Colorado (Resources and services supporting innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Chancellor's Discovery and Innovation Fund — Milestone-based funding program supporting healthcare technologies
  • Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute - CCTSI — Facilitates the formation of future-focused research teams, accelerates the development of new treatments and enhances human health
  • CU Healthcare Innovation Fund — Venture capital fund investing in series A & B companies out of CU Anschutz
  • CU Innovations — Unites industry partners, entrepreneurs, and investors to support CU Researchers in creating global biomedical technology for enhanced quality of life
  • Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) — Healthcare Advisors are experienced entrepreneurs, executives, and healthcare experts who can mentor campus innovators
  • Fitzsimmons Innovation Community — Cutting-edge lab space where health and life sciences companies elevate their research to cure diseases, save lives and enhance care
  • Gates Grubstake Award — Funding supported by CU Innovations and Gates Institute offered to CU Anschutz investigators or external collaborators to advance cell and gene therapies along with regenerative medicine technologies
  • ICorps@CCTSI — 3-week course guiding researchers through idea generation to market application
  • Innovation Hub — A database of preferred service providers offered to researchers to help support their startup
  • mHealth Impact Lab — An incubator for cutting-edge health technology and disease management initiatives within the Colorado School of Public Health
  • Mental Health Innovation Center — Exploring bold, scalable solutions beyond today's mental healthcare system
  • Research Studio — Roundtable clinical and translational research discussions
  • SPARK/REACH — Funding and educational program supporting inventors in the commercialization process
  • Startup Toolbox — Microgrant program providing startup services guidance
  • The CARE Innovation Center — Provides a comprehensive suite of resources and services aimed at transforming healthcare through collaboration with industry leaders and startups
  • Center for Drug Discovery — Exclusively dedicated to minimizing the time and cost of screening new drugs and therapies
  • 360 Podcast — Features stories about the innovative, and often ground-breaking, work being conducted by the faculty, staff, and students at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

CU Systems Wide Programs

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Faculty

  • AB Nexus — Research collaborations between the University of Colorado Anschutz and Boulder


  • CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards — Acknowledging the innovative ideas from CU employees that contribute to saving the University time, money, and minimizing hassles.