NEW EVENTS FOR NVC TEAMS!
10 Things to Screw Your Company with Jason Mendelson of Foundry GroupAs an entrepreneur, you're working your butt off to make an awesome startup, but there are 10 common things that many entrepreneurs make (even experienced ones) that will literally screw them down the road. Wouldn't it be nice to learn from the mistakes of others? Come join Jason Mendelson, Managing Director at Foundry Group, on Monday, 3/24 at 4:30 in the Techstars Lounge (1050 Walnut Street, Suite 202) who has worked with countless startups and entrepreneurs, discuss all the things founders do to royally screw up their startups. It will be a lively, entertaining, and eye opening experience! Jason's stories about what NOT to do are memorable and may help you avoid a giant mis-step later in your business. This is one of Techstars alums' favorite talks, you don't want to miss out. Moreover, we hear Jason has refreshed the content- he is up to 16 things! This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP here: http://10things.
Measuring what Matters: Baking the Triple Bottom Line into your Company's DNACome and learn about how to build in triple bottom line principles into your future business. We'll talk about what makes a sustainable business and what are the best practices to really bake these ideas in to ensure a strong footing as your company goes from idea to reality! If you're competing for the SI prize, this workshop will go a long way in helping you understand what the judging criteria will be and how best to compete. This workshop will be lead by Pete Dignan - CEO of Prototest, a certified B Corp in Denver, and Kim Coupounas, Founder of GoLite and new Executive Director of B-Lab Colorado, two experts in sustainable business in Colorado! To see bios of our speakers, go to our blog:www.cunetimpact.wordpress.com When: Wednesday April 2nd, 6 - 7:30pm Where: room 340, Koelbel Building Tickets: https://www.
Agribotix is the winner of the Cleantech Track!On Wednesday, Agribotix became the winner of the Cleantech Track and they will advance on to the NVC Finals on April 22nd. Congrats to all of the incredible and innovative teams that pitched during the Cleantech Track! Picking a winner was difficult! Thanks to Paul at 23rd Studios for sharing these great pictures!
Interactive Timeline of 2014 NVC Spring Events
What is the NVC?The New Venture Challenge is CU's cross-campus entrepreneurship championships. It is an entrepreneurial flight simulator, giving the people in the CU community with an interest in starting a business a chance to give it a try while learning about the process through events, workshops, and mentors. The NVC culminates in the NVC Finals on April 22nd.
How do I get involved?The NVC is open to teams with at least one primary member who is a CU-Boulder student, faculty, or staff member. Register to participate and get yourself a mentor HERE. Spend the fall working on your idea, and building your team. Check out the nLab co-working sessions and many of the Silicon Flatirons events to work on your ideas and learn more about entrepreneurship. A few key questions to think about:
What track is right for me?
- Each different track will provide mentors and workshops that are specific to each industry.
- You can only compete in one track, but can attend events in other tracks if you are interested.
- Read more about the different tracks here.
How do I find teammates and mentors?
- Register to participate in the NVC and we will connect you with a mentor. Check out the list of our mentors HERE to see if there are any in particular you would like to connect with.
- Check out the Find A Team page. If you want to connect with the teams, email Mystery Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend nLab co-working sessions and many of the other entrepreneurial events around campus. They’re a great place to meet people and talk about your idea.
- Post on CUSkills website and describe the type of connections you are looking to make.