The NVC Kicks Off for the Spring on January 23rd!
NVC Spring Kickoff with Howard Diamond, CEO of Mobile Day
Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC
Come learn more about how to participate in the CU NVC! The NVC provides hands-on workshops that help you build your business, expert mentorship, and a platform on which to pitch your business idea to experts who provide feedback and award prize money!
- Howard Diamond, the CEO of Mobile Day, TechStars mentor and salesman extraordinaire will keynote the NVC Spring Kickoff and talk about the five issues startups should think about in their earliest stages.
- There will be significant time for attendees to ask Howard questions about the issues they are experiencing in their own startups.
- Register Below!
Why should you do the NVC? Listen to what past participants have to say
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
- Check out the nLab web platform to post projects and make connections. Be sure to include (NVC) at the end of the project title.
- 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.
How to become a mentor or sponsor NVC?
Become a Mentor
Members of the business and alumni community can support CU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by serving as a mentor or judge for the NVC. Mentors provide valuable feedback, advice, and personal insight to teams as they go through the NVC. Each mentor is matched to a team for the duration of the NVC based on need and fit. The mentor and the mentee team structure the relationship. The baseline ask is that mentors have two meetings with their team (typically 1-2 hours per session) between November and March. If you are interested in acting as a mentor, or judging the NVC competitions, please contact the NVC Director, Mystery Murphy, at email@example.com
Sponsor the NVC
Individuals and companies in the entrepreneurial business community can partner with the CU NVC consortium to support the New Venture Challenge. The NVC is successful, in large part, because of the generous gifts from supporters. We are currently looking for sponsors for the 2013-14 NVC. If you are interested in supporting entrepreneurship at CU, please email Mystery Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NVC relies on a consortium of CU organizations working independently and collaboratively to create an entrepreneurial culture at CU-Boulder. That consortium supports the NVC and ultimately injects talent and ideas into the Front Range startup ecosystem; it includes: