Training, Support and Resources to Commercialize Research Innovations

CSU is a hub of creative thought and innovative research.

Our teams are here to support CSU faculty and graduate students in making your discoveries and inventions available to the world to make real impact.

Whether you wish to become a CEO yourself, or you’d prefer to have a team of experts partner with you – CSU has options to make your dream a reality.

To get started, connect with the team at CSU STRATA to determine IP ownership and your relationship with the University, then scroll down to explore your path.

Does your invention have a market?

Understand if there are paying customers for your product or service and what competition is in the market before investing time and energy in a company:
Venture Validator 1 & 2

Need a team to help you launch?

If you'd prefer to remain focused on your research and have a team of experts help you set up and launch your company, Lab-to-Life may be for you. Meet with the team at CSU Strata to explore how to be considered for this highly selective program

Excited to become a CEO?

Take your learning to the next level with the I-Corps training, accelerating the number of customers you interact with and connecting with a regional group of mentors and other startup founders. I-Corps training at the regional and national levels make startups more competitive for funding opportunities.

Begin the I-Corps Training

With early signals from Venture Validator / Starting Blocks learning, I-Corps accelerates the number of customers you interact with and connects you with a regional group of mentors and other startup founders. I-Corps training at the regional and national levels make startups more competitive for funding opportunities.

Jumpstart

Venture Jumpstart is a six-week workshop series where entrepreneurs come together twice a week from across CSU and the broader community to learn about – and take – the concrete steps needed to begin business operations. The program includes sales & marketing, finance, operations, go-to-market, and more.

NSF I-Corps Nationals

A seven-week program for teams to engage with prospective customers, partners, and others in the ecosystem—evaluating the commercial potential for turning their technologies into successful products, processes and services. National I-Corps teams are eligible to be awarded up to $50,000, which supports the team’s program participation including stipends and expenses for virtual and in-person customer discovery.

The program and resources are designed to be experienced sequentially, and if you've already achieved some validation, you can pick up where you need guidance.

Next Session: Jan 30, 2023

Venture Validator 1 & 2

 

Your first step to starting any new business. Offered twice per semester

Explore VV dates and sign up here

If the CSU VV1.0 dates are challenging for you, CU Boulder offers a similar program called Starting Blocks. To explore alternative program dates, visit the CU Starting Blocks website here

Next Session: Jan 30, 2023

Rolling Applications

Lab-to-Life Program

Reach out to Jim Poss, head of the L2L program, to begin a conversation. Ideally you’ve explore market opportunity on your own or through a program like Venture Validator first.

Explore Lab-to-Life

Rolling Applications

Fall program applications closed. Check back for Spring 2023

I-Corps Regional Training (Research to Market)

CU Boulder’s R2M program is offered multiple times per year. Check the R2M website for dates and sign-up info.

Explore R2M Here

Fall program applications closed. Check back for Spring 2023

Feb 28 - Apr 13 2023

Jumpstart

If you’ve validated your idea and love talking to customers and partners, being a CEO may be right for you!

This program teaches the essential skills to launch and run a business, including sales & marketing, finance, and operations.

Find Jumpstart Dates and Sign Up Here

Feb 28 - Apr 13 2023

By Application

I-Corps National Training

For some technologies, the NSF I-Corps National program is a great fit to accelerate you to partnerships and funding. 

Learn more about NSF I-Corps Here

By Application