Curious About Innovation?

Develop or enhance an entrepreneurial mindset and deepen your problem-solving skills, while also earning academic credits. Build skills that make you a great founder, co-founder, or employee.

Have an Idea to Explore?

CSU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship provides programs and training to support early-stage entrepreneurs from idea to reality. Do you have a great idea but intimidated by knowing how to get started? This is your place!

Want to Work with CSU Inventors?

CSU Strata’s Lab-to-Life program is a highly-competitive program for aspiring leaders to learn how to run a business by actually doing it. You’ll work with an inventor founder and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence team to build a new company.

Student Startup Track

Next Session June 13 - 27, 2024

Venture Validator 1.0

Is your idea worth pursuing?
Take a deep dive into understanding
your customers, their pain points, and
how to best create value.

3-week program, meets 1x per week

Learn more here!

Sign up for the next Venture Validator 1.0

Next Session June 13 - 27, 2024

Next Session July 10 - 17, 2024

Venture Validator 2.0

What’s the best model for your business?
Continue your market validation, perform competitive analysis and explore potential partners.

2-week program, meets 1x per week

Online Only

Learn more here!

Sign up for Venture Validator 2.0

Next Session July 10 - 17, 2024

Open enrollment for Spring 2024

Venture Jumpstart

Launch your business!
Gain the tools and experience to build and implement strategies for key areas including sales & marketing, finance, and operations.

6-week program, meets 2x per week

Learn more here!

Sign up for Jumpstart

Open enrollment for Spring 2024

2024 Student Funding Opportunities

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Venture RAMS Business Showcase

Throughout a new venture’s journey as a start-up, aspiring entrepreneurs will undoubtedly pitch their idea to countless stakeholders with the future of their companies on the line. The Institute for Entrepreneurship Venture RAMS: Business Showcase provides start-up founders with the experience and exposure to present their businesses effectively.

Don’t miss out on a chance to attend the 5th Annual Venture Rams Business Showcase on Wednesday, April 17, 2024! 

Learn more HERE.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Begins May 20, 2024!

Venture Accelerator

Launch and fund your business! A highly-selective and rigorous program, the accelerator is open for applications for Summer 2024. To be eligible, complete Venture Validator 1.0 & 2.0 by February 2024.

12-week program, meets multiple times per week starting April 2024

Learn more HERE.

Begins May 20, 2024!

Involvement Opportunities:

Become an Entrepreneurship Ambassador

The Entrepreneurship Ambassadors is the place for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines who want to be involved with the entrepreneurship community at CSU. Membership in this club provides opportunities to gain the skills and experiences needed to pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors with confidence. The I4E Ambassadors will: 

  • Connect and Network with local and statewide business leaders and entrepreneurs 
  • Engage with entrepreneurial students and communities in every college on campus 
  • Volunteer Opportunities at major entrepreneurial events on and off campus 
  • Attend monthly Ambassador Meeting sponsored by The Institute for Entrepreneurship 
  • Learn from nationally recognized entrepreneurs at exclusive Ambassador events 

This organization offers support to our students as they pursue their passions and careers further practicing business for a better world, with the support of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and the communities we serve.

Sign up here to join!

Entrepreneurial Eats

Entrepreneurial Eats is the Institute for Entrepreneurship’s biweekly initiative that unites CSU’s entrepreneurial community through free lunch and fellowship. Whether you have a business idea or just want to meet others, this is an awesome opportunity to expand networks and enjoy some food as well. We meet every other week in the North Rockwell Venture Lounge. 

This is geared towards current CSU students enrolled or involved in entrepreneurship programs/classes, faculty, as well as alumni. Please visit the website HERE for updated dates and information!

Countdown to the next lunch: