Inspired Entrepreneurship

We strive to make the Daniels College of Business a hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in our region and beyond. Our approach begins with a hands-on, cutting edge curriculum that expands into real-world opportunities to engage with successful entrepreneurs, pitch ideas to investors and launch new businesses.

The business schools of the future must teach aspiring entrepreneurs how to act and make decisions in the face of uncertainty.- Dr. Sharon Alvarez, Koch Chair of Entrepreneurship

Every student at Daniels begins with the Gateway to Business, the nationally recognized class in which students form teams, create a smartphone application, develop a business plan and go-to-market strategy and then compete head-to-head in the “Shark Tank” style Madden Challenge. But this is only the beginning.

Entrepreneurship is in our DNA.

Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 30 Entrepreneurial Universities in the country, Daniels provides a variety of entrepreneurial opportunities through courses, degree customization, certificates, challenges and competitions, student groups and student-run companies. 

Get energized by our entrepreneurial spirit.

Entrepreneurship and innovation extend well beyond the classroom:

  • A center for entrepreneurial energy—Both on and off campus, DU students are immersed in the startup world in activities such as:
    • Denver Startup Week—180 events, 700 companies, 7,800 participants in 2014
    • Angel Capital Summit—the region’s largest event for angel investors where students compete side-by-side with other entrepreneurs in the University Challenge
    • “Wintership”—students spend their winter break as interns for a venture capital investment firm.
  • A hot spot for innovation—Named by Forbes as the “2nd Hottest Place to Launch a Startup,” Denver and the Rocky Mountain region are home to a high concentration of businesses that are at the forefront of innovative fields such as alternative energy, technology and social entrepreneurship. Some highlights:
    • 2nd Best State for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (US Chamber of Commerce 2014)
    • 2nd Best State to Start a Business (Entrepreneurship 2013)
    • 3rd Venture Capital Investment per $1,000 in State GDP
    • 3rd Best City for Small Business (BizzCredit)
    • 4th Hottest Startup Hub in America (Business Insider)
    • 5th Most Entrepreneurial State (Kauffman 2014)
    • 6th Highest rate of Tech Startup Formation (Entrepreneur Magazine)
  • We hold ourselves to the same high standard—Just like entrepreneurs, business schools need to innovate as quickly as business itself. Our award-winning faculty are always looking for what’s next and how to best position our graduates to succeed in the changing marketplace.