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.

Every undergraduate 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. Undergraduates, graduates and executive/professional MBAs learn through courses, degree customization, certificates, challenges and competitions, student groups and student-run companies.

Using proven lean and organic-growth tools like concierge MVPs, Javelin Boards, “man behind the curtain” and low-fidelity MVPs, Daniels teaches young entrepreneurs how to test, validate and grow their companies with a minimum financial investment. Many student-run companies have fully gone-to-market for under $1,000 initial investment.

Project X-ITE

Project X-ITE is a cross-disciplinary initiative at the University of Denver focused on the intersection of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Supported by the Daniels College of Business, the Sturm College of Law, the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and a working group of business leaders, Project X-ITE offers an unparalleled regional hub for new ideas and connections that break through traditional industry segmentation.

The 21st-century pace of business and innovation requires increasing agility and creativity to stay on the cutting edge of opportunity. By providing a flexible, interdisciplinary network that adapts to the dynamic business environment, Project X-ITE makes the University of Denver the hub for current and future thought leaders.

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—more than 200 events, 1,000 companies, 14,000 participants in 2016
    • SparX Speaker Series—Denver’s most successful entrepreneurs, on campus and in person, in an intimate setting where YOU get to ask the tough questions
    • 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
    • DU Pitch Competition—undergraduate and graduate tracks; DU’s best go head-to-head (open to ALL DU students)
    • Startup Weekend—DU’s own “hackathon;” planned, organized and run BY STUDENTS, FOR STUDENTS
  • 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.
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