Entrepreneurship@DU gives students the freedom and the space to explore their interests, passions and purpose. We encourage our students and provide the support to think big, disrupt, solve problems and make an impact.­


Inspiration starts with the cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship curriculum. The entrepreneurship minor can complement any DU major, and entrepreneurship classes are available to every graduate and undergraduate student at the University.­­

Outside the Classroom

Students across campus can gain inspiration and learn about entrepreneurship by taking part in E@DU events, programs and experiences. The topics and formats are diverse, and we support students in exploring their passions.


E@DU is excited to introduce new $1,000 microgrants! These funds are available to DU students from any full-time program to support new and early-stage business ideas, helping students take their ideas from concept to reality.

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A hub for entrepreneurial energy

Both on and off campus, we immerse students in the startup world with activities and resources such as:

  • Madden Challenge—a pitch competition for students to get funding and feedback on their business plans
  • DO U (Entrepreneurship Club)—a student-led club open to all students interested in exploring entrepreneurship with peers
  • Women Innovators—events to inspire, encourage and provide support for female entrepreneurs and other aspiring business-minded individuals
  • Harry Trueblood Innovation Collaboratory—an exciting opportunity for students to receive funding and coaching from Daniels entrepreneurial experts to think, innovate, build and validate—and take their product and services to market.
  • Entrepreneurship Week—a 7-day experience in Fall Quarter celebrating the entrepreneurial community at DU
  • Pioneer Venture Group (PVG)—the University of Denver’s first venture capital fund entirely run and managed by a team of students
  • DU Pitch Competition—a pitch competition open to all DU students, where undergraduate and graduate students go head to head
  • BASE Camp—a 5-week program for student startups that want to grow and accelerate their business idea, find market fit and create value.
  • Pop Up Palooza—a student-led market featuring DU students showcasing their business/product and ideas with free food and live music!

New businesses start here

The ideas developed in the entrepreneurship program at DU don’t stay ideas. They become start-ups and thriving businesses. Here are a sampling of some student ventures that received financial support from Entrepreneurship@DU:

  • Buonaforma—Combines the timelessness of ceramic form and the innovation of modern technology to compose functional luxury art for any space.
  • ChaiGoThe ChaiGo chai latte is a ready-to-drink canned, oat-milk chai latte. It is purpose brewed with Assam black tea and whole spices for the richest of flavors.
  • GoodLove Foods—A Gluten-Free line of Frozen, Ready-to-Bake goods so delicious, you may check the ingredients list again!
  • Illegal Oats– Ento-granola that embraces the most sustainable and healthiest source of protein by including ento-powder in each recipe.
  • MyCogito– A comprehensive, intelligent, and secure digital phenotyping platform for your wellbeing.
  • Nomad Joe—Designs and develops products such as the Voyager Kettle, an electric, collapsible kettle designed to make coffee or tea while traveling.
  • One Kind Cup—Dedicated to reducing plastic waste from soft drinks by developing a cost efficient, environmentally friendly cup solution.
  • PocketChange—Platform enabling users to take action on causes they care about, by donating $0.25–$2 in just one click.
  • SlopeThreads—Ski clothing rental service, delivering name-brand ski and snowboarding gear right to your doorstep.
  • Vino Everywhere– A wine straw perfect for any occasion.

From a problem, to an idea, to 💲💲

Congratulations to our 3rd place team, Awear! They had great success at the Fall 2023 Madden Challenge. To learn more about the challenge visit the link in our bio. We are so proud of our students!

#winner #ideation #businesscompetition #du #bigcheck #student #entrepreneur

The Madden Challenge is only 2 days away, and our students have been working around the clock to prepare their final pitch.

We want to welcome you to join us in supporting these innovators Wednesday November 15 @ 6pm. You can find the event registration in our bio.

#du #businessschool #perfectpitch #startuplife #innovation #youngbusinesswoman #denver

Are you Madden Challenge ready? We are! The Entrepreneurship team is pleased to announce our final esteemed judge for the panel, Paige Goss.

Paige founded Point Solutions Group, LLC to address the dire need for diversity in information technology, engineering, and professional services in government and commercial organizations. She has an extensive background in information security, healthcare IT, and the Departmental of Defense Industry. Paige works with highly classified government projects and the ever-changing commercial landscape.

We are enthusiastic to have Paige Goss on the panel for the challenge!

Register to attended the event via the link in our bio.

#denverbusiness #entrepreneurship #du #innovation #studentmade #tech

We are pleased to welcome our 3rd judge for the challenge, Brian Popper.

Brian Popper is a seasoned operations executive, specializing in startups, e-commerce, and consumer packaged goods. He co-founded the meal kit company Green Chef and led its successful acquisition by Hello Fresh. Prior to Green Chef, Brian championed ventures in online grocery and consumer packaged goods. Throughout his career, he`s consistently demonstrated an ability to innovate and adapt, driving growth in dynamic market environments.

#innovate #businesschallenge #du #denver #studententrepreneur #competition #pitch

Custom T-shirts?! Yes, please!

Our amazing TA, Adailia, taught students how to use the circuit and heat press for her workshop. Every quarter, our team of TAs puts on specialty workshops to teach students how to use different equipment and tools at the Garage.

#studentmade #tshirtdesign #cricuit #custom #howto #studententrepreneur #du

You’ve probably seen Zak sporting his custom sneakers, but did you know he makes them right on campus? Join us for a walk through of his office space.

#studententrepreneur #art #handmade #du #makersspace #entrepreneurship #artist

Please welcome our next esteemed judge for the Madden Challenge, Matt J. Rutherford.

Matt is an Associate Professor of Computer Science with a joint-appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has professional affiliations with the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society.

Stay tuned for the rest of the announcements of our panel!

#maddenchallenge #universityofdenver #du #danielscollegeofbusiness #innovation #entrepreneurship

Pick up some insider tips and grab a slice of pizza at The Ignite Panel. The event is hosted by @douentrepreneurship, our very own Entrepreneurship Club on campus.

Featured Student Businesses:

#studentlife #studentpanel #du #danielscollegeofbusiness #entrepreneurship #studententrepreneur

Do you have an idea that needs a push towards success? BASE Camp is the Entrepreneurship@DU Summer Accelerator Program, a bootcamp for entrepreneurs.

Join us November 14th at 5pm to for a virtual information session on the program. Find the registration link in our bio!

#entrepreneur #businessaccelerator #du #denver #universityofdenver #studentbusiness

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