It’s been an active few weeks here at the Daniels College of Business, with a number of exciting events taking place and the launch of several initiatives and projects.
One of our many initiatives, about which I’m especially excited, is Project X-ITE. Along with the Sturm College of Law and the Ritchie School of Engineering, Daniels is helping lead this endeavor, which will bolster our efforts to redefine our approach to the management education marketplace. Put simply, Project X-ITE (Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship) is a university-wide project to harness the creativity and innovation of our faculty, students and stakeholders. More deeply, this cross-disciplinary initiative will serve as the institutional hub for entrepreneurial education and engagement across campus.
Project X-ITE extends far beyond the confines of our campus, however. The project reflects our commitment to provide an unrivaled ecosystem in university-based entrepreneurial activities. This center will position DU as a leader in entrepreneurship, bringing together students, alumni and entrepreneurs. Students will have access to the local startup community and will engage directly in entrepreneurial opportunities. Faculty will be able to collaborate across disciplines to conduct much needed research on enterprise creation, and also able to advise some of today’s business pioneers. And entrepreneurs from our community and around the globe can bring their ideas here, where they can harness the creativity and innovation of our students and faculty.
I continue to be inspired by the engagement and energy of our students, who represented the College in various competitions over the past month. The 13th annual 2016 Race & Case competition invited teams from around the country to our campus for a one-of-a-kind business ethics case competition followed by a fun day of fresh air, fellowship and alpine ski racing at Beaver Creek. The DU Analytics Challenge, now in its third year, showcased some of our most impressive business analytics students. DU Real Estate and the Built Environment students took first at the recent National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas. And the Pitch Competition saw its greatest participation yet, offering DU students the chance to share their entrepreneurial ideas with savvy business people.
And of course, I would be remiss not to mention some of the recent accomplishments of our Daniels alumni, who continue to make positive and lasting change through their various endeavors. In this issue of BizNotes, you’ll read about two alums recently honored by the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 annual award as well as one of our College’s generous donors and alumni, who is the 2016 recipient of the highest alumni award given by DU, the Evans Award.
Many Daniels corporate partners, friends and stakeholders enthusiastically give their time and energy to make this College a vibrant place to be. I love walking around our campus to observe some of the activities taking place, but it’s exciting to know that so much is happening behind the scenes as well. Project X-ITE is a great example of that.
As we head into the final months of the academic year, I’m eager to share more about the many ways in which we are striving to create a stimulating, involved environment for our students, alumni and entire Daniels and Denver community. Thank you for your interest and your unwavering support.
LaBrent Chrite, PhD