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December 11, 2013
Thirteen companies consisting of Colorado State University students and their business partners have been selected to participate in the CSU Venture Accelerator program for 2014.
The 16-week Immersion Lab begins Jan. 23. During this time, companies will work intensely developing and perfecting their business idea with the ultimate goal of being “investor ready” or “launch ready” by early May.
Venture Accelerator provides entrepreneurship training, advising and mentoring for student-run ventures. It is open to all CSU students and their business partners from outside the university, including undergraduates and graduates, from any major
The companies selected range from a revolutionary respiratory ventilator to solar-powered apparel and come from a vast number of backgrounds -- see the complete list below. All 13 companies were introduced at a public reception Dec. 11.
“I was blown away with the quality of the business ideas proposed by all 36 applicants for the program,” said Charisse Bowen, director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, which runs the Venture Accelerator Program each year. “Narrowing it down to just 13 was really tough. However, I am confident we have some game-changing businesses in the mix this year.”
The mission of the Accelerator program is to be an integral part of the entrepreneurship ecosystem by providing students with real-life experiences, connection to resources and funding opportunities, with the ultimate goal of creating self-sustaining, investment-ready ventures.
The second stage of the program, the Start-Up Spring Board, provides students the same resources as the Immersion lab but allows students to work at a more independent level on their venture. During this time, teams are eligible to compete alongside other student entrepreneurs for seed capital and mentorship opportunities to take their businesses to the next level.
“This year’s teams will have a unique opportunity to participate in the inaugural Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge Collegiate Pitch Challenge on May 2,” Bowen said. “It is open to students at all colleges and universities in the state of Colorado, and the winner will receive $20,000 in startup funding as well as the opportunity to pitch against other startups in the Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge on Memorial Day Weekend in Fort Collins, where $250,000 and a year-long mentorship is on the line.”
For more information about the Venture Accelerator program or the Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge, go to biz.colostate.edu/IE.
Convenient Nutrition Solutions
Founders: Dylan Fader Undergraduate Major: Business Management
Ken Klein Undergraduate Major: Business Management
Founders: Trang Tran GSSE MBA Candidate
Tanmay Talang GSSE MBA Candidate
Odin Tactical LLC
Founder: Joseph Kuepper Undergraduate Major: Civil Engineering
CDP Ventures DBA HomeProTeK
Founder: Christopher Polk Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Helios Outdoor Technologies
Founder: Peter Jans Graduate Program: Apparel and Merchandising
Founders: Braxton Norwood Undergraduate Major: Communications
Tanner Eley UCCS Undergraduate: Business Management
Founders: Sam Morgan Undergraduate Major: Geology
Paul Morgan CU Boulder Undergraduate:
Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Automatic Drink Maker
Founders: Liam Gallagher Undergraduate Major: Electrical Engineering
Zachary Zasada Undergraduate Major: Electrical Engineering
Ben Akers Undergraduate Major: Business/
Grow Your Message
Founders: Scott Fulbright Graduate Program: PhD Cell and
Steven Albers Graduate Program: PhD Cell and
Fort Collins Pedi Cab
Founders: Andrew Victoria Undergraduate Major: Business Management
Kevin Kruglet Undergraduate Major: Finance and Economics
Founders: Donald Batchen Undergraduate Major: Communication Studies
Andrew Schaeffer Undergraduate Major: Sociology/Business
Founders: Kendra Groves Undergraduate Major: Computer
Cassandra Peterson Undergraduate Major: Marketing
Founder: William Rasmussen Undergraduate Major: Ecological
Sustainability and Water
Watch a video of all the 2014 Venture Accelerator companies here.