Launch Denver is an 11-week Business Startup workshop that is free for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. The program is held twice yearly and is intended to be an outreach effort to engage participants throughout the university and greater Denver community. The goals of Launch Denver include helping participants write a business plan, create a pitch deck, create an MVP (minimum viable product) to show stakeholders and pitch their idea to potential stakeholders/investors/judges. The program is taught by a variety of professors, alumni and community partners, including The World Trade Center Denver.

Potential Goals of Launch Denver:

  • Learn the fundamentals of business from subject matter experts
  • Write or strengthen your business plan
  • Discovery your relationship to money and how to attract abundance to fund your passion
  • Determine the feasibility of the endeavor based on financial forecasting
  • Create a pitch deck to share with stakeholders
  • Create an MVP (minimum viable product) to generate feedback
  • Pitch your idea to potential stakeholders/investors/judges
  • Network with other entrepreneurs
  • Gain access to resources and financial support through the micro loan program

Accessing the Launch Denver:


FALL 2023 Schedule:

1: SEP 13—Orientation, Fundamentals of Starting a Business, Guest Entrepreneur, (in person room AD200 and Zoom)

2: SEP 20—Goal Setting, Vision & Mission with Lynn Hoffman, SWOT, Market & Competitive Research with Zach Nastri.

3: SEP 27—Branding Strategy & Digital Transformation with Kayla Klein of Creative Alchemy (Zoom).

4: OCT 4—Business Structure with Adam Melnick, Strategic Marketing Plan, Website & SEO (Zoom)

5: OCT 11—Money as Your Business Partner workshop

6: OCT 18—Organizational plan, Funding Your Business, Financial Forecasting, Key costs & streams of revenue (Zoom)

7: OCT 25—Financial Feasibility Adjustments (in-person room AD130 and Zoom)

8: NOV 1—Legal Concerns with Eric Blomfled, Insurance, Taxes, Accounting with Genisi Pennie (Zoom)

9: NOV 8—Promotion & Social Media Strategy with Expert from Indonesia, Pitch Presentation Preparation (Zoom)

10: NOV 15—Special topics:

MSU Microloan Program, MVP & customer discovery process (Zoom)

Accessing Grants and government funding

NOV 22—Thanksgiving Break

11: NOV 29—Pitch Presentations and Graduation Ceremony (in person room AD200 and Zoom)