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Dr. Lynn Hoffman (second) and Becky Prater (third) with Launch Denver Participants
Pitch Fest Winners – April 27, 2023
$2,000 – Precious “Kieshon” Davis: Divine Dream Design
Other Award Winner:
$500 – Lillian Many Goats: Natice Glam Model & Talent (no photo)
$1,000 – Erick Lopez: Mobile Car Detailing
Dr. Adam Melnick, Erick Lopez, Becky Prater
$500 – Amber Burr: Daddy’s Homemade Best Syrup
Amber Burr and Becky Prater
$500 – Ravathy Sukumaran: Culture & Cuisine
Revathy Sukumaran and daughter
Dr. David Bechtold (Center of Entrepreneurship Director), Amar Alimaa (alumni, World Trade Center), Dr. Debbie Gilliard (Department of Management Chair), Becky Prater (Instructor of Entrepreneurship/Launch Denver), and Dr. Lynn Hoffman.
Dr. Adam Melnick, Zach Martinucci (Rebel Bread), Dr. Ann Murphy (Dean, College of Business)
MSU Denver and the Center for Entrepreneurship presents Laura Kraber, co-founder of We Are Fluide Cosmetics, a mission-driven beauty brand created to showcase and celebrate gender-expansive beauty and under-represented faces and voices in beauty
MSU Denver and The Center for Entrepreneurship presents Women Entrepreneurs Week featuring Laura Madrid, co-founder of Lala’s Bakery providing Denver’s Market Spring Fling cake along with other artful desserts.
The College of Business and The Center for Entrepreneurship presents Jami Alley, a sustainable developer. Ms. Alley is parlaying her experience in real estate, construction, renewable energy, and energy efficiency into the new role of Sustainable Developer, with her first project being the development of a mixed-use building in the GEOS Community in Arvada, CO.
MSU Denver and The Center for Entrepreneurship proudly presents Maria Gonzalez, founder of Adelante Community Development, a nonprofit organization that advocates for health, equity, and economic justice for Spanish-speaking Latinos in Colorado.
MSU Denver and The Center for Entrepreneurship presents Victoria Garcia, a recent graduate of MSU Denver and founder of Apapacho Cacao. The mission of Apapacho Cacao is to help you heal and love yourself through the powerful healing energy that cacao provides.
MSU Denver and the College of Business are proud to announce the opening of the Center for Entrepreneurship!
This is the culmination of years of work educating and helping entrepreneurs—with our graduates creating businesses in fields from food trucks and unmanned aircraft to home healthcare and chocolate.
Looking for a major in Entrepreneurship, or an entrepreneurship concentration within a more traditional major in Management? Whether you’re a student at MSU Denver or already have a degree, how about a certificate in Entrepreneurship? That’s possible here.
In addition to offering you a strong foundation in general business classes such as accounting, management, marketing, and finance, you will also acquire in-class and in-person knowledge and skills specifically related to launching your own enterprise. Through internships, case studies, projects that connect you to Denver businesses, and a university culture that inspires entrepreneurship, our programs will give you the tools to run with your ideas.
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact us.
Calling all Denver area entrepreneurs!
We are a new initiative supporting and developing entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Denver area by providing access to business loans, business development services and networking opportunities.
Launch Denver is a joint project between MSU Denver’s Center for Entrepreneurship and three Denver Area Rotary clubs: the Rotary Cub of Denver, Westminster 7:10 Club, and Jeffco Golden Rotary Club
MSU Denver’s Center for Entrepreneurship provides 9 weeks of training with an orientation and a graduation ceremony that trains potential entrepreneurs on how to launch their business idea.
The program trained 15 participants in the Fall of 2019 and 9 participants in the Spring of 2020.
The Rotary Cub of Denver provides Rotary Club members and members from the community to serve the Launch Denver Graduates as mentors. Each mentor is assigned one or two mentees and provides assistance to take their businesses forward.
The program is built on Launch Your City and Launch Raleigh models.
The program is open to MSU Denver students, faculty, staff alumni and people from the business community.
The Advisory Council consists of community members who are experienced in the field of entrepreneurship and are willing to spend time and energy providing assistance to the Center with respect to Center activities. They bring a broad range of experience and expertise to the Center.
The Center hosts a number of community events to enhance entrepreneurship in the community.
Future events include: a proposed event including Female Entrepreneurs in the Fall of 2020 and an event on Socially conscious and Sustainable Businesses in the Spring of 2021.
The Center is proud to host these conversations on current issues affecting small businesses and entrepreneurship. These conversations hope to elicit comment, discussions, and dialog on these issues.
Below, you’ll find more information on our curriculum options. Or click on these links to go to the catalog:
In addition to offering you a strong foundation in general business classes such as accounting, management, marketing, and finance, you will also acquire in-class and in-person knowledge and skills specifically related to launching your own enterprise.
Through internships, case studies, projects that connect you to Denver businesses, and a university culture that inspires entrepreneurship, our programs will give you the tools to run with your ideas.
"We want to provide entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs in the Denver area with an opportunity to receive some excellent training, mentorship, networking, and potential funding. The only requirement is that applicants have already started a business, or very close to starting a business, and need help."