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WANT TO START OR GROW YOUR BUSINESS?

Check out the MSU Denver sponsored free 10-week Business Startup Workshop

Launch Denver Spring 2022 begins Wednesday, February 16th, with ten weekly sessions. Our schedule is as follows:

 

1: FEB 16—Orientation, Business Planning, Goal Setting, Vision & Mission

2: FEB 23—Fundamentals of Starting a Business, Market & Competitive Research, International Market Strategy with the World Trade Center Denver Guest Speaker

3: MAR 2—Branding Strategy

4: MAR 9—Strategic Marketing Plan, Website & SEO

5: MAR 16—Organizational plan, Funding Your Business, Financial Forecasting

    MAR 23—Spring Break

6: MAR 30—Financial Feasibility Adjustments

7: APR 6—Business Structure, Legal Concerns 

8: APR 13—Special topics: Entrepreneurship for Non-Citizens, Guest Entrepreneurs

9: APR 20—Promotion & Social Media Strategy, Pitch Presentation Preparation

10: APR 27—Pitch Presentations and Graduation

Women Entrepreneurs Series

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.

 

New from Spring 2020: Center for Entrepreneurship

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.

Already have an idea to pitch? Learn more about Launch Denver or our Spring 2021 Business Plan Competition.

Questions? Want to get involved? Contact us.

 

Launch Denver

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.

To learn more about Launch Denver, visit https://www.msudenver.edu/management/centerforentrepreneurship/launchdenver/

Overview of Launch Denver

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.

Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Council

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.

Center Community Events

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.

Conversations on Current Entrepreneurship Issues

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.

Launch Denver: Calling all Denver area Entrepreneurs!

Want capital, community and support?

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.

Are you starting your own business?

Common roadblocks in founding a new venture include:

  • Trying to identify a market, understand your customers, and connect with their wants and needs
  • Refining and testing your product or service
  • Searching for start-up funding
  • Knowing how to turn a small revenue stream into a lucrative and growing business

If you’re starting your own business, this may be the program for you.

 

 

Apply to be a Mentor

To become a mentor for Launch Denver, just complete this simple form here:

Mentor Application

If you have questions about the program, please contact Becky Prater, [email protected].

Lynn Hoffman

Dr. Lynn Hoffman
Professor


303-615-0151

[email protected]

Launch Denver Offers:

  • Business training: Nine 2-hour classes, Wednesdays from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Mentorship: An assigned mentor from the local business community
  • Networking: Connections with business owners and other entrepreneurs
  • Microloans: From $5,000 to $50,000

Apply Now!

To apply for Launch Denver, just complete this simple form here: Launch Denver Application

If you have questions about Denver Launch, please contact Becky Prater, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, [email protected]

 

Help Spread the word! 

Know somebody else who might be interested? Want to help spread the word?

Feel free to share this website with anyone in the MSU Denver family—students, faculty, staff, or alumni.

Launch Denver Spring 2021 Flyer

Curriculum

Study Entrepreneurship with our Innovative Curriculum

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.

Faculty

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Dr. Lynn Hoffman
Professor
303-615-0151
[email protected]

David Bechtold
Assistant Professor
303-615-0148
[email protected]

David Bechtold
Becky Prater

Rebecca Prater
Instructor
303-605-7209
[email protected]

Adam Melnick
Instructor
303-605-7208
[email protected]