Although she didn’t present, Karissa Rund left this year’s Pitch Night as a winner.
At the final event for THE CLIMB, a collegiate business plan competition put on by CU Denver’s Jake Jabs for Entrepreneurship, Karissa took home the Social Impact Award for 8 Percent. Her idea wasn’t a product or service though, like those pitched by the other finalists. Instead, it laid out her plan to launch her own book and speaking tour. Read more
Whitney Setterberg and Peter Boardman, both students in the CU Denver Business School Professional MBA program, won the 2019 CLIMB Business Plan Competition on April 25 when they pitched their peer-to-peer storage service called STOWED. THE CLIMB, an annual event put on by Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, is designed to help student entrepreneurs transform their ideas into viable businesses through education, mentorship, networking, and financial support. Read more
DENVER (April 26, 2019) – More than 180 attendees packed the Curtis Hotel’s Four Square Ballroom on Thursday to watch aspiring collegiate entrepreneurs compete for cash prizes. Hosted by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) Business School, THE CLIMB | Pitch Night showcased six finalists and their business ideas as they presented to a live panel of judges. Read more
Featuring John Carreyrou, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal and author of the National Bestseller Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.
Join us for the full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from Theranos’ charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers. Read more
Kathleen Phillips, originally from Michigan, moved to Colorado with a comfortable job at a well-known company. After her move, Phillips’s world was turned upside down in an instant when her father unexpectedly passed away. Her family had very little time to grieve because the loss put her family’s finances in danger. Lack of financial planning left them in a precarious position. Read more
On October 2nd, a lively crowd – consisting of community members and CU Denver leadership, faculty, staff, and students – cheered on the CU Denver Business School and the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship as they broke ground on the soon-to-come Jake Jabs Event Center.
Jabs donated $12 million in 2013 to the Business School, and the formerly known Bard Center for Entrepreneurship was renamed in his honor. Read more
Josh Churlik came to Denver in 2004 to get his MBA and build something great. He knew he’d love Denver, and he knew CU Denver Business School was the place to get his MBA. Fourteen years later, he’s leading his sixth company, and helped fuel the Denver tech and startup communities into the powerhouses they are today.
Starting his MBA with an end goal in mind
When he completed his undergraduate studies, Churlik knew his passion was entrepreneurship, and that he still needed to add more skills and experience to his toolkit. Read more