The McNeil Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Mines Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Mines

Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines was established in 2017 to help students explore their innovative and entrepreneurial potential.  We help to grow and connect the resources already available on campus as well as to launch new initiatives led by faculty, students, and our own staff.  From new courses to innovation competitions, student groups to grants, think of us as the catalyst for anything entrepreneurial or innovative on-campus that needs an extra spark to achieve maximum results. 


One, to educate our students in modern entrepreneurial thinking, and two, to provide the opportunity for our students and faculty to explore the commercialization of their science and technology ideas.


An integration of entrepreneurial and innovative solution-oriented mindset in all academic departments at the Colorado School of Mines, where entrepreneurs are seamlessly connected with the infrastructure, resources, and funding they need to achieve their goal: developing sustainable and successful commercial entities based on either Mines-derived or individual-derived technologies.

Fostering the E&I spirit

It provides an entire ecosystem where you start as a freshman in McNeil, and if you have some serious ideas, you can experiment and prototype in Labriola, and if you make it to the next stage, whether you’re faculty or a student or just live in Golden, you have the Venture Center, which is where the ideas meet the real world.

Mike Beck

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystem

Our ecosystem, an interconnected system of state-of-the-art facilities and programming, establishes needed infrastructure to carry out a bold new vision for Mines students as creative, business-savvy thinkers prepared to enter a fast-paced global workforce.