Want to get more involved with entrepreneurship and innovation? Below is a list of workshops, talks, challenges, conferences, and more hosted both by Mines as well as by our partners and organizations around the world. If you have an event you’d like added to the calendar, please email Dr. Werner Kuhr.

Women of Mines and E&I Interest Group Seminar featuring Kate Ripp

TUESDAY, JUNE 15 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MDT | Zoom Platform

Cracking the Code to your Company’s Growth

Women of Mines Interest Group is partnering with Entrepreneurship and Innovation to bring you a seminar on how to successfully grow your company.

Join us on Tuesday, June 15 to hear from Kate Ripp, founder of Mission Critical Teams. Are you working in your business or are you working on your business? Business owners know the value of perspective when it comes to making decisions that impact their company.

Cracking the Code to Your Company’s Growth offers a unique, one-of-a-kind business approach that allows a business owner to predict what’s coming around the corner. This model shows you how you can take the guesswork out of growth, dial into the critical leadership skills you need today, address the specific challenges for your current stage of growth and recognize how powerful using a language of growth can be to engage your employees. Learn more about Mission Critical Teams.

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Demo Day

Wednesday, May 6 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Join Innov8x students next Wednesday to learn how these #HelluvaEngineers are creating a real impact while launching their careers. Email for more information. 



Healthcare Hackathon

HACKATHON – 04.30.21 – 05.02.21 | VIRTUAL


Due to measures taken around COVID-19, the Healthcare Hackaton is virtual.

The hackathon will bring together engineering and bioinformatics student teams and rural health experts to tackle 9 critical challenges facing Rural Health, as outlined in the 2020 Rural Health COVID-19 Playbook.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM | Zoom link:

Solvent-Mediated Driving Forces in (Bio)Molecular System

Understanding direct intermolecular interactions in atomistic simulations on a qualitative or even semi-quantitative level is relatively straightforward with simplified empirical models that include just enough detail. For example, we can understand the consequences of Pauli repulsion and dispersion interactions between atoms or molecules using the Lennard-Jones potential. Likewise, we can understand electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bond formation between molecules using fitted partial charges that are assigned to individual atoms. All of the above are essential ingredients of molecular mechanics force fields used in atomistic molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations.

However, even in such simplified representations of reality, one quickly realizes that in condensed systems, such as liquids and solutions, additional forces are at play, which are less trivial to describe. The latter are solvent-mediated interactions that result from the preferential solvation or desolvation of molecular interfaces and associated free energy changes. These interactions cannot be understood in terms of individual microstates (i.e. sets of coordinates), but require a thermodynamic ensemble for the solvent molecules. A popular example are hydrophobic interactions, which have been associated with protein folding and stability and many other self-assembly processes. However, also so-called hydrophilic solvent-mediated interactions are frequently observed in the form of water-mediated hydrogen bonds. Quantifying such indirect intermolecular interactions is non-trivial, but fundamentally important for our understanding of thermodynamic driving forces in chemistry and biochemistry.

We develop specialized tools that allow us to analyze solvation-induced free energy changes from atomistic molecular dynamics simulations with spatial resolution. Our methods allow us to compare the solvation of simple organic molecules with distinct substitution patterns, to quantify solvent-mediated interactions involved in protein conformational changes and complex formation, and to study the role of solvation for conformational ensembles of intrinsically disordered proteins.

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Contact Judith Klein for more details


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15TH , 2020 AT 12:30 P.M. TO 1:45 P.M.

Join us for the conversation with Bioloomics, a Colorado Biotechnology Company specializing in the development of in vivo biosensors and drug discovery.

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Contact Judith Klein for more details


October 21, 2021


The Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge is a product innovation showcase and competition that connects clean technology solutions to the oil and natural gas industry. As the oil and natural gas industry evolves and faces challenging markets, it continues to invest in technologies that address methane mitigation, resource usage, water quality and operational risks.

Innovative solutions providers will complete a competitive vetting process, after which 10 to 12 companies will be invited to present their technologies to the partners and sponsors.

There are no geographic restrictions or requirements for participating companies.

Application open until August 26, 2021.

Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge

“Idea Jam” awards cash for half-baked ideas in the Mountain West

June 15, 2021

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The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver is proud to host the 12th annual Inclusive Excellence Case Competition. This competition is a chance for you to develop your critical thinking, practical business, communication and presentation skills, while working within a diverse team. We are proud to partner with NBCUniversal to deliver this year’s case which tackles the organization’s challenges and successes surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. Like last year, this competition will be held virtually.

Thanks to our generous sponsor, Deloitte LLP, teams will have the chance to compete for a total of $10,000 in prize money. $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 will be given to the first, second and third-place teams, respectively.

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