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.

Have an event you’d like featured? Please email your event’s name, date, and a brief description to Lexie Mitchell.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 5pm

Cornerstone Design I Final Competition: CoorsTek Atrium

Everyone is invited to join us for light refreshments as the Design I students exhibit their solutions on this semester’s project, “Apocalypse Defense.” They have been asked to develop novel solutions rooted in engineering and/or science that will improve or mitigate impacts from extreme events, in a manner that is sustainable, aesthetic, and user-friendly. Please top by for as long as you’d like. We hope to see you there! More Information Here


Friday, December 7, 2018. 8am Breakfast, 9am Kickoff.

Henderson Sustainability Challenge Final Pitches: CTLM (CT102)

The final pitches of the Henderson Sustainability Challenge will be on December 7th. We invite anyone to come, but we would ask people to please register at the web site! RSVP Here


Saturday, January 19, 2018

Volunteers Needed! Future City Regional Competition

We’re looking for student volunteers to help with the Future City Regional Competition that will be hosted on campus at Mines. This event encourages 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Volunteers would be helping with registration, scoring and also be participating in preliminary judging! If you have questions let me know.

Email Lexie Mitchell (Assistant Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation) for more information and to sign up.



Fall/Winter 2018

Traxion: Request for Industry Experts

Traxion, Golden’s local tech incubator and close ally of Mines, has several companies in their Fall program who are looking for industry experts or startup veterans willing to have short meetings or calls to provide market insight or share technical/scientific knowledge.

Here are a few specific opportunities:
– SAAS development, implementation and pricing model.
– Online sales and fulfillment for a consumer product – Amazon, international, alternatives.
– Compliance with FDA requirements for wellness consumer product marketing claims.
– Online database development.
– Oil & gas land/mineral rights owners or independent petroleum consultants.
– Selling technology products or services to the oil & gas industry.
– Early stage biotech, preferably diagnostics.
– Design and manufacturing for medical diagnostics as part of FDA approval process.

Outside of these, Traxion is also always looking to expand their network of advisors and industry experts who are willing to share information and experience with company founders. Questions? Email Traxion


1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 4pm

E&I Happy Hour: New Terrain Brewing Company

Everyone is welcome to join us at this informal happy hour! Whether you’re interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and innovation, have a startup idea you want to get feedback on, or just want to meet other like-minded people, this meet up is for you.  Questions? Email Sid Saleh



The DaVinci Machines Exhibit: Denver, CO

Mines is a proud sponsor of The Da Vinci Machines Exhibit. Located in Downtown Denver in the Denver Pavilions (500 16th St. Mall), the exhibit is displaying hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year old designs as well as his artistic masterpieces which have been digitally remastered for an up close and personal look at the greatest genius of all time. If you are a Mines student, staff, or faculty member make sure to bring your ID for a special discounted admission price of $7 through June 30th!  More Information Here

December 7, 2018

TigerLaunch, The Largest Student Run Entrepreneurship Competition: Seattle, Chicago, NYC, London and Paris

TigerLaunch will be hosting five regional events in Seattle, Chicago, NYC, London and Paris! Teams that advance will compete at the Finals at Princeton for $30K in prize money and an opportunity to pitch to top VC firms! More Information Here


February 7, 2019

Chloe Capital Pitch Competition: Denver, CO (And Other Cities)

25 women leaders will pitch; 5 companies will receive funding. Chloe Capital is hosting pitch competitions in the following cities.

  • Rochester – December 4, 2018
  • Boston – January 11, 2019
  • Denver – February 7, 2019
  • Chicago – April 4, 2019
  • Binghamton – May 1, 2019

One company from each pitch event will get funded. Companies do not need to be located in these cities to pitch or receive an investment.

Chloe Capital is looking for seed-stage companies with diverse leadership teams, meaning at least one woman needs to be in the C-suite. To qualify, companies must also have a working prototype, and have the potential to disrupt the following industries: B2B SaaS, AI, AR/VR, Voice, Bots, Blockchain, Robotics, Cleantech and/or Agtech. More Information Here


Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019

Apply for WBENC’s Student Entrepreneur Program

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program (WBENC SEP) is a premier startup program that fosters growth for the next generation of women-owned businesses. Since its inception in 2008, nearly 200 students from 80+ colleges and universities across the country have graduated from SEP. WBENC is proud to invest in the next generation of Women’s Business Enterprises through the support of WBENC Corporate and Government Members.  More Information Here


March 7-10, 2018

2019 Ignite Trek to Silicon Valley

The Ignite Trek provides entrepreneurial students with a chance to meet some of the most successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Students will hear the personal stories of entrepreneurs working to build their companies and learn from the successes (and failures) of the best-and-brightest that Silicon Valley has to offer. This is an intense immersion experience with company visits and entrepreneurial speakers throughout the trek. Previous site visits include Airbnb, Tesla, LendUp and Benchmark Capital. . More Information Here


April 4-6, 2019

Rice Business Plan Competition: Houston, TX

This is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition, hosted at Rice University in Houston, Texas on April 4-6, 2019, comprised of 42 select early-stage companies pitching their business ventures and vying for $1.5 million in prizes. The competition, entering its 19th year, is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to present their startups to investors, receive mentoring, network within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhance their business strategy, and learn what it takes to launch a successful company. 

Rice provides an intense, immersive experience over the three-day event for student startup founders to pitch to investors, receive multiple rounds of feedback and advance their startup. There is also significant time designated for interaction with judges and prize sponsors, the majority of whom are from the investment community. More Information Here


Ongoing Starting NOW: Several Rounds Available

JUMP into STEM: Online National Innovation Competition

JUMP into STEM is an online crowdsourcing community, launched by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2015 designed to motivate student engagement in STEM field research and innovation. ORNL is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to offer JUMP into STEM Challenges that will culminate in a Final Event competition to select and award up to 6 paid summer internships at ORNL or NREL. More Information Here