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.


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

August 14, 2018 (Register by August 7)

2018 Mines Engineering Learning Conference

The Trefny Innovative Instruction Center is pleased to sponsor our second annual Engineering Learning Conference. At this event, Mines’ Faculty, Administration and Staff will share the ways in which we can all better engineer learning for our students at Mines and beyond. Through panel presentations, round table discussions, interactive workshops, and innovative practice sessions, we will come together to think deeply about teaching and learning in STEM disciplines. A lunch and evening reception with Keynote speakers and presentations will be provided with your registration.

This event is free for faculty, students, alumni, and staff from the Colorado School of Mines. We are pleased to also extend free registration for Red Rocks Community College faculty. More Information Here

September 20, 2018

SBIR/STTR Workshop: Guidance for Submitting Winning Grants

Sponsored by the Colorado School of Mines Office of Research and Technology Transfer, this half-day workshop is geared towards those who wish to submit winning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.  More Information Here

Application Deadline: August 12, 2018

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Energy Stream

The Energy Stream at CDL-Rockies operates from the epicenter of the energy industry in Canada and brings together experienced entrepreneurs and investors, and scientists active in the energy sector. The Energy cohort focuses on emerging technologies in oil & gas, cleantech and power. CDL startups work these mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research.

The startups attend five in-person objective-setting sessions between October 2018 and June 2019. CDL is a non-profit organization. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity.

The Energy Stream is particularly suited to coachable research teams and startups in fields tied to the energy industry. This Stream is tailored towards early-stage companies (early venture or growth) or even projects (pre-incorporation); however, startups at all levels of maturity will be considered.More Information Here

Application Deadline: August 13, 2018

Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition

Do you have a great idea, and want to get it in front of the right people? Denver Startup Week is your solution. Applications for the third annual Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition are now live through August 13th! More Information Here

August 20-23, 2018

Resilience Week: Denver, CO

Large disasters may ripple across cities, regions or even nationally through interconnected critical infrastructure systems. Right now, many of those connections are invisible, making it very difficult to put effective mitigation strategies in place. Critical links are often uncovered too late, causing greater impacts to infrastructure and challenging recovery efforts on the ground. Join us for the Resilience Week symposium to discuss how private and public partners can work together to ensure a secure and reliable flow of energy across the nation.

Resilience Week will also be hosting an evening of hands on resilience challenges that are free for students on Tuesday, August 21 from 3:30-6pm at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown, Crestone Foyer. More Information Here

Application Deadline: September 1, 2018

Traxion Foundational & Launch Program Applications Now Open

Traxion, Golden’s award-winning venture catalyst program, is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Fall 2018 program that begins in early October.

Traxion works closely with the Colorado School of Mines, our strategic partner, and the local business community to provide aspiring founders with:
• A fundamental educational curriculum based on the Lean Canvas business plan model.
• Ongoing access to industry experts, professional support service providers and experienced entrepreneurs committed to the success of participating companies.
• Guidance on obtaining access to early-stage investment capital.

This year’s program has been redesigned to enable working professionals to pursue their startup without giving up their day job, and to allow enough time to obtain input from experienced executives and subject matter experts in order to validate the true market potential for their idea. Please reach out to startup@traxion.co or call us at 888-520-7776, if you have any questions or would like program specifics.  More Information Here

Application Deadline: September 10, 2018

LegalZoom Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship Grant

Have an innovative business idea? LegalZoom wants to give you $5000 to get you started! More Information Here