Thomas R. Nickoloff Entrepreneurship & Innovation Faculty Fellowship Program

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is excited to launch a new program for Faculty Development in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, entitled the Thomas R. Nickoloff Entrepreneurship & Innovation Faculty Fellowship Program, which is funded through the generosity of Mines Alumnus, Thomas Nickoloff.

Our goal is to a create a faculty fellowship program to provide focused and strategic faculty involvement in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, allowing Mines to establish an active, collaborative network of colleagues who are informed and enthusiastic about integrating an entrepreneurial mindset into their teaching and research. As the latest addition to Mines’ Pathways of Distinction, this Fellowship is intended to distinguish and honor innovative and entrepreneurial faculty.

Each Nickoloff Faculty Fellow:

  1. Will receive an award of $10,000 in their professional development account to facilitate their involvement in the program.
  2. Must attend the “Faculty Entrepreneurship Bootcamp,” which is a series of workshops, and present an elevator pitch based on their team’s project as well as a “Lessons Learned” presentation outlining the key learning objectives.
  3. Will also be expected to prepare at least one module for deployment within their academic curriculum that demonstrates key entrepreneurial principles.
    • Modules are developed in consultation with E&I Center staff and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN)
    • Modules are to be deployed in the fellow’s regular courses, however they can also work with the Trefny Center and KEEN for dissemination of the module throughout the KEEN network.

Questions? Contact Dr. Werner Kuhr (Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation) at or (303) 384-2312.

Take a Look at Past Programs

Explore faculty pitches, business canvas discussions, and reflections on the program.