The Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship (JJCE) is an entrepreneurship-focused resource center at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Emphasizing real-world experience and learning, the JJCE is dedicated to educating and empowering undergraduate and graduate students to think and act entrepreneurially. Through the Center’s undergraduate, graduate and certification programs, students learn and apply modern business practices in an open and diverse environment. The Center’s relationships with local business leaders and successful entrepreneurs provide opportunities and support services for students, whether they choose to launch their own startup or join an existing organization.
The Center was founded in 1996 at the CU Denver Business School to foster economic development in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. Richard and Pamela Bard provided startup funding for the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship in 1996, supporting a program that prepared future leaders for success in any business venture. The Center was renamed the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship in 2013 following a gift of $10 million from Jake Jabs, President and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse and one of Colorado’s greatest entrepreneurs.
Check out the Jake Jabs Center Annual Report for additional information about the Center.