Rutt Bridges Venture Fund
The Rutt Bridges Venture Fund (RBVF) is an early stage investment fund operated by a cross-disciplinary team of University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) students. Under the supervision of faculty members and professional advisors, the Fund invests real money in real companies of the Denver community.
Submit Your Idea
Are you a current student or recent graduate looking to grow your business idea? RBVF at CU Denver accepts business plans on a biannual cycle for both the fall and spring terms. We seek innovative, high-impact enterprises in which to make investments of $25,000 to $50,000. Please note that we do not invest in real estate, gambling, cannabis or any other industry incompatible with the mission of CU Denver.
Every applicant must provide an executive summary with a clearly articulated financial ask and complete an in-person interview within two weeks of the deadline date.
Deadline to Apply: Friday, September 13
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Join as a Student Member
At RBVF, you and other exceptional students at CU Denver come together to run a bona fide investment fund. Faculty members and professional advisors will support and mentor you throughout the entire process. Together, you will research, debate and make real investment deals that will impact the Denver area and beyond.
We welcome any current or recently graduated CU Denver student with an interest in investing and entrepreneurship. You must be able to commit one year as a student member and one year as a mentor, and be available for both the fall and spring semesters.
Every student must complete a rigorous application process. Please start by submitting an application below. If you meet the qualifications, we will respond to schedule an in-person interview in early September.
CU Denver students of any program are invited to learn about investing and entrepreneurship through hands-on practice. Under the guidance of faculty and professional mentors, students analyze early stage companies and startups, business and financial models, competitive markets and successful exits. Learn the entire investment process, from reviewing pitches and making evaluations to managing an investment portfolio.
You must be able to commit to 3-6 hours per week, with fluctuations throughout the year. Membership in RBVF can be completed in conjunction with an independent study; however, you will need a faculty sponsor and departmental approval. Please contact us for more information.