Rutt Bridges Venture Fund (RBVF)

Rutt Bridges Venture Fund

RBVF - Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship

The Rutt Bridges Venture Fund (RBVF) is an early stage, micro 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.

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Submit Your Business Plan

Earn up to $50,000 in funding for your next business venture.

Are you a current student or recent graduate looking to grow your business idea? RBVF at CU Denver accepts business plans on a quarterly basis throughout the year. 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 a business plan with an executive summary and a clearly articulated financial ask.

Every applicant must provide a business plan with an executive summary and a clearly articulated financial ask. Once your application is submitted and reviewed, you must also complete a live (preferably in-person) presentation.

We accept business plans at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters every year.

EXTENDED! Our next submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

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 at the start of the upcoming semester.  

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.