Student Opportunities

Entrepreneurship Club

The CU Denver Entrepreneurship Club allows student entrepreneurs to network and gain access to other like-minded entrepreneurial students and the University’s vast business resources. The organization is open to all students interested in advancing their entrepreneurial ideas regardless of their majors or academic interests.

The CU Denver Entrepreneurship Club facilitates student collaboration by leveraging the group’s collective skills towards the development and growth of each member’s new business venture. Throughout the year, the group will be joined by experienced entrepreneurs and other guest speakers in the field of entrepreneurship. The CU Denver Entrepreneurship Club constantly seeks to expand its network of student and professional contacts to support each member’s entrepreneurial goals.

For more information and to learn how to join the CU Denver Entrepreneurship Club, email Lyle Kotze at


Student Consulting

Jake Jabs Center Consulting is a strategy and management consulting firm operated exclusively by graduate business students at the University of Colorado Denver, under the supervision of faculty at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship. Student Consulting gives graduate business students real-world experience in an effort to better prepare them for entrance into the workforce, as well as provide exposure and networking opportunities for potential future employment opportunities.

Please email for information on how to apply to become a Student Consultant for Jake Jabs Center Consulting.

Businesses looking for a consulting team to help with a project can hire Jake Jabs Center Consulting by emailing


Rutt Bridges Venture Capital Fund

The Jake Jabs Center exposes entrepreneurs to a variety of funding sources in order to help them pursue their business dreams. One of these sources is the Rutt Bridges Venture Capital Fund, which started in 1998 from an endowment gift by Rutt Bridges. This fund was created to provide seed capital for start-up companies affiliated with the Center.

The Rutt Bridges Venture Capital Fund is looking for innovative businesses in which to invest. The fund is managed by a team of student associates and advisors from the Jake Jabs Center Advisory Council. The fund provides initial startup capital and the possibility of up to one additional round of funding for eligible companies. The typical deal uses a convertible debt structure and the fund participates in the ongoing growth of these young ventures.



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Best of Colorado

Colorado is the home of many inspiring entrepreneurs and growing startups looking to become next big company. The Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship wants to recognize some of the Colorado’s own biggest names in business with a a speaker series dedicated to the “Best of Colorado.” This monthly event features speakers from across the state to share their stories of entrepreneurship and answer questions. Free food and beverage are served at each of these exciting speaker events.


The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Jake Jabs Center presents the monthly meetup group “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.” This monthly speaker series is open to students, local business professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about starting a business. Featuring local entrepreneurs from all walks of life, background, and industries, these local business professionals share what it is REALLY like to be entrepreneurs in today’s economy. They openly share their real life experiences in overcoming challenges, starting from the ground-up, and working towards their business dreams. Free food and beverage are served at each of these exciting open-discussion events.


The Climb: Business Plan Competition

The Climb | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition is a business accelerator event for collegiate and non-collegiate startups based in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona. Established by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado Denver, The Climb is a five-stage competition that helps entrepreneurs transform concepts into viable businesses through mentorship, education, financial support and real-world business exchanges. With more than 500 mentor hours shared and $1 million awarded to date, both collegiate and non-collegiate participants have the opportunity to make their business ventures into success stories.


Contact the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at for information about becoming a student associate.