The CU New Venture Challenge, now in its second year, is an entrepreneurial launch pad. This year’s CU NVC events kick off with a Crash Course presented by Paul Berberian, who from 6:00-7:00 p.m. will discuss “How to Pick a Business Worth Starting.” A “Start-up Internships” networking event will immediately follow the presentation from 7:00-8:00 p.m. This will feature local start-ups seeking to meet CU students for internship opportunities and other connections. These events are open to CU students, faculty and the general public.
Paul Berberian is an experienced chief executive and entrepreneur who has founded and run six high-tech companies over the last 17 years. In September of 2009 he became the CEO of Boulder based Zettasun. Zettasun is a solar panel manufacturer that makes high power, inexpensive, standard rooftop panels using novel optics to concentrate the sunlight onto small, yet highly efficient solar cells. In 2005 he co-founded Market Force Information, a consolidation of leading customer experience, mystery shopping and market research firms. Mr. Berberian is the former CEO and co-founder of Raindance Communications (NASDAQ: RNDC), a web and phone conferencing services company acquired by West Corporation in 2006. Before founding Raindance, Mr. Berberian was co-founder and CEO of LINK-VTC, a video teleconferencing company, which was sold in 1995 to Frontier Communications. Prior to LINK-VTC, Mr. Berberian was co-owner of a plastic badge manufacturer in Long Beach CA. Mr. Berberian is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy. Mr. Berberian also keeps an active blog.
The CU NVC is an experiential learning opportunity for individuals to get involved in entrepreneurship. The CU NVC helps answer the question “I’m interested in entrepreneurship, but where do I start?” through a series of workshops, crash courses, and mentorship opportunities. The CU NVC assists with the development of new ventures and culminates with a March 2010 competition. The CU NVC is presented by entrepreneurship centers and programs across campus, including the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Silicon Flatirons Center, eShip, ATLAS, Technology Transfer Office, and the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.
Also, don’t miss the CU NVC Pitch Day
@ ATLAS 100
November 18, 2009, 6:00pm
To RSVP or register email: Lindsay.Brust@gmail.com
For those presenting: Include name, business idea with short pitch, current team, anyone you might
be looking for.