Startup Summer provides an energetic, high caliber boost to emerging company internships. This annual program surfaces students who are ready to enter the world of startups, innovation, and emerging companies.
Interns at innovative companies across the Front Range and beyond gather weekly for entrepreneurial programming led by successful Colorado founders and C-level execs. Participants receive a curated tour of the startup ideation and creation process, build a venture with a team of their peers, and compete in an end-of-summer pitch contest for cash prizes.
Who + Where + When
Participation is open to undergraduate students who have obtained or are seeking a paid, full-time internship at a startup or emerging company. Spots are limited; interested students and companies should contact Student Programs Director, Sara Schnittgrund, for details.
The program runs annually, June through August.
“The program provides insight from all walks of entrepreneurship, allowing students to really get a feel for what a startup entails. It’s a great way to connect with others starting out and experienced professionals.”
— Hannah Newton (2020)
“The opportunity to hear from influential figures in the Front Range startup community was unbeatable. Hearing them speak, I really came to see why Boulder is such a special place for entrepreneurship.”
— Andy Bredar (2020)
“Startup Summer was incredible. I learned a ton about the process of building a business and met lots of new people, ranging from industry experts (such as the CEO of Sphero) to college students from across the country—the people involved are what made Startup Summer truly special.”
— Jackson Roberts (2019)
“I expected to learn a lot during Startup Summer, particularly how the startup I was interning for worked internally—and I did. What I didn’t expect was to get such an inside look into Boulder startup culture. Visiting the headquarters for companies like Sphero, Techstars, and Boomtown Accelerators was an incredibly cool experience, not to mention the opportunities we were given to speak candidly with leaders about their experiences, wins, and failures.”
— Elizabeth Damioli (2019)
Information for Students
Are you ready to enter the world of startups, innovation, and emerging companies? If so, Startup Summer is right for you!
Exclusive opportunity to meet and learn from Colorado’s top entrepreneurs.
Build your peer network.
Engage in a rewarding summer activity.
Compete for cash prizes.
Walk away with an understanding of how to build a company and sell yourself in your career.