Venture Partners is CU Boulder’s revitalized technology transfer office. Venture Partners translates groundbreaking solutions into economic and social impact by building new ventures from world-leading research and creative works.
During my time with Venture Partners, I learned what it takes to develop and maintain a company by observing and assisting with the Venture Partners educational programming for faculty researchers, lab scientists & engineers. From understanding the role of customer discovery in evaluating the commercial application of a technology, to fine tuning product/market fit, building the right team, developing a comprehensive IP strategy, (endless) bureaucratic tasks, and, importantly, getting funded.
For example, I observed a company that successfully pivoted from a mycelial battery technology to alternative meat products. I saw dozens of teams work to establish a framework for their startups by honing their value propositions, perfecting their company pitches, and winning significant amounts of non-dilutive funding (the best kind).
After graduating at the end of 2019, I did not know how to translate my ability to write an essay against Spinoza’s determinism or remember the molecular signaling cascades of synapses into a career. I knew that I had the drive to help others and I wanted to be involved with an organization that would have a positive impact on the world. Several people recommended that my background, raw skills and personality were suited to the business world. However, I had no idea where to find the entry point. I applied for a mixed bag of jobs from Regulatory Affairs Associate to Pharmacy Technician. Naturally, I ended up as a cashier at a grocery store. I now have the mindset and skills that qualify me for jobs I did not think I could be considered for a year ago.
Interning with Venture Partners was an incredible experience. Being a part of the team driving collaboration between academia and entrepreneurship was a fantastic introduction to the business world, widened my understanding of the impact innovative ecosystems can have, and was endlessly fascinating!