About Us

The mission of the Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE) is to provide our students with a unique educational experience while supporting our sponsors with strategic advice.  Through a combination of coursework and real-world experience, Ventures associates learn to:

  • Analyze and shape business opportunities
  • Understand new ventures
  • Collaborate to develop innovative solutions

We strive to enhance critical skills for a career in entrepreneurship, business development, venture capital, or corporate strategy.

While Ventures Enterprise associates come from diverse career and educational backgrounds, they share a tolerance for uncertainty and risk.

Carlson Ventures Enterprise is the right choice for students looking to cap their education with a business venture into uncharted territory.


"My time at the CVE was transformational. Through the program, I was introduced to the principles of design thinking and entrepreneurship - principles we now use every day at MyRain to better understand and serve the needs of smallholding farmers of India." - Steele Lorenz, CEO & Founder - MyRain

Student Testimonial

"Many have the misconception that entrepreneurship is only for those interested in starting their own business. The Ventures Enterprise taught me that you can approach all kinds of business problems with an entrepreneurial mindset, and it afforded me the opportunities to do so with small start-ups and large corporations alike. I learned how to layout and develop a business plan, but more importantly, I also acquired critical skills related to testing that business plan in real-world situations. These experiences have helped drive success in my own career, and have further fueled my desire to build my own company in the future."

—Kyle Kelly, MBA 2015, Analyst - Google, Inc.