Experience Entrepreneurship

The Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE) gives students the opportunity to navigate the world of entrepreneurship and its unique challenges.  Students learn to understand its uncertainties, risks and opportunities. Our projects are mission-critical to the sponsors who support us, providing our student associates with an opportunity to make a real impact for the client.

Professional Development

CVE associates work with leading companies as they develop new concepts and businesses under the corporate umbrella. Students can also investigate new technologies developed at the University to see if they can become commercially viable. Through the program students learn what ventures are worth pursuing and how to increase the chances for success.

To complement project work, coursework illuminates the world of venture capital, explores innovation, and gives students tools for analyzing business plans and pitching ideas. We bring leading entrepreneurs, investors and business development professionals into the classroom, giving students the opportunity to expand their network and learn what makes a venture successful.

After graduation, the Ventures Enterprise experience allows our students to stand out in the market place.

Student Testimonial

"The CVE gave me the skills I needed to learn how to successfully work for a client.  I was given the frameworks, tools, and skills needed to successfully create valuable outputs for three separate start-ups.  Because of this class I have been able to thrive in two additonal start-ups and was given the knowledge needed to help me start my own company.

—Nate Shrader, BSB '15, Founder, USwap LLC

Student Testimonial

"Through CVE, I was given the time and resources I needed to launch a successful business within one month of graduation. I crafted a solid business plan, secured funding, understood the market, and planned for growth with more sophistication than I imagined possible. I am forever grateful for the breadth of knowledge I gained from the class."

—Ann Cadwallader, MBA '06, Founder, Sage Approach