Carlson Ventures Enterprise Sponsors

Whether it’s working with a Fortune 500 company, a nonprofit, or a startup, the Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE) is driven to help its clients uncover and understand new business opportunities. Our teams of entrepreneurially spirited students deliver strategic guidance and action-oriented recommendations, often in the face of ambiguity. Our projects range from value proposition identification to business model creation—but no matter the client or scope, we apply entrepreneurial best practices and proven methodologies to creatively meet business challenges. With the support of a professional director with decades of industry experience and the resources of one of the country’s premier business schools, the CVE generates thorough, robust solutions for its clients.

Given the nature of entrepreneurship and business development, we are flexible in our projects and sponsorships. Because we know that a new venture may take more than a semester to get off the ground, the program is prepared to work with sponsors on a long-term basis. We encourage you to consider Carlson Ventures Enterprise at any stage of a new venture, from research and conceptualization to financing and launch.

As Ventures Enterprise sponsor, you help uphold the tradition of excellence at the University of Minnesota by working with some of the best and brightest MBAs the Carlson School has to offer.

If you are interested in becoming a CVE sponsor client, please contact our professional director here.


Client Logos: 3M, Best Buy, Target, Mayo Clinic, OVPR, General Mills, Intricon, Cargill, People Serving People, and When I Work



  • Land O'Lakes
  • General Mills
  • 3m
  • Valspar 
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Medtronic
  • Cargill
  • Best Buy 
  • Target Corp.
  • Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation
  • Herman Miller
  • American Public Media
  • 75f
  • Bright Health
  • Zipnosis
  • Fulton Beer
  • SmartHome Ventures
  • FANSchool
  • Rebiotix
  • FamDoo
  • When I Work
  • Modus
  • Intricon
  • Ovative/Group
  • White Earth Sovereign Nation
  • Social Venture Partners
  • Genesys Works
  • Sister Kenny Institute
  • United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Minnetonka Public Schools
  • MyRain
  • Northside Job Creation Team
  • Wilder Foundation
  • People Serving People

Client Testimonial

"We are thrilled to have the Carlson Ventures Enterprise as a resource. The teams of students are top notch, and we love the energy, fresh perspective, diverse backgrounds, and experience these students bring to our business." - Kathleen Leith Director of Marketing, Rebiotix

Client Testimonial

" was an experiment in pushing the boundaries of transparency and participation in the process of journalism. And it is in that spirit that we would like to share with you some of  CVE’s findings, specifically those that will help to write a new chapter in the crowdfunding playbook." -Public Insight Network