Students on Hanson Hall balcony


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 provide our students an opportunity to apply new creative problem solving skills to create real value for our clients.

Professional Development

CVE associates work with leading companies as they develop new concepts and businesses in real life circumstances. To complement project work, our curriculum includes:

  • Providing students tools for analyzing business plans, creating recommendations and presenting the results
  • Exploring the tools and frameworks used in entrepreneurship, innovation and creative problem solving
  • Discussing the world of venture capital and risk investing
  • Bringing leading entrepreneurs, investors, and business development professionals into the classroom
  • Giving students the opportunity to expand their network and learn from practitioners what makes a new venture successful.

Student Testimonial

"Having the opportunity to solve real-world problems for various local businesses and startups throughout my MBA prepared me for my career as a Sr. Tech Product Manager at Amazon. I am currently applying the tools and frameworks I learned in CVE, specifically design thinking, to large-scale international problems faced by one of the fastest growing companies in the world."

—Mark Bresher, MBA '17, Senior Product Manager, Amazon