Group Discussion at a Table

Project Structure

Client-focused Projects

Carlson Ventures Enterprise focuses on both corporate venturing and entrepreneurial businesses. Final team selections are based on student preferences and skill sets. CVE associates conduct both secondary and primary research, utilizing data and resources from the University of Minnesota and interviewing industry stakeholders and consumers to gather data and insights. Teams meet weekly with the program’s professional director during each project to assess progress, discuss ideas, and debate solutions.

Example Project with the Mayo Clinic

Our Ventures Team worked for the Mayo Clinic and assisted with creating business strategy and identifying market opportunities for new medical products and procedures.  The team utilized the lean start-up methodology to accomplish their goals. The team met throughout the semester with the Mayo project lead and presented their findings at the end of the semester.