Carlson School of Management

Ventures Enterprise

The Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE) is designed for anyone who believes that the most intriguing part of business is creating, developing, and sustaining new ideas. Whatever form those ideas take, your entrepreneurial skills will be honed and nourished by your experience in the Ventures Enterprise. You will learn how to solve business problems and evaluate opportunities and present recommendations to clients that can provide a return on investment.

  • Exposure to every facet of business to develop critical thinking skills needed to manage or create a business
  • Understand how to recognize a real opportunity and if it is strong enough to win in the marketplace
  • Access to experienced academic and industry advisors who will force you to defend your ideas and help you build on them
  • Work with leading companies as they develop new concepts and businesses
  • Investigate new technologies developed at the University to see if they can become commercially viable

Enterprising Students

CVE gives students the chance to explore the world of entrepreneurship with its uncertainties, risks, and opportunities. Our projects are mission-critical to the sponsors who support us, providing opportunity for leadership development in the real-world application of classroom lessons.

To complement project work, our CVE classes illuminate the world of venture capital, explore innovation, and give 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 CVE experience allows our students to stand out in the market place.

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"The Ventures Enterprise is the perfect 'what if' environment. It helped take my career to a more entrepreneurial place. After graduating from the Carlson School I went to India to analyze the possibiliites of starting a new business. This wouldn't have happened without my Ventures Enterprise experience. It gave me the confidence to believe I could create a new business in a foreign country."

Adrienne Pierce, MBA '08, Founder, AwayTeams.


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