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Connecting CSU Startups with entrepreneurial resources to increase success.

Our Mission

The NewCo Launchpad mission is to improve the founder experience for CSU faculty and staff, and to increase the likelihood of success for its startup companies.

CSUV and NewCo staff work with client companies to better understand the most pressing needs that are critical to moving each startup forward. We pride ourselves in working alongside company founders and business drivers to develop effective business plans and strategies and identify the right CSUV and community resources to prepare companies for a successful launch. Below is a partial list of our offering:

Personnel Development

  • Conflict of Interest
  • Business Driver Development
  • Vision Alignment
  • Roles/Responsibilities

Legal

  • Corporate structure
  • Cap table/equity modeling
  • IP strategy
  • Transactional documentation

Business Plan

  • Customer discovery
  • Market assessment
  • Target product profile
  • Business and Technical Advisors

Funding

  • State of Colorado
  • SBIR/STTR grants
  • Angels and Venture Capital
  • Pitch Development

Operational

  • Lab/office space/equipment
  • HR resources
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Insurance

Our Team

CSU Ventures created NewCo Launchpad to strengthen and leverage its ties to Northern Colorado’s exceptional entrepreneurial community to the benefit of CSU startup companies. CSUV has staffed NewCo Launchpad with startup seasoned professionals who are active in the startup community. Their hands on personal involvement with startups provides important perspective to addressing the unique needs of each client company.

Terry Opgenorth

PhD, Executive Director­ - NewCo Launchpad


Following a successful career in pharmaceutical drug discovery, Terry has more recently been CEO of Vidasym, founder of VetDC, angel investor, and Board Director for a number of startups.

Steve Albers

PhD, Associate Director­ - NewCo Launchpad


While a grad student at CSU, Steve founded Living Ink Technologies and helped found and develop CSU Ventures’ Ambassador Program.

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