Computer Science Entrepreneurial Capstone at the University of Colorado Boulder
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The Goal of the Capstone is to provide Computer Science students with the tools to be successful technical co-founders of their own startups. We will explore the initial stages of founding a startup, including team formation, idea validation, pivoting and pitching, while employing an iterative methodology. Student teams will develop a minimum viable product, pitch their final startup concept, and be evaluated on product/market fit.

Companies

Companies that have been started in the Capstone

Almond

In-person On-demand Tutoring

Clouby

Clouby makes educational kid friendly games that kids don’t realize are educational. We strive to bring a sense of adventure and discovery to all of our users while providing parents with a sense of relief.

Crawlr

Crawlr is your personal guide to the best possible adventures near you! Whether it be going out with friends or planning a date night, Crawlr has your back.

DIY Defense

Furn

On-demand buddy and truck to move furniture

Glimpse

A global social adventure

Omake

An integrated platform for home builders and remodelers struggling with organization and scheduling.

ShirtKarate

Data Driven Merchandise

Stuff Sanity

Stuff Sanity is the new way people are defeating their clutter and finding the best deals. We pickup your stressful stuff and sell it on our unique market. If it sells in 30 days, we give back 20% to you or your favorite charity - but no matter what, that stressful clutter is out of your life forever. Try for it today to find the best deals and bring sanity back to your stuff!

TheGrower.io

Remote Monitoring and Automation for Hobbyist Indoor Growers

WisePool

Crowd-sourced Education Platform

Time Line

Rough layout of the 2016-2107 year long capstone

  • August

    Form Teams

    Within the first few weeks of class, students pitch ideas to each other and with the goal of forming teams. Some students come to class with multiple ideas, while others come with just one. Students self select there teams, however students may switch of leave teams throughout the year.

  • September - October

    Idea Validation

    Once students form teams, they are taught to go out and validate there ideas. Students are encouraged not to build products or MVPs. Students go through the steps of learning how to validate not only idea/market fit, but founder/market fit. The thought of idea validation is present through the Capstone.

  • November - December

    MVP Creation & Pitch Practice

    Now that students have validated there ideas, they are encouraged to create MVPs to test the assumptions that they have made about their business. They also learn and practice how to present there business to others. At the end of the first semester they present to a group of industry professionals from all across Boulder.

  • January - March

    Ramping Up

    Students spend the seconds semester building out their products. To assist in this numerous industry professionals are brought in to teach about marketing, tax law, intellectual property, scaling, hiring, and more. Throughout the semester students practice their pitches in preparation of the CU NVC.

Instructors

Professor Rick Han

Associate Professor - Department of Computer Science

Zach Nies

VP of Education - Techstars