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.
Your student-managed projects are what you'll experience if you were to champion an idea in the real world - because it will be the real world. You'll learn how to solve business problems and evaluate opportunities. Then you'll present recommendations to clients that can provide a return on investment.
Carlson Ventures Enterprise (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.
Students work with leading companies as they develop new concepts and businesses under the corporate umbrella. We also investigate new technologies developed at the University to see if they can become commercially viable. Students learn what ventures are worth pursuing and how to increase the chances for success.
To complement project work, our Ventures Enterprise 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 Ventures Enterprise experience allows our students to stand out in the market 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.