In its second year in a virtual setting, the New Venture Challenge (NVC), CU Boulder’s premier entrepreneurial startup program and competition, dazzled with high energy and even higher-flying ideas curated by CU Boulder students vying for their share of $150,000 in prize money.
The 13th annual event––dubbed NVC14 for superstition’s sake because, according to emcee and Associate Professor of Law Brad Bernthal, “We could not risk the jinx”––began with a more serious tone than in years past as Bernthal took a moment to reflect on the trials of the past year.
“There’s been no shortage of problems that have picked us over the past 13 months,” Bernthal, who co-founded NVC, said. “Let’s take a moment and reflect on what we’ve lost over the past year and take a moment to be grateful for those heroes who have emerged in ways big and small over the past year as well.”
Equipping heroes in our communities quickly became the theme of the evening.
The winner of the challenge, HUG Solutions, drew inspiration from the doctors and vaccine distributors and administrators working to end the COVID-19 pandemic by developing PortaVax, a portable vaccine transportation cooler capable of carrying mRNA vaccines at -70 degrees Celsius for four days.
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