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Our programs

Gain the knowledge and skills to create change with your idea. Whether it’s launching a technology startup, creating the next world-changing environmental nonprofit, or anything in between, we will provide the tools you need.

Our extra-curricular programs

Innovation Thursdays

Hear thought leaders and change makers in different fields share their knowledge and experience.

The Big Idea Competition

Win $50,000 in seed money by presenting your idea to a panel of industry experts.

Soup Project Challenge

In March 2015, Innovation at CC, in partnership with the Collaborative for Community Engagement at CC, offered $20,000 in seed funding for student-designed social innovation projects focusing on issues of poverty, hunger, and/or homelessness in Colorado Springs. Four student teams presented their ideas to a panel of judges and each team was awarded funding.

Our co-curricular programs

2017 Half Block –
Big Idea Half Block

This half block is a workshop format, 100% focused on innovation and startup teams participating in the Big Idea program at Colorado College. This workshop will cover every element required to successfully compete in the Big Idea competition, where $50,000 is in play for student teams’ startup ideas. The workshop will cover topics such as: Core Value Proposition and alignment with your target population / market; Burning Match pitch; Executive Summary; Pitch Deck; and startup model. This workshop gives teams in-depth feedback and refinement of their Big Ideas. In addition, the course provides an intermediate / advanced primer on the innovation and startup process.

Our curricular programs

EV120: Innovation in Environmental Science

This course was offered in Fall 2015 in partnership with the Environmental Program and Innovation at CC. Students learned how innovative technology is being utilized in different fields. This course covered how to use drones, remote sensing, and startup innovations to come up with new valuable ways to approach environmental science.

Our affiliate programs

To enrich the culture of innovation at Colorado College, Innovation at CC has partnered with several CC programs. We support these programs by building synergy around visibility, collaboration, communication, and shared services and resources.


In Summer 2014 Colorado College became a ‘changemaker campus’ as designated by Ashoka U which is the university division of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs.

The Big Idea

The Big Idea is an annual pitch competition for student teams to develop startup ideas (traditional industry startups; social, non profit; etc.) for $50,000 in seed funding.

IDEA Space

Located in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, the InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (I.D.E.A.) Space incorporates the visual arts into the CC campus and Colorado Springs community in innovative ways, including performances, exhibits, and guest speakers.

Keller Family Venture Grant Program

The Venture Grants Program enables students to pursue their own research projects through the generosity of the Keller Family Foundation.

Public Interest Fellowship Program

Through its fellowship program, the PIFP connects students and recent graduates of CC with public interest nonprofit organizations to engage in meaningful work.

State of the Rockies Project

The State of the Rockies Project increases understanding of critical issues impacting the region of the Rocky Mountain West.

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