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Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship: Student Opportunity: Rutt Bridges Capital Fund

Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship. Rutt Bridges Venture Capital Fund.

It is crucial to support start-ups and small businesses in Colorado, which provide the vast majority of jobs in the state.

- Rutt Bridges
Managing Partner, Quest Capital Partners

The Jake Jabs Center exposes entrepreneurs to a variety of funding sources in order to help them pursue their business dreams. One of these sources is the Rutt Bridges Venture Capital Fund, which started in 1998 from an endowment gift by Rutt Bridges. This fund was created in order to provide seed capital for start-up companies affiliated with the Center.

Are you a student looking to get involved?

The Rutt Bridges Venture Capital Fund is looking for innovative businesses in which to invest. The fund is managed by a team of student associates and advisors from the Jake Jabs Center Advisory Council. The fund provides initial startup capital and the possibility of up to one additional round of funding for eligible companies. The typical deal uses a convertible debt structure and the fund participates in the ongoing growth of these young ventures. 

Contact the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship for information about becoming a student associate.

Are you a business looking for investing?

Companies that seek investment from the fund must meet several criteria and endure a rigorous selection process. The criteria include involvement with the Jake Jabs Center or the University of Colorado Denver. Initial investments are expected to be $25,000 and typically cannot be the only source of funding for prospective companies.

The fund does not invest in real estate, gambling or other industries deemed incompatible with the mission of the University of Colorado.

Learn about applying for funding.


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