Innovation


When Brian Deurloo ’97 was a kid, he found out his neighbor was buying frogs—his favorite animal—at a quarter a pop. He showed up with a half-bucket of frogs. That was his first foray into entrepreneurship.
Construction on the new 33,000-square-foot facility – which will exponentially increase the scope of support for launching new businesses and ideas through Mines – could begin as soon as late 2021.
Along with seven other collaborating research universities, Mines will help cultivate deep technology businesses in the Western United States.
Contact lenses that can selectively deliver therapeutic drugs, a “spoof proof” smart car key, and carbon-storing concrete are among the recipients of 2021 Proof of Concept Awards from the Mines Office
The inaugural Energy Venture Investment Summit will be held virtually Feb. 10-11, 2021.
"We started this company with a focus on resolving diabetic foot ulcers, which pose serious health and financial burdens to those affected, but also believe the unique properties of our hydrogels may have broader applicability in wound healing," said Melissa Krebs, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering.
Mines’ newest cohort of University Innovation Fellows have an ambitious agenda to promote positive change on campus – including plans to establish a dedicated creative space where students could unwind and collaborate on artistic endeavors.
The Labriola Innovation Complex will include maker spaces, project team spaces, creativity and collaboration spaces, and design project classrooms — everything needed to imagine, design, prototype, and test new inventions, products and code.
Charles “Charlie” McNeil ’71 and his wife, Judy McNeil, of Denver, made a $5 million gift to Colorado School of Mines to support entrepreneurship and innovation programming.
The Beck Venture Center – named in honor of lead donors Mike and Kelly Beck – could break ground this spring on the Mines campus.