Welcome to Project X-ITE

Project X-ITE connects all the resources of the University of Denver together to advance innovation, technology and entrepreneurship across our community, region and world.

Our Manifesto

We are future-proof.

We seek answers to big challenges and find solutions that break the mold.

We are visionaries. Trailblazers. Makers. Thinkers. Designers. Doers. We don’t send invitations. We make space for everyone who shows up because we know that possibilities and horizons expand as more people sit at the table. If you’re ready to work, eager to play, and often blur the lines between the two, we want you on our team.

We share – ideas, credit, time, and expertise. We are on the cutting edge of opportunity, setting a faster pace and a new paradigm of flexibility and inclusive leadership. We come from across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. We see pathways and connections visible only to the inspired eye. We bridge divides and know that the most important things we have to offer are collaborative spirits and open minds. We know how to adapt, and we don’t always follow the rules.

We don’t fear missing out because whatever we create, whatever we ideate, whatever we launch will be what the world didn’t know it was missing. We welcome failure, we celebrate oddball ideas, and we accept that we don’t have every answer. We iterate, we pivot, and we embrace the first pancake.

This is our way of life. We start up, and we never stop. We are the next generation of entrepreneurs, technologists, and innovators. We are Project X-ITE.

We focus on supporting student ventures and careers in innovation, and working with faculty to reimagine their curriculum.

What We Do

Supporting Student Ventures

From ideation to proof-of-concept to funding and scaling, Project X-ITE supports students through all stages of launching a startup venture. We do this through a coordinated series of curricular and co-curricular learning environments, mentoring, networking, and funding opportunities. Our physical spaces – the X-Lab (powered by the Daniels College of Business), and the Innovation Floor (powered by the Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science) – bring students together to collaborate with like-minded individuals across the DU campus. Additionally, Project X-ITE offers long-term programming to support student ventures through Incubator X (an incubator for early stage ideas) and Pioneering Summer (a 10- week residential accelerator program).

Curriculum Reimagined

Project X-ITE seeks to support faculty who are interested in re-imagining their curriculum in ways that support an innovation mindset. To this end, X-ITE Faculty Innovation Fellows are helping DU faculty imagine, design, and implement nontraditional forms of curriculum to ignite and develop students’ innovative mindset.

Lifelong Innovation

Project X-ITE recognizes that not all students want to start their own companies. In this vein, we support students who seek to innovate at larger companies or launch a career at a startup. Project X-ITE provides these students with events, programs, and activities that instill an innovator’s mindset while making deep connections to the innovation ecosystem beyond the University.

Founding Partners

Project X-ITE is made possible through the generous support of our corporate founding partners. Through their commitments, we are able to provide world-class innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship programs and events for the DU community and beyond.