Are you a DU student working on a startup? Pioneering Summer is a 10-week startup accelerator that provides support for student ventures to take them to the next level. The program provides mentorship, coaching, workshops, company visits, and social activities, as well dedicated time and space to allow students to focus on building the venture, conducting customer research, and testing their products. Now in its third year, Pioneering Summer is Project X-ITE’s flagship program. In 2019, teams will compete to for an available 8 team spots (up to 32 students) in the cohort. Accepted teams will receive a stipend to cover their costs for the summer, as well as dedicated mentoring support from Colorado’s innovation ecosystem. For more information, contact

Pioneering Summer 2018 Highlights

10 Weeks. Nine Companies. 45 Mentors.

During the 2018 program, 30 undergraduate and graduate students across nine teams received financial support, dedicated mentors, workshops led by Denver’s greatest innovators, and other resources to take their ventures to the next level.

At the end of the summer, students pitched their companies to nearly 100 community members, business leaders, and mentors at Demo Day at Catalyst HTI.

The results were amazing!

  • Atomata, a grow-tech company, was accepted into the Y-Combinator advisor track mentorship program.
  • PocketChange, a micro-giving platform, received angel funding and made it to the DSW Pitch Competition semi-finals.
  • Boobi Butter, a breast health company, distributed its product in Nigeria through an educational campaign.

Learn more about the 2018 program here.

Check out our 2018 Pioneering Summer participants!

Isaiah Silva & Austin Armstrong

Smart urban agriculture optimization via sensors and cameras

Lauren Agee and Benjamin Pantilat

Platform to simplify on-campus organizational fundraising

Reyn Aubrey, Christian Dooley & Jon DuVarney

Microgiving platform that uses social media for good

Amelia Coomber & Hayley Miller

Subscription box with tools and resources for breast health

Meghan Keim & Kirk Scully

Sustainable clothing made from recycled materials

Sudhakar Arumugam, Robert Cuillard, & Josh Ostby

Interactive video platform for resume submission

Will Alverson, Meredith Gee, & Scott Romano 

Digital marketing and product development studio

Cooper Fitzpatrick, Carole Green, Drew Harrilchak, & Harriet Prior

Monthly subscription of Colorado craft beers plus access to events

Max Evans, Kyle Hornick, Grant Kochmann, & Evan Reierson

Web-linked dynamic digital bulletin board

Listen to our Sessions episode with past PioSummer participants below!