Ascend - Elevating Nonprofits Conference, Fort Collins, CO. Online registration for this event is now closed ut you can register on site on Wednesday morning.
Ascend was established in 2013 under the name Enterprise Student Partnership Program.
Its creation was sparked by the Colorado State University System Venture Capital Fund sponsored by the CSU Board of Governors to support innovation and promote collaboration in higher education. Their initial proposal was to enroll companies as “students” so they could benefit from the vast opportunities at Colorado State University.
The Enterprise Student Partnership Program would launch a new product into the marketplace and create an entirely new student population, and associated revenue stream, for the CSU System. Through this Program, they would enroll entire entities – private corporations, nonprofit organizations, government units, etc. – as students of the Program. By enrolling as a “students” in the Program, the entity purchases a comprehensive suite of educational services and opportunities to engage in the life of the universities, as though it were an individual student.
By enrolling as a “students” in the Program, the entity purchases a comprehensive suite of educational services and opportunities to engage in the life of the universities, as though it were an individual student. The team worked with and listened to organizations large and small, across Colorado to create a program tailored to the needs of the business and non-profit communities. They also developed partnerships within the Colorado State University Fort Collins campus to bring exceptional offerings to the forefront of the program. The culmination was the creation of a holistic experience designed to elevate the employee experience through the bundling of the best of Colorado State University.
You can visit the Ascend website here.