Executive Director Erik Mitisek joins Project XITE


What is Project X-ITE?

Project X-ITE is staking out new ground where innovation, technology and entrepreneurship intersect. It’s a cross-disciplinary initiative, the first of its kind at the University of Denver, to ignite new ideas across the University and beyond, to build exciting, impactful partnerships with creative thinkers and doers in industry and government. The Project will leverage its location at the heart of Colorado’s thriving high-tech innovation economy to collaborate directly with industry and thought leaders.


Read the feature article about Project X-ITE in the DU Magazine.




The Project will be an activator for promising new projects that emerge throughout and beyond the University. For example, Project X-ITE might

  • •  Incubate a student’s start-up business idea
  • •  Develop a cross-disciplinary degree program
  • •  Fund prototype development for innovative prosthetics



Project X-ITE will curate a series of lectures, discussions and other events large and small, becoming a platform for conversations between great minds in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. For example, X-ITE might

  • •  Convene a panel on the business aspects of startups
  • •  Host a speaker series about disruptive technologies
  • •  Create a maker/hacker space

First Executive Director Named

Erik Mitisek, DU alum and co-founder of Denver startup week, stands proudly in a suit in front of the construction site for the new engineering school

University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp today announced that DU alum and local entrepreneur, Erik Mitisek will join the University of Denver as the new executive director of Project XITE effective April 8.


As the executive director of Project XITE, Mitisek will connect creative thinkers and doers in industry and government to faculty and students around the intersection of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. He will help create partnerships that forge new opportunities for the DU community across disciplines to connect to each other and to the broader innovation economy. The Project XITE initiative looks to position DU as a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship-related higher education and increase DU’s profile as Denver’s platform for ITE topics globally. As co-chair of Startup Colorado and organizing chair and co-founder of the annual Denver Startup Week, Mitisek brings the wealth of knowledge needed to successfully position the University in the innovation, technology and entrepreneurial marketplace, a key goal for the University’s new strategic plan: DU IMPACT 2025.


Chancellor Rebecca Chopp said, “Erik is highly respected in the Colorado startup scene. His entrepreneurial drive is exactly what the University needs to become a player in the innovation and technology growth driving Denver’s economy.”


Learn more about Erik’s credentials as a Denver entrepreneur

Presenting Project XITE

Who's Leading

In its alpha phase, Project X-ITE will be led by the deans of three of the University’s schools and colleges, as well as a working group of academic and industry leaders.

JB Holston

Dean of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
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Brent Chrite

Dean of the Daniels College of Business
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Marty Katz

Dean of the Sturm College of Law
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Share Your Ideas

Project X-ITE is looking for the first proposals to support through its Activate process. Do you have a business idea, new technology or initiative to propose? Please submit a paragraph describing your idea and how Project X-ITE can support it. Preference will be given to those projects that are interdisciplinary and involve innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

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Project X-ITE Speaker Series

Once per month, Project X-ITE will convene thought leaders from the University and Denver communities to discuss a topic relevant to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

–          August 17: Women in Innovation

–          August 31: Fireside Chat on Entrepreneurship with Steve Kaplan of University of Chicago and Dan Caruso of Zayo

–          September 15: Denver Start-up Week Pitch Competition, hosted by Project X-ITE

–          September 20: VC Finance

–          October 18: What is Demand-width? An intimate conversation with Dan Caruso, CEO of Zayo

–          November 15: Social Enterprise

–          January 17: Public Sector Entrepreneurship

–          February 21: Intrapreneurs


Project X-ITE Summits

Each quarter at DU, Project X-ITE will host a day-long summit featuring workshops, panels, and roundtables that allow students and community members to dive deep on a particular topic.

Upcoming Summit dates are:

–          November 11: Social Enterprise Summit, in partnership with the Daniels College of Business

.–          February 15: Future of the Professions Summit, in partnership with Sturm School of Law