Xperiments are Project X-ITE’s internships for credit. Each quarter, cross-disciplinary student teams work at a local high-growth company to help solve problems in an experiential learning setting.

Xperiment teams (of two or more students) are set to work on a 10-week program designed to give them real-world business experience, get an insider look at local companies, and collaborate with companies to solve real-world problems.

Company-based projects should relate to the Project X-ITE mission and generally share a common structure: cross-discipline initiatives that can benefit from quick-hitting, part-time project work from a small team, typically consisting of carefully selected, subject-matter qualified students from several disciplines.

What makes the Xperiments experience unique?

What past participants are saying…

It’s been a lot of fun, and more rewarding I feel and more of a real-life experience instead of ‘do this assignment’, ‘take this test’. You get to deal with real problems and real challenges with other people.
2017-12-05T13:28:46+00:00
It’s been a lot of fun, and more rewarding I feel and more of a real-life experience instead of ‘do this assignment’, ‘take this test’. You get to deal with real problems and real challenges with other people.
I haven’t had any experience in entrepreneurship or developing my own ideas, so this has given me a good foundation for how I can approach developing my own solutions or my own company in the future
2017-12-05T13:29:45+00:00
I haven’t had any experience in entrepreneurship or developing my own ideas, so this has given me a good foundation for how I can approach developing my own solutions or my own company in the future
It was really interesting because we got to work with a lot of professionals in the industry … it was different from a class because it wasn’t just sitting there reading or listening to a professor, it was really engaging. I got to learn a lot from the other students in my group because we all have very different areas of study.
2017-12-05T13:30:26+00:00
It was really interesting because we got to work with a lot of professionals in the industry … it was different from a class because it wasn’t just sitting there reading or listening to a professor, it was really engaging. I got to learn a lot from the other students in my group because we all have very different areas of study.
I learned more about the process of designing a project or a product, real world expectations, and having to learn on your own and teach yourself a lot.
2017-12-05T13:31:02+00:00
I learned more about the process of designing a project or a product, real world expectations, and having to learn on your own and teach yourself a lot.

For Interested Students

All undergrads from any discipline at DU are welcome to participate.  Project work is equivalent to 4 internship credits (10-15 hours per week).

 

Check out our list of participating companies for Spring Quarter.

ADAN
ADAN

ADAN, A Different Abilities Network,  is an early-stage lean start-up that will become a web-based Community Platform for coordinated and comprehensive lifetime interaction, navigation, and best possible outcomes for people with Autism and their primary caretakers.

Team Bio

Steve Foster, Adan Co-founder is also a Co-founder of Convercent, an enterprise compliance management and analytics software platform for ethical and regulatory environments.  Convercent has raised $80 million in equity, grown employment to over 150 and has projected 2018 revenues of $12mm.

Steve’s experience also includes being a Founder, Board Member and / or Consultant for numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations including Colorado Technology Association, Catalyst Systems, MyForce Inc., The Center for Heart Led Leadership, Colorado Innovation Network, Big Brothers / Big Sisters.

Earlier in his career he was a high-level Air Force security specialist, Aurora Drug Enforcement Officer and a Technology Products Sales Leader.

Emeric Wigand, Adan Co-founder, started his career working as a CPA for a national accounting firm.  For the last 37 years he has founded and / or led manufacturing, construction and consulting organizations.

He founded and grew a services company to $12 million in annual sales and 65 employees within 10 years leading Forbes 1000 and large multi-national entities through the development of large, complex, national and international real estate ventures.

He co-led the transformation of a regional niche manufacturing company from $2 million in revenues with marginal profits to a premier international brand with revenue of $25 million and a tenfold increase in profits by leading the radical re-engineering of business processes.

And he devised and led a successful transition strategy for the owners of a family-held manufacturing company by increasing company value and leading the sale to a large, multi-national corporation that saw the opportunity to elevate their brand. He remained as President for 6 years after the sale.

Project Overview

Depending upon student interests and skills we will work to accomplish the following:

  • Consumer Products research for products claiming to help people with Autism
  • Minimally Viable Product development & testing
  • Medicaid and public funding systems research by state
  • Education systems research by state
Culture4Health
Culture4Health

Culture4Health is a corporate wellness and management consulting company whose purpose is to help companies become great places to work by creating healthy environments in the workplace, home, social network, and personal psyche through a combination of cultural changes and improvements in stress management, sleep hygiene, and adequate nutrition and movement.

Team Bio

Culture4Health was founded by Todd Weber, Andrea Groth, and Mary Bauer.

Todd Weber is a registered dietitian (RD) and has PhD in Bioenergetics & Exercise Science.  In 2014, Dr. Weber founded Energy Balance Nutrition Consulting, a one-on-one nutrition consulting and health coaching practice.  He has since transitioned from nutrition consulting to corporate wellness to reach a larger audience and leave a bigger impact in the world of health & wellness.

Andrea Groth is a strategic wellness professional with extensive experience planning, organizing, implementing, directing, and evaluating health, fitness, and wellness programming that aligns with organizational goals.  A 20-year veteran of the health and wellness industry, she started her career in the fitness industry while earning a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, and then continued on to the burgeoning field of worksite wellness.

Mary Bauer has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years.  Mary received her BSW degree from Indiana University and worked with child/adult neglect and abuse as a manager of the state welfare department in Nevada.  She moved to Atlanta and worked for 3 years as a regional director for a nationally acclaimed weight loss program and enjoyed the success of individuals taking control of their lives through making better choices.

Mary has been the Social Service director for a rehab/skilled nursing facility for the past 8 years working with people that have been diagnosed with multiple chronic medical issues and many facing end of life scenarios.  This work has realigned her focused on becoming a certified health and wellness coach, guiding people to living a full and abundant life. Mary’s primary tool for achieving desired change in her clients has been her certification as a Hypnotherapist. This ability to tap into a person’s belief system is the key to a beautiful new mindset of overall health in every aspect of their life.

Project Overview

Culture4Health needs creative, technologically savvy minds to help create content (PowerPoints, blogs, newsletters, videos, worksheets) in the areas of stress management, sleep hygiene, nutrition, and movement that will be used as part of our wellness offerings.

DCP Midstream

 

DCP Midstream

DCP Midstream is one of the largest producers of NGLs and one of the largest natural gas processing companies in the U.S. We gather and/or process about 12 percent of our nation’s gas supply.

Leading Industry Footprint
We have a competitive footprint and strong geographic diversity with leading positions in key economic-producing basins where producers are focused, including the DJ Basin, the Permian Basin, and the STACK/SCOOP areas of the Midcontinent.

We provide natural gas gathering services to the wellhead, and we’re leveraging our strategic footprint to extend the value chain through our integrated NGL pipelines and other marketing and logistics infrastructure.

Committed to Sustainability
Through our DCP 2020 framework, DCP is committed to being sustainable in any market environment, with a focus on operational excellence, including industry-leading safety performance.

Team Bio

Cesar Amicarella, Stephanie Brunk, Bill Johnson, David Jost, and Davide Navarrete

Project Overview

The North Business Unit for DCP Midstream (primarily based in Weld County, CO), transports condensate from 15 pick-up locations to 5 drop-off or sales point locations (see map). A field operator monitors tanks levels across each of the 15 sites, schedules trucks to pick up loads and coordinates with plant operators at each of the drop-off or sales point locations to deliver the truckloads. DCP incurs logistics costs for the transportation of the product to the sales points. There are at least 3 price points at our sales locations.

The objective of the project is to deliver algorithms and business process changes to minimize the costs of moving the product while maximizing the value of the product sold. The pickup locations have storage limitations and the drop-off locations have storage and processing limitations. The solution should not impact normal gathering and processing operations.

D Curve
D Curve

DCP Midstream is one of the largest producers of NGLs and one of the largest natural gas processing companies in the U.S. We gather and/or process about 12 percent of our nation’s gas supply.

Leading Industry Footprint
We have a competitive footprint and strong geographic diversity with leading positions in key economic-producing basins where producers are focused, including the DJ Basin, the Permian Basin, and the STACK/SCOOP areas of the Midcontinent.

We provide natural gas gathering services to the wellhead, and we’re leveraging our strategic footprint to extend the value chain through our integrated NGL pipelines and other marketing and logistics infrastructure.

Committed to Sustainability
Through our DCP 2020 framework, DCP is committed to being sustainable in any market environment, with a focus on operational excellence, including industry-leading safety performance.

Team Bio

Andrew Strauss: CEO
An avid snowboarder, mountain biker, hiker, and runner, Andrew spends more than a hundred days a year designing, testing, reviewing and developing products in the Colorado sunshine. He recognizes premium, quality, performance eyewear is essential to Explore Boundaries. See Beyond. Defy Limits and See More. Do More. He’s been an over-achiever in the sunglasses and goggles industry for twenty years. Andrew’s dogs have taught him important lessons to live by: Live in the moment. Play every day. Be loyal and dependable. Adapt and thrive.

Kimberly Colfer: Sales
A native of the Centennial State who sometimes dreams in Spanish, Kimberly grew up skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. She taught skiing in Vail for many years to supplement her (low-paying) elementary teacher salary while living in one of Colorado’s most beautiful (expensive) mountain communities. Motivated to dive (skydive – yep, she’s done that) into a new career, Kim discovered she loves sales, becoming a top-producer for RE/MAX, selling franchises internationally and in the USA, earning numerous accolades. She’s thrilled to see more and do more with D•CURVE and feels privileged to be promoting the D•CURVE outdoor lifestyle brand.

Project Overview

The purpose of this internship is to prepare college students for entry into the Entrepreneurial business world by offering practical work experience (10-20 hours per week) & providing a thorough understanding of the daily functions of a small start-up business focused on sunglasses, snow goggles, and helmets. The knowledge gained from this experience is applicable in all different aspects of business. We feel we can offer the right candidates a wealth of experience in multiple aspects of business in the exciting outdoor recreation industry.

LiveWorldly
Live Worldly

Team Bio

Kael Robinson: CEO, She went to University Denver. Started her first company at 24 and has started now 5 since mostly in social impact work to build products that give back to a cause. Now she is focused on wellness world wide and how to create events, products and more to make people healthier. Erin Sidhu, COO she has worked mostly in fashion her whole career and focuses on logistics and operations for all the product businesses. Zara Cooney, CMO has worked mostly in marketing and digital media. She focuses on all marketing efforts, social media and digital media.

Project Overview

We will be needing someone to help grow our audience, learn Amazon back end, social media efforts, marketing strategy for students and fulfillment for products.

Lyrics2learn
Lyrics2learn

Lyrics2learn is a kindergarten-5th grade, software as a service reading tool created in a 4th grade classroom.  We use hip-hop, rock, blues and jazz fused with educational text to help kids become better readers, thinkers, and learn to love reading.  We currently have teachers in all 50 states, 5 countries, and serve 200,000 lessons each month to 40,000 students.

Team Bio

Jeremy Spartz:  Former 2nd and 4th grade teacher, CEO

Adam Ciboch:  17 year entrepreneur of 4 different companies, CTO

Doug Leavy:  Former head of pro-end audio marketing and sales at Westone, Lyrics2learn’s Head of Sales and Engagement

Project Overview

Students working with L2L will be communications with teachers using customer engagement platforms,  surveys, emails, and also learning and analyzing  customer behaviors through our data-base analytics system.  These tools (and others) will be used to answer two questions:

  1. What stops/prevents teachers from using L2L in their classroom?
  2. Can we create processes or tools to help teachers use L2L more effectively and consistently in the classroom?
Pepper
Pepper

The first body positive bra company for small-chested women.

We are starting the body confidence movement for this $4B underserved market and empowering women to celebrate the body they have. We launched our first product, the All You Bra, on Kickstarter in April 2017 and successfully funded our campaign in the first 10 hours. We’ve been featured in Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and more, where women have expressed they are excited to finally embrace the ‘flat’ in flattering.

Team Bio

Jaclyn Fu, Co-founder & CEO: 6 years of go-to-market experience at technology companies like

Mozilla, pre-IPO Etsy and VC-backed Conversocial. She has built brands and communities from the

ground up.

Lia Winograd, Co-founder & COO: Former management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and brings with

her operational and financial planning experience. She is also fluent in Spanish and native to Colombia.

Project Overview

Working on this project will lead to a compelling story you can tell in your future interviews about how you led, developed and executed from beginning to end, a marketing campaign that directly drove growth.

We use the Lean Startup methodology and will guide you on how to devise hypotheses, experiments and measurement.

After your 10 week project,  you will have uncovered an interesting customer insight using data, devised a marketing campaign that leverages the insight and tests a hypothesis, executed the campaign, measured the results, and presented the findings.

Applications Due by 12:00pm on Friday, March 9, 2018

For Interested Companies

Applications for the Spring Quarter are now live. Please apply no later than February 2.

Companies provide:

  • 10-week (maximum) project with a clearly defined idea to be developed or challenge to be addressed
  • High growth business opportunity with clear benefits
  • Management and oversight of team
  • Access to senior leaders when appropriate

Project X-ITE provides:

  • Project review and evaluation
  • Recruiting of students with appropriate skills and interest
  • Oversight by faculty with expertise
  • Scoping of deliverables and outcomes
  • Class credit for students!

Are you a company with an idea for an Xperiment project? Submit Your XPeriment Today

Let us know your idea by submitting this form or by emailing projectxite@du.edu directly!

Xperiments Company Interest Form

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