• How We Work

    Other Innovation Labs

    Our innovation lab is constantly hard at work producing ideas, research, and experiments for advancing the field of entrepreneurship.

     

     

    Entrepreneurship Lab

    Our innovation lab is constantly hard at work producing ideas, research, and experiments for advancing the field of entrepreneurship.

     

     

    Ventures

    The core of our work is originating companies and initiatives that advance entrepreneurship, occasionally we invest externally.

     

     

  • Developing Ventures That Advance The Field Of Entrepreneurship

  • Advancing The Field Of Entrepreneurship

    Our primary focus is originating innovations that advance entrepreneurship.

  • Our Local Ecosystem

    Supporting entrepreneurship in Thousand Oaks, CA.

    805 Startups is the premier startup organization in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and Conejo Valley.

    CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    The Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship in both academic and real-world settings.

     

     

  • Our History

     

    CoFounders Crunch was co-founded in 2013 by Brandon Highland and Rob Bueschen after a conversation about "cereal entrepreneurs." The firm currently operates as a global network of innovators, entrepreneurs, and key partners. Overall, CFC behaves as an entrepreneur-centric enterprise focused on advancing the field of entrepreneurship.

     

     

    Brandon Highland,

    Founding Partner

    @brandonhighland

    Brandon provides CoFounders Crunch with strategic direction and leads the firm's impact-driven investments. He is an expert in systemic thinking with a 25 year career in new venture development. He is currently leading our social innovation venture CFC IMPACT, and serving as Chairman for ISD Innovations.

    Rob Bueschen,

    Founding Partner

    @robbueschen

    Rob oversees key strategic relationships for CoFounders Crunch and provides operational insights. He is an author, startup advisor, and award winning social innovator published in Fast Company and Tech Crunch. Rob is currently developing a venture in the marketing realm while serving as Treasurer for ISD Innovations.

  • History

    Naming

    x

    Crunch:

    A. Moments when entrep founders put focused effort, comes in "windows" of time...all nighters, etc.

    B. TechCrunch, Cruchbase, etc....yeah, all was happening same time.

     

    CoFounders:

    A. Oursleves are cofounders, not solo founders

    B. We wanted to honor and value that typically 2 more working together--but we still love and support the solo-founder, who we assume is forging partnerships along the way anway

     

     

    Call ourselves "venture development"

    A. Process we go through ourselves

    B. Outcome of our work are more ventures bein dev'd successfully, i.e. because we are improving and advancing the entrepreneurial field, the assumption is more successful ventures will occur

     

    Firm:

    A. Just sounded right. :)

     

     

    Beaker:

    A. So much of our process begins in the lab, that leads to future dev work...it exemplifies us

    Iterations

    x

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    Purpose

    x

    x

    Future holds?

    x

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  • What We Do

    We turn innovative ideas into valuable new ventures.

    Labs

    This is where our process often starts, inside customized labs dedicated to innovation, experimentation, and discovery.

    Ventures

    The core of our business is creating, developing, and bringing to market successful new ventures and initiatives.

    Collaborations

    Our go-to-market approach for innovations and ventures we develop is to collaborate with top partners and brands.

    Social Impact

    As an impact-driven firm we achieve our aspirations when we bring to market ventures that generate social value.

  • Organizations We Support

    Please consider supporting through donations, engaging, partnering, volunteering, or offering assets:

    B Lab is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of business as a force for good.

     

     

    Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

     

     

    The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and operates Wikipedia and the other free knowledge projects.

     

     

    YCR is a non-profit research lab.

    MaRS works with an extensive network of partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow the innovative companies that are building our future.

    Endeavor is leading the high-impact entrepreneurship movement around the world.

     

     

    JumpStart unlocks the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities.

     

     

    Nesta is an innovation foundation that backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time.

     

     

    The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation fosters economic independence by advancing education & entrepreneurship.

     

     

    Engine supports the growth of technology entrepreneurship through economic research, policy analysis, and advocacy on local and national issues.

    805 Startups is the premier startup organization in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and Conejo Valley.

    CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    The Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship in both academic and real-world settings.

     

     

  • What We Do

    Entrepreneurship Lab

    Our innovation lab is constantly hard at work producing ideas, research, and experiments for advancing the field of entrepreneurship.

     

     

    Projects

    Initiatives that support our findings, and that sometime evolve into ventures. Such as CFC Impact.

     

     

  • About

     

     

    We are a 100% entrepreneur-centered firm focused on developing ventures that advance how companies get built and improve the mechanisms that support the entrepreneurs behind them.

  • How We Work

    Innovation Lab

    Our "Entrepreneurship Innovation Lab" is constantly hard at work producing ideas, research, and experiments for advancing the field of entrepreneurship.

     

     

    Ventures

    The core of our work is originating companies and initiatives that exemplify our mission and achieve our overall objectives, occasionally we invest externally.

     

     

    Capacity

    We are on the front lines of improving the ecosystems, networks, and infrastructures that increase the capacity for entrepreneurs to do their best work.

     

     

  • A Niche Innovation Lab

    Dedicated To Advancing The Field Of Entrepreneurship

  • An Awesome Innovation Lab

    Dedicated To Advancing The Field Of Entrepreneurship

  • How We Work

    Innovation Lab

    Our "Entrepreneurship Innovation Lab" is constantly hard at work producing ideas, research, and experiments for advancing the field of entrepreneurship.

     

     

    Ventures

    The core of our work is originating companies and initiatives that exemplify our mission and achieve our overall objectives, occasionally we invest externally.

     

     

    Investing

    We are market-based and systems-level investors backing ventures and initiatives globally that fit our "advancing entrepreneurship" thesis.

    Capacity

    We are on the front lines of improving the ecosystems, networks, and infrastructures that increase the capacity for entrepreneurs to do their best work.

     

     

  • Our Focus

    We distribute our portfolio across three key categories.

    25%

    Our core focus is developing ventures that advance the field of entrepreneurship and improve the resources that entrepreneurs leverage to do their best work.

    50%

    We reinforce our core focus by hatching ventures and initiatives that enable entrepreneurial ecosystems, infrastructures, and startup communities to strengthen and grow.

    25%

    We develop programs and ventures that amplify innovation for both growth and good. Our interest include: civic & social innovation, corporate partnering, and regional capacity building.

  • Research Areas

    Venture Dev

    Thinking/Think With

    Entrepreneurship

  • Connect

    +1 805-222-0068

    Office/Text

  • Labs

    We leverage these platforms for creating innovations and enhancing our focus.

    Dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and improving the ecosystems, networks, and infrastructures that support entrepreneurs.

    Experimenting with how innovators and entrepreneurs can create greater impact in the world while improving the business models that support their work.

    Focused on developing advancements that will assist the growth and development of a circular economy globally.

  • Advancing the effectiveness of the field

    The front of our work is an innovation lab dedicated to ideas, research, and experiments that advance the field of entrepreneurship.

    Increasing capacity and improving support

    The past four years we've been on the front lines of improving the ecosystems, networks, and infrastructures that increase entrepreneurs capacity to do their best work.

    Investing in the market, globally

    We are systems level strategic developers and investors, backing ventures and initiatives that are also advancing entrepreneurship.

    Originating a venture portfolio

    We originate new ventures that are innovating areas of entrepreneurship. Our focus is CFC IMPACT, making innovations for social impact.

  • We're advancing what's possible with entrepreneurship

    Here's how we are doing it...

    Innovation

    Our innovation lab is constantly hard at work producing ideas, research, and experiments for the purpose of pushing the boundary of entrepreneurial effectiveness.

    Capacity

    For the past four years we've been on the front lines of improving the ecosystems, networks, and infrastructures that increase the capacity for entrepreneurs to do their best work.

    Market

    We are systems level investors and strategic developers in the global market backing ventures and initiatives that are also advancing entrepreneurship.

    Ventures

    A core part of our work is originating ventures that help us achieve our objectives. Check out our main venture: CFC IMPACT, focused on innovations in social impact.

  • We're advancing what's possible with entrepreneurship

    Here's how we are doing it...

    Innovation

    Our innovation lab is constantly hard at work producing ideas, research, and experiments for the purpose of pushing the boundary of entrepreneurial effectiveness.

    Capacity

    For the past four years we've been on the front lines of improving the ecosystems, networks, and infrastructures that increase the capacity for entrepreneurs to do their best work.

    Investing

    We are systems level investors and strategic developers in the global market backing ventures and initiatives that are also advancing entrepreneurship.

    Ventures

    A core part of our work is originating ventures that exemplify our mission and objectives. Check out our latest work: CFC IMPACT, focused on innovations in social impact.

  • Are You Building An Awesome Company?

    We want you to be able to build an awesome company, or support the building of awesome companies

  • Do you like pushing the limits of what is possible?

    That's what we love to do too...

  • Are you pushing the boundary of entrepreneurship too?

    That's certiainly what we love to do too...

  • About

     

     

    CoFounders Crunch is a venture development firm niched to advancing the field of entrepreneurship.

     

    Think of us like your "cofounders" out in the world improving what supports you so you can more effectively accomplish what you want to do in the world.

     

     

    Niche: "Improving the effectiveness of entrepreneurship" "Advancing the field of entrepreneurship"

     

    focused on bringing to market successful endeavors that advance entrepreneurship, support the origination of new ventures, or the growth and development of existing companies and the entrepreneurs behind them.

     

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  • CoFounders Crunch is an entrepreneur-centered firm focused on advancing the effectiveness and improving the support-landscape for how ventures get developed.

  • You can learn a lot about us from our "Guiding Beliefs"

    Click here to download our PDF

  • COFOUNDERS CRUNCH is a niche venture development firm dedicated to innovating the field of entrepreneurship.

  • We're advancing what's possible in entrepreneurship

    Here's how we are doing it...

    Innovation Development

    Our innovation lab is constantly hard at work producing ideas, research, and experiments for the purpose of pushing the boundary of entrepreneurial effectiveness.

    Capacity Development

    For the past four years we've been on the front lines of improving the ecosystems, networks, and infrastructures that increase the capacity for entrepreneurs to do their best work.

    Market Development

    We are systems level investors and strategic developers in the marketplace backing ventures and initiatives that are also advancing entrepreneurship.

    Venture

    Development

    A core part of our work is originating ventures that help us achieve our objectives. Check out our main venture: CFC IMPACT, focused on innovations in social impact.

  • We Are A Niche Venture Development Firm Dedicated To Innovating The Field Of Entrepreneurship

  • Team

    CoFounders Crunch operates as a for-profit socially conscious enterprise through a network of entrepreneurs, innovators, and key partners.

    Founding partners Rob Bueschen (Left) and Brandon Highland (Right) with Vanessa Ting, CEO at Salty Girl Seafood 
    [Vanessa is a valuable member of CoFounder Crunch's network]

    Interested in joining our team?

    Send us a team member request:

  • Published in:

    6 Traits Successful Entrepreneurs All Share
    The Surprising Bias Of Venture Capital Decision-Making
  • Are You Taking Entrepreneurship To New Heights?

    Awesome! That's what we do too, let's connect...

  • HQ:

    31416 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA 91361

    Suite #105

  • About

    CoFounders Crunch is an impact-driven venture development firm focused on bringing to market successful endeavors that make a difference in the world. The firm was founded in 2013 by Brandon Highland and Rob Bueschen after a conversation about "cereal-entrepreneurs," startups, and entrepreneurship.

    Brandon Highland

    Founding Partner

    @brandonhighland

     

    Brandon provides CoFounders Crunch with strategic direction and leads the firm's investments in innovation. He is an expert in systemic-thinking with a 23+ year career in new venture development.

    Read Full Bio on LinkedIn

     

    Rob Bueschen

    Founding Partner

    @robbueschen

     

    Rob provides CoFounders Crunch with operational and strategic relationship direction. He is an author, startup advisor, and award winning social innovator published in Fast Company and Tech Crunch. Rob's current venture focus is Jano Graphics.

    Read Full Bio on LinkedIn

  • Portfolio

    Our work has laid the groundwork for entire startup communities, developed next generation business models, and pushed the boundaries of learning vs. doing.

    Initiative

    Regional initiative to establish the infrastructure and culture for a vibrant network of startup communities in Ventura County, CA.

    Venture

    Next generation backbone organization for economic gardening through collective impact.

    Venture

    Customized entrepreneurship development curriculum and programs.

    Latest Work

    Our current ventures and investments in development: