Archive | September, 2012


24 Sep

It’s happening. It’s here. Andddddd … not that many people are signed up. On the short list of can’t miss events at Leeds, this is at the top. It’s time to rally!


This is the chef that’s going to be cooking up all the tasty grub you’re going to be mawing on Wednesday. No, you cannot have his hat.

So here’s a little story from last year. In about February, your social chair Jeff — the guy with the pony-tail — is going to bring an event to you called MBA Prom. It’s exactly what it sounds like, it’s going to be held somewhere fancy, its going to have some great finger foods, there’ll probably be some 80s music, and there will definitely be some of your professors getting overserved at the bar. In 2011, a couple hundred people attended this event, but last spring there was a pervasive vibe of apathy going through school. People weren’t sure it would be fun, people wanted to know if other people were going before they committed, people weren’t sure if it was worth the money. Well all those people got to come to school on Monday and hear about what an awesome time everyone who went to prom had.

Don’t let this be you. Remember these three key points …

It WILL be worth the money. 

There is a reason that we plan this event for a Wednesday, because the opportunity cost for a first-year student is practically zero. The financial cost is the equivalent of gorging yourself at the C4C a couple of times, which you are going to regret anyway. This food is going to knock the lights out of whatever else you were going to eat that day, plus you get to wash it down with some wine or beer if you like, and you get to do it all at a gorgeous venue that you might never have gone to otherwise on the banks of the mighty Boulder Creek. And that’s not to mention the fact that you can’t even quantify the value of a good connection, and the GEA has been working tirelessly to make sure that this event is packed with good connections. In summation: you are actually LOSING money by not attending.

It WILL be cool.

You know what makes an event cool? When YOU go to it. Life is to short to let your activities be dictated by what others are doing, so all you have to do is know that this is a cool event and go to it. Saving $35 and doing your homework isn’t nearly as cool as meeting people and learning stuff that will last beyond your graduation.

You ARE an entrepreneur.

This is why you are here in Boulder. Even if you don’t have intentions of starting your own business the minute you graduate or trying to break into the ultra-competitive tech scene, you are here because you have the entrepreneurial spirit. You want to at least work for a small company at the very outset of its journey, because you want that challenge. There is no better single place or time in this school year to meet the people that have already started ventures that may need your help.

Follow the link below to get yourself a ticket, and we will see you there on Wednesday.

When: Sep. 26th from 9:30am to 5:00pm
Where: The Red Lion Restaurant (link) (map)

GEA Retreat | Get Inspired and Immersed in Entrepreneurship

24 Sep

If you haven’t had a chance to see who’ll be coming to the annual GEA Retreat this year, check it out here. This is one event you don’t want to miss! In addition to meeting some of the most influential people in Boulder, you’ll …

  • Be inspired and motivated to act and think entrepreneurially
  • Get answers to any entrepreneurial questions from people who know
  • Understand the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Boulder better
  • Build your connections in and outside of CU
  • See why Boulder is among the top 10 startup cities in the country
  • Enjoy delicious food provided by the Red Lion Restaurant

IMPORTANT: deadline for tickets is today!

Come support the GEA, be inspired, and immerse yourself in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in and around CU.

When: Sep. 26th from 9:30am to 5:00pm
Where: The Red Lion Restaurant (link) (map)
Full agenda, tickets, and info here:

GEA RETREAT NEXT WEEK. Also, fun stuff this week.

18 Sep

Happy Monday evening, GEA. We posted earlier today about the GEA Retreat to get an email out with some final details for our big, can’t miss event. Important details are below so that it will remain on the home page. In the mean time, there are a few events THIS week worth noting …

This week at school …

StartUp CU

The new cross-campus club that brings students of varying disciplines together meets on the third Wednesday of every month.

When: Wednesday, September 19, 6 pm

Where: Wolf Law Room 301, CU-Boulder Campus

Tim Falls – Leeds Grad, former Tech Star and early employee of SendGrid – will be speaking on the topic, “Student to Startup.” There will also be two pitches from new startups in the community and the always lively discussion.


Entrepreneurs UnPlugged presents Holly Hamman and Rustin Banks, Co-Founders of BlogFrog

The Silicon Flatirons monthly speaker series.

When: Monday, September 24, 6:15 pm

Where: Atlas Room 100, CU-Boulder Campus

Holly Hamman and Rustin Banks will share the story of their journey to BlogFrog. Brad Bernthal, Brad Feld and Jill VanMatre will moderate. Reception to follow.


This week in the community …

Boulder is For Robots

In their words: “If you love robots, are working on robots, are an entrepreneur thinking about working on robots, or are a robot, come play with us and our robots.”

When: Tuesday, September 18, 6 pm

Where:  The Riverside, Arapahoe and Broadway, Boulder


On the horizon…

The GEA Retreat

When: Wednesday, September 26, 9 am

Where: The Red Lion Inn, Boulder


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GEA Retreat | Sep 26th 2012

17 Sep

In a restaurant  not far up Boulder canyon, graduate students, entrepreneurs, angels, VCs, and entrepreneurial faculty will gather to be inspired and connect with the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Boulder.

When: Sep. 26th from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Where: The Red Lion Restaurant (link) (map)

Dress: Business Professional


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Less than two weeks away, the GEA at CU-Boulder will hold a full-day retreat to promote entrepreneurship and introduce new graduate students to fellow entrepreneurial students, faculty, alumni, and the Boulder community.

This is the most anticipated GEA event of the year and will include a number of panels, lunch, breakout sessions, speakers, and even a cocktail hour to mingle with the creme dela creme! A limited number of spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis, so join us, get motivated, and start the new academic year on a high note!


You’ll notice some pending speakers below. We’ll be updating this with more information over the next week, so stay tuned for more details.

  • 9:30 am – Mingle and settle in
  • 10:00 am – Intro
    • Paul Jerde (video) | Executive Director at the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado Boulder
  • 10:30 am – Keynote  (video)
    • Brad Feld | Managing Director at the Foundry Group
  • 12:30 am – Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – Debate about entrepreneurship in big and small companies (video)
    • Brad Bernthal | Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center
    • Joe Zell | General Partner at Grotech Ventures
  • 2:30 pm – Breakout session with special guests representing 4 topics
    • Green Tech
    • Outdoor Industry
    • Organics and Naturals
  • 3:15 pm – Alumni panel (video)
    • Adam Shepler | Product Marketing Manager at LinkSmart, Inc.
    • TBD | 4th member of panel
  • 4:00 pm – Cocktail hour and mingle

GEA Kickoff This Friday

12 Sep
The GEA (Graduate Entrepreneurs Association) is a group of entrepreneurial-minded graduate students from all over campus. Come join us for our kickoff meeting this Friday the 14th of September at 12:30 in Koelbel room S125. You’ll be inspired, meet the club leaders, meet fellow entrepreneurs from all over CU, and learn about the events and resources available to you over the next year. We’ll provide the lunch, so let us know (via RSVP) if you’re coming so we have enough for you. 
RSVP for the Kickoff:

It’s Gonna Be a Big Week

11 Sep

As second-years return to campus this week, the GEA calendar is getting full. Most importantly, this week plays host to the GEA-Kickoff, when first and second years can connect, reconnect, and learn all about the big year that the GEA has planned. The much anticipated GEA Retreat is also on the near horizon, so come to the Kickoff and learn more.

Also new this year is the nLab, a cross-disciplinary resource and arm of the Deming Center to help students turn ideas into action. nLab is hiring two student positions immediately, both of which are posted here in google doc links below and due Friday, September 14th.

This week at school …

The GEA Kick-Off

President Ben Buie and the GEA Leadership committee will share with first-years the GEA’s mission and show everyone a preview of this year’s great event. Lunch will be included, and to help us order food properly, RSVPs are appreciated!

When: Friday, September 14th, 12:30 pm

Where: Koelbel S125


nLab Site Manager and Outreach Manager Applications Due

When: Friday, September 14th

Outreach Manager Application:

Site Manager Application:

Check out the applications. If interested, send cover letters and resumes to Allison Peters:

Active Entrepreneurs CU

You thought you were in the only entrepreneurship club at this joint? Come check out another one, get some free food, and meet some cool people from the Atlas Center.

When: Monday, September 17, 6 pm

Where: Atlas 229

This week in the community …

Boulder Open Coffee

Boulder’s weekly, casual entrepreneurship morning get-together. Get some java and mingle.

When: Tuesday, September 11, 8:30 am

Where: Atlas Purveyors, 1505 Pearl Street

Boulder/Denver New Tech

Start-up from the Boulder/Denver area demo their products. Network, socialize, and see some cool stuff!

When: Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 pm

Where: Wittemeyer Courtroom, Wolf Law, CU-Boulder Campus


Colorado Cleanweb Meetup

The CO Cleanweb meetup is a place for individuals interested in leveraging web, mobile and information technologies to drive environmental sustainability. This event is hosted locally by Snugg Home.  On the docket for the night is getting an update from Snugg Home, talking with a cleanweb venture capitalist, a branding challenge from the host, and the future vision of Colorado Cleanweb.

When: Wednesday, September 12,  6:00 pm

Where: SnuggHome, 1021 Pearl Street


Boulder Beta

Boulder’s biggest entrepreneurial get-together’s quarterly installment. Come meet some of the biggest names in the local scene and see a half dozen or so new products being demoed.

When: Thursday, September 13, 6:00 pm

Where: Absinthe House, 1109 Walnut Street, Boulder


Learn more:

On the Horizon …

GEA Retreat

The annual, much anticipated, never too much hype all-day event. Put it on your calendar, clear your schedule that day, and come to the Kick-Off to learn more.

When: Wednesday, September 26th, 9 am

Where:  You’ll find out at the Kick-Off …

2012 – 2013 GEA Events

5 Sep

With the start of a new school year, we’ve received many questions about what we do here at the GEA. We’ve posted about this in the past, but this question is increasingly important as we expand the GEA from primarily MBA students to ALL graduate students. Below is a short description of upcoming events:

GEA Kickoff (Sep 14th @ 12:30 in Koebel room S125)

Come meet the other club members, meet the club leaders, and learn more about each of the events below. We’ll also have some killer food!

GEA Retreat (Sep. 26th at 9:30am to 5:00pm)

Shortly after the Fall semester begins, the GEA holds a retreat to inspire entrepreneurship and introduce the new graduate students to other entrepreneurial students, faculty, alumni, and community. The afternoon is filled with panels, lunch, breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, and a cocktail hour.

StartupCU (3rd Wednesday of every month)

This monthly event consists of an entrepreneurial how-to and a couple business pitch and feedback sessions. The goal is to connect student entrepreneurs to other students and the community.

Idea Workshop (see calendar)

One of the best ways to see if an idea is a good one is to share it. Think of the Idea Workshop as speed dating with your idea. We set up two big circles, on the inside we put successful entrepreneurs, VC’s, Angels, faculty, and entrepreneurial alum, on the outside we put students ready to get feedback.

Biz Plan Understand (see calendar)

We’ll start with b-plan training, which will be followed by a competition to judge two plans currently seeking angel funding. We’ll then compare our ratings to that of the experts, and the student who is closest will get to attend an investor meeting of the Rocky Mountain Venture Club.

Lunch & Learn (see calendar)

Twice a year we invite an experienced and successful entrepreneur to share their story, successes, failures, and advice. Lunch is provided.

Angel Pitch (see calendar)

What happens when you get 6 to 30 actively investing Angels in a room with students pitching their innovative business ideas? Student startups hopefully get funded. Reguardless, it will be a good experience for students, alumni, community, and Angels.

Entrepreneurial Trek (see calendar)

This annual event gives 12-14 students the opportunity to tour businesses from startup to IPO in some of the entrepreneurial hotspots of the county. The last two years, students traveled to Silicon Valley and toured big companies like Zenga and Google and startups like and Path. This year we may try to connect to the entrepreneurial communities in New York or Boston.

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