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 Scan.me and Path. This year we may try to connect to the entrepreneurial communities in New York or Boston.

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