Archive | October, 2012

GEA and MBAWI Lunch | Nicole Glaros

31 Oct

Tomorrow GEA and MBAWI will be hosting Nicole Glaros, Managing Director of Tech Stars. The event is from 12:30pm until 1:30pm in S125. She will be speaking about “Having It All” (career, kids, etc). We have decided to offer lunch, so please RSVP here.

When: Nov 1st at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Where: CU Koelbel Room S125


Nicole’s Biography: Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. From there, she founded three startups including, all of which are still operating. She has spent nearly a decade working to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado through leadership roles at various organizations and incubators such as CTEK, Investor Avenue, CleanLaunch, and the Advance Colorado Center.

She considers herself privileged to have worked with nearly 100 brilliant and gutsy seed-stage web software entrepreneurs. Nicole graduated with her Master’s Degree from the University of Florida, likes to do at least one philanthropic thing annually, and shares the wonderment of parenthood with the love of her life, Mark. When not thinking about TechStars, you’ll find Nicole on the slopes or on her bike, hanging with her big fat greek family, traveling to some exotic destination, or generally making a fool of herself to entertain others.


NVC Kick-Off Monday, Young Entrerpreneurs Day Wednesday

29 Oct

Happy Monday, people. There’s a great week in entrepreneurship ahead of you — mostly its the NVC Kick-Off, but that’s basically a week worth of action in one sitting. And Wednesday is National Young Entrepreneurs Day! Once a year, kids across America experience what its like to be an entrepreneur by going door to door for funding to get their ventures off the ground. Most kids have the same idea — get the most funding, and then eat the funding — but the spirit is there, so support these go-getters when your doorbell rings.


Young Entrepreneurs Day, 2011. The kid with the wheels did a resources and capabilities analysis to give himself an edge against his competition. He also conned the kid back left into wearing some girly wings. Between that and the car, the smug look on his face was inevitable.


This Week in Entrepreneurship …

The New Venture Challenge Challenge Kick-Off & the NLab Launch Party

The NVC is a pride and joy of the University of Colorado, and this party kicks off a year-long process of events to take a person from fledgling idea to real business. Come enjoy the party, learn about the process, and see if some hair-brained scheme might fit into it. The Deming Center’s NLab will be unveiling tonight as well, so come here from the horse’s mouth what its all about.

When: Monday, October 29 | 5:15 pm

Where: Wittemyer Courtroom | Wolf Law | CU Boulder Campus



Nicole Glaros From Tech Stars

Did you miss Nicole last week in her how-not-to-get-shot-down seminar? She’s back, co-hosted by the GEA and the womens association that has a long and constantly changing acronym (currently MBAWI).
A great way to spend the lunch hour!

When: Thursday, November 1 | 12:30 pm

Where: Koelbel, S125 | CU Boulder Campus

No RSVP necessary.


nLab Co-Working Space

A place to meet, greet, get work done and get mentored.

When: Friday, November 2 | 11 am – 2 pm

Where: Atlas, 1B29 | CU Boulder Campus


On the Horizon …

Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Dave Morin, Co Founder of Path

Next Wednesday, November 7 | 6:15 pm

The GEA Idea Workshop

Speed-dating for your elevator pitch with peers, VCs, and Angels. Note the calendar, but this event has moved to November 14th. Mark the date and get pumped.


Idea Workshop | Nov 14th

23 Oct

The Idea Workshop is a speed feedback session for student startup ideas. Come get or give feedback, meet someone new, and help us increase the number of successful startups at CU.

We’ll start with a keynote about how to know if you’re idea is good. Following the keynote, we’ll form a circle with two rings.  On the inside ring will be successful entrepreneurs , entrepreneurial faculty, angel investors,  and venture investors. On the outside ring will be students with ideas. The students will get 5 to 7 minutes of one-on-one time with our guests to introduce themselves, share their idea, get feedback, and hopefully make a helpful connection.

It doesn’t matter how far along your idea is, or if you have an idea at all, you’re welcome to come, enjoy some food, and introduce yourself to the entrepreneurial eco-system in and around CU.

Meeting Vitals:


When: Nov 14th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: CU Discovery Learning Center’s Collaboratory (rooms 1B50 – 1B70)

Discovery Learning Center Map: 

Dress Code: Casual

Young Kim | Idea Coach (keynote)

Young B. Kim is an idea coach specializing in creativity, innovation, personal branding, and entrepreneurship.  Young has over 15 years of experience in both the corporate and creative fields, helping people with a variety of challenges, ranging from Internet marketing to documentary filmmaking.  Young’s mission is to help people make their ideas happen through his writing, coaching, and workshops.  In other words, Young is an ideavist, he makes ideas happen.


Twitter: @ideavist

Note For students:

Make sure to prepare and practice a short pitch and introduction so our guests can have more time to give you feedback. Also help us spread the word by re-tweeting this:

Note For Guests:

This is not only an opportunity to give back, but also to meet ambitious students who may want to work for your company (if their idea fails of course :). Thank you so much for committing your time to connect with and help students. If possible, help us spread the word by re-tweeting this:

StartUP CU Tonight! And the Rest of the Week.

17 Oct

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back after a posting hiatus last week. The leadership team had a busy week, and I was in Washington DC doing Forrest Gump reenactments in the reflecting pool. Great events continue and are always on the calendar – here’s what’s coming up:


On Campus …


StartUp CU

The other white meat of cross campus entrepreneurship hosts its monthly meeting. This month features two universal hits: Tim Enwall, CEO of MobiPlug Networks, and pizza. Even when they’re bad they are good. See you there.

When: Tonight (Wednesday) October 17 | 6 pm

Where: Wolf Law Room 207, CU Boulder Campus

More info:


nLab Work Session

The new incubator of the Deming Center hosts its first work session. Meet, collaborate, get mentorship, or just hang out.

When: Friday, October 19 | 11 am – 2 pm

Where: Atlas Room 104, CU Boulder Campus


In the Community …


Denver Start-Up Week Kickoff Luncheon

This event is SOLD OUT, but there is a waitlist for those dying to go. The luncheon features guest speaker Gary Vaynerchuk and kicks of Denver’s week of entrepreneurship events.

When:  Monday, October 25 | 11 am to 1 pm

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts |Seawell Ballroom | 1101 13th St, Denver, CO

More info & the waitlist:


For more events in Denver Start-Up Week, check out:


On the Horizon …


Silicon Flatirons

Nicole Glaros of TechStars will be leading a crash course on how to pitch your start-up. You won’t know how to get to “Yes” until the lady that’s heard it all tells you how.

When: Wednesday, October 27 |6 pm

Where: Wolf Law Room 301 | CU Boulder Campus



This Week in Entrepreneurship

2 Oct

First of all, a huge thanks to everyone who helped plan the GEA Retreat last Wednesday. The event was an enormous success, bringing in some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds from the community for a fantastic day. If you go to enough of these things you’re going to hear your fair share of generalized speeches about passion and dedication, but the day’s speakers — Brad Feld of the Foundry Group and Dan Caruso of the Zayo Group, to name a few — hit on some great specifics throughout the day that will be helpful to every entrepreneur in every stage.

If you have helpful suggestions to make next year’s event even better, please do not hesitate to contact the GEA soon while things are fresh in your mind.


Brad Feld speaks to the crowd Wednesday at the Red Lion Inn.


This Week in Entrepreneurship

At School …

Silicon Flatirons: Apps Privacy Summit

The legal landscape for mobile apps is changing daily. Come join the discussion, hosted by Silicon Flatirons.

When: Tuesday, October 2 | 4 pm

Where: Wolf Law, Room 101 | CU Boulder Campus


Robotics Talk at CU

Nikolaus Correl, head of Correl Labs at CU Boulder, will be speaking on the transition from personal computers to personal robots.

When: Thursday, October 4 | 3:30 pm

Where: The Engineering Center, CU Boulder Campus | ECCR 265


In the Community …

Boulder/Denver New Tech Meetup

The monthly forum for new tech startups. A great place to stay up on what’s new and who’s new.

When: Tuesday, October 2 | 6 pm

Where: Wittemeyer Courtroom, Wolf Law | CU Boulder Campus



Boulder EDU Startup Weekend

A weekend long retreat and part of a nationwide, grass roots movement to teach young entrepreneurs the ropes. Kicks off Friday evening but goes Saturday and Sunday as well if you are going to jump in with both feet.

When: Friday, October 5 | 6 pm (Continues Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm)

Where: Microsoft Bing Office, 1900 15th Street, Boulder

More Info & tickets:


The Colorado Capital Conference

The 24th annual Colorado Capital Conference is the premiere annual gathering for investors and entrepreneurs. Fourteen companies will be pitching for two straight days, guest speakers, and great networking will abound. Regular ticket price is something crazy, like $239 (?), but you can play your student card and get in for just $49. Come for some all or come for some — its all good.

When: Monday, October 8 and Tuesday October 9

Where: EXDO Hall, 3545 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

Schedule, Info, and Tickets:


Competition & the Entrepreneur in Wireless — TONIGHT!

1 Oct

Happy October everyone! Before we rehash the huge success that was the GEA Retreat or get into any of the other events coming up this week, there is a great event happening in a couple of hours over in the Fleming Building (the old law school). Morgan O’Brien, co-founder of Nextel and a pioneer in the wireless communication industry, will be speaking on the topic, “Competition & the Entrepreneur in Wireless.” Unfortunately many of the first years in the business school have class during this, but if you don’t it should be great!

Where: Fleming Law, Room 154

When: 4 pm, Monday, October 1 (TONIGHT!)

RSVP: if possible, email if you plan to attend.

More to follow tomorrow.


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