Archive | November, 2012

This Week in Entrepreneurship

12 Nov

I realize that I often say that it’s a big week in entrepreneurship, but this time it really truly is a big week in entrepreneurship. And you barely need to move to get to it – its coming to you! Two of the biggest events of the semester are right here on campus, this week.

On Campus …

The New Venture Challenge (NVC) Pitch Night!

This is kind of a big deal. With somewhat limited slots, anyone who wants to pitch a business idea – no matter what stage its in – can do so in pursuit of co-founders, mentors, funding, help or all of the above. It’s a show that you don’t want to miss! A cocktail hour for mingling and networking will follow.

When: Tuesday, November, 13 | 5:30 PM

Where: Wittemyer Courtroom | Wolf Law Building | CU Boulder Campus

RSVP to pitch or attend:

Note: only one member of each team needs to register to pitch.

The GEA Idea Workshop!

The very first ever idea workshop. Come hone your ability to sell an idea in this speed dating for entrepreneurs. Try it out on other classmates, meet angel investors and VCs and get help in friendly, fun-filled environment.

When: Wednesday, November 14 | 6:30 PM

Where: Discovery Learning Center | Collaboratory (Rooms 1B70, 1B60, and 1B50) (map)


Silicon Flatirons Presents, “Crash Course: Effective Startup and Emerging Company Boards”

Joseph Zell of Grotech Ventures will be presenting on the topic above.

When: Thursday, November 15 | 6:15 PM

Where: Wolf Law, Room 306 | CU Boulder Campus


In the Community TONIGHT …


Come be in a video for a startup going on Kickstarter! Ryan Guest of Boulder will be filming a short video for his seed-funding bid on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Ryan’s startup is a mobile app to find the best fishing spots in the summer. The scene will be in a bar, so all you have to do is come have a drink and maybe pour a beer on Ryan. If you were going out this evening anyway, do it at Outback!

When: Monday, November 12 | 7 PM

Where: Outback Saloon | 3141 28th Street, Boulder, CO.


Want More Brad in Your Life? Check Out the New 1-Credit Class.

8 Nov

Brad Bernthal of Silicon Flatirons is teaming up with Brad Feld of the Foundry Group and Dean Phil “Not Brad” Weiser to bring you all a 1-credit class next semester on Entrepreneurship philosophy. The official title will be LAWS 5201 Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Public Policy and will meet every other Thursday from 2:25 – 4:15 p.m. in the law school. The class will be about how entrepreneurship principles cut across many facets of life. Its a law school class, but Brad, Brad, and Not Brad are going to hold ten (10) spots for MBA students just like yourself. There are two important qualities that the Brads are looking for: enthusiasm, and a willingness to do a lot of reading. 1 credit will get you almost nowhere in the scheme of graduation, so this is truly just for people who are excited about entrepreneurship and want extra learning.

APPLICATIONS. To apply, by end of day Wednesday November 13, a student should send Brad an email at , subject line “APPLICATION FOR PHILOSOPHY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP.” If applications exceed capacity, students with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship will get priority.  Brad will alert applicants of their status no later than end of day Friday, November 15. MBA students only.

THE OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION. This course, informally known as the “Philosophy of Entrepreneurship,” explores how principles of entrepreneurship apply in a variety of life’s contexts, ranging from startup companies to government service to building a professional network.   Topics include being an entrepreneur, leadership and what makes a great founding team, building and scaling a business, building entrepreneurial communities, financing entrepreneurial companies, leadership in government, and innovation policy. 



This Week in Entrepreneurship

5 Nov

There are some great events this week in entrepreneurship, starting TONIGHT! Read on:

This Week on Campus …

New Venture Challenge (NVC) Team & Idea Night TONIGHT

Want to develop a great idea? Tonight? Want to learn how to create and motivate a rock star team? You can do it tonight! Team & Idea Night is designed to address two of the most important aspects of starting a business: creating and developing a great idea and finding and thriving with the right team to turn the idea into a business. The evening will start with Zach Nies, CTO of Rally Software, who will present some great strategies for creating ideas and testing and refining good ideas until they become great ones. Even the best ideas go nowhere without a great team behind them, and Dan King, CEO of ReadyTalk, will present ways to create a team and help that team thrive in the often difficult world of startups. And its tonight!

When: TONIGHT. Monday, November 5 | 5:30 PM

Where: Wolf Law, Room 204 | CU Boulder Campus


Silicon Flatirons Presents: Entrepreneurs Unplugged

Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and ITP present Dave Morin as the featured entrepreneur with moderators Brad Bernthal, Brad Feld and Jill VanMatre. Think VH1 Storytellers for Entrepreneurship. Morin is CEO and Co-Founder of Path, the modern journal that helps you stay connected with family & close friends. He is a CU alum and an early member of Facebook. Don’t miss it! Reception to follow.

When: Wednesday, November 7 | 6:15 PM

Where: Atlas Building, Room 100 | CU Boulder Campus


nLab Design Workshop: Innovation is Everybody’s Business

George Kembel, Executive Director and co-founder of the Stanford d.School, will be here to lead a student workshop on innovation and design. This high-energy workshop will give students a hands-on experience in working collaboratively to explore creative ideas and their development.

When: Thursday, November 8 | 3 PM

Where: University Memorial Center, Aspen Room | CU Boulder Campus


nLab Co-Working

Get together with other entrepreneurs and do work. Get mentored, bounce ideas, etc.

When: Friday, November 9 | 10 AM – 3 PM

Where: Atlas, Room 1B29 | CU Boulder Campus

On the Horizon …


The 1st Annual GEA Idea Workshop

Speed dating, but with elevator pitches. More details to follow but get it on your calendar right this minute if it isn’t already.

When: Wednesday, November 14 | 6:30 PM

Where: Discovery Learning Center


NVC Pitch Night

Everyone who will be making a run at the NVC this year will have to pitch their idea to a large and slightly unruly crowd at Wolf Law. This is a can’t miss.

When: Tuesday, November 13 | 5:30 PM

Where: Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law | CU Boulder Campus

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