About

Graduate Entrepreneurs Association
The mission of the Graduate Entrepreneurs Association (GEA) is to enhance the student experience by providing unique opportunities that prepare, inform, and excite students who have an interest in entrepreneurial endeavors. The GEA is a community where students share ideas, interact closely with successful entrepreneurs, and gain exposure to a stimulating environment that encourages innovative thinking and ambitious efforts.

Our overall objectives include:

  • Serving as a vehicle for students to achieve a high level of ownership and involvement in the Boulder entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout their university experience and beyond.
  • Providing opportunities for students to connect with one another and build upon each other’s enthusiasm and desire to do something great.
  • Energizing students and faculty, and thus facilitating the growth of entrepreneurial ventures from the academic foundation provided at the Leeds School of Business.
  • Creating awareness about entrepreneurial practices and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship among the entire student body.

Our Current Leadership Team

President Elect: Ben Buie

E-mail: mail [at] benbuie [dot] com

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship & Marketing

Internship: HappyFreebie.com | Boulder, CO

Education: BS, Entrepreneurship | Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
MBA, Entrepreneurship | CU-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Employment History: MyNiceTie.com, Founder | Provo, UT
Payless Shoesource Worldwide, Analyst & Planner | Topeka, KS

Biography: Ben is a passionate serial entrepreneur and innovator. He is currently enrolled at CU-Boulder getting what he calls an MBS (Masters of Business Startup | less academia, more application of class material to an actual startup, must include launching before, or upon, graduation). In addition to leading the GEA, Ben co-founded another entrepreneurial club on campus called StartupCU. In Feb 2012 he launched a startup called HappyFreebie.com and is currently verifying assumptions and working on traction.

VP of Community: David VanderJagt

E-mail: david.vanderjagt@colorado.edu

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship & Marketing

Internship: Customer Development & Marketing @ MobileDay | Boulder, CO

Education: BS, Business Administration | Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Employment History: Whirlpool Corporation, General Management Rotational Program | Benton Harbor, MI

Biography: Dave is passionate about ideas, people and products that are entrepreneurial in nature and changing the way we live, think, work and play. He is energized by organizations that embrace risk, love learning, challenging and adapting. As such he has joined forces with a well-funded tech startup in Boulder, CO, called MobileDay (mobileday.com). The company’s mission is to develop smart mobile business apps that help professionals increase their productivity and maximize the utility of the mobile device. Dave is also the co-founder of StartupCU (startupcu.com), a cross-campus entrepreneurship club at CU, with the goal of building and promoting student and community startups.

Director: Denelle Numis

E-mail: denelle.numis@colorado.edu

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship & Finance

Internship: Analyst @ Greenmont Capital & Project Manager of Innvoation Lab @ Deming Center for Entrepreneurship | Boulder, CO

Education: BS, Retail Management & Marketing | Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
MBA, Entrepreneurship & Finance | CU-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Employment History: Yoga with Denelle, Alignment-Based Yoga Therapist | Boulder, CO

Biography: Originally from New York, Denelle is a Manhattan-born and bread city girl who moved to beautiful Boulder, CO in 2008.  She has worked in the retail industry in buying, product development and store management for both lululemon athletica and Macy’s, Inc.  After school, Denelle hopes to work for a venture-capital firm focused on investing into socially-conscious companies or working for a start-up company that is ready to scale their venture with a VC firm.

Director: Ilya Pupko

E-mail: Ilya.Pupko [at] colorado [dot] edu

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship & Marketing

Position: Consulting Software Engineer, LexisNexis | Boulder, CO

Education: BS, Computer Science and Engineering | CU-Denver, Denver, CO
Expected MBA, Entrepreneurship | CU-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Employment History: LexisNexis, Senior Software Architect | Denver, CO
First Advantage, IT Project Manager and Technical Lead | Golden, CO

Biography: With a strong passion for winning and a dream of sharing it with others, I have decided to gain further knowledge and experience through the Leeds School of Business MBA program. While working and
studying full-time, I have managed to not only outperform my colleagues’ expectations, but to go beyond the standard curriculum, mentor and get mentored well outside the school’s walls. Leading others in achieving above and beyond will continue to be my main quest while I work for big corporations, small firms, and hopefully when I some day start my own business.

Director: Scott Moore

E-mail: scott.moore-2@colorado.edu

Emphasis: Finance & Entrepreneurship

Internship: Managing Partner, Entrepreneurial Solutions (Boulder, CO); Managing Director, Deming Center Venture Fund

Education: BS, Supply Chain Management | Penn State University, University Park, PA

MBA, Finance & Entrepreneurship | CU-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Employment History: Doostang, Inc., Director of Global Content | Palo Alto, CA
Computer Sciences Corporation, Associate SAP Consultant | Houston, TX

Biography: Scott has a strong passion for the inner workings of the technology startup world. He has built his career in technology, having spent his years managing enterprise-level software implementations and helping run a technology startup in Silicon Valley. In addition to his work with the GEA, Scott is the Managing Director of the Deming Center Venture Fund.

2011 Leadership Team

President Elect: Connie Wang

E-mail: connie.wang-1@colorado.edu

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship & Marketing

Internship: Consulting Intern, Red Idea Partners | Boulder, CO

Education: BS, Finance and Marketing | University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
AAS, Fashion Merchandising | Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, NY

Employment History: Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company |Buffalo, NY
b.little & Company | NY, NY

Biography: My time in the Leeds MBA program has been an eye opening.  I originally came to Leeds wanting to work for a large company doing product development, but found the entrepreneurial spirit in the Boulder community to be inspiring.  I hope to one day start my own business, but until then I am going live vicariously through great entrepreneurs I meet.

Vice President: Chris Menard

E-mail: chris.menard@colorado.edu

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship

Internship: TechStars, Summer Associate | Boulder, CO

Education: BS, Soil and Crop Sciences | Colorado State Fort Collins, CO

Biography: With a background in sales and marketing in the commercial printing industry I returned to the CU Leeds to study entrepreneurship and round out the skills I felt I would need to successfully start a business. I have learned allot in my first year and I am more confident in my ability to successfully start and manage a high growth start up.

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    […] club in my MBA program at CU-Boulder, Leeds School of Business. The club goes by the name of the Graduate Entrepreneurs Association (GEA) . We are supported by the Entrepreneurial Center of Excellence within the school, the Deming […]

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