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GEA’s Angel Pitch | April 12th at 6pm (invite only)

3 Apr

The angel pitch is an invite-only event held on April 12th at 6pm.

The GEA will host the top 8 student teams at CU and a handful of actively investing angels. The angels are attending to give feedback and, if the opportunity makes sense, possibly investment. The top teams will be chosen in advance by a panel of judges.

When: April 12th from 6 to 8 pm
Format: 5 min pitch, 5 min Q&A
Students: apply here to pitch your business (due 4/6)
Angels: reach out to for an invite.

This is the first event of its kind at CU and we hope it will become a yearly tradition that increases the amount of funding available to smart and ambitious student entrepreneurs.

Thanks in advance for your participation and support!


GEA and MBAWI Lunch-N-Learn | March 19th @ 12:30pm

18 Mar

Join us for the MBAWI/GEA Lunch-N-Learn on Tuesday, March 19th (12:30pm – 1:30pm) in Koelbel room S125.

We’ll hear entrepreneurial tips and tricks from 3 exciting guest speakers:

  • Carrie Gleeksman (Nutritionist and Leeds MBA ’12 Grad)
  • Matt Riach and Maureen Phelan (Northwestern Mutual financial advisers)
  • Sarah Calhoun (Founder of Red Ants Pants, women’s workwear manufacturer)

RSVP here:

GEA’s Design Workshop | Jan 31st At 6pm

23 Jan

Are you stuck at the design stage of your presentation? You have great content: well-written text and beautiful images, but no clear path toward how to arrange all of this aesthetically and professionally. Not to worry. In this hour long workshop Dave Underwood will show you that good design needn’t be a black art. Using tried and true design tricks such as contrast, rhythm, and tension, you’ll see that producing compelling, authoritative work is no more daunting than making a good cup of coffee… It’s all in the process.

When: Jan 31st at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: Koelbel 308


Please RSVP below if you’re coming so we know how much food to buy.

Dave Underwood provides support for students and faculty at CU Boulder who would like to use multimedia in their learning, teaching, research, and creative works.

Meeting Follow Up

Not the biggest turnout as far as students (only 5 of us), but the content was amazing. It was like giving water to a thirsty nomad. Entrepreneurs are badly in need of learning design principles and Dave Underwood did a great jot teaching. He said he’s interested in doing another event and was happy that all 5 students reached out to him after for one-on-one advice.

Here are his slides: coming soon

Here is some supplemental info:

2013 Entrepreneurial Trek (I ♥ NY)

14 Jan

UPDATE: Event Followup

Another GEA Entrepreneurial Trek is in the bag, and once again it was a huge success! This year the GEA traveled to New York City to meet with five great
companies. Other than a few minor hotel hiccups, the trip was seamless. Attending the Trek this year were Scott Moore (MBA ’13), Ben Buie (MBA ’13), Beha Al-Hawwaj (MBA ’14), Adam Block (MBA ’14), Doug Lorenz (Evening MBA ’13), and Andy Evans (JD ’14).

IMAG1098We had a smaller group (6 people) this year (2013) than last year, but the meetings turned out to be than much more personal. We received great insights about the highs and lows of company formation from Rustin Banks, Founder and CEO of Boulder-based TapInfluence (f.k.a. BlogFrog). We met with Alex White, Founder and CEO of music analytics company NextBigSound (a TechStars Boulder alum, relocated to New York City in 2012), and heard their incredible story from inception to signing partnership deals with all three major record companies.

In addition, we had a great chat with the CEO of market research firm eMarketer (co-founded by CU Boulder alum Sam Alfstad). Then our group took a tour of Quirky, a fascinating startup that has completely revolutionized the new product development process using community members and crowdsourcing. Needless to say Quirky was quite the exciting visit! Our last meeting on the trip was with 3D printing pioneer MakerBot, backed by local venture capital firm Foundry Group. All in all we had an incredible time, ate some great food, did a bit of sightseeing, and had some thought-provoking and engaging discussions with entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing their industries!

Attention all Entrepreneurially-Minded Graduate Students: 

The time has again come for the annual GEA Entrepreneurial Trek, to be held over Spring Break (March 25 – 28).  As in previous years, the goal of the trip is to visit a collection of organizations that operate in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of various applicable topics, as well as to provide unique networking opportunities.  In past years students have enjoyed visits with organizations such as Google, Salesforce, Zynga, Path, Scan, and Silicon Valley Bank.

Past topics have included:

  • Unique challenges facing entrepreneurs in the current environment
  • Lifestyle of working at a startup
  • Financing and capital structure options for entrepreneurial organizations
  • Current trends and opportunities in the market

This year we will be switching it up a bit and heading to New York City to check out its thriving startup community.  New York’s startup scene is a bit unique from most others (Silicon Valley, Boston, etc) in that it shares real estate with the media and financial capitals of the world, helping give birth to some very unique and interesting startups that merge the worlds of technology, finance, media, and lifestyle/consumer products.  We are still in the process of finalizing which companies we’ll be visiting, but a short list of possibilities includes:  TechStars NYC, Quirky, Warby Parker,  Foursquare, Etsy, Makerbot, SecondMarket, and Union Square Ventures.  Once we get our roster finalized, we’ll be locking down company visits with input from students going on the trip.

Trip details are as follows: 

  • Arrival:  Monday, March 25, 2013
  • Departure:  Thursday, March 28, 2013


We’ll be filling in the below information as it becomes available.

  • Monday, March 25:
    • Arrive in New York City at your convenience;  This day will be used for travel and sightseeing at your discretion.
  •  Tuesday, March 26:
  • Wednesday, March 27:
    • 11:00 – 12:00pm – Quirky
    • 12:00 am – 1:30 pm – Lunch
  • Thursday, March 28:
    • 10:00 – 11:00am – Makerbot
    • 3:00 pm – Departure

Travel Details:

  • Flight Info: Delta Airlines Flights 1956 (Departure leg) and 1312 (Returning leg)
    • Departs Denver for JFK on Monday, March 25 at 10:40 am.
    • Departs JFK for Denver on Thursday, March 28 at 4:00 pm.
    • Price:  $300
  • Hotel Info:  King and Grove Hotel
    • 29 E 29th St, New York, NY (Flatiron District/Murray Hill)
    • Rates:  $227.27/night, including taxes and fees
    • Cost for Stay:  $681.81/room (double occupancy = $340.91/person)
  • City Transportation:  7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard – $29
  • Total Cost per Person:  $669.91

You Must Apply To Come!

The GEA will subsidize a small portion of the trip (we’re hoping to be able to cover everyone’s hotel costs, as we did last year). This subsidy will be awarded to 8 students. The trip will be limited to 10 students.

This is a fantastic opportunity to have a fun, educational trip over Spring Break that has gotten rave reviews from past students.  The trip will undoubtedly provide some new insights into entrepreneurial organizations, whether you’re looking to start your own, work for an established firm, or get involved on the financing side of the equation.

To apply: 

You must apply to both the GEA and to UGGS. If you win both grants, your trip expenses should will almost be covered (GEA for the hotel and UGGS for the flight).

  • Apply to the UGGS travel grant by February 1st, 2013 (see this for details)
    • Fill out this form
    • The form asks for a conference name (the GEA’s Entrepreneurial Trek) and link. Use a link to this blog post.
    • The form asks for a faculty advisor and whether it has been approved by him/her. The answer is yes and the advisor is Paul Jerde.
    • The form also asks for a 500 word essay which you’ll submit to the GEA as well. Write about why this trip is important to your education and career, and how it will benefit the University.
  • Email your 500 word essay by February 1st, 2013 to Scott Moore (

All students interested in going on the trip NEED to apply for the UGGS Grant   (, which could provide up to $300 in funding to help cover airfare, lodging, and transportation expenses. Although the due date for the grant is February 6, students should apply by February 1, 2013. 

We’re looking forward to another great trip this year, and hope to have you join us!  If you have any questions about the trip or the application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Scott Moore (

GEA Retreat Videos Posted and StartupCU in CU News

1 Dec

Two things I think many of you will be interested in . . .

GEA Retreat Videos

For the first time, we recorded the speeches and panels at the GEA Retreat. I posted links to the videos on the retreat blog post. Look for a “video” link next to the person or portion of the meeting. These videos are unlisted, meaning that you must have the link to find them on YouTube.

Video About StartupCU in the CU News

A couple months ago CU News interviewed me about my story and entrepreneurship on campus. I started at the beginning and ended with some of the cool things happening at CU like StartupCU, the nLab, and the GEA. They loved that StartupCU is a place for people wanting to become entrepreneurs and made a video about it. I think the video turned out great.

Big thanks to all those who helped make StartupCU what it is today. A couple people I want to thank specifically are @davidvanderjagt, Daniel Higgs, John Byler, @mathiasfrese@anewmann, Eva Yao, Paul Jerde, and Brad Bernthal. Also, big thanks to all the members who come every month. Their attendance sends a strong message to the community and the nation that CU is the #1 public university for entrepreneurship in the county.


Ben Buie | @benbuie

GEA’s Entrepreneurial Lunch & Learn

1 Dec

The Leeds Outdoor Industry Club and the GEA have collaborated to bring Ted Kennedy to Leeds for a Lunch and Learn to discuss his experience as a successful entrepreneur in the Sports/Outdoor Industry.

When: Dec 6th from 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Where: Board Room in the Dean’s Suite at Leeds

Ted was one of original four founders of Ironman North America (Ironman NA) and was VP of Marketing for Ironman NA for more than 6 years. In 2005 Ted left Ironman NA to launch CEO Challenges, and take his sport competition for CEOs concept to many different sports, all over the world. He successfully sold CEO Challenges to Lifetime Fitness (LF) in 2012 and currently serves at the President of CEO Challenges for LF. You can see a brief bio for Ted on the CEO Challenges website.

Ted is a local to Boulder, and has agreed to come to Leeds to share his experiences with Leeds MBA students from 12:00-1:30 on December 6, 2012 in the boardroom in the Dean’s Suite.

If you are at all interested in the Sports/Outdoor Industry and especially triathlon or other events businesses, this is a talk that you won’t want to miss. We are limiting attendance to 20 people, so please RSVP as soon as possible. Once we fill the event we will continue to take waitlist reservations and if demand is great enough, we may look for a larger room.

Please fill out this survey if you’d like to join us to meet and speak with a successful Boulder entrepreneur.

Lunch will be served.

Thursday, December 6th
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Boardroom in the Dean’s Suite

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.

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