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15 Oct


In an effort to include more undergraduate entrepreneurs, we have changed our club name to the Leeds Entrepreneurs Alliance (LEA). Please visit us at



GEA Retreat | Get Inspired and Immersed in Entrepreneurship

24 Sep

If you haven’t had a chance to see who’ll be coming to the annual GEA Retreat this year, check it out here. This is one event you don’t want to miss! In addition to meeting some of the most influential people in Boulder, you’ll …

  • Be inspired and motivated to act and think entrepreneurially
  • Get answers to any entrepreneurial questions from people who know
  • Understand the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Boulder better
  • Build your connections in and outside of CU
  • See why Boulder is among the top 10 startup cities in the country
  • Enjoy delicious food provided by the Red Lion Restaurant

IMPORTANT: deadline for tickets is today!

Come support the GEA, be inspired, and immerse yourself in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in and around CU.

When: Sep. 26th from 9:30am to 5:00pm
Where: The Red Lion Restaurant (link) (map)
Full agenda, tickets, and info here:

GEA Retreat | Sep 26th 2012

17 Sep

In a restaurant  not far up Boulder canyon, graduate students, entrepreneurs, angels, VCs, and entrepreneurial faculty will gather to be inspired and connect with the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Boulder.

When: Sep. 26th from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Where: The Red Lion Restaurant (link) (map)

Dress: Business Professional


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Less than two weeks away, the GEA at CU-Boulder will hold a full-day retreat to promote entrepreneurship and introduce new graduate students to fellow entrepreneurial students, faculty, alumni, and the Boulder community.

This is the most anticipated GEA event of the year and will include a number of panels, lunch, breakout sessions, speakers, and even a cocktail hour to mingle with the creme dela creme! A limited number of spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis, so join us, get motivated, and start the new academic year on a high note!


You’ll notice some pending speakers below. We’ll be updating this with more information over the next week, so stay tuned for more details.

  • 9:30 am – Mingle and settle in
  • 10:00 am – Intro
    • Paul Jerde (video) | Executive Director at the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado Boulder
  • 10:30 am – Keynote  (video)
    • Brad Feld | Managing Director at the Foundry Group
  • 12:30 am – Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – Debate about entrepreneurship in big and small companies (video)
    • Brad Bernthal | Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center
    • Joe Zell | General Partner at Grotech Ventures
  • 2:30 pm – Breakout session with special guests representing 4 topics
    • Green Tech
    • Outdoor Industry
    • Organics and Naturals
  • 3:15 pm – Alumni panel (video)
    • Adam Shepler | Product Marketing Manager at LinkSmart, Inc.
    • TBD | 4th member of panel
  • 4:00 pm – Cocktail hour and mingle

GEA Kickoff This Friday

12 Sep
The GEA (Graduate Entrepreneurs Association) is a group of entrepreneurial-minded graduate students from all over campus. Come join us for our kickoff meeting this Friday the 14th of September at 12:30 in Koelbel room S125. You’ll be inspired, meet the club leaders, meet fellow entrepreneurs from all over CU, and learn about the events and resources available to you over the next year. We’ll provide the lunch, so let us know (via RSVP) if you’re coming so we have enough for you. 
RSVP for the Kickoff:

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

Look forward to these events…

7 Nov

November 8, 2011: NVC Pitch Night 5:30pm Wolf Law

Interested in startups? Want to connect to top entrepreneurs in the area?

The NVC is a cross-campus business plan competition that gives students an excellent opportunity to:
· Learn about how to develop business ideas into viable plans;
· Develop meaningful connections with Boulder business leaders and mentors;
· Meet other business-minded CU students across campus (including students from Leeds, Computer Science, Engineering, Law, and Music); and
· Win prize money and other in-kind benefits (last year’s 1st place team won $7,000)
Pitch Night is not only an opportunity to form teams, but also to find mentors. There will be approximately 30 business mentors in attendance – teams can connect with mentors for guidance on their business plans.

Unlike in previous years, this year’s NVC will contain separate competitive tracks divided by industry; we will have four tracks: information technology, clean tech, music & arts, and social ventures. After Pitch Night, teams will develop their plans for a spring competition in their respective industry track; winners from each track will go onto cross-campus finals, set for March 15. WHATEVER YOUR IDEA, YOU CAN COMPETE IN ONE OF THE TRACKS.

Pitch Night Sign Up
Follow us on Twitter: @cunvc
Check out our website

If you have more specific questions in advance of Kickoff, email Dave Mangum: or Jacqui Dietrich

November 10, 2011: Zayo Group, 5:30p in room 235

This is a great opportunity to learn about a local company that has a strong entrepreneurial focus and is in a phase of growth. Employees from the company will be here to talk about the company’s history and how it utilizes the concept of entrepreneurship to build success. Zayo group is also a great place to look for internships and post graduation employment. Pizza will be provided so please fill out the survey at the link below if you plan on coming so we can order enough food.

Hope to see you there. Also, check them out at
November 15, 2011: Michael Franson – St. Charles Capital – RSVP coming soon
November 16, 2011: Intimate Lunch with Brad Feld, 11:45a – 1:30p, place TBD

How would you like to join Brad Feld for lunch? Brad has agreed to have lunch with several MBA students on Wednesday, November 16th.

In order to keep the lunch intimate, the GEA invites all first-year and second-year MBA students to write an essay on why they should be selected to have lunch with Brad.

Brad is co-founder of the VC firm, Foundry Group, He also co-founded TechStars and has been an early investor for more than 20 years. You can read more about Brad on his blog:

Please send all submissions to by November 6.

GEA Retreaters: Be very excited for our keynote speaker – Eric Marcoullier

10 Oct

Here is a short teaser bio of our keynote speaker:

Eric Marcoullier co-founded the pioneering games site in 1996 (IPO in 2000, acquired by NewsCorp in 2005) and the first distributed social network MyBlogLog in 2005 (acquired by Yahoo in 2007). He moved to Boulder in 2008 and launched social data aggregator Gnip and OneTrueFan (recently acquired by BigDoor).  During his frequent trips to SF, LA and NYC, he likes to see as much live music as possible and eat street food. Eric pines for simpler times when he played video games and ultimate frisbee.

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