And the winner is … not you, Renee Zellweger. This Week in Entrepreneurship

25 Feb

Good morning! Welcome back after a snowy and Oscar-y weekend. Here’s what ahead in entrepreneurship this week — if you need motivation to stay up to speed and not fall off the wagon, check out Renee Zellweger, back at the Oscars after totally falling off the map a few years ago, trying to remember how to stand up straight and speak coherently in front of an audience.


Silicon Flatirons presents, “Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Bart Lorang, CEO and Co-Founder of Full Contact.”

In addition to heading up Full Contact, a startup dedicated to solving contact information database problems for businesses, Mr. Lorang is a proven entrepreneur, angel investor, and active member in the Boulder start-up scene.

When: Wednesday, February 27 | 6:15 pm

Where: ATLAS Institute, Room 100 | CU Boulder Campus | 1125 18th Street, Boulder, CO. 80309

Info & RSVP:


NVC: “How to Pitch,” with Tech Stars’ Nicole Glaros

Entrepreneurs often have great ideas – they don’t always know how to sell them to the people with the money. Hear first-hand from one of the head honchos at Tech Stars that listens to a lot of pitches and knows what it takes.

When: Thursday, February 28 | 6 pm

Where: Wolf Law Building, Room 204 | CU Boulder Campus | 2450 Kittredge Loop Drive, Boulder, CO. 80309


Nlab Co-Working

Come work on start-up ideas and get mentorship, or just come do homework with fun people.

When: Friday, March 1 | 11 am – 2 pm

Where: University Memorial Center Dining Area (on the stage) | CU Boulder Campus


Not Gorillas – GEURILLAS. This Week in Entrepreneurship

19 Feb

If you know what movie that is from, then you know your Kurt Russell films and might be a shade too awesome. See below to find out how GEURillas will make an appearance in your entrepreneurial life this week.


NVC Intent-to-Compete DUE

If you want in on the great CU venture competition, you’ve gotta make it known! Its about the same amount of effort as getting ordained online, which is to say, you need your name.

When: Tuesday, February 19



Silicon Flatirons Presents “Crash Course: Bootstrapping”

An insider’s look at different strategies for starting a business without outside funding, including looks at local successes like Backflip Studios and Sparkfun.

When: Tuesday, February 19 | 6:15 pm

Where: Wolf Law, Room 301 | CU Boulder Campus


StartUp CU

The monthly meeting for the cross-campus start-up club! Pizza will be involved, as will Ed Messmen, CEO of SpotRight.

When: Wednesday, February 20 | 6 pm

Where: Discovery Learning Center (map)


Guerilla Marketing

Jason Giles from Moxie Sozo is guest speaking on tricks of the trade for marketing on a shoe-string budget.

When: Thursday, February 21 | 5 pm

Where: ATLAS, Room 229 | CU Boulder Campus



For the Denver peeps …

Denver Business Series (DBS) Tech Talk

Cloudonomics – Understanding the Economic Value of Cloud Computing. A small panel of business and a moderator.

When: Thursday, February 21 | 6 pm

Where: Innovation Pavilion (DTC), 9200 E. Mineral Ave., Centennial, CO 80112

RSVP and more info:


Nlab Co-Working

Come work on start-up ideas and get mentorship, or just come do homework with fun people.

When: Friday, February 22 | 11 am – 2 pm

Where: University Memorial Center Dining Area (on the stage) | CU Boulder Campus


This Week in Entrepreneurship | Business Plan Competition

12 Feb

BIG Tuesday, but then kind of a light week. If you have a business plan and want to try to win some legit money with it — and take them some money right out of the hands of some CU-Denver kids — read below for the business plan competition that kicks off on Wednesday.

Boulder Open Coffee

A weekly informal coffee/meet-up for anyone and everyone.

When: Tuesday, February 12 | 8 am

Where: Atlas Purveyors | 1515 Pearl St., Boulder, CO.


Rocky Mountain Entrepreneurial Summit

The Rocky Mountain Entrepreneurial Summit (RMES) is Colorado’s premier semi-annual event dedicated toward spurring innovation, job creation and a better quality of life throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

When: Tuesday, February 12 | 9:30 am to 6 pm

Where: University of Denver – Cable Center | 2000 Buchtel Blvd., Denver, CO 80210

Tickets ($5 for students) and more info:


Dr. Lauren Constantini Presents:  Life in BioTech

Have you ever thought: How do I bring my research discoveries to the patients or researchers that need them most? Have you wondered what the process would be for taking your research discoveries and starting a company based on these discoveries?

When: Tuesday, February 12 | 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: Discovery Learning Center: Room 1B50 (NE corner of engineering quad)

Contact: if you have questions.


The Bard Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition

CU-Denver’s business plan competition! $50,000 in prizes ($10K to the overall winner).

When: Kicks off with orientation on Wednesday, February 13th

More info:




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:

Silicon FlatIrons Event Tuesday Night; GEA Trek to NYC on the Horizon

22 Jan

Happy Martin Luther King Day! We have a relatively light week ahead in terms of events, but a couple other items to take note of while the semester still feels light.

This Week in Entrepreneurship

Silicon Flatirons Presents “Crash Course: Angel Terms Sheets Gotchas”

Come learn the dos and don’ts about early stage investing with Elizabeth Kraus, John Ives, Noah Pittard and Brad Bearnthal.

When: Tuesday, January 22 | 5:45 pm

Where: Wolf Law Room 301 | CU Boulder Campus

More info & RSVP:


Next Week …

The GEA Presents “Design Workshop For Beginners”

Dave Underwood, from CU’s office of OIT, leads an hour long workshop about the fundamentals of design.

When: Thursday, January 31 | 6 pm

Where: Koelbel Business Building, Room 308 | CU Boulder Campus


The GEA Entrepreneurial Trek

If you are interested in joining the GEA for a tour of some of New York City’s most exciting companies over spring break, apply to get some of it paid for! GEA has the funding to cover most of the hotel costs of up to 8 students. Learn more on the GEA mainpage or by contacting Scott Moore at Of course, if you contact Scott first and haven’t read any of the information already presented to you, he will be angry. And angry Scott looks like this:


Applications are due to Scott by February 1st. Good luck, and have a great week!


Welcome Back For the Spring Semester / INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY ENCLOSED

14 Jan

What? Did somebody say internship?

Greetings everyone and welcome back for spring semester! Hopefully the holiday break was restful, productive, and filled with family and friends.

We’re getting the semester off to a great start tomorrow (Tuesday) with StartUp CU and with a Silicon Flatirons event next Tuesday — see below for details on both. There’s also an exciting summer internship opportunity for you first years with Tech Stars, the famed Boulder accelerator. Applying for the position comes with the added benefit of getting to interact with Dave Cass, free of charge.

This Week in Entrepreneurship

Boulder Open Coffee

The weekly informal get-together for anyone interested. Come grab some coffee and mingle at an early hour.

When: Tuesday, January 15 | 8 am

Where: Atlas Purveyors | 1515 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO.


StartUp CU

The cross-campus start-up club’s monthly meeting. This month features speaker Gary Gaessler (say that five times fast), a 20-year veteran in sales in the start-up scene, as well as some open pitches.

When: Tuesday, January 15 | 6 pm

Where: Wolf Law 207 | CU Boulder Campus



The Opportunity: Spring/Summer Associate, TechStars Patriot Boot Camp


Full or Part Time? Part

Is it Paid? Yes.

How much? Undecided.

Exact dates? January to July

Hours? About 5 per week between now and April, and 5-10 per week between May and July. In July (exact dates yet to be decided), you’ll travel to Washington DC for 3 days (paid for by TechStars) to help put on the Boot Camp.

Why only 5 hours a week? The goal is to provide the qualified candidate with a great opportunity without excluding them other summer options.

What will I be doing? Planning and developing the event curriculum and schedule/Coordinating and recruiting speakers and mentors from the entrepreneurial community, venture capital community, and public sector/Driving participant signups through collaboration with other Veteran focused organization, media outlets, and social media/Creating a program playbook for the Patriot Boot Camp to make the event more efficient, effective and then opensource the documents for potential use by other people building community focused entrepreneur events and program/Managing logistics for the event before and onsite at the event

How do I apply? Contact Dave Cass at Incorporate at least three business buzz phrases like sustainability, leverage, big data, pivot, etc. in the subject line. And tell him he looks great in sweaters.

When is the application deadline: None exact, but sometime this month. Do it quickly.

Why DC? The Patriot bootcamp is specifically designed for US Veterans. In addition to working with some American heroes, you’ll have the opportunity to network with TechStars bigwigs and some DC honchos.


On the Horizon …

If you’re feeling adventurous or want the excuse to go ski Utah in two weekends, there’s a big event at the U of U in Salt Lake City January 24-26 called the University Private Equity Summit. Its in its 10th year and is bringing some of the brightest minds in the west together on the slopes for a couple days of talks and networking. There is still time to register and Salt Lake City is less than an eight-hour drive away.

When: 1 pm Thursday Jan 24- 4 pm Sat, January 26

Where: Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium, University of Utah | Salt Lake City, UT.

Thursday and Friday are panel days. Saturday is a ski day at Park City Mountain Resort.

Registration: Register at
Registration includes entrance to all summit sessions, meals, and two night accommodation (double occupancy).
If you have questions, please contact us at

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 (

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