CU Entrepreneurship Week

Silicon Flatirons and the University of Colorado are presenting Entrepreneurship Week during the week of April 13th. Here are some events happening that week. More details and registration links for the events below are here.

Monday, 4/13
Starting Companies at CU: Technology Entrepreneurship Luncheon
11:30am – 2:00pm, University Memorial Center
CU Tech Transfer and the Boulder Innovation Center celebrate CU-Boulder faculty entrepreneurs and offer an inside ‘faculty perspective’ at a recent CU spinout. (Reservations required – Invitations offered to the public on and after Wednesday April 1.)

Tuesday, 4/14
Silicon Flatirons Center’s Entrepreneurial Mash-Up
Dairy Center for the Arts
This social event and fundraiser, connecting the current generation of Entrepreneurs to the next, will honor Brad Feld, some guy named David Cohen, Tom Lookabaugh, Sue Kunz, LeftHand Networks, and Rally Software for their contributions and impact to the Colorado entrepreneurial community and ecosystem.

Wednesday, 4/15
Feld-Weiser One-on-One: The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
5:00pm, Wittemeyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building
Phil Weiser, Professor of Law and Telecommunications, will interview local venture capitalist Brad Feld on topics ranging from financing strategies for start-ups to the nature of innovation to what makes a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem to managing work-life balance. Readers of Brad’s blog already appreciate that his insights and wit are not to be missed.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Glenn Jones
6:00pm at Wittemeyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building
On April 15, 2009, the Silicon Flatirons Center will present Glenn Jones, one of the finest entrepreneurs to come out of CU Law and a cable industry pioneer, as our featured entrepreneur in our Entrepreneurs Unplugged series. Widely viewed as an important developer of the modern cable industry, Mr. Jones is also pioneering the development of distance education opportunities using the Internet.

Thursday, 4/16
Conference: Putting The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Perspective
3:00pm – 8:00pm, Wittemeyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building
4 CLE credits available
Commentators, policymakers, and businesses often talk about an “entrepreneurial ecosystem.” The conception, however, remains undefined. In this conference, we will take a critical look at the idea of an entrepreneurial ecosystem, examining how it facilitates innovation. In particular, we will evaluate the ingredients that enable a local community to develop an entrepreneurial culture and reach a critical mass of inventive activity. Moreover, we will evaluate how entrepreneurs are able to recognize what inventions truly matter–i.e., are “disruptive” in the sense that they can make a big impact on an established market. In so doing, we will also ask what pitfalls there are along the way where firms seeking to take advantage of such opportunities either make the right or wrong strategic and tactical judgments.

The lineup for the 2009 conference, “Putting The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Perspective,” features, among others, Governor Bill Ritter and academic stand-outs Karl Ulrich (Wharton School of Business) and Anno Saxenian (University of California-Berkeley’s Information School). more…

Friday, 4/17
CU New Venture Challenge Semifinals, Finals and Post-Challenge Reception
The first annual cross campus business plan competition teams compete for cash and in-kind prizes before a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and professionals from the entrepreneurship community.
The semifinals will be held from 9 am – noon in various locations throughout the ATLAS building. Finals will begin at 2 pm in Room 235 at the University Memorial Center; reception and announcement of awards to follow at the UMC (weather permitting on the balcony of the UMC or in Room 235).

Again, lots more information about these events (and more) are over on the Silicon Flatirons site.

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