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Thursday, November 17 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Student to Startup: CU Boulder's Entrepreneurship & Community Initiatives FILLING

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An in-depth overview of CU Boulder's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Recently, Forbes named CU-Boulder the 18th most entrepreneurial research university in the country. 

How does a university become a top 20 entrepreneurial university? Certainly with educational programming, experiential learning, innovative students and faculty and the ability to take an idea to commercialization.

But just as important, it requires a pervasive entrepreneurial culture and mindset across the entire campus, in all disciplines. We are lucky to have a supportive surrounding community, which the Boulder Valley provides, as one of the nation’s most entrepreneurial communities.


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Brad Bernthal

Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center
Brad is an Associate Professor of Law at Colorado Law School and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative for the Silicon Flatirons Center. As a professor, Brad leads the law school's Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. In addition to his clinical instruction, Brad teaches doctrinal... Read More →
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Arieann DeFazio

Exec. Director, Spark Boulder
A fan of perpetual learning and exploration, I will never have only one job. My most important skill is my talent for efficient learning.It has allowed me to embrace many roles, and make a career of improving my ever growing skill set. My passion in life is all things start up, and... Read More →
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Cali Harris

Managing Director - Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Design, CU Boulder, Leeds School of Business
Cali Harris has joined the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business as its Managing Director of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Design. Cali's experience blends a strategic partnership model with the strength of an interdisciplinary cache of resources. This approach has... Read More →
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Becky Komarek

Idea Forge Assistant Director, CU DFA Advisor, University of Colorado
After working with the DFA founders 10 years ago as a grad student, Becky moved to Boulder, CO where she helped create DFA at the University of Colorado Boulder. She works at an amazing prototyping facility called the Idea Forge and runs programs related to social impact design and... Read More →

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Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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