Bring along the next generation of entrepreneurial talent
1264_ 8/22/12 - Phil Weiser is the Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, Thompson Professor of Law, and Executive Director and Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. When Phil returned from his time in DC and the White House, one of the assignments he came back with was to help head up the state chapter of StartUp America. So Brad Feld, Jan Horsfall and Phil took on the mission of being the co-chairs and they've been ramping up - you can find out all about it at www.startupcolorado.com. They have a number of initiatives, Phil tells us, "First and foremost challenge is to amp up, amplify and further connect in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. So we've been working on that and a few other initiatives..." It's all gotten off to a great start and they'll be celebrating Year One and look to Year Two on October 15th. An event celebrating Brad Feld's book, 'Startup Communities' which is all about this project helping to support start ups. Brad Bernthal tells us about the Startup Summer Program. It's one of Startup Colorado's missions which is to bring along the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in this state. The program embedded interns in 15 startups this summer. The startups agreed that they'd give C-level management face-time with the interns on a regular basis. The Interns attended regular classes - where the best and brightest out of the Boulder community provided classes on entrepreneurship. Lastly, each of the interns actually developed their own business plans and at the end of the summer pitched the businesses they're trying to build. It was transformative, the kind of thing that changes the trajectory of their careers and from Colorado's perspective a big win. Larry asked for clarification of what is meant by the ecosystem? Get involved and listen for more...
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