Silicon Flatirons Center
A Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
at the University of Colorado
Something special is happening in Boulder's entrepreneurial circles, and the world is taking notice that Boulder, described as a rapidly advancing Western hub, is a world-class location to start a business. Boulder boasts the highest density of tech startups in the United States and Richard Florida has dubbed Boulder, "America's Most Creative City."
Silicon Flatirons' Entrepreneurship Initiative plays an important role at CU-Boulder, one of the nation's leading entrepreneurial public universities. Silicon Flatirons catalyzes connections across the CU-Boulder campus and the regional startup ecosystem. Silicon Flatirons helps educate the next generation of entrepreneurs, highlights industry thought leaders, and regularly convenes creative class talent in the Front Range's startup community.
Silicon Flatirons' role as a nerve center for the Colorado Front Range entrepreneurship scene was featured prominently in Brad Feld's book, Startup Communities, which praised Silicon Flatirons for turning the university "inside out" and highlighted its role as an important feeder and convener for the Boulder startup community. Silicon Flatirons' entrepreneurship work has been highlighted in the New York Times and is mentioned in David Cohen's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Boulder Startup Community.
To support networking and an exchange of ideas, the Center sponsors and supports a wide-range of events, programs, and competitions.
The CU New Venture Challenge is an annual campus-wide entrepreneurship championships at CU-Boulder that is comprised of workshops, team building events, a pitch day, and a final competition. Silicon Flatirons co-sponsors the NVC with other entrepreneurial leaders across the CU-Boulder campus.
The Crash Course Series for Entrepreneurs provides focused events for the outside community, students, and faculty about the legal and business issues that confront entrepreneurs when launching new ventures.
Entrepreneurs Unplugged, co-sponsored by ATLAS, attracts star entrepreneurs who share their stories at CU-Boulder. Past guests have included Ted Turner, Sam Zell, Foundry Group's Brad Feld, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and many of the Front Range's leading serial entrepreneurs.
Startup Summer is a ten-week program that combines a summer internship with a Boulder-Denver area startup company with a series of evening events, all focused on teaching undergraduate participants the fundamentals of creating and running a successful startup.
The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at Colorado Law provides free transactional legal services regarding the formation and development of small businesses to local startups.
Law students can take additional courses to qualify for a certificate in entrepreneurship. The qualifying classes focus on business, technology, and intellectual property and include several classes in the Leeds Business School.
The roundtable series gathers local business leaders, attorneys, and academicians to discuss topics of pertinent interest and is an important means of furthering Silicon Flatirons' goal of elevating the debate around entrepreneurship, innovation, and public policy issues.
The TLA takes a select group of students, puts them through a four-week boot camp covering finance, accounting, technology, project management, and tech industry business models, and then places them with in paid internships with tech companies for periods ranging from ten weeks to seven months. For more information about the TLA, see the New York Times, the National Law Journal, Inc., and here.
The Global Entrepreneurs in Residence (GEIR) Program brings international entrepreneurial talent to the CU-Boulder campus and community. GEIRs work across the CU-Boulder campus mentoring students in a wide array of projects requiring an entrepreneurial mindset. GEIRs guest lecture in classrooms, advise on entrepreneurial research, and provide mentorship to CU community members developing their own startups.