What do you do when you have a great idea?
Well, many Colorado and Boulder entrepreneurs turn to the resources at Silicon Flatirons Center, an initiative out of the University of Colorado School of Law, to develop those ideas into coherent business strategies. In plain English, that means the Center conducts research about the entrepreneurial community as a whole and offers resources for entrepreneurs near to and far from Boulder for getting those ideas off the ground.
Ready to fill your Boulder-area entrepreneurial development calendar? Fantastic. Let’s begin with their no-nonsense slate of events.
Entrepreneurial Events in Boulder with Silicon Flatirons
Bookmark their Events page — just do it. There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t if you’re interested in Boulder-area entrepreneurship.
Each semester, they compile a straight-to-the-nitty-gritty slate of informative panels, roundtables, seminars, conferences, and in-depth interviews — and you can attend with a simple click to RSPV. You certainly don’t want to miss their Entrepreneurs Unplugged series. They bring in accomplished entrepreneurs for highly detailed interviews for the community’s benefit and there’s always a lively Q&A period at the end. Talk about making it possible to not just meet the best, but learn from them as well!
But what about the data? Since the Center is a part of the CU Law School, you should definitely know about the research side of the Center and how you can access it to improve your entrepreneurial path as a Boulder-area company.
Research and Reports from Silicon Flatirons
The Center specializes in creating some of the freshest research on entrepreneurship as a whole as well as Boulder’s emerging and rapidly growing technology scene. They create numerous publications each year (all free to the public). Their Annual Reports are fast reads that will get you up-to-date on the Center’s activities over the previous year as well as give you a quick list of all of the published studies they created to support the entrepreneurship community. One page we definitely recommend bookmarking, however, is their Flatirons Reports page. Here, you’ll have fast access to the latest entrepreneurship research published by the Center, such as the most recent report the created for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on the future of Denver’s entrepreneurial community.
So now you know about their powerful slate of events and their unparalleled (and free) research for Boulder’s entrepreneurs. How can you dovetail Silicon Flatiron’s entrepreneurship resources into your growth as an entrepreneur in Boulder’s thriving community?
Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs
We’ll say it: set up a Google Alert for “Silicon Flatirons”. Any news on this front is worth receiving. For example, my Google Alert for the same term just pointed me to this article in the Wall Street Journal featuring the Director of Silicon Flatirons, Brad Bernthal, discussing the importance of geography for a startup’s ultimate success. The Center’s leadership is frequently featured in the news, offering insights on the state of entrepreneurship as a whole and highlighting the Boulder startup culture. Why not have that news delivered right to your inbox?
What we probably love most about Silicon Flatirons is how they’re not just a local powerhouse for Boulder entrepreneurship, but also recognized nationally as thought leaders in the entrepreneurial space. Because you might be able to start a company just anywhere — but Silicon Flatirons is doing more than it’s fair share to make sure Boulder entrepreneurs have the best change for success possible. The rest of the world gets to benefit from their research, too.