Crash Course - Growing a Startup Amid Uncertain Economic Times
November 12, 2008, 5:15-6:45pm
@ Room 204, Wolf Law Building
Post-event coverage is available at Rocky Radar.
A rough economic climate is assumed to be a challenge for start-ups and emerging companies. But what exactly are the key challenges for entrepreneurs which are triggered by the downturn and, more importantly, what strategies should entrepreneurs consider in order to survive and grow companies amid uncertain economic times?
Join Silicon Flatirons on November 12, 2008 as four area experts provide guidance for start-ups and emerging companies. Brad Bernthal, Associate Clinical Professor and Silicon Flatirons' Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, will moderate. Confirmed expert panelists include:
- Jim Cowgill, EKS&H
- Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group
- Kendall Fugate, Square 1 Bank
- Niel Robertson, CEO of Palio
In particular, the panel will consider issues such as (1) what should today's entrepreneurs learn from the not too distant history (i.e., the 2001 bubble bust)?; (2) what myths about the downturn should be questioned, ignored, or mistrusted?; and (3) what critical strategies can entrepreneurs use in order to succeed in a generally unfavorable climate?
The primary target audience for this Crash Course is new entrepreneurs/founders, as well as individuals who are thinking about starting a business (including participants in the upcoming New Venture Challenge competition). A secondary audience is students/faculty who are generally interested in the topic.