Putting the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Perspective

April 16, 2009
@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building

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Commentators, policymakers, and businesses often talk about an "entrepreneurial ecosystem." The conception, however, remains undefined. In this conference, we will take a critical look at the idea of an entrepreneurial ecosystem, examining how it facilitates innovation. In particular, we will evaluate the ingredients that enable a local community to develop an entrepreneurial culture and reach a critical mass of inventive activity. Moreover, we will evaluate how entrepreneurs are able to recognize what inventions truly matter--i.e., are "disruptive" in the sense that they can make a big impact on an established market. In so doing, we will also ask what pitfalls there are along the way where firms seeking to take advantage of such opportunities either make the right or wrong strategic and tactical judgments.

Welcome
2:45pm - 2:55pm
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
The Colorado Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
2:55pm - 3:10pm
  • Brad Bernthal
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
    Entrepreneurship Initiative Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Entrepreneurship Week Keynote
3:10pm - 3:40pm
  • Bill Ritter
    Governor
    State of Colorado
How to Recognize the Development of Disruptive Technologies
3:40pm - 4:50pm
Moderator
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
Panelists
  • David Cohen
    Founder and CEO
    TechStars
  • Heather Gates-Massoudi
    Director, Venture Capital Services Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
    Deloitte Services
  • Tom Moore
    Founder and President
    WildBlue Communications
  • Karl Ulrich
    The Wharton School
    University of Pennsylvania
Break
4:50pm - 5:05pm
The Elements of an Entrepreneurial Culture
5:05pm - 6:15pm
Moderator
  • Brad Bernthal
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
    Entrepreneurship Initiative Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Panelists
  • Paul Jerde
    Executive Director
    Deming Center for Entrepreneurship
    Leeds School of Business
    University of Colorado
  • James Linfield
    Partner
    Cooley LLP
  • Jana Matthews
    CEO
    The Jana Matthews Group
    Program Director
    ANZ Innovyz START (Adelaide, AU)
  • AnnaLee Saxenian
    Dean, School of Information
    University of California at Berkeley
  • Michael Zeisser
    Chairman US Investments
    Alibaba Group
How To, and How Not To, Capitalize on Innovation
6:15pm - 7:15pm
Moderator Panelists
  • Paul Berbarian
    Co-Founder
    Raindance Communication
  • Steve Georgis
    CEO
    ProStor
  • Sue Kunz
    Founder
    Solidware Technologies
  • Trish Rogers
    Partner and Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Group
    Moye White, LLP
Reception
7:15pm - 8:00pm