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  • Writer's pictureClif Harald

CU Conference on World Affairs Shines Light on Alumni Entrepreneurs

2021 is the 73rd year for the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs (CWA). The conference is known for bringing together thought leaders from across the globe to share their perspectives on important issues. If you are not familiar with this storied event, you can read about it at About Conference on World Affairs.

In the next CWA virtual panel, three CU alumni describe their entrepreneurial journeys, highlighting milestones reached, obstacles overcome, and how their experience at CU was affected by participating in the CU New Venture Challenge. The session will include an exciting, fast-paced pitch slam by three current CU students, who will deliver their start-up ideas and receive feedback from the panelists.

Join us Thursday, February 25 from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. MDT for "How CU Built This”

The event is free and open to the public.


Brad Bernthal, Moderator, Associate Professor of Law, CU Boulder • Director of Entrepreneurship, Silicon Flatirons Center

Professor Bernthal specializes in startups, entrepreneurial law, and early-stage finance such as angel investment and venture capital. His current research studies finance instruments used in startup investment. Brad has also studied investment accelerators, providing legal scholarship’s first work on the topic.

Dr. Nicholas Meyerson, Co-Founder and CEO of Darwin Biosciences

Dr. Meyerson is a scientist in the department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at CU Boulder and CEO of Darwin Biosciences. Darwin is a startup founded by Dr. Meyerson to commercialize the SickStick, a device that can be used to diagnose COVID-19 at the earliest stage of infection. In April 2020, Darwin Biosciences won first place at New Venture Challenge, a showcase for entrepreneurship at CU Boulder.

Fletcher Richman, Co-founder and Head of Product at Halp

Fletcher Richman loves building new technology and leveraging his technical skills along with his business savvy to solve problems. He is a 3-time participant in New Venture Challenge, but never took the top prize. Not discouraged, Fletcher went on to co-found Halp, whose software assists internal operations teams to streamline their workflows. Halp was recently acquired by Atlassian, an Australian company with 2020 revenue of $1.6B US.

Katherine Vega, COO & Founder, ShineOn Bikes • Engineer, Ball Aerospace

Katherine Vega, a former New Venture Challenge finalist, founded ShineOn Bikes in 2018 to make cycling safer. With the ShineOn bike light, cars notice a rider sooner and from farther away. Katherine also founded GoSats.Com in 2019, a hub of information, components and connections that enable CubeSats. In 2020, she joined Ball Aerospace as an engineer, focusing on Mission Assurance and Systems Engineering.

There are plenty of free, virtual seats available for this session. Please feel free to share the RSVP link.


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