Brad Bernthal, Law Professor at CU Boulder and Founder and Director of Silicon Flatirons Center’s Entrepreneurship Initiative spoke to Concordia University Texas on Spetember 13th in a talk sponsored by IncubatorCTX and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.  Concordia leadership team members Dr. Don Christian, Beth Atherton and James Candido had met Brad when they visited Denver and CU Boulder as part of a Greater Austin Chamber trip.  We were delighted for Brad to visit Austin.

Brad Bernthal; "Hacks for Entrepreneurial University"

Bernthal launched Silicon Flatirons Center’s Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2008 and since then, it has consistently created a high velocity of interaction between the CU campus and the Front Range’s high tech entrepreneurial community.  In his talk, “Hacks for an Entrepreneurial University: Notes from CU Boulder” Bernthal shared his experience.

  1. Start small. Don’t wait for check to build an empire.
  2. End run bureaucracy.
  3. Find a common project.
  4. Stay confederated enough.
  5. Be a platform that curates content.
  6. Community is extension of classroom.
  7. Foster town-gown teaching arrangements.
  8. Build and nurture mentor networks.

A luncheon and Meet & Greet with Brad Bernthal followed in IncubatorCTX.  This was more of a laid back scene and attendees were given the opportunity to ask some follow-up questions and advice for Bernthal. Mingling took place and Bernthal was able to speak one-on-one with members of Concordia University and entrepreneurial community.


Written by Kinsley Fisher

IncubatorCTX helps startups and early stage companies grown and succeed.  Our goal is to promote innovation and impact in Northwest Austin along the HWY 620 corridor.  We are located on the campus of Concordia University amidst 400 acres of Hill country preserve.

Incubator CTX members have 24/7 access to vibrant co-working space alongside other entrepreneurs.  IncubatorCTX is much more than a co-working space; our members also benefit from a network of mentors, entrepreneurial programming, classes, events, and access to faculty and student workers.

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