CU workshop 'Demystifies Entrepreneurship'

Missy Votel - 10/03/2019

Need help launching your big idea, or even just distilling it down from several big ideas? Next week, Telluride Venture Accelerator and The University of Colorado-Boulder will host their second annual “Demystifying Entrepreneurship” workshop in Norwood, on Oct. 11-12.

According to organizer Margaret Hedderman, the event is a great way for any business to learn the “entrepreneurial way of thinking.”

“It is a great refresher to recharge innovation and find new growth for existing businesses, while providing the perfect primer for new businesses that are navigating their way through starting up,” she said.

The workshop starts with an intro session and reception from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Fri.,

Oct. 11, at the Livery in Norwood. It continues for a full day on Sat., Oct. 12, at the Norwood Public Library. Topics include: risk v. reward, funding your dream, standing out in the market; and creating customer value.

The workshop is made possible through Startup Colorado, a CU-based program that helps rural entrepreneurs and communities tap into the resources they need to thrive. The program is based out of CU-Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons, a center for innovation that aims to serve students, entrepreneurs, policymakers and professionals at the intersection of law, policy and technology. The program is a targeted effort to help grow the state’s rural economies.

The event will be facilitated by Erick Mueller, executive director of CU’s Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. “We’re thrilled to bring CU’s expertise to the Southwest Colorado region and the surrounding communities to elevate entrepreneurship and innovation and help drive economic vitality and increased quality of life,” Mueller said.

Telluride Venture Accelerator Director Ashley Nager understands the value of hosting such an event and making it available to entrepreneurs in the region.

“The health and growth of small businesses is vital to our economic vitality, and we are excited to offer this content and information to the entrepreneurial-minded folks in our region,” she said.

Cost for the workshop is $50 which includes three meals, and some scholarships are available as well as special lodging rates. Registration and information is available on the Demystifying Entrepreneurship page on