VISION:  A thriving Colorado scale-up community committed to each other's success.


MISSION: To create a dynamic network of peer to peer relationships that support entrepreneurial growth and community to solve scale-up challenges.


PURPOSE: The network builds valuable relationships and support for Colorado's growth entrepreneurs.


HOW WE GOT STARTED
The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado (also nicknamed “BEN”) is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. The gift supports resources and staff over the next several years and allows us to focus efforts on building the scale-up ecosystem, which positions Colorado companies at the forefront of growth. 


WHO WE ARE

The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (“BEN” or “the Network”) in Colorado is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the State of Colorado and is administered by the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.  In parallel with other Silicon Flatirons projects, like Startup Colorado and the CU-Boulder campus entrepreneurship initiative, BEN identifies promising Colorado-based companies across industries (namely, technology, health, aerospace, energy, and natural products) and geographies, and provides guidance and meaningful connections to help these companies scale. With the help of our advisor network, BEN leverages expertise across a range of disciplines, connecting and supporting our community and network members with a range of valuable programming. By building relationships, providing educational resources, and supporting scale-up growth through a range of offerings, BEN is a natural extension of the overall educational and outreach mission of Silicon Flatirons.


WHAT WE BRING TO THE TABLE
We curate a collaborative group of experienced business experts who have “been there, and done that.” They are ready to give back and share what they have learned along the way so that the next generation of companies can go big in Colorado.

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Our Team —

Phil Weiser Dean, Law School University of Colorado Founder, Silicon Flatirons

Phil Weiser
Dean, Law School
University of Colorado
Founder, Silicon Flatirons

Sam Skelton Marketing & Communications Fellow

Sam Skelton
Marketing & Communications Fellow

Jordan Drummond Business Applications Fellow

Jordan Drummond
Business Applications Fellow

Greg Greenwood Executive Director Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Greg Greenwood
Executive Director
Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Jake Lozow Project Manager

Jake Lozow
Project Manager

Allyson Patterson Business Relations Manager

Allyson Patterson
Business Relations Manager

Thomas Brim-Edwards Fellow

Thomas Brim-Edwards

Fellow

Nicole Barbera Fellow

Nicole Barbera

Fellow

Elie Romano   Fellow

Elie Romano  
Fellow

 

OUR FORMER TEAM MEMBERS

Hannah Loudin Director of Operations

Hannah Loudin
Director of Operations

Kate Waller Director of Business Development

Kate Waller
Director of Business Development

Dave DiGiacomo Former Director of Business Development

Dave DiGiacomo
Former Director of Business Development

Jeff Hopfenbeck CU, Leeds School of Business

Jeff Hopfenbeck
CU, Leeds School of Business

Ike Harvey Fellow

Ike Harvey

Fellow

Melanie Whitcomb Marketing & Communications Fellow

Melanie Whitcomb
Marketing & Communications Fellow

Canyon Law Cornell University

Canyon Law
Cornell University

Malcolm Naftulin Fellow

Malcolm Naftulin
Fellow

Rand Singleton University of Colorado Law

Rand Singleton
University of Colorado Law

Daniel Tabor University of Colorado

Daniel Tabor
University of Colorado