Saturday, May 10, 2014

Video Overview and Questions: Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) in Colorado

BEN Colorado's Executive Director J.B. Holston - @jholston - shared the Network's vision at the 2014 Colorado BioScience Association All-Member Meeting at the Omni Interlocken:

Quoting from the BEN Colorado website about the program:

"The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has selected the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado to host its first expansion of its innovative Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

Through a gift of $4 million, the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado (BEN Colorado) will strengthen and grow the networks across the aerospace, bioscience, digital/technology, energy, and natural foods sectors.

BEN Colorado will initially focus on the Boulder and Denver Metro Area regions. BEN Colorado will work with Master Entrepreneurs and Advisors to open up important networks of influence to a select number of companies on the verge of rapidly 'scaling up'. The goal is to extend, expand, and connect the networks of experience and expertise in and outside of Colorado.

On April 23, 2014, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation formally launched the program at an event featuring Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennet, University of Colorado President Bruce Benson, University of Colorado-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Blackstone Charitable Foundation Executive Director Amy Stursberg, and The Blackstone Group Managing Director Jon Gray."

Link to the BEN Colorado website

Link to the related Xconomy article

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