Boulder Startup Week 2020 Boulder Startup Week 2020
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CU's 2020 All-Star Startups

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Brad Bernthal
CU Boulder, Associate Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship

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. Prior to that, Bernthal studied investment accelerators, providing legal scholarship's first work on the topic.

In the classroom, Professor Bernthal teams with co-professor Keith Olivia to lead the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (LAWS 7619). He also teaches Venture Capital with co-professor Jason Mendelson (LAWS 7271, TLEN 5835). Mr. Bernthal is the Founder and Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center's Entrepreneurship Initiative. The Entrepreneurship Initiative, launched in 2008, creates a high velocity of interaction between the CU campus and the Front Range's high tech entrepreneurial community. The Entrepreneurship Initiative is closely involved with the CU New Venture Challenge, Startup Colorado, and the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

Jackson Roberts
DocForge, CEO

DocForge's mission is to make incomplete and out-of-date technical documentation a thing of the past. We first started this venture while participating in CU's Startup Summer program, which taught us a ton about developing and testing product concepts. This year, we've iterated our product and placed second in the New Venture Challenge. CU's startup ecosystem has been incredibly supportive.  We will be launching our product publicly soon.

Zayna Pieper
Frenz, CEO & Founder

Zayna Pieper will graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder this weekend with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Plus with an emphasis in engineering management.  She loves to volunteer and has worked with groups like Engineers Without Borders, directing and leading international construction projects to provide access to water in rural Rwanda.  Just over a year ago, Zayna began to turn her focus on a problem a bit closer to home: involuntary drugging on college campuses.  1 in 13 people will be involuntarily drugged during their college experience.  Through Frenz, Zayna is dedicated to empowering people so that they know when their drinks have been tampered with because everyone has the right to choose what they consume.

Christina Canino
HumanKind, Matchmaking Lead

I have a background in chemical and biological engineering and am now enrolled at Colorado Law. I’ve just wrapped up my first year as a law student and hope to continue to pursue my passion for technology and innovation as I develop my legal career. I am currently the lead for volunteer matchmaking at HumanKind and have been privileged to be a part of the team that kicked off HumanKind in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This event highlights CU-based startups who proved themselves this year by excelling in the CU Boulder New Venture Challenge, working with Venture Partners at CU Boulder, or proving themselves in a startup class.