Boulder Startup History Crash Course: The Federal Labs Story

Image Credit: Boulder History Museum

Image Credit: Boulder History Museum

October 27, 2015 – Boulder enjoys membership on the list of elite entrepreneurial communities in the United States. Boulder is frequently mentioned alongside Silicon Valley, Austin, Boston, New York City, the Research Triangle, and Seattle as among the best places to launch a startup. Boulder’s presence on this list is curious since its population is a little over 100,000, far smaller than other cities on the list. How did Boulder and the Front Range become the innovation community it is today?

The October 29 Crash Course, Boulder Startup History Crash Course: The Federal Labs Story, examines the role of the Federal Labs in helping Boulder become a world-class research and tech community. A panel of experts will explore and discuss the history of the startup scene, as well as the effects of the labs on the Boulder entrepreneurial community. The panel will also be open to questions from the audience.

This event is co-presented by the Silicon Flatirons Center and the Boulder History Museum.

The Boulder Startup History Crash Course will be held at the University of Colorado Law School on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Please note online registration will close on October 29, 2015 at 9:30 AM.


  • Tom Bogdan
  • Former President
    University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

  • James Burrus
  • Public Information Officer, Science Writer, and Outreach Coordinator
    National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

  • Brad Feld
  • Managing Director
    Foundry Group

  • Carol Taylor
  • Associate Director and Local History Writer
    Boulder History Museum


  • Brad Bernthal
  • Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
    Entrepreneurship Initiative Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center