Our board members are a group of faculty members and business executives from the nearby area.

Faculty Board Members

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Brad Bernthal

Brad specializes in startups, entrepreneurial law, and early stage finance (such as angel investment and venture capital). His current research studies investment accelerators. In the classroom, Brad teaches and supervises students in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (LAWS 7619). He also teaches Venture Capital with co-professor Jason Mendelson (LAWS 7271, TLEN 5835). Brad is the Founder and Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center's Entrepreneurship Initiative. The Entrepreneurship Initiative, launched in 2008,...
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Roberto Caccia

Roberto Caccia is part of the faculty in the Finance department of the Leeds School of Business. His teaching experience covers investments and portfolio management, derivatives and special topics in investment banking. As Burridge Center Director, Roberto promotes the connection between the school and the industry, through a number of initiatives involving student body and faculty. Prior to joining CU Leeds School of Business, Roberto worked at the New York...
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Chris Leach

J. Chris Leach, Ph.D. is a Professor of Finance and Deming Professor of Entrepreneurship. He has taught undergraduates, MBAs and executives at the Wharton School, Carnegie Mellon, and the Indian School of Business. Leach is the co-author of the best-selling textbook Entrepreneurial Finance, 5th edition, that applies tools and techniques of corporate finance to the entrepreneurial venture. He has a PhD and MS from Cornell University, MBA from University of...
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Erick Mueller

Erick Mueller has helped businesses grow throughout his career and has founded many companies. He founded Vision Co., a corporate training and consulting organization and as CEO and President grew the business to over $300,000 in annual revenue. Mueller then co-founded and was Vice President of Sales for Achieve.com, an interactive Web service he led from startup to 10,000+ customers. Mueller also co-founded Real Measure and EyeThink Corp., computer-based instrumentation...
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Doug Smith

Faculty Advisor
Doug Smith is the Assistant Dean for Programs and Engagement at the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He works at a strategic level with the dean and other leaders to improve the effectiveness of the school with a focus on the development and leadership of student and faculty programs to support college growth and excellence; the engagement of alumni and industry partners; and development and implementation of college marketing...

Outside Board Members

Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong has over 20 years of experience as an advisor to dozens of companies in financial services, high-tech, manufacturing, retail, and communications. Prior to joining Point B Capital, Brian was the CFO at RB Capital, Inc., the parent company of Rock Bottom Restaurants, Old Chicago Restaurants, and Boulder Beer, where he helped the company complete a $270 million M&A transaction. Before that, he was a Principal at the Lante...
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Kelly Burton

Kelly is an active investor, advisor, board member, entrepreneur and former corporate leader. With over 20 years in the private and public sectors of the technology industry, she remains a champion and avid mentor for those pursuing their business passions. More recently, Kelly founded InvestorAvenue and InvestorBuyouts.com. In addition to being a Francophile, she is an aficionado of language, culture, learning and dogs.
Jay Hirsh

Jay Hirsh

Jay Hirsh is the managing partner at Break Trail Ventures, an early stage venture fund based in Boulder, CO and Columbus, OH. BTV partners with entrepreneurs who are breaking trail in their industry, creating best-in-class products, and leading the way for future generations. They invest at the intersection of lifestyle / consumer products, natural products, and innovative tech-enabled enterprise. Prior to BTV, Jay was in the consumer retail sector supporting...
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Mystery Murphy

Mystery Murphy is an Associate at Cooley specializing in the representation of startup, emerging growth and public companies with an emphasis on company formations, venture capital financings, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Cooley in 2014, Ms. Murphy was an Entrepreneurial Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center in Boulder, Colorado where her work related to entrepreneurship and innovations in transactional legal education. She also served...
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Mike Pritchard

Mike Pritchard is the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Colorado Foundation where he is responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of the Foundation’s operations. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, where he majored in accounting and received a degree in business administration. Pritchard, a certified public accountant, began his career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche LLP...
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Alicia Robb

Alicia Robb is Founder and CEO of Next Wave Ventures and a managing partner for several early stage venture funds. She has been a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for more than a decade and a is visiting scholar with the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the founder and past executive director and board chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international development organization...