Courtney A. Gras

After leaving her job at NASA to work with the startup company she founded in college, Courtney uncovered a passion for encouraging others to pursue careers in entrepreneurship, supporting founders, and building founder communities. She recently drove the launch of Bounce, northeast Ohio's first open innovation hub, and currently serves as Director of Development at the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center and a consultant for various innovation projects. 

She frequently shares her stories of founding a company and discovering the entrepreneur mindset through professional speaking for collegiate, corporate, and professional events at venues such as the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria and TEDx Danubia in Budapest, Hungary. Courtney also published the book "Entrepreneur is a Verb" to encourage young professionals to apply the entrepreneurial mindset to launch their dream career. In 2016 she was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30, Crain’s Cleveland Twenty in their 20s, and a Midwest Energy News 40 under 40 for her work with her startup company.

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Presentation Topics

Applying the entrepreneur mindset to launch your dream career

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship

Building Innovation Ecosystems


Recent Presentations

IEEE Future Leaders Forum, 2018

TEDx Danubia - Budapest, Hungary, 2017

IEEE International Women's Leadership Conference - San Jose, CA, 2017

Pioneers Festival - Vienna, Austria, 2016