Courtney A. Gras

Engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature helping student entrepreneurs succeed with Techstars.

After leaving my job at NASA to work with the startup company I founded in college, I uncovered a passion for helping other founders and opportunities to improve and support the local startup community. I decided to follow my passion for helping entrepreneurs succeed and worked in the local startup ecosystem for a number of years, supporting startup community growth through program development and management, operations management, relationship management and bridge building among diverse stakeholders in the community.

Today, I'm helping student entrepreneurs succeed through the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program, which connects student across the globe to the Techstars Network.

I love sharing stories of founding a company as a student, discovering the entrepreneur mindset, and finding my “dream” job. I published the book "Entrepreneur is a Verb" in 2018 for young professionals who are interested in a career in entrepreneurship

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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