Courtney A. Gras
Engineer by training and entrepreneur by nature helping student entrepreneurs succeed with Techstars. #GiveFirst
In 2014, I left my “real” job at NASA to work with the startup company I founded in college. Shortly after, I discovered opportunities to build the local startup community in Ohio and help other founders succeed. After 8 years participating in the community as a founder, I followed my passion and worked on startup community growth full time, leading program development, operations, advocacy, and bridge building with stakeholders in the community.
Today, I have the incredible honor of going back to my roots as a student founder to help student entrepreneurs succeed through the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program, which connects students 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.
Applying the entrepreneur mindset to launch your dream career
Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship
Building Innovation Ecosystems
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