Courtney A. Gras
Courtney is an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature. After leaving her job at NASA to work with the startup company she founded in college, Courtney uncovered opportunities to improve the local startup ecosystem in NE Ohio. Her work involved relationship building and program management among entrepreneur support organizations, corporations, universities and local government - focused on building bridges, encouraging partnerships, and improving collaboration. Today, Courtney serves as the LaunchPad Community Director at Techstars. In this role, she is connecting the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars network to Techstars resources, including content, network, and community.
Courtney frequently shares her stories of founding a company and discovering the entrepreneur mindset through professional speaking for collegiate, corporate, and professional events. Courtney also published the book "Entrepreneur is a Verb" to encourage young professionals to apply the entrepreneurial mindset to launch their dream career. She has been 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.
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