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Metro State’s Center for Innovation names 20 local entrepreneurs to external board of advisors

Posted: August 18, 2008

Metropolitan State College of Denver Center for Innovation has established an external Board of Advisors to help enrich its 2-year-old program, which seeks to prepare underrepresented populations, including people of color, women, urban youth and non-business majors, for entrepreneurial success in a global economy.

“These are experts who have direct influence on how we shape our program,” says Mick Jackowski, director for the Center for Innovation, who also serve

s as chair of the external board. “We are an entrepreneurial center built by the entrepreneurial community.” The board, which will help with fundraising, curriculum and marketing, is composed of individuals from the Denver and Boulder entrepreneurial community as follows:

Russell Bryant III, The Go Urban Companies, Inc.; David Cohen, TechStars, LLC; Heidi Flammang, Camp Bow Wow; Soto Flouris, EMRT; Danial Griggs, Downtowner Magazine; Dan Hugo, BNY Mellon; Elizabeth Israel, Domino Inc.; Christina “CJ” James, C Source Ltd; Kimberly Lucas, Goldstone Partners; Theron McCollough,; Steve Murchie, Keiretsu Forum; David O’Brien, Business Catapult and Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, UCD; Rex O'Neal, Faegre & Benson, LLP; David Rein, Metropolitan State College of Denver; LeRoy Romero, Colorado State OEDIT/Minority Business Office; David Sandusky, Your Brand, LLC, Marc Silverman; Colorado Capital Group; Lynn Smith, Kate’s at 35th Avenue; Bret Turner, Silicon Valley Bank; and Mike Van Cleave, AppVenture.

To help keep its board members and various constituents informed of the latest initiatives and business news, the Center earlier this year debuted InnoMail, a monthly newsletter distributed to its members for free. To become a member go to

To learn more about the Center for Innovation, go to


Metro State is a fully accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 62,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at