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Courtney Gras

LaunchPad Director
Helping student entrepreneurs around the world succeed with Techstars. An engineer by training, an entrepreneur by nature.

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 decided to follow my passion and worked on community growth full time, leading program development and management, 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.