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Program Associates (interns) rock.  They stack chairs, they collaborate with companies, they order food, they meet investors, they organize documents, they strategize with founders and mentors; they get a balance of the glamorous with the not-so-glamorous tasks of TechStars.  And they do it all with a smile on their face.  I couldn’t run the Boulder program without them.

Program Associates are often the unsung heros of TechStars – but I’m thrilled to see two of our interns get some pixels via the CU’s Leed’s School of Business MBA Program.  Gregg Alpert & Adam Shepler were 2 of the unsung heros of TechStars in Boulder this summer.  Check out the video featuring them (below)!  They graduate in 1 year, then watch out world…

Let’s also not forget our third program associate of the summer, Al Doan.  Not the typical intern, he’s an entrepreneur at heart but looking for experiences in the tech world.  He’s started one of the country’s largest quilting operations (yes, quilting!) and he proved to be our comic relief of the summer.  We expect great things from him too.

If you’re an MBA student in search of a real world entrepreneurship experience, consider becoming a program associate for TechStars.  It’s an immersive entrepreneurial education if there ever was one, and your personal network might explode in ways you never imagined.

Nicole Glaros
Chief Product Officer at Techstars. She’s been with Techstars since its early days in 2009, has run 8 programs and has close to 90 companies in her portfolio. Follow Nicole at www.nearlynicole.com