Featured Speaker – Courtney Gras, Executive Director, Launch League
Courtney is an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature. After leaving her job as a power systems engineer at NASA to work for her own startup company, she discovered a passion for building startup communities and helping technology-focused companies meet their goals.
Courtney co-founded the Akron-based clean energy startup, Design Flux Technologies as an undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Akron. While serving as Chief Operations Officer Courtney was named a “Forbes 30 Under 30” in 2016. She has also been names to the “Top 40 Under 40” in Cleantech by Midwest Energy News and one of Crain’s “Twenty in their 20s”. She also received the ComEd Female Founder Prize for 2015 through the Clean Energy Challenge.
After spending 7 years with Design Flux Technologies, Courtney decided to fully-commit her career to supporting startups and helping technology companies reach their goals for growth. She does this through her work as Executive Director for Launch League, a local nonprofit focused on developing a strong startup ecosystem in NEOhio and her work as a business development consultant for local technology companies.
Courtney loves sharing her stories of founding a cleantech company, especially with young entrepreneurs. She travels around the globe speaking on the topics of entrepreneurship, women in tech, and clean energy at venues such as TEDx Budapest, the Pioneers Festival, the IEEE WIE International Women’s Leadership Conference.
Session: Founder/CEO—Should You Be Both?