Charisse Bowen leaving CSU to help expand Galvanize's academic training efforts

By: Steve Thursday August 14, 2014 0 comments Tags: Blue Ocean Challenge, Charisse Bowen, Daniel Ganster, Fort Collins, Galvanize, gSchool


By Steve Porter


FORT COLLINS - Charisse Bowen, who has served as director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship in Colorado State University's College of Business for the last two years, has resigned her position and accepted a job with Denver-based Galvanize.

Bowen said she has enjoyed her time at CSU but "was offered a job I couldn't turn down at Galvanize."

"Although it is very difficult to walk away from all of the great things we have built at CSU, I am confident that I will be able to make an even greater impact on the entire Northern Colorado entrepreneurial ecosystem in my new role," she said.

"Galvanize is in a distinctive position to transform the way education is delivered and experienced, and I am honored that they have invited me to play a role in making this happen."

Bowen said she will help Galvanize establish a new Fort Collins office that will open in early 2015 and she will be based in that office.

Bowen said her primary focus will be to help Galvanize with its new higher education initiatives at all of its offices. Galvanize, which describes itself as a "digital innovation community," currently has two offices in Denver and two more in Boulder and San Francisco.

In June, Galvanize announced it would use a new $18 million round of funding to open new campuses across the U.S. and expand its gSchool education programs.

Founded in 2012, Galvanize is known for its gSchool for software developers.

"Charisse is a recognized community leader, entrepreneur and educator," said Jim Deters, Galvanize co-founder and CEO. "It's this mix of experience that is attractive to us and -- at our core -- is how Galvanize and gSchool are creating community-driven learning and an entrepreneurial engine.

"We are thrilled to have Charisse join our team of almost 40 amazing Galvanizers."

Bowen recently was instrumental in helping establish the $250K Blue Ocean Challenge pitch competition held in May in collaboration with Fort Collins-based Blue Ocean Enterprises.

She also helped create CSU's Venture Accelerator program, which raises funds for student companies. More than $700,000 was raised in seed funding for the first 24 student companies that went through the program.

"We will sorely miss Charisse," said Daniel Ganster, associate dean of CSU's College of Business. "Since coming to CSU as director of the Entrepreneurship Institute just two years ago, she has helped us make tremendous strides in entrepreneurship education.

"Her knowledge of entrepreneurship, her energy, and especially her passion for our students and their ventures have been transformative for our program, and we will have a hard time replacing her."

Ganster said Bowen will continue her involvement with the Institute as an adviser.

Ganster said the university will conduct a national search to replace Bowen. He said CSU has not yet finalized who will replace her on an interim basis.

Bowen's last day at CSU is Sept. 5. She will begin her new job with Galvanize on Sept. 8.

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