Scott Shrake is bringing disruption to the entrepreneurial space

Scott Shrake is one of the Top 25 Young Professionals of 2020

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Scott Shrake, 34

Director | Institute for Entrepreneurship at Colorado State University

Fort Collins

The world is an uncertain and complex place, but Scott Shrake says the optimism of the innovators he works with at Colorado State University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship help keep him grounded.

“We get to continually build new programs to support the needs of the community and help spur economic development, whether it be supporting social ventures, the creative arts, food and beverage, or defense agencies,” he says.

At the institute, Shrake has launched nine new programs in entrepreneurship and design thinking and raised $1.3 million so far to support his broad vision as a disruptor in the entrepreneurial space. In addition to managing the institute’s programming that served more than 600 individuals in the first half of 2019, Shrake teaches the introductory and capstone courses for CSU’s new Design Thinking program.

Recipe for success: “Don’t let your failures define your future, and recognize that when things go wrong, it’s the best opportunity to learn and grow.”

Hear from Shrake himself about his path to success:

This article is part of the ColoradoBiz Magazine’s 2020 Top 25 Young Professionals.
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