Entrepreneurs head for the hills in Jackson Hole
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – A group of entrepreneurs have set up shop in the shadow of the Teton Range in Jackson Hole, a city known more for vacationers than business innovation.
Former Wall Street investor Liza Millet started the Silicon Couloir as a nonprofit in Jackson to help advance the ideas of entrepreneurs. She hosted an event in September to present funding strategies for entrepreneurs. Millet has seen an influx of talent into Jackson, many of whom have retired, but still want to stay in the game and help others.
Many of the retired entrepreneurs have found satisfaction by investing in the ideas of others and mentoring and teaching. One of those efforts is the Start Up Institute, founded in Jackson by Millet and Sand Hessler, former assistant dean of the Harvard Kennedy School. The project works in collaboration with Central Wyoming College.
The program requires participants to complete a 200-hour program to learn the ins-and-outs of running a business. The program already has ratcheted up some success stories from those who were able to grow their ideas into viable businesses.