Q&A with mentor Greg Bier

Introduce yourself! What do you do?  I got my start as an “intrapreneur” when I began an organization that removed landmines and unexploded ordnance from around the world (think Croatia, Bosnia, Mozambique, Cambodia, etc.).  Since then, I’ve moved on to safer things; entrepreneur, Mizzou professor, and angel investor. After living all over the place, I’ve settled into CoMo and I’ve been here 18 years.

How did you get involved with #SWCOMO? Entrepreneurship is about networking. I knew the team that organized the first #SWCOMO. Each year gets better and better. #SWCOMO is a chance to reconnect and re-energize.

What is your involvement this year?  Mentor and food & beverage connoisseur.

Why (and how) do you encourage your students to attend? #SWCOMO is an experience they need to be part of. Being immersed in #SWCOMO will complement what is done on campus. Startups are like learning to swim. You can only watch so many YouTube videos about learning how to swim. Sooner or later, you need to get in the water and try to swim. Startup weekend pushes everyone to get in the water together. Entrepreneurship is a team sport!

What are you most excited about for this upcoming Startup Weekend? Ideas being brought to life! Food! Beverage(s)!