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Colorado Springs Startup Week is a week-long celebration of innovation, entrepreneurialism, and the creative spaces and places that make up the Colorado Springs startup ecosystem.

Startup Week is a collective demonstration of Colorado Springs’ COMMITMENT to ENTREPRENEURIALISM, INCLUSIVITY, and STARTUP SUPPORT to all participants that experience the week.

Everyone who participates will LEARN something that BENEFITS their business or them personally. Participants will have the opportunity to CONNECT with others, and participate in SHOWCASING OUR COMMUNITY as an emerging startup market not to be ignored.

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Monday, September 9
 

9:30am

Basecamp Offerings Day 1: FOOD TRUCK LUNCH
Basecamp is your home throughout Colorado Springs Startup Week. Chat with volunteers, find out about sessions that day, rest and regroup. Most importantly, pick up and buy your Peak Pass https://peakstartup.org/product/cos-startup-week-peak-pass

9:30--doors open
11am--2pm: FOOD TRUCK LUNCH from Gypsy Pizza Co.
4pm--doors close, we are headed to the Kickoff Party and so should you! 

Monday September 9, 2019 9:30am - 4:00pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

10:00am

A Good Idea or a Great Opportunity?
The old saying goes, “Ideas are plentiful and cheap, opportunities are rare and special". But how do you know the difference between an idea and an opportunity when you come across one? What kinds of questions can you ask to find out? How can you use design thinking to investigate markets and discover opportunities? And, when you find an opportunity, what is the next step? This session invites you to discover how successful entrepreneurs identify market opportunities, test the market, and begin to move forward on an opportunity. If you have and idea or an opportunity we can explore it together in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Alice Loy, PhD

Alice Loy, PhD

Creative Startups


Monday September 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

11:45am

Why Sports Startups Will Thrive in Colorado Springs
Known as Olympic City USA, Colorado Springs is the heart of the nation’s Olympic movement, where a timeless culture of achievement, patriotism and dedication sits comfortably alongside awe-inspiring beauty and refreshingly down-to-earth views of the world. Colorado Springs is also the epicenter of an extensive sport industry, with sport product manufacturers and numerous other fitness and training companies, and annual athletic events operating within the region. With 59 national sports organizations, 23 National Governing Bodies of sport, 15,000 athletes, the US Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center, and the new addition of the Olympic Museum, there's no shortage of opportunity to partner, field trial, build and scale the next sports startup.

On this panel, you'll hear from an attorney who represents our national governing bodies on how to start up a new sport, the chief medical officer of the YMCA on how to partner with sports startups as an established business, a national governing body VP on how to work with athletes in your sports startup, and an angel investor and multi-time sports and health startup CEO on how to go from start to scale to exit. Moderated by a multi-time founder and current sports tech company looking for product market fit.

Come to this panel to learn, network, and to get inspired to build your next business in an emerging sports industry hotbed.

List of sports startups in Colorado: https://www.builtincolorado.com/companies/type/sports-companies-colorado


Speakers
avatar for Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson

Angel Investor, VIVOBAREFOOT
An innovative, award winning, results-driven leader focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments. An IT futurist, organizational change agent and inspirational people manager. Driven by achieving financial results through decisive leadership and positive... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Beisel

Rachel Beisel

VP Marketing & Communications, CableLabs
avatar for Suzanne Crespo

Suzanne Crespo

Attorney, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Suzanne Crespo is an Associate in the Colorado Springs office. She is a member of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment group, the Commercial Litigation group, and a leading member of the firm’s Contests and Sweepstakes practice area.Ms. Crespo’s practice includes advising nearly... Read More →
avatar for Scott Schnitzspahn

Scott Schnitzspahn

Vice President of Elite Athletics at USA Cycling, USA Cycling
Scott leads the elite athletics department at USA Cycling which supports the development of elite cyclists from talented juniors to star Olympians.  With more than a decade in high performance sport leadership, Scott joined USA Cycling in 2017 from the US Olympic Committee, where... Read More →
avatar for Gloria Winters

Gloria Winters

Chief Medical Officer, YMCA
Gloria Winters is the Chief Medical Officer of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and has over 19 years of healthcare experience. As the Association’s Chief Medical Officer, Winters supports the innovation of the YMCA in communities around the country as they improve the continuum... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

2:00pm

Fundamentals of Success: Starting your own business 101
This workshop will guide you through many of the basics you will need to consider as you venture out into the world of entrepreneurship. Topics include: accounting and legal considerations, branding and marketing, human resources, business management, networking and community outreach.  Attendees will receive a workbook to guide you through the steps to successfully launching your new business endeavor.

Attend at 525 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs, 80903 today at 2PM!

Speakers
avatar for Melody Christian

Melody Christian

Founder, Finicky Fox Design
Melody Christian is the owner and lead designer of Finicky Fox Design, a design studio aimed at helping small businesses achieve visual harmony to make your dream client become loyal to who you are and what you do. Design services include branding, logos, print materials, book covers... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Ries

Nicole Ries

President, Nicole M. Ries, CPA
avatar for Sara Vaas

Sara Vaas

Community and neighborhood organizer. I will be speaking about social impact and the importance of building community alongside your business.
avatar for Danielle Barton

Danielle Barton

Owner, Clean Break
Danielle Barton is the owner of Clean Break, a unique cleaning company whose niche lies in real estate move out cleaning. Whether you’re moving out, or just looking to kick your feet up and have someone take some cleaning off your plate, Danielle is your girl.Danielle is obsessed... Read More →
avatar for Sara Cripe

Sara Cripe

Owner | Account Manager, Connect Grafiks & Marketing
I’m a marketing mastermind that assists businesses in targeting their past and potential clients. I have a crazy desire to transform my client’s ideas and visions into something that is actually tangible. Your business can be the best thing since the Push-Up Bra, but success is... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Daniels

Jessica Daniels

Realtor at Structure REG, Designer at Jessica Daniels Homes, LLC., Chief Operating Officer at The Success Collective, Structure Real Estate Group, The Success Collective
Jessica Daniels is a multi-passionate business woman who is out to make a positive difference in her community.Jessica opened Real Deals on Home Décor in Colorado Springs in 2007 and immediately took to designing the showroom. Many clients invited her into their homes for advice... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Next Us Coop Workspace 525 N. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

2:30pm

Intro to Social Impact
Limited Capacity filling up

Curious about the Social Impact Sector? Wanting to start a social impact business but don't know where to begin? Seeking to spend your money in more impactful ways?

This course covers a foundational background on the Sector, where it is currently, as well as where we at CI4SI see it going in the future!

This course takes place in the Colorado Institute for Social Impact Main Board Room located in the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado building.

Speakers
avatar for Adah Rodriguez

Adah Rodriguez

VP of Development and Operations, BBBSC and CI4SI
Adah Rodriguez is the Vice President of Development and Operations for the Colorado Institute for Social Impact and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. She holds a bachelors in psychology from Colorado College and obtained a Masters in Nonprofit Management through Regis... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado 25 N Wahsatch Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

5:00pm

Kickoff Party: Generations of Startups
Join us our kick off event for Colorado Springs Startup Week! We'll kick things off with ample time for networking and an official welcome from Peak Startup.

Our keynotes will feature the journeys of 5 entrepreneurs from all stages of life and business. From a high schooler who's made teaching kids how to code easier to the social justice leader and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award to the lessons learned from a seasoned global founder, we've got 7 minute stories to keep you entertained, laughing, embracing failure, validated learning, and shedding a happy tear or two. They all will most certainly leave you excited to enjoy the rest of what Startup Week has to offer!

5 - 5:30 // Mix and Mingle! Say hello. Make new frans. Enjoy a cocktail or a mocktail.
5:30 - 5:40 // A welcome address from Peak Startup
5:40 - 6:25 // Generations of Startup Founders Stories
6:25 - 7:00 // More mixin' and minglin'

A big thank you to Pinery on the Hill for their support with a venue!

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Beisel

Rachel Beisel

VP Marketing & Communications, CableLabs
avatar for Natasha Main

Natasha Main

Executive Director, Peak Startup
Community builder and startup champion.  

Speakers
avatar for William Sobral

William Sobral

Founder, Grover Robotics
Hi my name is William, I’m 16, a junior in high school, a maker and tinkerer and the founder of Grover Robotics: a sandbox robotics kit that teaches kids how to code in a fun and entertaining way. I fell in love with the startup scene when I first attended and won startup weekend... Read More →
avatar for Megan Espeland

Megan Espeland

Consultant
Megan Espeland currently serves as a consultant to various tech and startup companies including GitHub and CableLabs. Previously, Megan was a cofounder of a now defunct venture backed hardware startup and then went on to oversee product marketing for the CA Technologies Accelerator... Read More →
avatar for Bing Chou

Bing Chou

Managing Director, MojoTech
Bing Chou is a managing director at MojoTech, a leading team of software engineers, designers, and product managers creating web and mobile products for customers across North America.  Before joining MojoTech, Bing launched a small business of his own, earned his MBA, and joined... Read More →
avatar for Simone Johnson

Simone Johnson

Treasurer & Director of Finance, International Indigenous Youth Council
Board of Directors & Finance @ IIYC | Digital Marketing @ CableLabs | Human rights activist, promotora and youth mentor. Treasurer & Director of Finance for the International Indigenous Youth Council, a social justice, indigenous rights non-profit rooted in community organizing, mobilizing... Read More →
avatar for Duane Dick

Duane Dick

Senior Partner and Co-founder, Sand Cherry Associates
Duane Dick is a Senior Partner and Co-Founder of Sand Cherry Associates, an award-winning consulting firm that supports the top companies in cable, broadband, wireless, and media. Duane began his cable career as a newly-minted MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Pinery at the Hill 775 W Bijou St Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States
 
Tuesday, September 10
 

8:00am

Open Coffee Club: Colorado Springs
Limited Capacity filling up

The Open Coffee format was brought to Colorado 12 years ago (Boulder, Loveland, Denver, Fort Collins) - it's time we give it a try in Colorado Springs!

This is an informal group for anyone interested in the startup community, particularly those with an interest in technology. We've been meeting in Boulder regularly since 2007, with Open Coffee expanding into Denver and other cities along the Front Range.

The group typically includes entrepreneurs, investors, designers, developers, product managers, and other interesting people - all are welcomed!

The typical format (no problem if you need to arrive late or leave early):

* A round of short introductions: keep it short and sweet
* Announcements: looking to hire, looking for work, upcoming events, etc.
* Moderated discussion: we discuss whatever the group finds most interesting (market trends, product launches, fundraising, etc.)

We'll also buy the coffee! Moderated by Bing Chou, long-time moderator of the Denver and Boulder Open Coffee Clubs, will kick off the inaugural Colorado Springs OCC. Join us, and if you enjoy your time, maybe you'll be the next moderator!

**Space is limited so register early.** 






Speakers
avatar for Rachel Beisel

Rachel Beisel

VP Marketing & Communications, CableLabs
avatar for Bing Chou

Bing Chou

Managing Director, MojoTech
Bing Chou is a managing director at MojoTech, a leading team of software engineers, designers, and product managers creating web and mobile products for customers across North America.  Before joining MojoTech, Bing launched a small business of his own, earned his MBA, and joined... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Wild Goose Meeting House 401 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

9:00am

Managing Your Growth
Is your company growing?  Are you concerned about your ability to meet increased demand for your products and services?  Learn how to handle this tipping point in your business by tracking:

      -Financial readiness
      -Personnel readiness
      -Inventory readiness

Understand how to plan, meet your demand, and understand your numbers to take your business to its next level of growth.

FACILITATOR: Robin Roberts -- CEO, Pikes Peak National Bank

Speakers
avatar for Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts

President and CEO, Pikes Peak National Bank
I help businesses find funding, write effective business plans, and connect to resources that will help them grow.
avatar for Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers free consulting, practical training, and small business resources to help existing and new business grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region.


Tuesday September 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center 559 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

9:00am

The Small City with Big Ideas Experience Manitou Springs
Across the country and the world, communities are realizing the power of the creative economy and experiential business. Manitou Springs has been supporting creative entrepreneurs before it was trendy, and in partnership with Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) will share the tools, resources, and networks essential to building the systems to feed the business ecosystem.

THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY: THE BUSINESS OF BANKABLE MOMENTS: 74% of Americans prioritize experiences over products or things. Nationally, it’s estimated that consumers are spending $160 to $180 billion annually on experiences. In 2017, visitors to Colorado spent nearly $21 billion on experiencing our state. Welcome to the Experience Economy; an economy where moments matter. This panel will unpack how developers, place managers and creative sector workers can collaborate to take advantage of this market opportunity while using this momentum to strategically address community wellness, equity and opportunity.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Corrigan

Brian Corrigan

Brian Corrigan is an artist and creative placemaking strategist working at the intersection of creative economy, technology and community development. His work focuses on strategically positioning creativity as a renewable resource that powers economic opportunity and entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →



Tuesday September 10, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Manitou Arts Center 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, USA

10:00am

Launching with Eyes Wide Open
A panel of founders will share with you their experiences launching their ventures. Topics will include what pitfalls to avoid, networking and the importance of building relationships, helpful tools, the reality of the startup lifestyle.

Interested in getting something off the ground? Then join us for this session!

Speakers
avatar for Gerald Bellot

Gerald Bellot

Co-Founder, Baddoggy
Colorado Springs native, Entrepreneur and former Collegiate Athlete.
avatar for Steve Peterschmidt

Steve Peterschmidt

Founder, Porchlight
I am the founder of the early stage tech startup Porchlight. Porchlight helps you "share the love" with your inner circle of family and friends. It's an app that makes knowing HOW someone is doing easy, even in a busy world. My diverse 30-year career includes starting, growing... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Lee

Bryan Lee

President, Oscium
Tech founder. Hobby farmer. Christ follower.
avatar for Jessica Daniels

Jessica Daniels

Realtor at Structure REG, Designer at Jessica Daniels Homes, LLC., Chief Operating Officer at The Success Collective, Structure Real Estate Group, The Success Collective
Jessica Daniels is a multi-passionate business woman who is out to make a positive difference in her community.Jessica opened Real Deals on Home Décor in Colorado Springs in 2007 and immediately took to designing the showroom. Many clients invited her into their homes for advice... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Montoya

Jacob Montoya

Founder, FitSW
I founded FitSW which provides software to help personal trainers manage their clients and businesses from any device. Our mission is to provide exceptional and simple software that empowers fitness professionals worldwide to grow their businesses and make the world a healthier place... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

11:15am

Validation
Validation: what is it, why do you need it, and how do you get it.

Who is this for? Everyone! Primarily targeted to idea-stage founders and early-stage businesses. 

Speakers
avatar for Brett Farrow

Brett Farrow

CTO, SpaceTogether


Tuesday September 10, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

11:30am

Transforming Safety, A Story of Collective Impact in SE Colorado Springs
Join key leaders in Southeast Colorado Springs as they share the innovation and local, collective impact of Transforming Safety, a Colorado bill that was passed by state legislators in 2017. Transforming Safety creates a new safety framework for communities to prevent crime by funding economic and community development programs that support individuals and families impacted by crime and justice system involvement. In a “progressive story” model, you’ll hear from key Colorado state legislators involved with the bill, community members from the local planning team who helped set goals for Transforming Safety in Southeast Colorado Springs, organizations receiving funding for their work through the bill, and entrepreneurs directly benefitting from these programs.  

Free food will be provided by one of the Southeast entrepreneurs benefitting from Transforming Safety.

Pastor Ben Anderson, Executive Director of Solid Rock Community Development Corporation


Moderators
avatar for Pastor Ben Anderson

Pastor Ben Anderson

Executive Director, Solid Rock Community Development Corporation
Pastor Benjamin Anderson has been working in Southeast Colorado Springs community for 15 years. He has collaborated with many different non-profits and faith-based organizations to impact Southeast Colorado Springs. Pastor Ben retired from the Army with a distinguished career and... Read More →
avatar for Yemi Mobolade

Yemi Mobolade

Small Business Development Administrator, City of Colorado Springs
Yemi collaborates for the health, growth and flourishing of Colorado Springs making his impact through economic development, entrepreneurship, community development, ministry, and leadership development. In his role as Small Business Development Administrator for the City of Colorado... Read More →

Tuesday September 10, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Solid Rock Christian Center 2520 Arlington Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80910, USA

12:00pm

Meet Manitou Entrepreneurs - Creative Engagement Lunch
A diverse downtown fosters food, fun, nightlife, and retail. Join four entrepreneurs to discuss their role in the community, building a vision, and business survival. 


Speakers
avatar for Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Manitou Arts Center 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, USA

1:00pm

Cyber Security Update
A growing company is even more susceptible to cybersecurity threats due to employee ignorance!
Learn the latest on how to protect your company against the latest hacks, how to prepare your employees to be cyber aware, and the latest cyber regulations that may affect your company.

FACILITATOR: Dr. Shawn Murray -- President, Murray Security Services & Consulting

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Shawn Murray

Dr. Shawn Murray

President and Chief Academic Officer, Murray Security Services
avatar for Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers free consulting, practical training, and small business resources to help existing and new business grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region.


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center 559 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

1:00pm

Hack-a-thon
COMMIT BY REGISTERING HERE: https://www.meetup.com/peakstartup/events/263677316/

The Hack-a-thon track is a three- day experience where participants will create dynamic solutions to a designated challenge. The aim is to spark civic innovation and to help our local talent gain visibility in the community.

Challenge prompt: how might we best respond to growth in Colorado Springs? Each solution must be an original idea that incorporates one or more of the following criteria: neighborhood-level planning, going green, or cultural awareness.

This is an opportunity to join an immersive and interdisciplinary experience in creative problem-solving. Over the course of three days, this FREE event will take participants through understanding the root problem, exploring best practices, and developing a strong solution. In partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, the City's Open Data initiative will provide context and guidance to help frame the challenge and tools to develop solutions. The Peak Startup facilitators will guide participants to develop and refine their ideas through design-thinking workshops. Experienced mentors will join throughout the week, providing wisdom and handy tips and tricks along the way. Participating in the hack-a-thon track will provide you with new connections to important networks and skills that will help you down the road.

The hack-a-thon will conclude on Thursday 9/12 with a science-fair style presentation of concepts as part of the Pitch Night Competition. The “judges pick” and the “community favorite”. 

Track overview:
Workshops will kick off at 1pm on Tuesday, September 10th. We’ll kick off with a short design thinking experience, participants will be briefed on the week’s challenge, and teams will be formed. An expert will provide guidance regarding the open data sets and case studies to best understand the root issue. Attendees will close out the night knowing the specific problem they want to tackle.

Wednesday morning will begin with an energizing ideation workshop, where attendees will brainstorm ideas to solve their problem. Teams will be formed before digging into lunch and with the help of the mentors, these teams will decide on one idea to develop moving forward. In the afternoon, teams are given time to test and iterate their ideas, building and speaking with local users.

On Thursday, teams will refine their ideas. Following lunch, a pitch workshop will be offered to prepare teams for presenting that evening in front of the judges. By 5:30pm, happy hour will be underway and so will the pitches!

Your registration includes:
  • Coffee in the morning, and two delicious lunches
  • A unique opportunity to engage with design thinking 
  • One-on-one time with experienced mentors 
  • A new network of people, who just like you, are passionate about creating meaningful change  
  • The potential for a new venture idea

What are you waiting for? You can register right here by adding this event to your Schedule.
We do ask that participants commit to attending the majority of the time. You can sign up as a team or individual. Still have questions? You can email us at info@peakstartup.org with questions.



Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Natasha Main

Natasha Main

Executive Director, Peak Startup
Community builder and startup champion.  
avatar for Alexia Preston

Alexia Preston

Design Researcher, Peak Startup
Spreading the power of creativity and transformative thinking.


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:00pm - Thursday September 12, 2019 7:00pm
UCCS Downtown Campus 102 S Tejon St 105-A, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

1:30pm

Manitou Arts Center (MAC) Case Study and Tour
Manitou Arts Center (MAC) is dedicated to creating an environment in which artists, tinkerers, and collaborators can flourish. From co-working to makers’ space, tool library or programs for children, MAC is a hub for entrepreneurs and community. MAC will reshape your ideas of what is possible!  


Speakers
avatar for Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Manitou Arts Center 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, USA

2:00pm

Finding Your Secret Sauce
People, people, people. They can make or break your business.

Statistics show that even in an upward economy, startups fail 80% of the time. That means 9 out of 10 startups with a great idea never make it past 5 years.

Many factors contribute to this; however, we have found that the circumstance that adds to the highest complexity is people. As soon as you add your first employee or team member the complexity of the organization increases.

As you move from a single founder and start to add team members the tendency is to hire the skills you need when in reality it is more important to hire for fit. Yes, skills are essential, however, we can always find the right skills, but we may not be able to work with the wrong attitude and behavior.

You will walk away from this session understanding the three keys to success: people, process and profit.

You will also learn the faces of leadership and the non-negotiables that will enable your startup to move forward with predictability.

In the end, this will allow you as a founder to:
1. Predict how growth will impact you.
2. Focus on the right things at the right time.
3. Adapt leadership styles to the changes necessitated by growth.

Who is it for? Early-stage businesses.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Kittridge

Bob Kittridge

Behavior Performance Consultant, Kittridge Connection, Inc
Bob Kittridge is an internationally recognized mentor, speaker, trainer and coach in the areas of personal leadership.Bob’s passion lies in the success and scaling of startup’s and thier most valuable resource, their peopleFollowing 35 years of success in Emergency Services, Bob... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

2:30pm

Driving the Vision
Manitou Springs has done the homework with planning to studies to forming districts, committees, and partnerships. Dive into an interactive discussion about how to help the private sector business and property owners be part of implementing the vision. How can start-up entrepreneurs collaboratively consider the retail mix?  How can the community and property owners plan for effective design of existing and new spaces? 


Speakers
avatar for Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Manitou Arts Center 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, USA

3:00pm

Building Infrastructure to Facilitate Growth
Ready to take your business to the next level? Learn how to avoid pitfalls, anticipate challenges, and understand the complicated landscape of regulations and legislation to help grow your business.

FACILITATOR: Jenny Laughlin -- VP of Finance,  Altia

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Laughlin

Jenny Laughlin

VP of Finance, Altia, Inc.
Jenny has worked in finance for over 25 years and has been involved in developing the financial operations for start-up and growth stage companies, including a pre-revenue operation in Poland that grew to annual revenue of $30M during her tenure. She has also been involved in successful... Read More →
avatar for Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers free consulting, practical training, and small business resources to help existing and new business grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region.


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center 559 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

3:30pm

What is Collective Impact?
It takes hard work to make big ideas a reality, but together people can achieve more than any of us can ever do alone. This session will introduce participants to the concept of Collective Impact by way of a case study from the Collaborative for Community Engagement at Colorado College.  Participants will have time to brainstorm their own ideas for a collective impact strategy, and share them back for feedback and refinement.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Travis Radke, PhD

Jordan Travis Radke, PhD

Director, Collaborative for Community Engagement at Colorado College
avatar for Anthony Siracusa, PhD

Anthony Siracusa, PhD

Assistant Director in the Collaborative for Community Engagement, Colorado College
History. Community. Advocacy. 


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

3:30pm

VIP Startup Crawl
Limited Capacity seats available

The one-of-a-kind LocalMotive Bus will take you to some of the most innovative places popping up in COS.

Space is limited, find out more and purchase your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vip-startup-crawl-tickets-69760017089



Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Spring Live+Work Space 505 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

4:00pm

Downtown Office Crawl
Startup Crawl is a self-guided walking tour of places and resources for entrepreneurs and innovators to access. Be sure to get the Colorado Springs Startup Week Guide for deals on drinks for stops in between venues.

The Downtown Office Crawl is a Colorado Springs Startup Week special event that opens the doors to Downtown Colorado Springs’ most innovative and creative office spaces catering to entrepreneurs and startups.

Use your COS Startup Week Peak Pass to find location information and brief descriptions for each featured office; then, visit any/all of the featured offices at your own pace and in your own order. Representatives will be on hand at each location to provide guided tours and to answer questions about leasing and memberships. 
In between stops, use your COS Startup Week Peak Pass for great deals at nearby restaurants, bars, and cafes.

When you’re done, join us for a special sneak peek tour and keynote discussion at SPRING Work+Life (505 S. Weber Street), Colorado Springs’ newest Class A office space scheduled to open in 2020. This catalytic project represents the largest delivery of new Class A office space to Downtown Colorado Springs in two decades. Enjoy a special sneak peek tour of this exciting new space at 6 p.m. followed by our Tuesday night keynote featuring Formstack COO Dustin Sapp.

Featured Locations 
  1. Epicentral (415 N. Tejon)
  2. Epicentral II (13 S. Tejon, Suite/Floor ???) 
  3. The Next Us (525 N. Cascade)
  4. Fifteen South Wahsatch (15 S. Wahsatch) 
  5. The 9th Floor (121 S. Tejon, Floor 9)
  6. SPRING Life + Work (501 S. Weber)


Speakers
A

Alex

Downtown Partnership




Tuesday September 10, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Epicentral Coworking 415 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

5:00pm

Jack Quinn's Running Club
Jack Quinn’s Running Club promotes active lifestyles and social interactions. Every Tuesday night we gather at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub in downtown Colorado Springs for a 5k and $3.00 pints!

Map of route here: http://jackquinnsrunners.com/map-of-route/

Information– 5k Run / Walk / Trot / Stagger / Crawl
– Dog friendly
– Sign in starts at 5:15PM
– Sign in ends around 7:00PM
– Feel free to start the run anytime you wish, just sign in during the official hours. With an average of over 1200 runners each week, you’ll never run alone.

LocationWe meet on Tuesdays at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub. Sign in begins at 5:15 pm and ends at 7:00 pm. Start on your own. Announcements and shirtings begin at 7 pm.
Jack Quinn’s Itish Pub and Alehouse
21 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 385-0766

HistoryThe origin of Jack Quinn’s Running Club is best explained by excerpts from an article published in The Colorado Springs Independent on February 22, 2007

Quinn’s Running Club was born, fittingly, over a boilermaker (typically a shot dropped into a beer). At the Tejon Street pub one night, word made it to co-owners Bill and Donna Sasz that it was [Ryan] Shininger’s 25th birthday. They bought the recent Florida transplant an Irish Car Bomb. As he talked with them, Shininger mentioned his surprise that no bars here sponsored a running club, like the one he had belonged to when he lived in Pensacola.

The Saszes said they’d support one, if Shininger would take the lead in putting it together. So he found some free-advertising outlets, and visited pre-existing running clubs and the Colorado Springs Young Professionals Group. Meanwhile, Quinn’s general manager, Ivette Gallegos, took care of some details: the time, the place, the post-run refreshments.

When the club held its first run last June [2006], Shininger and Gallegos hoped for 20 runners; about 70 showed up. Each week, its numbers increased. By summer’s end, more than 300 people were coming to the pub on Tuesdays after work, going out for a 5K, then coming back for free pasta, bread and salad, as well as discounted beer. ($3.00 pints.)

Running in the club is free, and there’s no commitment required. Participate ten times, and you qualify for a shirt.

All running clubs are open to everyone, but they generally appeal to the hard-core running crowd, Shininger explains. Whereas with this, anyone can come out and run 5K, or walk even shorter than that.

When asked what he’s most proud of, he cites the idea that he’s helped turn a pub back into a pub. In Ireland, it’s more of a family thing people bring kids to the pub, he says. It’s not about going out and getting drunk, it’s about socializing and meeting new people.

Rules of Engagement1. You must sign a waiver to run with the club.
Jack Quinn’s ain’t held responsible if you injure yourself.
2. You are running at your own risk.
Obstacles such as fast moving cars, curbs, ice, parking meters, leprechauns, and confused tourists may be encountered at any time.
3. Do not jaywalk.
That is naughty and you will be BOO’ed at by the mob of runners. And if thou witness a jaywalker, thou shall partake with the righteous mob in the BOO’ing of this fool.
4. Tip your barkeeps well.
C’mon, you’re only paying three bucks a pint!
5. You must wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight during the winter season.
(Or set your hair on fire). You need to see and be seen!
6. Stay informed and get involved.
Join our Website and ask about volunteer opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Scot Raffleson

Scot Raffleson

VP Ops, Jack Quinn's Running Club, Jack Quinn's Running Club
Jack Quinn’s Running Club promotes active lifestyles and social interactions. Every week we gather at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub in downtown Colorado Springs for a 5k and $3.00 pints!Tuesday nights starting at 5:15 PMJack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant21 S. Tejon StColorado Springs... Read More →



Tuesday September 10, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant 21 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

6:00pm

Founder Spotlight Keynote Address
Come hear from one of our local startup heroes, Dustin Sapp. He will share his experience launching and building successful startups, what mistakes to avoid, and how to make it as an entrepreneur in Colorado Springs. Both the VIP Startup Crawl and Downtown Office Crawl will meet up at our last location, SPRING Live + Work Space. Enjoy a sneak peek at this massive new development and enjoy a special discussion with Dustin.

To fully enjoy all that Startup Week COS has to offer, order your Peak Pass now to enjoy over $100 of discounts to local restaurants and bars. Recommended for those 21+.

https://peakstartup.org/product/cos-startup-week-peak-pass

Speakers
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Alex

Downtown Partnership
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Dustin Sapp

COO, Formstack
Dustin Sapp is an award-winning business leader, entrepreneur, and technologist who has been named to American Venture Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and Indiana Chamber’s Dynamic Leader of the Year. He has co-founded multiple software... Read More →



Tuesday September 10, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Spring Live+Work Space 505 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA
 
Wednesday, September 11
 

9:00am

1Million Cups Startup Week Edition
"Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities.

As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we're here to fulfill that mission."

For more information please visit: https://www.1millioncups.com/coloradosprings


Speakers
avatar for Bob Kittridge

Bob Kittridge

Behavior Performance Consultant, Kittridge Connection, Inc
Bob Kittridge is an internationally recognized mentor, speaker, trainer and coach in the areas of personal leadership.Bob’s passion lies in the success and scaling of startup’s and thier most valuable resource, their peopleFollowing 35 years of success in Emergency Services, Bob... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery 25 W Cimarron St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

9:00am

Top Five IP-Related Reasons Why Your Business Could Fail, and What You Can Do Right Now to Fix Them
When an artist or composer signs their work it’s more than vanity, it is a claim of attribution. With the recognition of talent comes demand and ultimately compensation. And with compensation comes competition from other struggling artists. The same can be said for innovations. Reaping the benefits of innovation drives company success. But when capital is scarce, the innovation needs to be targeted, precise and highly likely to generate a market demand. It is important to protect a company’s intellectual property, but it also important to craft a strategy that creates intellectual property that is important enough to protect. This seminar will introduce its participants into this mindset and help provide them with basic knowledge for incorporating IP protection into their business strategy.


FACILITATOR: Michael Martensen -- Founder, Martensen IP

Speakers
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Michael Martensen

Founder, Martensen IP
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Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers free consulting, practical training, and small business resources to help existing and new business grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region.


Wednesday September 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center 559 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

9:00am

Yoga in Garden of the Gods
Join us for yoga in the most beautiful setting in Colorado - Garden of the Gods with Nick Gould. Nick is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and professional mountain bike racer (oh - and a DJ, too).

Parking: The main gate will be closed at these hours. If driving, park anywhere on Chambers Way near Rock Ledge Ranch by 9 AM.

Meeting Directions: Google Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/NmnjP5MnCWJGve1f9 If you head east on Chambers way (going towards N 30th street and just a bit past the intersecting Pine Dr.) there will be a main trail entrance that reads "Welcome to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site". If you take that trail, and walk about a minute in you will see a large, white building with that is the Orchard House. You will also see some picnic tables. That grass lawn makes for a nice surface to practice on. Let's plan to meet here! Space is limited - register today!

What to bring: mat, water, yoga clothes, tennis shoes, comfortable clothes, sunscreen, layers (It is Colorado and you never know with the weather!)

***Weather is looking PERFECT! But if weather doesn't cooperate for any reason, this event will be canceled as we don't have an indoor venue secured for backup.***

Speakers
avatar for Nick Gould

Nick Gould

DJ, Cycling Coach, Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Pro Athlete




Wednesday September 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Garden of the Gods 1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA

10:00am

Is a Great Idea Enough? Making Creativity a Core Value in a Startup or Small Business
In this workshop, we will help you increase the likelihood of sustained success of your company by putting emphasis on your creativity and that of your partners and employees. We’ll introduce a few simple concepts and demonstrate how, when they become THE way you operate, they multiply your chances for sustained success.

Speakers
avatar for David Lee

David Lee

What IF ... Festival of Innovation and Imagination; Prominent Practices LLC



Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hybl Community Center 1107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

10:00am

Plan For What You Want, Not What You Have
Lyndzi Barnes will showcase how she built her business into a 7 figure business by planning, organizing, and setting some realistic goals for growth when all of the odds kept going against her.

Speakers
avatar for Lyndzi Barns

Lyndzi Barns

Lyndzi Barnes is a Colorado Springs native who lives and breathes love for this city. She started her entrepreneurial career at the young age of 19 and continues to grow and prosper year after year. With a focus on productivity, leadership, culture, and branding, Lyndzi has developed... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Kreuser Gallery 125 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

11:00am

Basecamp Hours 9/11
Basecamp is your home throughout Colorado Springs Startup Week. Chat with volunteers, find out about sessions that day, rest and regroup. Most importantly, pick up and buy your Peak Pass https://peakstartup.org/product/cos-startup-week-peak-pass

9:30--doors open

5pm--doors close

Wednesday September 11, 2019 11:00am - 5:00pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

11:30am

Opportunity Zones 101 for Startups (The Opportunity is Now: Opportunity Zones for Startups)

Opportunity Zones is a new tax incentive catalyzing investment in businesses and property located in low-income distressed communities. This creates a new pool of funding for businesses seeking equity investment, and additional motivation to potentially leverage their community.

If you are a business already located or interested in locating in an Opportunity Zone, we invite you to come to learn about Opportunity Zones from the investor, legal, fund, government and business perspectives to see how this may fit in with your business funding model.

Come take advantage of the opportunity to learn about Opportunity Zones, and count how many times we say opportunity!

To explore more about Opportunity Zones beforehand, please visit choosecolorado.com/oz


Facilitator: Jana Persky, Office of Economic Development and International Trade Opportunity Zones Program Director

TARGET AUDIENCE:
1.Startup businesses seeking equity capital
2.Asset-based startups (i.e. manufacturing, outdoor rec, bioscience)
3.Investors
4.Interested parties 


Moderators
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Jana Persky

Opportunity Zones Program Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Speakers
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Dave Steigerwald

Managing Director, Sparks Willson
Mr. Steigerwald is the managing director of Sparks Willson business law firm.  His practice focuses on business law, including mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, contract negotiations, intellectual property and licensing protection, governance and strategy.  David’s... Read More →
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Jon Skorich

Managing Partner, Bismar Capital
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Chelsea Gaylord

Senior Economic Development Specialist, City of Colorado Springs
Co-lead for Collective Impact track and promoting business expansion, job creation, and investment in Colorado Springs. Peak Startup board member and champion for innovation and entrepreneurship in our community.


Wednesday September 11, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Colorado Springs City Hall Council Chambers 107 N Nevada Ave #300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

12:00pm

Financial Planning for Nontraditional Business Owners with David Waters from Northwestern Mutual
Speakers
avatar for Dave Waters

Dave Waters

Northwestern Mutual
Dave Waters retired from the U.S. Army with over twenty years of experience as a public servant: leading organizations from 30 to 4,400 people, serving as a strategist, an assistant professor at West Point, a department chair at Washington University in St. Louis, and commander of... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kreuser Gallery 125 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

1:00pm

What is a Startup Accelerator?: Background, Tips, and Tricks
Speakers
avatar for Ethan

Ethan

Program Manager, Exponential Impact



Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hybl Community Center 1107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

1:00pm

Alphabet Soup of Certifications: Are Certifications a Real Opportunity For My Business?
This workshop is designed to help companies understand the different types of State, Federal and Corporate Social and Economic small business Certifications and how they are used along with the political aspects of them.

During this workshop we will examine: 

1. The fundamental differences between state, federal and corporate small business certifications.
2. Certification strategies such as competitive set asides, sole source and direct award.
3. Solicitations verses origination strategies utilizing certifications and which is the best for your governmental business development strategy?
4. Event marketing with certifications and the strategies and the difference between procurement fairs, corporate round tables, town hall meetings and reverse trade fairs.
5. How to work with Small Business Liaison Officers (SBLO) and Small Business Specialist (SBS), purchaser or buyer.
6. Using Certifications Strategically to market to into other states and how to target Fortune level corporations both though subcontracting and supplier diversity.
7. **Other types of contracting vehicles such as GSA schedules, IDIQ's and BPAs.

Attendees will learn the most important aspect of marketing to State or Federal agencies and how to avoid the certification merry-go-round.

FACILITATOR:  Andra Hargrave -- SBDC Consultant, Minority Business Office & Connect2DOT

Speakers
avatar for Andra Hargrave

Andra Hargrave

Consultant, SBDC Network + Minority Business Office
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Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers free consulting, practical training, and small business resources to help existing and new business grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region.


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center 559 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

2:00pm

Sales Is NOT A Dirty Word
Nothing happens until you sell something. Being sales focused is the lifeblood of any business. Learn how to get away from the icky stereotypes we place on sales. Get used to the word "no" and create the mindset and strategies that will help you acquire customers.

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hybl Community Center 1107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

2:00pm

Delegating VS. Equipping
Learn the tools of productivity and how to set your team up for success.  

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →
avatar for Lyndzi Barns

Lyndzi Barns

Lyndzi Barnes is a Colorado Springs native who lives and breathes love for this city. She started her entrepreneurial career at the young age of 19 and continues to grow and prosper year after year. With a focus on productivity, leadership, culture, and branding, Lyndzi has developed... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Kreuser Gallery 125 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

2:30pm

Colorado Springs: Open for Business
With the ambitious goal to make Colorado Springs the most business-friendly city in the US, Colorado Springs for Small Business Advancement (COSSBA) brings together entrepreneurs, business service organizations, government agencies, and business advocates in the Pikes Peak region to better provide support and shape the future for how entrepreneurs navigate the city’s regulations and processes.

This session will highlight efforts underway with COSSBA including COSopenforbiz.com, a step-by-step guide to help entrepreneurs go from a great idea to a grand opening. Entrepreneurs will also have an opportunity to meet key points of contact within some of the agencies businesses interface with such as Colorado Springs Utilities, Regional Building, and City of Colorado Springs.


Moderators
avatar for Yemi Mobolade

Yemi Mobolade

Small Business Development Administrator, City of Colorado Springs
Yemi collaborates for the health, growth and flourishing of Colorado Springs making his impact through economic development, entrepreneurship, community development, ministry, and leadership development. In his role as Small Business Development Administrator for the City of Colorado... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aikta Marcoulier

Aikta Marcoulier

Executive Director, Small Business Development Center
Director, Colorado Springs SBDCAikta Marcoulier joined the SBDC team as the director of the Colorado Springs center in May 2012. Prior to the SBDC, she was the director of partnership marketing with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR). In that role, Marcoulier managed a team which... Read More →
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Jay Anderson

Citizen Engagement Specialist, City of Colorado Springs
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Jessica Thiel

Project Manager II, Colorado Springs Utilities
Jessica works in the Colorado Springs Utilities’ Office of Economic Development. Colorado Springs Utilities is a municipally-owned, four service utility providing electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater to customers in the Pikes Peak region. We are committed to helping businesses... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Mulder

Rebecca Mulder

Contractor Licensing/Communications Supervisor, Pikes Peak Regional Building Department
I worked in the construction industry for 10 years and now work in a leadership and communications role with Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. I love to explore new ideas and meet new people. I thrive on a challenge and will face it head-on. The areas I manage are licensing... Read More →
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Dani Barger

Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
avatar for Chelsea Gaylord

Chelsea Gaylord

Senior Economic Development Specialist, City of Colorado Springs
Co-lead for Collective Impact track and promoting business expansion, job creation, and investment in Colorado Springs. Peak Startup board member and champion for innovation and entrepreneurship in our community.


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Colorado Springs City Hall Council Chambers 107 N Nevada Ave #300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

3:00pm

Building Startup Ecosystems to Spark Startup Activity in Colorado: The Who, The What, and Why this Work Is Difficult but Extremely Important
More and more, startup ecosystems are becoming a thing, and ecosystem builders are becoming an actual role people are hired to do. But, what does ecosystem building mean? Who are the ecosystem builders in Colorado and what is their role in the startup community? This panel will discuss the emergence of two statewide ecosystem initiatives in Colorado - Startup Colorado and Futurebound.
The panel will also explore perspectives on startup ecosystems from successes to challenges. Come learn more about how ecosystem builders play a vital role in connecting resources and catalyzing activities for the success of entrepreneurs and everyone involved.
PANELISTS:

Speakers
avatar for Delaney Keating

Delaney Keating

Managing Director, Startup Colorado
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Sarabeth Berk

Director, Futurebound


Wednesday September 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Local Relic 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

3:00pm

Bootstrap vs Investment
Fundraising capital accelerates the growth of a company by scaling fast. VC funding typically goes along with transferring part of the control from the company to investors, shareholders, and board members. Cash to accelerate execution is just one of the benefits of fundraising for startups. Ideally, investors bring board members, shareholders, influencers, and dealmakers with the keys to sizable sales channels into the company.

Speakers
avatar for Katharina Loden

Katharina Loden

CEO, Alba Power Inc.



Wednesday September 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hybl Community Center 1107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

3:00pm

10 Things You Need to Know About Hiring Your Next Worker
One of the greatest investments you can make in your new company is hiring the right people. Great employees can help you propel your business forward. This session will provide you with important information as you begin to hire employees.

FACILITATOR: Chelsea Fryman -- Human Resources Consultant, Employers Council

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Fryman

Chelsea Fryman

Human Resources Consultant, Employers Council
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Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers free consulting, practical training, and small business resources to help existing and new business grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region.


Wednesday September 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center 559 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

3:30pm

Happy Hour at Kreuser Gallery
Enjoy Art, Conversation, Appetizers, Wine & Beer

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Kreuser Gallery 125 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

4:00pm

Futurebound Launch Event- Supporting Ventures Who Are Changing the Future of Child Development
Futurebound is a movement of changemakers that is fueling innovation in child development. We are entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofits and other public- and private-sector leaders coming together to create a future where all young children are bound for success.
Join us at this launch event to meet Sarabeth Berk, the Director of Futurebound, and learn about this new ecosystem focused on catalyzing cross-sector stakeholders and creating ventures that solve the greatest challenges for children across Colorado.
As of July 2019, we kicked off. We can't wait to celebrate the ways people are already coming together, as well as future opportunities to collaborate. Learn about the Futurebound Acceleration Lab and our upcoming Summit scheduled for November 12-15th in Denver. More information at: https://www.futureboundco.org/

Speakers
avatar for Sarabeth Berk

Sarabeth Berk

Director, Futurebound


Wednesday September 11, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Local Relic 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

4:00pm

Office Hours: Mentor Roundtables
Come with your most pressing startup questions and ideas prepared to meet with mentors ranging from service providers to fellow founders. 

Speakers
avatar for Joel Schuster

Joel Schuster

Chief Architect with OSI (Operational Systems, Inc.)Joel is a 24 year veteran of the software development industry, working in DoD and private sector helping startups and large organizations alike. A relentless learning, he helps clients gain traction in the constantly changing landscape... Read More →
avatar for Bob Kittridge

Bob Kittridge

Behavior Performance Consultant, Kittridge Connection, Inc
Bob Kittridge is an internationally recognized mentor, speaker, trainer and coach in the areas of personal leadership.Bob’s passion lies in the success and scaling of startup’s and thier most valuable resource, their peopleFollowing 35 years of success in Emergency Services, Bob... Read More →
TZ

Terry Zarsky

Strategic Services Librarian - Business, PPLD
Terry Zarsky is one of the community's most valuable resources. In an age where endless data is available on everything, knowing where and how to find the answer you need becomes a skill without price. Her experience as a reference librarian means she knows what resources are available... Read More →
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Jason Stele

Product & Engineering SaaS Leader
I’m a 20+ year seasoned Technologist with a deep passion for building software product and the Agile teams that supply the fuel to both early-stage (HighAlpha.com) and mature enterprises (Medicare.) I’ve enjoyed a successful career in MarTech, EdTech, Consumer Advocacy, and Healthcare... Read More →
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Bryan Lee

President, Oscium
Tech founder. Hobby farmer. Christ follower.
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Matthew Kerley

CEO, ION Communications LLC
Frustrated by slow internet, I founded ION Communications in 2018 to demonstrate what is possible utilizing wireless equipment to deliver high speed (100-10,000Mbps download and upload) internet to downtown Colorado Springs
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Taylor Trask

Managing Partner, realistic
I've been working in digital media, design and entrepreneurship for more than 20 years. I built my first website in 1996 (an early country music blog) and soon after began consulting and producing for new and established brands around the country. After arriving Nashville in 2002... Read More →
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Evan Lipford

Founder, Commerce Puzzle
Evan Lipford sparks innovation, cultivates inquiry, and aids in the design of culture for businesses that aim to leverage technological advancements and evolving market trends. With an entrepreneurial track record that spans across five industries, Evan's methodology applies evidence-based... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA
 
Thursday, September 12
 

7:00am

Thursday Rollout Road Ride!
Thursday Rollout! This weekly business bike/running group meets Thursday mornings for a road or mountain bike ride. Because Colorado Springs is THE city to conduct business while on a the trail. We host more meetings on a bike than in a board room. Our city is too beautiful and the trails too rad not to. You'll also be joined by Marathon National Champion and World Fat Bike Champion - Amy Beisel.

We'll meet at Roscoe's Coffee at 7 am sharp. This is a no drop ride! We will head down Pikes Peak Road and into the Garden of the Gods. We will do a few loops and then head back toward Roscoe's.

Make sure to bring layers, water, food, sunscreen, helmet, rear lights (please for safety of you and those around you) and of course your road bike! We'll meet back at Roscoe's for free coffee and scones sponsored by Startup Week (Thank you LeadOut Sales!).

https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/garden-gods

Sign up and follow Thursday Rollout on Ride Spot! https://www.ridespot.org/profile/view/11620

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Beisel

Rachel Beisel

VP Marketing & Communications, CableLabs


Thursday September 12, 2019 7:00am - 9:00am

8:45am

Basecamp Offerings Day 4: FOOD TRUCKS ALL DAY
Basecamp is your home throughout Colorado Springs Startup Week. Chat with volunteers, find out about sessions that day, rest and regroup. Most importantly, pick up and buy your Peak Pass https://peakstartup.org/product/cos-startup-week-peak-pass

FOOD TRUCKS:
11am-4pm--Heavenly Dogs
11am-4pm--Patty's Gourmet Hamburgers
4-9pm--Wild Goose Catering & BBQ
4-9pm--PigLatin Food Truck

KEYNOTES:
12--Trademark for the Stars
4:30--Hack-a-thon Presentations
5:30--Pitch Night 

Thursday September 12, 2019 8:45am - 9:00pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

9:00am

Protecting Your Brand and Image: Trademarks for Sports, Entertainment, and Startup Businesses
Trademarks are sometimes not given the attention that is necessary when starting a business and protecting that business. There are risks and rewards when going through the proper processes of obtaining and maintaining trademarks that could potentially make or break your business and brand. This session will be the crash course for the importance of trademarks for startup business both small and large. During the hour we will go over how trademarks are different from other types of intellectual property and how businesses and individuals can benefit by following the proper steps to obtain a trademark for their brand. This session should be both informative and interactive with plenty of time for questions in regard to how trademarks play a role in starting up business, the risk that comes with not having trademarks and not doing proper research, and the smart strategies needed to protect and enforce your brand and make sure your brand is recognizable separate and apart from competitors. Please join me and let's make sure you are following the proper steps to cement your brand and protect your business--I look forward to seeing you all there!

- Dale Hutcherson

This session is sponsored by EPIIC.

Speakers
avatar for Dale Hutcherson

Dale Hutcherson

Attorney, Wooten Law Office
First, thank you all for showing interest in this awesome event and thank you for considering coming to my presentation which I hope will be both informative and interactive with plenty of questions in regard to trademarks, sports, and entertainment startups. My presentation will... Read More →




Thursday September 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

9:00am

Customer Engagement Strategies for Growth
Customer engagement as a by-product of sales and marketing is not enough. A consistent and intentional customer engagement strategy fuels growth, increases retention and improves the customer experience. In this session we will discuss creative ways to engage customers and partners.

FACILITATOR:  Tonya Bjurstrom -- Founder, Dirby

Speakers
avatar for Tonya Bjurstrom

Tonya Bjurstrom

Founder, Dirby
During Tonya's successful career in sales and business development she has been directly responsible for the sale of tens of millions of dollars in enterprise solutions and has built and managed teams that doubled revenue. Her broad background includes driving brand, marketing and... Read More →
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Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers free consulting, practical training, and small business resources to help existing and new business grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region.


Thursday September 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center 559 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

10:30am

Venture Investor Panel - A Rainbow of Options
Almost every startup is convinced they need outside funding.  Come learn about the different ways to fund your startup and if you really need it.  We will have a panel of 5 speakers that encompass angel investing, venture investing, Colorado grant programs and lending sources.  These are the people to keep in your contact list.  This session is always interactive and full of questions so be ready to connect with the panelists.  

Speakers
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Katie Woslager

Advanced Industries Senior Manager, Colorado OEDIT
As Senior Manager, Katie manages the strategy of the Advanced Industry Accelerator Program. She works directly with early stage and start-up companies, Colorado Research Institution Technology Transfer Offices, and Advanced Industry stakeholders.   She oversees all Early Stage... Read More →
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Lisa Tessarowicz

Lisa Tessarowicz is an angel investor and cofounder of Epicentral Coworking. She also sits on the Board of 5Star Bank and is a member of its Loan Committee. Additionally, Lisa works for her family office, participating in asset management, estate planning, investment research, and... Read More →
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Briana Rickertsen

Loan Officer, Colorado Lending Source
Even before underwriting begins, Briana assures that both the potential borrower and lender are on the same page, that the Small Business Administration 504 loan program is the right fit, and articulates every step of the loan approval process. Briana is eloquent with her words and... Read More →
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Aaron Stachel

Partner, FirstMile Ventures
Aaron is a partner at FirstMile Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in seed-stage technology companies. FirstMile invests early in a company's life and helps them set the pace for future success. Aaron is based in Denver but considers investments across North America... Read More →
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Charlie Kelly

Managing Director, CIBC Innovation Bank
I wake up every day to help innovative early and growth stage companies connect with capital and business development opportunities. I have spent over 11 years supporting great entrepreneurs and investors throughout the Central United States, with a specific focus on the tech communities... Read More →
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Chris Franz

Managing Director, Pioneer Fund
I found, fund, and drive the creation of high growth companies, primarily in high-tech, and data driven areas. I love the ability to disrupt markets that haven't moved in years with the leverage of technology and intelligence. I have pursued this goal in a number of markets that include... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

11:00am

Serving Rural Entrepreneurs Throughout Colorado
How rural communities can benefit from and work together with larger cities like Colorado Springs and Pueblo. 

Speakers
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Paul Myers-Bennett

Vice President of Marketing and Events, Better Business Bureau
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Rick Klein

City Manager, City of La Junta
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Mike Harktop

CEO, Solar Roast Coffee
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Stanley Lindstadt

Startup Colorado



Thursday September 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Colorado Springs City Hall Council Chambers 107 N Nevada Ave #300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

12:00pm

Trademarker for the Stars: The Importance of Protecting Your Intellectual Property Before You Make It Big
Speakers
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William A. Wooten Esq.

Wooten Law Firm
William A. Wooten is an attorney, mediator, entrepreneur, human resource professional and business development specialist based out of Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Wooten is the President of Wooten Law Office and is the co-founder of Endorsement Consulting, a consulting firm that provides... Read More →
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Dale Hutcherson

Attorney, Wooten Law Office
First, thank you all for showing interest in this awesome event and thank you for considering coming to my presentation which I hope will be both informative and interactive with plenty of questions in regard to trademarks, sports, and entertainment startups. My presentation will... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

1:30pm

Preparing for Success
In this session Steve will use his work and life experiences to help leaders of any size company prepare for success.  Business owners and leaders are their company's heart and soul.  Success doesn't happen by accident and isn't a one time event.  Startups and companies that last have to succeed at each stages before they can move to the next.  Each stage looks and feels different so the company must evolve.  Understanding the phases your company will experience and building an organization good at change is one of the keys to lasting success.

In this session Steve will:
  1. Review the key stages every startup experiences.
  2. Identify the operational keys to build a company good at change.
  3. Identify the keys that keep the company's heart and soul (you) healthy.

Speakers
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Steve Peterschmidt

Founder, Porchlight
I am the founder of the early stage tech startup Porchlight. Porchlight helps you "share the love" with your inner circle of family and friends. It's an app that makes knowing HOW someone is doing easy, even in a busy world. My diverse 30-year career includes starting, growing... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

2:00pm

Hack-a-thon Presentations
Hear what the teams came up with, connect with local talent and innovators, and share your passion for our city at the presentations of the hack-a-thon solutions. 

Thursday September 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
UCCS Downtown Campus 102 S Tejon St 105-A, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

2:00pm

CEO Mindset- Your #1 Strategy for Growth
Why do some businesses fail, and others widely succeed?

Success can be attributed to product innovation, customer service, and ad campaigns, but beneath these various strategies is a leader that has a single guiding force…A Success Mindset.

Owning a business can be scary and you often don’t know where to turn, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Don’t get stuck thinking like an employee working IN your business rather than ON your business.

Join us to learn how to cultivate your own success mindset, exercises to support it and how to create a strategic plan to grow your business to the NEXT LEVEL.

FACILITATOR: Carrie Clarke -- Next Level Coaching & Consulting

Speakers
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Carrie D. Clarke, JD

Business Coach & Consultant, Next Level Coaching & Consulting
Carrie Clarke, JD is the founder of Next Level Coaching & Consulting a small business coaching and consulting practice. Carrie has a combined background as an attorney, risk advisor and international management consultant. She has a unique integrated approach to helping executive... Read More →
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Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers free consulting, practical training, and small business resources to help existing and new business grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region.


Thursday September 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center 559 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

4:30pm

Happy Hour
Join us over a happy hour featuring Evergood Elixirs, Lee's Spirits, and Bristol Brewing Company's Laughing Lab to connect with your new Startup Week friends before the Pitch Competition. 

Thursday September 12, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

5:30pm

Business on the Boulevard
Business on the Boulevard is an opportunity for Students of THRIVE Networks to introduce their business or business concepts to the community, as a way to verify their ideas and to gain a better insight of what people are willing to pay for. We will have a passport to encourage the guests to visit each students booth and by doing so they will be entered into a raffle where they will have the opportunity to win services, gifts, and a grand prize that will be announced closer to the date. To encourage the attendance of individuals and families alike; we will also have a silent auction, food trucks, a DJ and a bounce house.
Since we are partnering with Thrive for this event, please be sure to let them know you are coming here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-on-the-boulevard-tickets-66739261929

Thursday September 12, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Mission Trace Shopping Center 3031 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80916, USA

5:30pm

Peak Startup Pitch Competition and Closing Party!
Throughout the year Peak Startup hosts Community Pitch Nights to connect our community to the innovative ideas being developed in our own backyard. The event supports early to mid-stage companies in developing their pitches and refining their concepts. Once a year, as part of Colorado Springs Startup Week the best of the year are chosen to compete for the fame and glory of becoming the year's Pitch Champions!

Directly afterward we will celebrate the week with a closing party!

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To fully enjoy all that Startup Week COS has to offer, order your Peak Pass now to enjoy over $100 of discounts to local restaurants and bars. Free drink at this closing event included!

Recommended for those 21+.
https://peakstartup.org/product/cos-startup-week-peak-pass



Speakers
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Aaron Bellot

Co-Founder, Baddoggy
Co-founder of Baddoggy technology and media. Colorado Springs native, long time entrepreneur and start up enthusiast.
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Natasha Main

Executive Director, Peak Startup
Community builder and startup champion.  



Thursday September 12, 2019 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA
 
Saturday, September 14
 

10:00am

What If Festival
The What IF… Festival celebrates lifelong learning and delights the community
with the innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Pikes Peak region
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With the help of an awesome team of  cool creatives and essential community cooperation,
Imagination Celebration presents the What IF… Festival in Downtown Colorado Springs.The Festival offers a day of free engaging, interactive, and exciting experiences to WOW participants of all ages. The What IF… Festival, the only event of its kind, supports economic development and intellectual vitality by welcoming over 25,000 participants to discover the breakthroughs of local businesses, organizations, artists, scientists, inventors, performers, and students.

Speakers
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David Lee

What IF ... Festival of Innovation and Imagination; Prominent Practices LLC


Saturday September 14, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Pikes Peak Center For The Performing Arts 190 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA