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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
 

11:30am

Why Sports Startups Will Thrive in Colorado Springs
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Location TBD but we bet it will be at a National Governing Body of Sport ;) 

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
CMO Marketing, Events and Standards/Technical Writing @cablelabs | Two wheels, skinny skis, yoga & tech addict. Always in search of new business ideas or bike rides.
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
With over a decade of experience directing high performance sport at the Olympic Level, I am a servant leader and coach of coaches with an entrepreneurial spirit. I constantly strive to improve processes and I remain ready to take advantage of the next breakthrough opportunity. I... 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 11:30am - 1:00pm
TBD

5:00pm

Kickoff Party: Generations of Startups
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Beisel

Rachel Beisel

VP Marketing & Communications, CableLabs
CMO Marketing, Events and Standards/Technical Writing @cablelabs | Two wheels, skinny skis, yoga & tech addict. Always in search of new business ideas or bike rides.
avatar for Natasha Main

Natasha Main

ED, Peak Startup
Community builder and startup champion.  


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
 

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.

Moderators
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 →

Tuesday September 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
SBDC

10:00am

Launching with Eyes Wide Open
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel of startup founders will share with you the pitfalls to avoid, networking and the importance of building relationships, helpful tools, the reality of the startup lifestyle. 

Who is this for? Idea-stage founders and Early-Stage Businesses 

Speakers
SP

Steve Peterschmidt

Founder, Porchlight
avatar for Bryan Lee

Bryan Lee

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


Tuesday September 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
TBA

11:00am

Validation
Limited Capacity seats available

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. 

Tuesday September 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

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.

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 →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
SBDC

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

Bob

Behavior Performance Consultant, Kittridge Connection, Inc


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBA

3:30pm

What is Collective Impact?
Speakers

Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBD

4:00pm

Startup Crawl
Limited Capacity seats available

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. 

Speakers

Tuesday September 10, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

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 7:00PMa
– 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
 
Wednesday, September 11
 

9:00am

Yoga in Garden of the Gods
Limited Capacity seats available

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: If driving, park at the 30th entrance by Historic Rock Ledge Ranch by 9 AM. Google Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/3nwveeX8C7o

We will do a short 10-15 min hike in to the Valley Reservoir Number 1 for a flat surface to practice. 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!)

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

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
TBA

2:00pm

Sales Plan and Go To Market Strategy
Speakers
avatar for Bryan Lee

Bryan Lee

President, Oscium
Tech founder. Hobby farmer. Christ follower.
B

Brittney

Rootlo


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

3:00pm

Bootstrap vs Investment
Finances and your startup. The session will go over assumptions of a financial model, when to go after investment and why, and how to bootstrap your business. 

Speakers

Wednesday September 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, September 12
 

9:00am

Private Investor Education Panel
Speakers
avatar for Natasha Main

Natasha Main

ED, Peak Startup
Community builder and startup champion.  


Thursday September 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am

9:30am

Team Dynamics
Hiring as a startup, how to build a team as you scale, etc.

Who is this for? Mid to late-stage companies. 

Speakers
SP

Steve Peterschmidt

Founder, Porchlight


Thursday September 12, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Venture Investor Panel
Speakers

Thursday September 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am

11:30am

Regional Entrepreneur Support
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
SL

Stanley Lindstadt

Startup Colorado


Thursday September 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Avenue

1:00pm

Preparing for Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Success doesn't always look and feel like you think it will. Panelists will discuss how to prepare for what's next after you exit your startup, the dark side of success, and how to let go. 

Speakers
SP

Steve Peterschmidt

Founder, Porchlight


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Avenue

5:00pm

Peak Startup Pitch Competition
Limited Capacity seats available

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!

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Main

Natasha Main

ED, Peak Startup
Community builder and startup champion.  



Thursday September 12, 2019 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Pikes Peak Market 315 E Pikes Peak Avenue
 
Saturday, September 14
 

10:00am

What If Festival
Limited Capacity seats available

The What IF… Festival celebrates lifelong learning and delights the community
with the innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Pikes Peak region
.
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

Saturday September 14, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Pikes Peak Center