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Friday, February 23
 

11:00am

Using Shopify to validate your business ideas and scale them up
Limited Capacity seats available

Before you go all in on a product or business idea learn to validate it with Shopify.  We will talk about how to mitigate risk and test ideas in the market before committing to a product or niche.  Topics will include how to present products online using custom Shopify themes, techniques to tech a product or niche like drop shipping, print on demand and white labeling.

We will also cover the must haves for selling products online, platforms, marketing and when apps are needed.

Speakers
JK

J Keitsu

Bboy from Iowa who slays ecommerce and affiliate marketing. No joke. He is best know as the founder of allthewayup.com
avatar for Travis Lee

Travis Lee

Founder, SynthJet
Travis is a Silicon Valley software slinger, and Foco entrepreneur with experience in software projects from the startup to enterprise level. He studied Chinese and business in University. He enjoys long walks on roof tops, and co-founded a parkour the gym APEX in Fort Collins... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Block One 428 Linden St. Fort Collins, CO

6:00pm

Startup Weekend
To participate in Startup Weekend, you'll need to register through the official site at 
http://communities.techstars.com/usa/fort-collins/startup-weekend/12423.

Please direct all questions for Startup Weekend to fortcollins@startupweekend.org.

Friday February 23, 2018 6:00pm - Sunday February 25, 2018 8:00pm
Colorado State University 711 Oval Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80521
  • Host Organization CSU
 
Sunday, February 25
 

5:00pm

Startup Week KICKOFF & CSU Startup Weekend Pitch Night
Limited Capacity seats available

This year Colorado State University and the Institute for Entrepreneurship have teamed up with Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins to kick off the week.

More information at csupitchnight.eventbrite.com


Sunday February 25, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524
 
Monday, February 26
 

8:30am

SBDC+Sage Office Hours: Free Confidential Consulting
Limited Capacity seats available

Get Free Confidential One-on-One Consulting at Fort Collins Start Up Week !! Entrepreneurs, do you have a tricky business issue that’s keeping you awake? Think you have a good idea, and would like to run it past someone? Interested in connecting with some local resources that can help you with your process? Fort Collins Start Up Week (FCSW) offers you a wide variety of experienced businesspeople and skill-set experts, who will provide you FREE one-on-one consulting during Start Up week. FCSW attendees can schedule 30 minute consulting sessions from 8:30am through 11:30am, Monday, February 27th, Tuesday, February 28th, and Thursday March 1st. These experts are provided by The Innosphere’s SAGE (Social Advisor Group for Entrepreneurs) advisor network and the Larimer SBDC (Small Business Development Center) consulting network. The SAGE network has core competencies in science and technology-based industries. The Larimer SBDC has competencies in many “main street” businesses such as restaurant/food products, retail, health and wellness, the creative sector, and more. The Innosphere is one of the leading business incubators in the Western US, and the Larimer SBDC consults with over 600 local clients annually. These consultants can also connect you with available useful resources to help you with your ongoing business process. Are you ready? Visit https://startupfoco.youcanbook.me/ to view specific consultant biographies and availability & book your appointment. We look forward to supporting you!


8:30am

Open Coffee
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet people, find out what's going on nearby you, and then go and take part.

9:00am

Coworking: Supercharge your business and have fun doing it
Limited Capacity seats available

In a world where you can work from anywhere, why cowork? Hear from members of four Fort Collins coworking spaces about how being a part of a coworking community can supercharge your skills, connections and success as a solopreneur, freelancer or non-profit.

Speakers
avatar for Chrysta Bairre

Chrysta Bairre

Career Coach | Speaker | Author, Live Love Work
Chrysta Bairre is a career coach, speaker, author, and founder of Live Love Work.Chrysta works with successful mid-career professionals and service-based entrepreneurs who want more from life and career. Chrysta helps her clients increase professional impact and income-- working with... Read More →
avatar for Beth Buczynski

Beth Buczynski

Staff Writer, NerdWallet
Beth is a writer who has been freelance, remote, or self-employed for nearly 10 years. Throughout it all, the coworking community gave Beth confidence, new opportunities, and most importantly, friendships with talented people she respects and admires. Beth is the author of "Sharing... Read More →
avatar for Angel Kwiatkowski

Angel Kwiatkowski

Founder, Cohere Coworking
Angel Kwiatkowski is the founder of Cohere, the first and largest community-managed shared office space in Fort Collins, Colorado. Since its opening in 2010, Cohere has helped more than 500 local freelancers and remote employees integrate in their community to achieve professional... Read More →
avatar for Mark Nielsen

Mark Nielsen

Science Education Program Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
I'm a remote worker for a large non-profit in the education sector. I'm into: co-working, remote working, science!, educational technology, parenting, beer, coffee, and chocolate.



9:00am

Secrets to attracting Angel Investors: Part 1 (Basic); VC Investing Terminology, How Much Do I Ask For?, What is My Valuation?
Limited Capacity filling up

Dave Harris, Director of Operations for Rockies Venture Club, the longest operating angel investment group in the US, will describe basic terms involved in angel/venture capital investment. Dave will also answer any questions about the terms used in angel/venture capital investment.

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • Basics of Angel/Venture Capital Investment
  • Investment terminology
  • Valuation (What is the value of your business?)
  • How much investment should I ask the investors?
What should I bring?
  • No need to bring anything just your enthusiasm, curiosity, and questions about startup.
Prerequisites
  • No prerequisites but come prepared, and you will gain more from this session. However, if you if you already thought about the business plan and decided to develop a ‘venture business,’ you will get maximum value from this session.
The session is set to the ‘Basic’ level, and anybody in the planning stage of the business idea is welcome to attend to receive valuable information. If you are interested in the ‘venture’ business model, you know you will need investments to make your startup business idea to succeed. This means you need to get investors’ attention and interest for your business. There is a standard set of terminology all sophisticated investors expect you to know and understand; you will learn what they are and what they mean. If you have specific questions about the Angel/VC investment terminology, you can get the answers from Dave, who has seen hundreds of pitches and made investment decisions.  

Moderators
avatar for Denny Otsuga

Denny Otsuga

Dir. Venture Community Development, Rockies Venture Club
Denichiro "Denny" Otsuga, Ph.D. has achieved 10+ years of a progressively increasing budget and operational management leadership responsibilities. Most recently as the founding President and CEO of the US subsidiary operation for a Japanese venture capital investment firm. In this... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Harris

Dave Harris

Director of Operations, Rockies Venture Club
Dave Harris is the Director of Operations for Rockies Venture Club (RVC), and is a Managing Partner with Rockies Venture Fund (RVF) and Rockies Impact Fund (RIF); two Colorado-centric venture funds. RVC is the longest running angel investor group in the US and is a non-profit organization... Read More →



Monday February 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

9:00am

Free Drop-In Coworking at Digital Workshop Center

Founded in 2006, Digital Workshop Center is a locally-owned computer training school, Adobe Training Center, and coworking hub in Fort Collins and Denver.


Monday February 26, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Digital Workshop Center 324 Remington St. Fort Collins, CO 80524

10:00am

Food Popup: Fresh Start to Startup Week
Limited Capacity seats available

A New & Old World Fusion of Fresh Grilled Breakfast Sandwiches and Coffee Concoctions
  • Z Catering
  • Mugs
  • Cranked Up Coffee
  • Garden Sweet
  • Luke's Farm


10:00am

How to Be A Part of The Downtown Artery
Limited Capacity seats available

Participate in a tour of The Downtown Artery's space to become involved in the many facets of a true creator's space. This includes volunteering, preparing to showcase in your own exhibition, booking your own concert... the opportunities are endless!

Begin your artist's journey here.

Moderators
Monday February 26, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:30am

Secrets to attracting Angel Investors: Part 2 (Intermediate); Setting Up Financial Statements & Believable ProFormas
Limited Capacity filling up

Mike Bennett, founder of GOpositive.BIZ, will describe basic terms involved in angel/venture capital investment finances. Mike will also answer any questions about the terms used in angel/venture capital investment, specifically related to finances.

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • Basics of Angel/Venture Capital Investment Financials
  • Angel/Venture Capital Investment Financial terminology
  • Financial Proforma (Financial Projections) that is believable by investors
  • How much investment do I need from the investors?
What should I bring?
  • No need to bring anything just your enthusiasm, curiosity, and questions about startup.
Prerequisites
  • We expect you to have taken the basic course offered during the FCSW or you already understand the basic terminology of Angel/Venture Capital Investment.
The session is set to the ‘Intermediate’ level, but anybody in the planning stage of the business idea is welcome to attend to receive valuable information. If you are interested in the ‘venture’ business model, you know you will need investments to make your startup business idea to succeed. This means you need to get investors’ attention and interest for your business. There is a standard set of financial terminology all sophisticated investors expect you to know and understand; you will learn what they are and what they mean. If you have specific questions about the Angel/VC investment financial terminology, you can get the answers from Mike, who has seen hundreds of pitches and made investment decisions.

Financial proforma is often very hard for many entrepreneurs to develop. Mike has helped several startup businesses with proforma and answers questions from the audience.

Moderators
avatar for Denny Otsuga

Denny Otsuga

Dir. Venture Community Development, Rockies Venture Club
Denichiro "Denny" Otsuga, Ph.D. has achieved 10+ years of a progressively increasing budget and operational management leadership responsibilities. Most recently as the founding President and CEO of the US subsidiary operation for a Japanese venture capital investment firm. In this... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett

Senior Relationship Manager, GOpositive.BIZ, LLC
Mike Bennett founded GOpositive.BIZ, LLC in 2009 as a business and public policy consulting service. He uses his experience to produce positive results for his clients. Mike is a Rockies Venture Club instructor and has worked on several projects including nearly fifteen financial... Read More →



Monday February 26, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

11:00am

Portfolio Speed Dating
Limited Capacity seats available


Bring your artist's portfolio or tablet to showcase in a revolving critique pool with other like-minded creators and aficionados alike! This activity will advance artists into releasing their own artwork into the ether by taking constructive tips from a cluster of local artists.

Speakers

Monday February 26, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

11:00am

Movers & Shakers: Music Apps and Platforms
Limited Capacity seats available

Take a closer look at the intersection of music and technology through the lens of creative entrepreneurs who are harnessing the power of both.

Moderators
avatar for Kyle James Hauser

Kyle James Hauser

Artist Development, The Music District
As a successful songwriter and performing musician, I am truly passionate about all things music. I love networking and connecting creative people with the professionals who can help them develop both their artistic talents and their business. Whether developing music programs, teaching... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steven Dourmashkin

Steven Dourmashkin

Co-Founder, CEO, Electrical & Software Design, Specdrums
Founder & CEO of Specdrums; Masters in Mechanical Engineering graduate from Cornell University; avid inventor and percussionist.
avatar for Andrea Belita McKee

Andrea Belita McKee

Founder, Lymlight
Singer/songwriter in Denver, Founder of Lymlight. Education Leader turned Music Tech, Andrea’s out to change the landscape of the music industry by making the cozy, intimate music experience scalable for fans, artists, and hosts alike. After 10 years in education and finally deciding... Read More →
avatar for Tom Metz

Tom Metz

I'm a freelance web developer, musician and entrepreneur.
avatar for Emily Satterlee

Emily Satterlee

Founder, ItyDity
Emily Satterlee is a singer-songwriter and founder of ItyDity.com. For the past 10 years she has worked as the organizer of Orange Country Songwriters to bridge the gap between producers and artists and make collaboration more fun, efficient and easily accessible. Affiliates of OC... Read More →


11:00am

Ask Me Anything – Women Angels and Investors
Limited Capacity seats available

RVC's Women’s Investor Network will discuss early stage investing for women angels and entrepreneurs. Fort Collins has a community of early stage investors and entrepreneurs, but needs more attention to attract and support women.Barbara Bauer, Director of the Women’s Investor Network, and a colleague, Margaret Burd, will discuss early stage investing for women angels and entrepreneurs.

Difficulty
  • Basic
What Will I learn?
  • The difference between a good business and an investable venture
  • What is essential in a pitch to investors
  • Mistakes to avoid for new investors
  • Mistakes to avoid for new entrepreneurs

What should I bring?
  • Your questions
Fort Collins has a community of early stage investors and entrepreneurs, but needs more attention to attract and support women - both as investors and as entrepreneurs. Barbara and Margaret will speak about what investors are looking for in an investable venture, and how to effectively talk about your venture with potential investors. They will also discuss common mistakes for both investors and entrepreneurs. Finally we'll have an informal Q&A and networking. This event is primarily for women interested in learning more about investing and how to support the growing ecosystem of women investors and entrepreneurs in Fort Collins. 

Speakers
BB

Barbara Bauer

Director, Rockies Venture Club
Barbara is Director, Women’s Investor Network (WIN), for the Rockies Venture Club, Denver, CO. Barbara started this new initiative to recruit and support women interested in early stage investments and prepare them to become active and engaged angel investors. Prior to this position... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Burd

Margaret Burd

Margaret Burd founded Magpie Software, a software development services company, in 2001 and was President & CEO until the company was acquired by Syncroness in 2017. She was previously Director of Engineering at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, leading development for mobile internet... Read More →



12:00pm

Licensing Your Artwork
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A session about how to make your original creations really pay off (Jewelry, Visual artwork & more!)

Speakers
avatar for Jill MacKay

Jill MacKay

Owner, Jill MacKay Enterprises LLC
Jill MacKay is an accomplished designer, author and consultant. Her name issynonymous with innovation and inspiration. Jill MacKay designs productlines and licenses to national chain stores, manufacturers and televisionretailers. Jill is perhaps best known for having been the jewelry... Read More →


12:00pm

Top six ways businesses get into trouble (and what you can do to avoid them)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As an entrepreneur, there are hundreds of ways you can succeed, but there are six common traps that can get you into serious trouble. The Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consults with over 600 clients per year. Mike OConnell, SBDC Director says, “every week, we see businesses wrestling with the same core problem areas”. Whether you are currently operating a business, or working on your plan, awareness of these traps will make you a more street-smart entrepreneur. Resource information will be available to help you navigate or avoid these problem areas.

Speakers
avatar for Mike O'Connell

Mike O'Connell

Director, Larimer Small Business Development Center - Ft. Collins
Mike O’Connell, Larimer SBDC Director In 2001, O’Connell purchased Mountain Woods Furniture (MWF), a manufacturer of rustic furniture, and owned and operated that business until 2012. MWF’s products were sold through Cabelas, furniture e-tailers, stores, and resorts and lodges... Read More →



Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

1:00pm

Podcast or Nodcast? Engaging Podcasts for Startup Success
Limited Capacity filling up

Why Would You* (as an Artist, Founder, Company, Brand) want to start a podcast? 

Who listens to these podcasts anyway? Last year, over 112 million Americans did. 
Too shy to get on stage? Well, you've got a face for radio.  
Smooth Talker?  Play to your strengths with all that wax poetic.
Been Called a Know It All? Here's your chance to showcase your knowledge and look like the giver you are.
Looking to Show You've Got Street Cred?  -  How a podcast can establish you, as 'the expert' in your space. 
Avoid Being the Drooling Fan. Connect with top influencers in your field because you have something they want.
Planting Seeds of Evergreen Trees. Turn podcast episodes into articles, social media posts, books and more. 
Keeps On Giving. Episodes create a knowledge bank to use in customer acquisition process. 

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Pagan

Vanessa Pagan

Founder, Songbirdtek
Songbirdtek is a digital transformation agency that helps business leaders leverage mobile, cloud, AI, agile and automation technologies to innovate within their organization and with their customers.




1:30pm

Value of Mentoring and Being Mentored
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Designed to help connect experienced business mentors with mentees, this program will provide instruction of how to work together in the relationship, and an opportunity to network with potential mentors.

Thenk stick around for Mentor Speed Dating!

Speakers
avatar for Renee Walkup

Renee Walkup

CEO, SalesPEAK, Inc.
"Renee Walkup is a best-selling author, speaker, and business growth consultant. She founded SalesPEAK in 1996 after working in the corporate world for 17 years. Companies such as: UPS, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Pilgrims, MERCK, as well as dozens of small and medium sized businesses... Read More →


1:30pm

Creatives: Write Your One Page Business Plan
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A hands on workshop for artists, musicians and creative businesses about getting organized by creating one page business plans - really, just one page!

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Stewart

Kathy Stewart

Consultant, Loveland Business Development Center
Kathy Stewart, a Colorado native, has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including an Area Vice President position, with operations responsibilities for a five-state area and over 450 employees. She transitioned this experience into 10 years as a consultant... Read More →


1:30pm

Successful Leadership Tools for Arts Executive Directors
Limited Capacity seats available

CSU's LEAP Institute for the Arts shares insight and programs designed to support arts non-profit executive directors to help them excel in their positions.

Speakers
avatar for Emelie Borello

Emelie Borello

Adjunct Instructor, LEAP Institute for the Arts, Colorado State University
Emelie Borello is an Adjunct Instructor for the LEAP Institute for the Arts at CSU, and teaches the undergraduate courses as part of a minor program in arts and cultural management. As a recent graduate of the LEAP masters program in Arts Leadership & Administration, Emelie works... Read More →


1:30pm

Business Resources at The Library
Limited Capacity filling up

Don't pay for information that you can get for free! Whether you're looking for market research or funding options, comfortable workspace or new technologies, starting a nonprofit or a business, the Library is here to help you innovate. You don’t want to miss this panel of local business librarians—find out who they are, how they got here, what they do, and how they can help you with your start-up ideas and plans. They will introduce you to the many free resources, programs, and services available at the Library to support you throughout the lifecycle of your startup.

Moderators
avatar for Anne Macdonald

Anne Macdonald

Business Librarian, Poudre River Public Library District
Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions on business or nonprofit startup. I've worked with over 500 local business and nonprofit startups in the 9 years I've been with Poudre Libraries. I'll resesearch your market, your industry, your competition. Nonprofits: I've written... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jack Dorr

Jack Dorr

Business Librarian, Loveland Public Library
Jack Dorr is a Business Librarian at Loveland Public Library. He is dedicated to identifying the research needs for businesses and providing them information they need to help expand or develop their business. Originally from Marquette, Michigan Jack received his Master’s in Library... Read More →
SS

Sarah Scobey

Poudre River Public Library District
MT

Molly Thompson

Business Librarian, Poudre River Public Library District



Monday February 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

2:00pm

Mentor Speed Dating
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Have fun and get serious about your mentorship game! 

Fort Collins is fortunate to have so many strong mentors. We here at Fort Collins Startup Week are grateful to those mentors who have led (and sometimes pushed) us to success—and know that getting the most out of a mentor/mentee relationship takes the right skills on both sides. That's why we're programming events dedicated to building those skills, understanding mentor/mentee models, and making new connections.

Startup Week's Mentorship Speed Dating event is a great time to start a new mentorship off on the right foot as you interact with bright local startup entrepreneurs of all stripes, who are on the lookout for the mentors along their path.

Mentorship Speed Dating covers all of those bases:
- Quick-hit information
- Time-efficient networking
- Methodical pursuit of mentorship

Moderators
avatar for Renee Walkup

Renee Walkup

CEO, SalesPEAK, Inc.
"Renee Walkup is a best-selling author, speaker, and business growth consultant. She founded SalesPEAK in 1996 after working in the corporate world for 17 years. Companies such as: UPS, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Pilgrims, MERCK, as well as dozens of small and medium sized businesses... Read More →

3:00pm

FoCo Speaks Out
Limited Capacity seats available

Last year, on December 6th, an event took place at Bas Bleu called FoCo Speaks Out!  It blended thought leaders with local artists and was billed as the art of social justice.  The theatre has 116 seats but almost 200 people attended. 
What happened?  
Community members were riveted for 90 minutes as local voices invited the packed audience to think about and respond to the places of brokenness and hope in Northern Colorado.  Each of the performers uniquely touched the heart in a way that amplified the speaker’s messages.
And what was most surprising is that the audience left inspired and wanting more.
You can check out more information at: www.focospeaksout.org  
Today the question is… what’s next for FoCo Speaks Out!? 
That’s where you come in.  You are invited to this unique entrepreneur brainstorming session that needs your minds to take this start up venture to the next level.  Join us to watch a live workshop performance of FoCo Speaks Out! and then engage in creative problem solving that aims to elevate this event so it can alter the social and cultural landscape of acceptance and inclusion in Fort Collins.  You might even want to get involved.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Somodi

Joe Somodi

Founder/Producer, FoCo Speaks Out!
FoCo Speaks Out! is the brainchild of Joe Somodi. A teacher, writer, public speaker, serial entrepreneur, and community-builder, his deepest driving desire is improving peoples lives. He lived a quarter of a century in New York City where he dabbled as an actor before opening up his... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

3:00pm

Crazy sh** employees do and what you can do about it
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

With years of experience dealing with crazy employees, Tina Todd and Nikki Larchar, co-owners of simplyHR, share some of the craziest employee stories they have. In this presentation we'll share our experiences, what we learned, and what you as an employer can do when a similar situation comes up. 

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • Understanding of what you can do when your employees do something crazy
Best practices to protect your company
  • Rules and regulations that can affect what you can and can't do
What should I bring?
  • Sense of humor
  • Notebook

 From what to do when you find out an employee is drunk on the job, they've stolen all the doorknobs at your customers house, they've decided to bring in piles of onions to chop in their cubicle, or they ask if they can take a 6 month leave of absence for the death of a pet, we will cover all these REAL scenarios and more! We'll open the floor to the audience to hear your craziest employee stories and give our best HR advice on the situation. 

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Larchar

Nikki Larchar

Co-Founder, Define the Line



3:00pm

Peer Advisory - An Educational Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

This participatory peer advisory discussion and demonstration will share information about peer advisory in general terms and demonstrate the issue processing method used by our local membership organization, LoCo Think Tank.  

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • Brief History and Industry Snapshot of Peer Advisory
  • Perspective, Encouragement, and Accountability
  • Power of Positive Peer Pressure
  • The Importance of a Safe Place
  • Opportunity or Challenge or Both? 
  • Issue Processing Demonstration - audience participation
How should the Audience prepare?
  • Consider a business decision that you might be willing to process with a group of relative strangers
  • Bring a notebook, or laptop to take notes if that's your flavor
Prerequesites
  • This presentation is targeted to going-concern businesses, with one or more employees in addition to the owner. Others may find value and are welcome.  
There are dozens of ways for a small business owner or startup to gain connections and insights that help them build a successful business. This presentation is focused on peer advisory as a sharpening tool for the small business owner, with stories of accountability and encouragement from the members of our locally-based peer advisory startup, LoCo Think Tank. In the latter half of the meeting, we will process at-large issues from participants, which will demonstrate the power of perspective as it relates to decision making.  

Moderators
avatar for Curt Bear

Curt Bear

Founder, LoCo Think Tank
I am blessed to have founded LoCo Think Tank, a peer advisory group model that started in Fort Collins in 2014. We build groups of high-performing small business owners and wrap them around a give-back minded facilitator, and together advance the causes that our members are most... Read More →

4:00pm

Food Popup: Time Out for Pie
Let's get social with bites from Ginger & Baker.

Stay and connect over their new happy hour!


Monday February 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Ginger & Baker 359 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

4:00pm

Sustainable & Attainable Housing Happy Hour
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Are you looking to buy, build, or rent a sustainable home in Fort Collins?
Are you interested in the future of affordable housing in Fort Collins and beyond?

If so, we invite you join us for cocktails on Mon. Feb 26th from 4:00-5:00pm to mingle and share your housing story! At 5:00pm We invite you to walk or bike with us to The Lincoln Center for a free forum presentation of the Artspace Foco Market Study results.

EcoINstead is a local nonprofit creating an open sourced, collaborative network of pioneers ready to co-create a community that empowers deeper connection to place, neighbors and neighborhoods. We are excited to be part of Start Up Week 2018 and are looking forward to hosting this conversation around sustainable AND attainable housing in Fort Collins!"

Monday February 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

5:30pm

Artspace Report
Come hear the results of the FoCo Artspace survey!

On Feb. 26, Artspace, a national nonprofit real estate developer for the arts, will make a community presentation to report findings from the affordable creative sector housing and workspace surveys it conducted in Fort Collins.

Last year, Artspace invited individuals, organizations and businesses in the arts, cultural and creative communities to participate in an online affordable housing and workspace survey. Artspace representatives will present results from these surveys from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Lincoln Center Columbine Room, 417 W. Magnolia St. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the community.

The presentation will summarize data about how much housing and workspace the local arts/creative community may be able to use and what design features and amenities are desired.

The survey was part of a process the City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority and Bohemian Foundation initiated to help the community assess the feasibility of developing affordable spaces where artists/creatives of all disciplines may live and work and arts/cultural organizations and creative businesses can thrive.

About Artspace
Artspace is the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation, with 46 projects in operation across the country and another dozen in development, representing a $600 million investment in America’s arts infrastructure. With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Denver, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C., Artspace is America’s leading developer of arts facilities. To date, Artspace has completed nearly 2,000 affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as more than a million square feet of non-residential space for artists and arts organizations. For more information about Artspace visit artspace.org.

Monday February 26, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
City of Fort Collins Lincoln Center

7:00pm

Blockchain Fort Collins Meetup
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn about the blockchain track for the week, be able to ask questions, and be directed at appropriate resources to optimize their experience for the week. Local blockchain company Jalapeno Inventive will also give a presentation on their upcoming platform scheduled for release in May.

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • FCSW Blockchain Track explanation, Happy Hour and Jalapeno Inventive presentation.
What should I bring?
  • Notebook or Laptop will be helpful.
We all know there are benefits of having an effective investor relations program. When you better communicate with your investors, you realize what a great resource investors can be to the other parts of your growing business. Your investors were hard to find, and hard to convince to invest -- so why are many startups still overlooking a key responsibility of working with their investors following a close? If you are a funded company looking to improve your engagement with investors, this session will help you improve your investor relations approach!

Moderators
avatar for Aari Lotfipour

Aari Lotfipour

CEO & Founder, Jalapeno Inventive
Aari is the co-founder and CEO of Jalapeño Inventive. He began dabbling in cryptocurrency trading and launched the company in San Antonio, Texas in 2014 with the desire to make cryptocurrency accessible to the masses. After moving the company to Fort Collins in 2015 he established... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524
 
Tuesday, February 27
 

8:30am

SBDC+Sage Office Hours: Free Confidential Consulting
Limited Capacity seats available

Get Free Confidential One-on-One Consulting at Fort Collins Start Up Week !! Entrepreneurs, do you have a tricky business issue that’s keeping you awake? Think you have a good idea, and would like to run it past someone? Interested in connecting with some local resources that can help you with your process? Fort Collins Start Up Week (FCSW) offers you a wide variety of experienced businesspeople and skill-set experts, who will provide you FREE one-on-one consulting during Start Up week. FCSW attendees can schedule 30 minute consulting sessions from 8:30am through 11:30am, Monday, February 27th, Tuesday, February 28th, and Thursday March 1st. These experts are provided by The Innosphere’s SAGE (Social Advisor Group for Entrepreneurs) advisor network and the Larimer SBDC (Small Business Development Center) consulting network. The SAGE network has core competencies in science and technology-based industries. The Larimer SBDC has competencies in many “main street” businesses such as restaurant/food products, retail, health and wellness, the creative sector, and more. The Innosphere is one of the leading business incubators in the Western US, and the Larimer SBDC consults with over 600 local clients annually. These consultants can also connect you with available useful resources to help you with your ongoing business process. Are you ready? Visit https://startupfoco.youcanbook.me/ to view specific consultant biographies and availability & book your appointment. We look forward to supporting you!


8:30am

Open Coffee
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet people, find out what's going on nearby you, and then go and take part.

9:00am

Food Popup: Pick me up at The Emporium

Enjoy a bite at The Emporium crafted by Chef David Anderson located in the Elizabeth Hotel.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
The Emporium 378 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

9:00am

The Neuroscience of Conversation: What Every Entreprenuer Needs to Know
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Ever talk to a potential customer that's gung ho for your solution in conversation but never follows through on actually purchasing your product? That's incredibly frustrating and confusing (and you're not alone)! What if there was a scientific explanation for why verbal agreement does not translate into action? You're in luck, in this engaging talk Ariana will show entreprenuers how to use Conversational Intelligence to build trust, get buy-in and co-create new products or services that'll knock the socks of your competitors.

Speakers
avatar for Ariana Friedlander

Ariana Friedlander

Founder, Rosabella Consulting
Ariana Friedlander, MPA, is an author, social entrepreneur, and the founder of Rosabella Consulting. She works with leaders doing “Business as Unusual” and specializes in fostering positive change within organizations and companies of all shapes and sizes. Her first book, “A... Read More →



Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

9:00am

RVC Pitch Academy (Fundamentals)
Limited Capacity filling up

Dave Harris, Director of Operations for Rockies Venture Club, the longest operating angel investment group in the US, and Cindy Skalicky, Owner of On Point Communications, will show you the content and fundamentals of the investor pitch slide deck. Together they will also answer any questions about the pitch deck.

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • Learn the fundamentals of how to create a 5-minute investor pitch (mostly to Angel Investors)
  • Learn key information in the investor pitch deck
  • Learn terminology and contents of the investor pitch deck
How should I prepare? How should I rehearse?
  • Before arriving, if you already thought about the business plan, you will gain maximum value from this session.  
Prerequisites
  • If you already thought about seeking investment, this session offers just the information you need to get started on the pitch slide deck. 
  • Come prepared, and you will gain more from this session.
Together, Dave Harris, Director of Operations for Rockies Venture Club, the longest operating angel investment group in the US, and Cindy Skalicky, Owner of On Point Communications, will show you the content and the fundamentals of the investor pitch slide deck. Together they will also answer any questions about the pitch deck. The session is set to the ‘intermediate’ level, but anybody in the planning stage of the business idea is welcome to attend and likely to receive valuable information. If you are interested in the ‘venture’ business model, you know you will need investments to make your startup business idea to succeed. This means you need to get investors’ attention and interest for your business. There is a standard set of information all sophisticated investors will ask and in this session, you will learn what they are. If you have specific questions about the investor pitch or investor pitch deck, you can get the answers from Dave and Cindy, who have seen hundreds of pitches and made investment decisions. 

Moderators
avatar for Denny Otsuga

Denny Otsuga

Dir. Venture Community Development, Rockies Venture Club
Denichiro "Denny" Otsuga, Ph.D. has achieved 10+ years of a progressively increasing budget and operational management leadership responsibilities. Most recently as the founding President and CEO of the US subsidiary operation for a Japanese venture capital investment firm. In this... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Harris

Dave Harris

Director of Operations, Rockies Venture Club
Dave Harris is the Director of Operations for Rockies Venture Club (RVC), and is a Managing Partner with Rockies Venture Fund (RVF) and Rockies Impact Fund (RIF); two Colorado-centric venture funds. RVC is the longest running angel investor group in the US and is a non-profit organization... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Skalicky

Cindy Skalicky

Owner and Head Coach, On Point Communications
Cindy Skalicky is a Certified Instructor of Rockies Venture Club (RVC) content and the Owner of On Point Communications, LLC, a boutique messaging firm in Colorado. She provides expert public speaking coaching and brand consulting to individuals and teams who seek to master their... Read More →



Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

9:00am

Free Drop-In Coworking at The Articulate
Limited Capacity filling up

A vibrant community in Old Town Fort Collins where creative professionals grow and collaborate personally and professionally. http://www.thearticulateco.com/


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
The Articulate 324 Jefferson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

9:30am

Resilience in Business - Panel Discussion: Stories of overcoming adversity in business. Listen to their remarkable survival stories from Hurricane Irma and Maria
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel discussion on resilience in business will help people as they hear real stories of entrepreneurs who have gone through significant setbacks and adversity in their businesses and how they overcame them. This panel consists of entrepreneurs who have traveled here from the British Virgin Islands. Join us to hear their harrowing stories of surviving Cat 5 Hurricane Irma and Maria, and how they have built their lives and business back. 

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
This panel discussion will focus on...
  • resilience in business
  • overcoming adversity
  • tips and tools for getting back on your feet
  • the audience will hear real stories of entrepreneurs who have gone through major setbacks and overcome them
  • hear the stories of our BVIslander entrepreneurs in Fort Collins for FCSW tell their heroic stories of rebuilding after Hurricane Irma and Maria. 
Our broken moments don't define us, its how we deal with them that does. All entrepreneurs go through difficult times at one point or another while building their businesses. During this panel discussion you will hear real stories from entrepreneurs who have gone through significant set backs and learn about the efforts they made to help overcome them. This panel will feature the entrepreneurs who are here for FCSW from the British Virgin Islands where they will talk about what they faced enduring hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Moderators
avatar for Charisse Bowen

Charisse Bowen

Director of Strategic Initatives, Blue Ocean Enterprises
Charisse is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Blue Ocean Enterprises and Director of Forge International in the BVI. As a self-proclaimed entrepreneurial activist, Charisse spends her time helping companies and their founders grow and thrive. She was formerly the... Read More →

Speakers
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Shey Evans

CEO, Retreat Gelato, Sorbetto & Confections
avatar for Darryl Flanders

Darryl Flanders

CEO, Progressive Ministry Management
Mr. Darryl Flanders is the Founder, CEO and Lead Manager of Progressive Ministry Management based in the British Virgin Islands. Given as a directive from the Kingdom, Progressive Ministry Management was formed based on the ‘#Progression: Forward and Upward’ brand which was the... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Frazer

Kristin Frazer

Founder/Design Director, Trèfle Inc.
Born and raised on the beautiful island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Kristin is the third generation in a family of women whose keen eyes for colour and purity of design have always been coupled with a direct sense of fashion-forward style.   In 2008, she birthed her company... Read More →
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Akeem Lennard

Owner and lead artisan, Greencrete BVI
Akeem Lennard is a proud Virgin Islands Entrepreneur and owner of Greencrete BVi. A company that creates unique one of a kind products, from countertops to floors for the modern homeowner, to souvenirs for tourists. All while being environmentally friendly by adding recycled glass... Read More →
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Lenette Lewis

Director, Sageroots Inc
Lenette Lewis is the founder and Master Crafter at Sageroots Inc., a small company, relaunched in 2017, that handcrafts simple, safe and sustainable products for the hair, skin and home. Born and raised in the British Virgin Islands, Lenette fell in love with the environment at... Read More →



10:00am

Start or grow a profitable food business
Limited Capacity filling up


You love food and want to share your passion with the world. The ins and outs of starting a food or beverage business can be overwhelming! Many ventures focus on the tangibles such as licenses, packaging and making a delicious item product. Few businesses take the time to be strategic about a business model, setting themselves apart from the competition and whether the startup will actually make a profit (there are cheaper hobbies). Join Sari Kimbell, founder of Cultivate Consulting, to take you through the winning formula for a successful food business. Know what questions to to ask yourself before you waste any more of your precious resources of time and money. Ideal for those thinking about starting a food business, moving a cottage food into wholesale and wholesale business who are ready to scale up and grow.

Speakers
avatar for Sari Kimbell

Sari Kimbell

Founder/Principal, Cultivate Consulting
Sari Kimbell has worked in just about every sector of the food industry, cultivating her passion for food and the way it connects all of us. Her career in food systems started in restaurants serving and then management. She shifted to the production aspect and created a small wholesale... Read More →



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Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:00am

Social Media ~ More Than Just Posting
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If you want to effectively manage your social media presence to get results for your business, it takes more than just posting.
Come to this session with Amy at Fort Collins Startup Week to learn more.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:15am

From Ideas to a Business: Establishing Your Competitive Advantage: How your culture and investment philosophy defines your strategic competitive advantage
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Description: Picking a Core competitive advantage matters! This Innosphere session will help entrepreneurs focus their innovations on the company’s core advantage, and discuss the differences between discontinuous and continuous innovation. When it comes to Customer Acquisition, there are many discussions entrepreneurs need to have, so this two-hour session will also quickly cover the topics of: 
* Beach head market and tools for choosing your market
* Building scale and three laws that impact scale
* Customer Development Interviews and Validation         

Registration Link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vk8hgejab&oeidk=a07eezfrsvo433b2976



Speakers
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Bud Michael

Innosphere Director of Enterprise Software and Hardware



Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:15am - 12:15pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524

11:00am

PitchNo.CO - Preliminary Round 1
Join us to watch 12 of Northern Colorado's companies present their pitches for the Inaugural PitchNo.CO! The competition helps companies of all kinds take the next big step in their growth. Companies are pitching to three different panels of expert investors and judges, who will provide feedback and professional advice on their pitch and growth plans.

Moderators
avatar for Jana Sanchez

Jana Sanchez

Exec. Director, Launch NoCo
Jana specializes in helping people magnify what they’re passionate about and connecting them to resources and people. Jana is the Executive Director of LaunchNo.CO, a nonprofit organization helping companies form, grow, and stay in Northern Colorado. Jana is deeply passionate about... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Spaces 242 Linden Street

12:00pm

Plug In: Be Part of City of Fort Collins Arts and Public Arts Programs
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn all about the City of Fort Collins arts programs - this panel discussion will cover the ways to get involved with Art in Public Places, Fort Fund grants, Pianos About Town, The Carnegie Center for Creativity, Lincoln Center Gallery, Studio Tour and more!

Moderators
avatar for Peggy Lyle

Peggy Lyle

Director, Downtown Fort Collins Creative District
Peggy Lyle has been a creative force in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado for over 20 years and she loves to get involved. Peggy is passionate about the arts and creative approaches to business, branding and communications. With 20+ years of event production, marketing, and entertainment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Liz Good

Liz Good

Visual Arts Coordinator, City of Fort Collins
Liz Good is the Visual Arts Coordinator for the City of Fort Collins. She manages the Pianos About Town Program and has been with the City since 2014. As part of the City's Visual Arts department, she works on projects for Art in Public Places, the Carnegie Center for Creativity... Read More →
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Vincent Kitch

Director of Cultural Services for the City of Fort Collins, Vincent has been working in government based arts administration for over 25 years. Prior to FoCo, he worked as an arts consultant and as the Cultural Arts Manager for the City of Carlsbad, CA. Vincent spent the previous... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Martin

Ellen Martin

Visual Arts Administrator, City of Fort Collins
Ellen Martin has been the Visual Arts Administrator with the City of Fort Collins for the past thirty years. In this position she manages the City’s Visual Arts Program, including the Lincoln Center Gallery Program, Carnegie Center for Creativity, and since its inception in 1995... Read More →
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Jeanne Shoaff

Gallery Coordinator, Fort Collins Lincoln Center
Jeanne Shoaff is the Program Coordinator for the Carnegie Center for Creativity. After a brief career in Special Education, Jeanne eventually followed her passion for the visual arts, and found a career in Arts Administration. With 18 years of experience ‘behind the gallery walls... Read More →


12:00pm

Intro to Self-Publishing through the Library
In this quick overview, you’ll be introduced to the Pressbooks platform for writing, designing, and formatting your eBook or print book and to SELF-e, a library service for getting your ebook out into the world and the "Indie Colorado" collection of local authors. 

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • The Pressbooks platform for writing, designing, and formatting your eBook or print book
  • An introduction to SELF-e, a library service for getting your ebook out into the world through Poudre Libraries catalog 
  • An overview of the "Indie Colorado" collection of local authors
What should I bring?
  • A laptop or notebook
Prerequesites
  • Open to all writers, no previous eBook or publishing experience necessary. 
The Poudre River Public Library District's new selection of free, easy-to-use self-publishing tools will help you write, format, and self-publish your work. In this quick overview, you’ll be introduced to the Pressbooks platform for writing, designing, and formatting your eBook or print book and to SELF-e, a library service for getting your ebook out into the world through Poudre River Libraries catalog and the "Indie Colorado" collection of local authors. Open to all writers, no previous eBook or publishing experience necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Macdonald

Anne Macdonald

Business Librarian, Poudre River Public Library District
Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions on business or nonprofit startup. I've worked with over 500 local business and nonprofit startups in the 9 years I've been with Poudre Libraries. I'll resesearch your market, your industry, your competition. Nonprofits: I've written... Read More →



Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Town Library 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

12:00pm

1099 Workers: How to minimize your risk and save money in the long run
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The most common mistake that employers make is treating workers as Independent Contractors when they should be employees. It can also be the most costly mistake. In the state of Colorado, misclassified employees can cost over $5,000 per worker! 

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • Understand the difference between contractor and employee
  • Lower your risk of misclassifications, therefore lowering your risk of penalties and fines;
  • Gain insight into audits that are happening right now in your community;
  • And most importantly, piece of mind (ignorance, in this case, is not bliss)!
What should I bring?
  • Bring a notebook

In 1099 Workers: How To Minimize Your Risk And Save Money In The Long Run co-owners of simplyHR LLC, Tina Todd and Nikki Larchar will cover what worker classifications can mean for your business. This discussion will cover the differences between a contractor and employee, why it can be a costly mistake for businesses of any size, and how it's more than just how you pay a worker. 

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Larchar

Nikki Larchar

Co-Founder, Define the Line
avatar for Tina Todd

Tina Todd

HR Business Partner/Co-Founder, simplyHR



Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

12:00pm

The Top Things Startups Need to Know about Intellectual Property
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed to give a an overview of intellectual property (IP), and set the small business or startup on the road to deciding which types of IP are most relevant to them, and how to leverage IP to increase the chances of business success.  The presenters will discuss the top IP concepts and potential land mines that entrepreneurs should know about, as well as a number of free resources available to get your IP strategy moving. 

Both speakers will be available for one-on-one conversations immediately following the presentation.



Difficulty
  • Basic to Intermediate 

What will I learn?
  • Overview of the different forms of intellectual property
  • Key terminology
  • How to leverage intellectual property to increase chances of business success
  • Free resources available to get your intellectual property strategy started 
 
What should I bring?
  • No need to bring anything but your enthusiasm, curiosity, and questions about intellectual property. 

Prerequisites
  • No prerequisites required.
 

Speakers
avatar for Molly Kocialski

Molly Kocialski

Deputy Director - Rocky Mountain Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office
As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible... Read More →
avatar for Dana Stangel

Dana Stangel

IP Attorney, MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd, LLC
Dana Stangel is a patent attorney in Fort Collins with the law firm, MacMillan, Sobanski, & Todd, LLC. She devotes the majority of her practice to the patent application process. Dana is active in the northern Colorado start-up community, volunteering through the Innosphere’s... Read More →



1:00pm

Voice & Visuals: Demystifying the Branding Process
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

You know that good visuals and writing can guide perceptions, overcome objections, and attract ideal customers to your brand, but do you have the tools to work through your branding process from beginning to end? Do you know what you should expect to get out of the experience? In this interactive talk we’ll demystify the branding process by breaking it down into simple, actionable steps. You’ll learn what you should do before you begin branding, and how your business values, customer service, and future vision are integral to creating a unique brand presence. We’ll uncover what it’s like to work with designers and writers (most don’t bite!), and how you can create a cohesive brand that propels your marketing efforts for years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Day

Emily Day

Owner, Good Day Design Co.
Emily Day is the designer and founder of Good Day Design Co. With a deep appreciation for beauty and love of working with people, Good Day Design Co. exists as an intimate branding studio rooted in Fort Collins with an excitement and passion to share the message behind great companies... Read More →
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Becca Verna

Writer | Designer, Becca Verna Style Shop
Becca crafts writing and graphics for web developers and marketing teams that make their customers’ brands pop. Specializing in website design and content creation, Becca also shapes brand visuals and messaging, delivers razor-sharp copywriting, and formats the occasional book... Read More →



Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Articulate 324 Jefferson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

1:00pm

PitchNo.CO - Preliminary Round 2
Join us to watch 12 of Northern Colorado's companies present their pitches for the Inaugural PitchNo.CO! The competition helps companies of all kinds take the next big step in their growth. Companies are pitching to three different panels of expert investors and judges, who will provide feedback and professional advice on their pitch and growth plans.

Moderators
avatar for Jana Sanchez

Jana Sanchez

Exec. Director, Launch NoCo
Jana specializes in helping people magnify what they’re passionate about and connecting them to resources and people. Jana is the Executive Director of LaunchNo.CO, a nonprofit organization helping companies form, grow, and stay in Northern Colorado. Jana is deeply passionate about... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Spaces 242 Linden Street

1:30pm

Arting up Theatre: New Territories and Emerging Forms
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel discussion: A look at who (and what) is working along the frontiers of theatre (and dance) in Colorado - both aesthetically and entrepreneurially - and how this relates to new directions nationally and internationally.

Moderators
avatar for Natalie Scarlett

Natalie Scarlett

Natalie Scarlett is an English and drama teacher by day and a theatrical director, writer, and creative person all the time, especially at night. She serves the community as an arts organizer on the boards of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival and the Weekend Warrior Film Festival... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Holland

Nick Holland

Nick Holland is an actor, writer, artist, and filmmaker in Fort Collins, Colorado. He studied Theatre at CSU, and has been active in local comedy, theatre, and film for the last ten years.
avatar for Jesse Nyander

Jesse Nyander

Jesse Nyander moved to Fort Collins, CO from Joplin, MO in 2011. He made his first feature film in 2007 where he learned the process and reality of film creation.  He has been working with Filmmakers in Colorado and Missouri over the last 12 years, helping bring their films to fruition... Read More →
avatar for Cori Storb

Cori Storb

Cori Storb is a creator of worlds, an artist, photographer, writer, business owner, and professional burier of treasure. She created the epic escape room and treasure hunt game Somewhere Secret on Walnut Street in Old Town Fort Collins. She was trained in photography by a photographer... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

2:00pm

Interdisciplinary Improv in Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover how improvisation works, and how you can use it to be more present in the world, bringing richer conversations, expanded creativity and relevant relationships into your life.

Moderators
avatar for Alia Goldfarb

Alia Goldfarb

Community and educational programming, vocalist and performer, the Music District
Alia Goldfarb's work emerges at the intersection of art, cultural and civic practice. Alia holds a B.A. in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies with a focus on the Performing Arts from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Applied Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Bates

Chris Bates

Chris Bates is a Fort Collins native that has worked as a professional artist for the past 10 years. He has completed over 40 murals in Northern Colorado. He stays active in the community by teaching mural workshops to grade school students, working at two local galleries and spinning... Read More →
avatar for Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Owner/Teacher, La-De-Da Performing Arts
Heather Ostberg Johnson wears many hats as an artist in Fort Collins, Colorado. Heather co-owns La-De-Da Performing Arts offering theatre and improv classes for all ages. She is a founding member of Comedy Brewers and has been performing improv for 11 years. Heather’s passion for... Read More →
avatar for Kristin McMahon

Kristin McMahon

Business & Networking Strategist, Einstein Creations, LLC
Kristin McMahon is a Business Brand Networking Strategist and a Certified Leadership coach with an emphasis in neuroscience. Having owned 5 different companies over the last 25 years, Kristin has extensive experience in Executive Sales, Marketing, Brand Development and Networking... Read More →
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Renee Walkup

CEO, SalesPEAK, Inc.
"Renee Walkup is a best-selling author, speaker, and business growth consultant. She founded SalesPEAK in 1996 after working in the corporate world for 17 years. Companies such as: UPS, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Pilgrims, MERCK, as well as dozens of small and medium sized businesses... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Mark Sloniker

Mark Sloniker

Jazz pianist/composer/educator Mark Sloniker has toured throughout the United States and abroad. His recordings have received extensive radio and TV airplay in the United States, as well as in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, Canada, and beyond. He has 6 CD recordings to his credit... Read More →


2:00pm

PitchNo.CO - Preliminary Round 3
Join us to watch 12 of Northern Colorado's companies present their pitches for the Inaugural PitchNo.CO! The competition helps companies of all kinds take the next big step in their growth. Companies are pitching to three different panels of expert investors and judges, who will provide feedback and professional advice on their pitch and growth plans.

Moderators
avatar for Jana Sanchez

Jana Sanchez

Exec. Director, Launch NoCo
Jana specializes in helping people magnify what they’re passionate about and connecting them to resources and people. Jana is the Executive Director of LaunchNo.CO, a nonprofit organization helping companies form, grow, and stay in Northern Colorado. Jana is deeply passionate about... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Spaces 242 Linden Street

2:30pm

Building your Digital Presence: What's hot & not
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn about emerging trends and best practices that influence your digital presence. We will evaluate the effectiveness of new strategies and what old tactics no longer pack a punch. Find out what is the most cost-efficient recommendations are and take-aways that can immediately start impacting your business. We will examine subjects such as: · How to prepare for the impending voice search boom · Which social networks will rise and which will fall · The impact of micro-influencers

Speakers
avatar for Derrick Kuhn

Derrick Kuhn

Best described as a digital alchemist and kick-ass marketing action hero, Derrick Kuhn is somewhat of an entrepreneur mastermind having founded and owned over 12 companies since 1999, including real estate companies, event companies, a sub shop, and 6 technology companies. With an... Read More →
avatar for Nate Shugrue

Nate Shugrue

Business Development, Brillity Digital
Technology and psychology, these are the two main subjects that drive Nate’s interest in the digital marketing field. Discovering, tinkering, and mastering the functionalities of new digital platforms fascinates him. Studying human interaction and behavior with technology captivates... Read More →



Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Articulate 324 Jefferson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

3:00pm

Arting up the Scene: Cultural Migrations
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel discussion: Artists who have moved to Fort Collins from elsewhere (Detroit, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nebraska) talk about their experience and share their perspectives on the Fort Collins Scene.

Moderators
avatar for Amy Cervenan

Amy Cervenan

I am a consultant, researcher and writer with expertise in applied economic, cultural and urban policy. I am deeply interested in creating successful strategies for developing and sustaining vibrant communities. My recent work has focused on film festivals, creative industries, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ren Burke

Ren Burke

Artist/Owner, Bird In Hand Studio
As an Army brat, I've lived in a lot of places but was fortunate to have spent my formative years in Colorado. Upon receiving my BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), I returned to Colorado, settling in Fort Collins, CO. Painting and drawing are my primary media, but... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Edmiston

Patrick Edmiston

Founder & Owner, PHOCO
Patrick Edmiston is a photographer and creative entrepreneur. Based in Colorado, his work takes him around the globe. Growing up in Fort Collins, Colorado, Patrick was active in both sports and the arts. After receiving his BFA in Design (architecture) from the University of Florida... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Scarlett

Natalie Scarlett

Natalie Scarlett is an English and drama teacher by day and a theatrical director, writer, and creative person all the time, especially at night. She serves the community as an arts organizer on the boards of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival and the Weekend Warrior Film Festival... Read More →
avatar for Zach Yendra

Zach Yendra

Owner, YendraBuilt


Tuesday February 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

3:00pm

Top Tips For Securing New Customers
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn the top tips for gaining new customers from author, Renee Walkup.

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • How to Find New Customers
  • How to Gain Customers Using Referrals
  • How to Motivate Prospects to Return Calls/Emails
  • How to Secure Meetings--In Person and On the Phone
  • How to Close On Commitments Moving Forward
Learn how to maximize your communication skills to secure new customers in this practical, interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Renee Walkup

Renee Walkup

CEO, SalesPEAK, Inc.
"Renee Walkup is a best-selling author, speaker, and business growth consultant. She founded SalesPEAK in 1996 after working in the corporate world for 17 years. Companies such as: UPS, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Pilgrims, MERCK, as well as dozens of small and medium sized businesses... Read More →



3:00pm

Business Model Canvas Workshop
Limited Capacity full
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Join us for this fast-paced, interactive day of creating Business Model Canvases, time-tested templates for building out new or existing business models with a focus on simplicity and execution. 

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  •  How to build a business model canvas for your new business or project.
How should I prepare?
  • Bring any kind of support material you desire for building your canvas such as a business plan, research materials, etc. You will be given an 11x17 canvas, post-it-notes and pens will be supplied. 
Business model canvases are great tools for outlining your business, prior to creating a full business plan that could be used when seeking funding. For visual thinkers, canvases may be the only business plan you will ever need. Each workshop participant will leave with a completed large format canvas of their own ideas that they will be able to build off of in the weeks ahead. 

Speakers
avatar for Charisse Bowen

Charisse Bowen

Director of Strategic Initatives, Blue Ocean Enterprises
Charisse is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Blue Ocean Enterprises and Director of Forge International in the BVI. As a self-proclaimed entrepreneurial activist, Charisse spends her time helping companies and their founders grow and thrive. She was formerly the... Read More →




3:30pm

How to Get Better Digital Ad Design
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Digital advertising ranges from static banner ads seen on most any social media or publication’s website, to minutes-long YouTube commercials on the latest Apple product to life hacks. Wherever your company is at in terms of using these mediums to market, it’s where the industry and audiences are headed. With all the things on a screen competing for a viewer’s attention, how does one create ads that ultimately direct viewers to click? Learn best practices to give the viewer a positive experience, and conversely avoid bad experiences they might attach to your company. Learn more about the relevance of this form of marketing, and how you can better work with a designer, creative team, or agency to create effective ads that stand out, tell the story and get the engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Gaspord

Bryan Gaspord

BG Design Company
Growing up in Chicago, Bryan found his creative outlet headspinning on cardboard, drawing graffiti lettering, and trying to be “like Mike” on the playground court (as a 5’7” white boy). After moving to Colorado in 2000 to attend CSU’s visual art program, dreams of “professional... Read More →




Tuesday February 27, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Articulate 324 Jefferson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

4:00pm

Food Popup: What Rhymes with Tuesday?
Limited Capacity filling up

Bourbon and Cake, with Belgium Pretzels and Toppings
  • Z Catering
  • Feisty Spirits
  • FoCo Dough
  • Stella Bakery


Tuesday February 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
The Articulate 324 Jefferson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

4:00pm

"How Do I Talk About What I Do?"
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn to be comfortable talking to people about your business, your art and growing your network connections.  Learning to network effectively is all about creating a message that creates connections!

"What do you do?" These words conjure up all sorts of emotions, images and feelings because we all carry a preconceived idea about networking and what it means. For some it can be intimidating or uncomfortable while for others it easy however, you're not getting your desired results.  Is there a way to talk about your business and still feel authentic, empowered and yet not come across as egocentric and still get results?

The answer is YES!!! The trick is develop a way to talk about what you do in a way that creates connection. With a bit of preparation and strategy you can learn to a respond in a way that feels authentic and easy AND generates your desired outcome.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin McMahon

Kristin McMahon

Business & Networking Strategist, Einstein Creations, LLC
Kristin McMahon is a Business Brand Networking Strategist and a Certified Leadership coach with an emphasis in neuroscience. Having owned 5 different companies over the last 25 years, Kristin has extensive experience in Executive Sales, Marketing, Brand Development and Networking... Read More →


5:00pm

Pack the F*ck^ng Room!
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how musicians, booking agents, promoters, and venues can work in concert to sell out concerts.

Moderators
avatar for Kyle Eustice

Kyle Eustice

Music Journalist
Omaha native Kyle Eustice is an accomplished music journalist whose bylines have appeared in publications like The Source, Wax Poetics, High Times, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Vice. She’s currently a staff writer/editor for HipHopDX, news chief for Public Enemy’s Chuck D and longtime... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben DeSoto

Ben DeSoto

Talent Buyer/Artist Development/Drummer
avatar for Sara Durnil

Sara Durnil

Partner / Musician Manager, Maple Street Music Agency
Sara is a graduate of Colorado State University (B.A. in Speech Communication, Broadcasting). She has worked in sales, marketing, quality assurance, training, and fundraising for more than 20 years. Her experience in the music business dates back to 1990 when she worked as as an intern... Read More →
avatar for Tim Massa

Tim Massa

Marketing and more, Cohere / Mishawaka
I have been performing in bands in Fort Collins since I moved here to get my BFA about 15 years ago. My marketing career started 3 years ago with a part time job at Hodi's Half Note. I quickly acquired several more part time jobs at the Mishawaka, Cohere Bandwidth, and Aggie Theatre... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin McQueen

Caitlin McQueen

Goddess of Booking, Downtown Artery
Caitlin McQueen is the goddess of booking at the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins. Her experience extends from production and stage management to marketing and talent buying. She has worked with several organizations including SpokesBUZZ and The Mishawaka Amphitheatre and has been... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

5:00pm

Pricing 101: How not to be broke
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You can thrive financially as a freelancer but you are probably not charging enough for your work. Learn tips and techniques for setting your prices.

Speakers
avatar for Mike O'Connell

Mike O'Connell

Director, Larimer Small Business Development Center - Ft. Collins
Mike O’Connell, Larimer SBDC Director In 2001, O’Connell purchased Mountain Woods Furniture (MWF), a manufacturer of rustic furniture, and owned and operated that business until 2012. MWF’s products were sold through Cabelas, furniture e-tailers, stores, and resorts and lodges... Read More →



Tuesday February 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Articulate 324 Jefferson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

5:30pm

NoCo Food Cluster Annual Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

We are excited to partner once again with Fort Collins Startup Week to offer our Annual Meeting as an open community event!  We will give you updates on the cluster activities in the local food economy in 2017 including the Winter Farmers Market, Kaiser Permanente food insecurity grant and  present findings from the USDA grant designed to support and improve direct to consumer markets in our region.  We will also present outcomes from our strategic planning session and how this will inform the work we do in 2018.
Join us for networking prior to and after the meeting with appetizers by Z Catering and beverages by Horse & Dragon Brewing, Lost Prairie Winery and Summer Hard Cider.

Moderators
avatar for Sari Kimbell

Sari Kimbell

Founder/Principal, Cultivate Consulting
Sari Kimbell has worked in just about every sector of the food industry, cultivating her passion for food and the way it connects all of us. Her career in food systems started in restaurants serving and then management. She shifted to the production aspect and created a small wholesale... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524

6:00pm

Music Mixer Happy Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Tune up your Tuesday and take advantage of this chance to mingle with musicians and other innovative music industry professionals.

Tuesday February 27, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

6:00pm

Fort Collins Internet Professionals Meetup: Prototyping as a Mindset
How can a client experience your creative solution before you’ve even built it? How can we identify user issues at the beginning of a project instead of at the end? The answer is prototyping.

Come join us on Tuesday, February 27, as UX designer Jens Nikolaus presents about "prototyping as a mindset." He will discuss different reasons why prototyping is a good tool to have in your tool belt -- whether you are a designer or business owner. He will also present specific case studies from a designer’s point of view, using prototyping tools and processes, to highlight the power of prototyping for effective communication.

Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served at 5:45pm. Presentation will start at 6:00pm. RSVP today! Learn more about Fort Collins Startup Week here: https://fortcollins.startupweek.co/.

Moderators
avatar for Ron Zasadskinzi

Ron Zasadskinzi

CEO & Founder, CodeGeek
The CodeGeek vision is to provide exceptional customer experience that inspires our clients in all areas of web development including web design, user experience, programming and ongoing support.

Speakers
avatar for Jens Nikolaus

Jens Nikolaus

Digital Product Designer, Jens Nikolaus Design Studio
Jens Nikolaus is a freelance UX designer currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado. His work spans from design research to gathering new insights through analytics and prototypes to delivering visual designs and design specs. Jens works with clients in Colorado as well as remotely... Read More →



Tuesday February 27, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Newton Software 145 East Mountain Avenue
 
Wednesday, February 28
 

5:45am

Project FTC - #freefitness in Fort Collins for EVERYONE
Come to Mountain Ave & Old Town Square every Wednesday at 5:45 am for #FreeFitness in Fort Collins for EVERYONE!

Plyometrics, body weight exercises, a little running, but with more support, encouragement, hugs & hi-5's than you've ever had at any workout.

The group motto is #TimeTruthHeart - Folks take TIME out of their day to join us. When they say they’re going to #justshowup, there’s TRUTH in that. And when they do, they give a full-assed effort and encourage everyone else with their whole HEART.

For more info on the greater movement, check out this video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5tUQzIMs3c) and we hope to see you at our next workout!

#np_pledge #FortCollins

Moderators
Wednesday February 28, 2018 5:45am - 6:45am
Old Town Square 1 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, CO 80524

8:30am

Open Coffee
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet people, find out what's going on nearby you, and then go and take part.

9:00am

1 Million Cups
Limited Capacity seats available

The quintessential Fort Collins event for local entrepreneurs to gather, enjoy a cup of coffee and present their innovative business ideas to an eager audience.

Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Lu Cordova - on leading Techstars Foundation
Phil Weiser - on entrepreneurship and the challenges of the 21st Century
https://www.meetup.com/launchnoco

Moderators
avatar for Nathalie Rachline

Nathalie Rachline

Co founder, kIT Framework
Nathalie Rachline was Senior Director for IT Planning at Nutrien. She held similar position at Agrium IT from March 2016 until now. Nathalie is also the co founder of kIT Framework, a small Fort Collins company offering IT consulting services to start ups and growing companies. Previously... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lu Cordova

Lu Cordova

Techstars Foundation
Lu M. Córdova is the new head of the Techstars Foundation, a global nonprofit fostering diversity in entrepreneurship. She remains the CEO of Corlund Industries, L.L.C., since 2005, a diversified holding company which specializes in operations management, strategic planning, business... Read More →
avatar for Phil Weiser

Phil Weiser

Phil Weiser is an innovative, effective leader who has dedicated his life to public service and teaching. He is a lifelong Democrat who has worked on behalf of Democratic candidates in Colorado for almost 20 years.In 1992, Phil first came to Colorado to interview with his future mentor... Read More →



9:00am

Free Drop-In Coworking at Music District
Limited Capacity seats available


Your music playground and laboratory. Whether you are a novice or pro, we provide the resources, spaces, and tools for learning, composing, rehearsing, collaborating, and more.


Wednesday February 28, 2018 9:00am - Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm
The Music District - Long Building (coworking) 619 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80521

10:00am

CANCELED! Food Popup: Million Dollar Morning
Limited Capacity full
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10:00am

Meetings that people WANT to attend
Limited Capacity full
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We're all familiar with the worst sort of meetings, the ones that drag on, have no real point, and feel like a complete waste of time. Come meet THAT meeting's benevolent twin, The Good Meeting. We'll explore what makes bad meetings bad and then spend time identifying remedies for these workplace meeting ills. You'll leave with some practical tools to apply to whatever meeting you next host that will keep your group on track, and productive.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Bennett

Carrie Bennett

Owner/Principal, Learning Through Difference, LLC
I believe that the most important conversations to have are the most difficult to navigate. I help teams get to the heart of what matters with safety and efficiency so they can make well informed and sustainable decisions together. I founded her facilitation and mediation business... Read More →




Wednesday February 28, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Cohere 418 South Howes Street Fort Collins, CO 80521

10:00am

Thinking like an Entrepreneur~Mindset in Public Leadership
Limited Capacity full
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This workshop will explore how systems thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset can help public leaders identify innovative solutions to community challenges.

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • Systems Thinking
  • Novel Approaches to Governance
  • Public Leadership
  • Infrastructure - Mobility, Accessibility, Connectivity
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Strategy & Culture
What should I bring?
  • An open mind 



Moderators
avatar for Sam Houghteling

Sam Houghteling

Program Manager, CSU Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership
Sam is a creative and enterprising leader who is passionate about collaborative problem solving. Prior to leading the development of the Straayer Center at Colorado State University, Sam worked with the City of Fort Collins, and was active with a number of community organizations... Read More →

Speakers


10:30am

Arting up Musicals and Opera: New Tools, New Contexts, New Opportunities
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel discussion: Anaïs Mitchell's "folk opera" Hadestown is angling for Broadway after a sold-out run at the New York Theatre Workshop (the first producer of Rent). David Byrne's rock musical Here Lies Love was extended at the Public Theatre before getting nominated for three Oliviers in London and extending yet again at Seattle Rep. How can Colorado artists plug into the public's seemingly endless appetite for music theater?

Moderators
avatar for Kit Baker

Kit Baker

Development Associate, Create Places
Kit Baker is an arts administrator, writer, and producer. In New York, he worked with many artists and companies including immersive theater director Michael Counts, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Cunningham Dance Foundation. In London, he worked with Pierre Audi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chimney Choir

Chimney Choir

Chimney Choir combines folk harmonies, ambient electronics, and swirling textures of rhythm and melody into a style of music that is not easy to define. Their performances often take on a theatrical quality that has incorporated puppetry, ritual, dance, storytelling, circus arts... Read More →
avatar for Jack Rogers

Jack Rogers

Executive Director, The Lincoln Center
Jack has worked in the performing arts for over 24 years.  During that time, he has been an artist, and advocate, a tour manager, a festival producer, a venue director, and worn countless other hats.  His first love, has always been musical theater.  Jack received his BFA in Acting... Read More →
avatar for DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum, among other publications, and he's the editor of Origin Magazine. Miller's award-winning book, Rhythm Science, was published in... Read More →


Wednesday February 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:30am

PitchNo.CO - SEMIFINALS
Join us to watch 12 of Northern Colorado's companies present their pitches for the Inaugural PitchNo.CO! The competition helps companies of all kinds take the next big step in their growth. Companies are pitching to three different panels of expert investors and judges, who will provide feedback and professional advice on their pitch and growth plans.

Check In for Semis: 10am - Semis start at 10:30

Moderators
avatar for Jana Sanchez

Jana Sanchez

Exec. Director, Launch NoCo
Jana specializes in helping people magnify what they’re passionate about and connecting them to resources and people. Jana is the Executive Director of LaunchNo.CO, a nonprofit organization helping companies form, grow, and stay in Northern Colorado. Jana is deeply passionate about... Read More →

Wednesday February 28, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Spaces 242 Linden Street

11:00am

Meet Techstars co-CEOs, David Brown & David Cohen
Limited Capacity seats available

Special thanks to the Techstars co-CEOs, David Brown and David Cohen, for making the trip up to Fort Collins for the day.

Help us welcome them at basecamp before we head to The Music District for lunch!



Speakers
avatar for David Brown

David Brown

Founder and co-CEO, Techstars
David Brown is a founder and co-CEO of Techstars. David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people. David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investo... Read More →
avatar for David Cohen

David Cohen

Founder and co-CEO, Techstars
David Cohen is the Founder and co-CEO of Techstars. David has been an entrepreneur and investor for his entire life. He has only had one job interview in his career, successfully got that job but then quit shortly thereafter to start his first company. Since then, he has founded several companies and has invested in hundreds of startups... Read More →



11:30am

KRFC Live and Out to Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Part interview, part performance, this FCSW edition of KRFC’s flagship show broadcasts LIVE from the Music District Living Room, with local food trucks onsite to whet your appetite for live music and innovative conversation. Limited seating.

Artists
avatar for Brent Cowles

Brent Cowles

A few years ago singer-songwriter Brent Cowles had no idea he was stumbling toward a deeper self-actualization and the record that would likely break his career wide open. For the first 16 years of his life, Cowles spent three or four days a week at his pastor father’s nondenominational... Read More →
avatar for Liz Gaylor

Liz Gaylor

Liz Gaylor is a musician and local entrepreneur. She has been active in the Fort Collins music scene playing 5-string violin in several groups: MIRROR FIELDS and Wasteland Hop. Most recently a duo project, Jinnjinni, (debut album out April 4th, 2018). When faced with job loss in... Read More →


12:00pm

Closer to the Vest: Crafting NDAs that Really Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Description: There is no agreement more basic, or potentially more important, to a growing business than a non-disclosure agreement.  NDAs protect your technology, your valuable relationships -- and everything else about your business that makes it unique and valuable.  Unfortunately, NDAs are often dismissed as being boilerplate or just plain toothless. REGISTRATION LINK:     http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vk8hgejab&oeidk=a07eezwcci428b7ac49

In addition to NDA basics, this session will cover:
* Exclusions from NDA coverage,
* Importance of non-contravention,
* Market standards for NDA provisions, and overcoming resistance
to NDAs.


Speakers
avatar for Kevin Cudney

Kevin Cudney

Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
I am a Shareholder in the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. My practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public and private securities offerings, capital formation and securities advice (including SEC compliance) and complex business transactions... Read More →



Wednesday February 28, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524

1:00pm

Culinary Arts 101 - So You Want to Work in the Food Industry
Limited Capacity seats available

Our panelists have a passion for their work that takes them from just a culinary worker to a culinary artist.  We will begin with a larger panelists discussion and then breakout into smaller groups to dig deep into creating success in this industry.  Whether you are considering exploring the pastry arts, cottage foods, coffee, beer, teaching, fine dining or artisan retail, we have you covered.

Moderators
avatar for Sari Kimbell

Sari Kimbell

Founder/Principal, Cultivate Consulting
Sari Kimbell has worked in just about every sector of the food industry, cultivating her passion for food and the way it connects all of us. Her career in food systems started in restaurants serving and then management. She shifted to the production aspect and created a small wholesale... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Menyhert Borocz

Menyhert Borocz

Cook/owner, La Piadina
Menyhèrt Böröcz was born in Budapest, Hungary and grow up in Italy. At early age he started learning secrets of the Italian and Hungarian cuisines. He moved to Fort Collins from Italy in 2002 and after working as a "pizza guy" for over 10 years and completing his masters in business... Read More →
avatar for Toby Gadd

Toby Gadd

Nuance
Toby and Alix Gadd, co-founders of Nuance Chocolate, have been certified chocoholics for decades, even going on chocolate-tasting dates together over a decade ago. Inspired after visiting a chocolate museum near Hone Creek in Costa Rica, their infatuation with eating chocolate developed... Read More →
avatar for Rahshida Perez

Rahshida Perez

June Poppies
"Cooking has been a passion of mine since I was a littlegirl making huge holiday meals with my family. I havebeen baking for decades using both recipes passed down fromgenerations of bakers and chefs in my family and creating my own. Food brings everyone together and I love seeing... Read More →
avatar for Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Locality
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chef Matt Smith learned at an early age that food was in his blood. He first earned a Business Management degree from San Diego State University and then attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Paris. While in Europe, he... Read More →
avatar for Trish O'Neill with The Cooking Studio

Trish O'Neill with The Cooking Studio

Founder & Owner, The Cooking Studio
Trish O’Neill is the Founder & Owner of The Cooking Studio, a recreational cooking school in Old Town Fort Collins. The Cooking Studio was founded in 2015 and has hosted over 1500 amateur cooks since opening. Chefs from all over Northern Colorado work as Chef Instructors. Programs... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Webb

Jennifer Webb

Bindle
Jenn Webb has been baking professionally for the past 12 years. Her experience ranges from bulk wholesale bakeries, restaurants and catering, to boutique neighborhood bakeries and coffee shops. She received her formal training from Culinary School of the Rockies in Boulder, CO, where... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Webb

Andrew Webb

Bindle
Andrew has been in the coffee industry for 10 years. Working from corporate chains to local shops, he eventually had a vision to open his own cafe where his wife Jenn’s baking skills and his service and coffee knowledge could all come together to create what is now Bindle Coffee... Read More →
avatar for Colin Westcott

Colin Westcott

Equinox
Originally from Missoula, MT, Colin Westcott's brewing career started in 1997 as the head brewer of Kettle House Brewing. In 2005, after having brewed in Anchorage, AK at Midnight Sun Brewing, Colin and his wife, Shannon, moved to Fort Collins and opened Hops and Berries home brew... Read More →



Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

1:00pm

PitchNo.CO - FINALS
Join us to watch 12 of Northern Colorado's companies present their pitches for the Inaugural PitchNo.CO! The competition helps companies of all kinds take the next big step in their growth. Companies are pitching to three different panels of expert investors and judges, who will provide feedback and professional advice on their pitch and growth plans.

Check In for Finals: 12:45pm - Finals start at 1pm

Moderators
avatar for Jana Sanchez

Jana Sanchez

Exec. Director, Launch NoCo
Jana specializes in helping people magnify what they’re passionate about and connecting them to resources and people. Jana is the Executive Director of LaunchNo.CO, a nonprofit organization helping companies form, grow, and stay in Northern Colorado. Jana is deeply passionate about... Read More →

Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Spaces 242 Linden Street

2:00pm

State of the Cryptos
Do you feel like the crypto industry is growing and changing at too fast to keep up? Are you confused about the direction of the industry with regulators stepping in, countries having varying acceptances and fly by night companies popping up left and right? Well, lucky you, we've got a rockin' panel of industry experts to fill you in on the happenings of the industry, let you know what to watch out for and give you an idea of where this industry is heading in the future.

We've assembled a panel packed to the brim with crypto knowledge from startups, investors, and industry insiders to give you the scoop on the happenings of the crypto world.

Moderators
avatar for Aari Lotfipour

Aari Lotfipour

CEO & Founder, Jalapeno Inventive
Aari is the co-founder and CEO of Jalapeño Inventive. He began dabbling in cryptocurrency trading and launched the company in San Antonio, Texas in 2014 with the desire to make cryptocurrency accessible to the masses. After moving the company to Fort Collins in 2015 he established... Read More →

Speakers
JA

Jeffrey Abrams

Jeff is a technology enthusiast currently working in the field of blockchains and digital assets. He is passionate about developing these technologies in a safe and secure way, specifically for the benefit of citizens of unstable or undeveloped states. Additional interests include... Read More →
avatar for Sasha Shtern

Sasha Shtern

Director, Zero G Capital
As a teenager Sasha started an ecommerce business that sold home improvement products on Ebay, being one of the first dealers of luxury bath tubs online. That business evolved into a home improvement product distributor that added advanced manufacturing capabilities for stone products... Read More →
avatar for Erik Underwood

Erik Underwood

Erik Underwood is a Coloradan that has great government experience, as a former United States Senate Staffer in Washington, D.C. Erik came from a single parent household from challenging circumstances where he learned to dream big. Being the oldest child of six, Erik had to learn... Read More →
avatar for Erik Voorhees

Erik Voorhees

CEO, ShapeShift AG
Erik Voorhees is among the top-recognized serial Bitcoin advocates and entrepreneurs, understanding Bitcoin as one of the most important inventions ever created by humanity. Having been a featured guest on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, BBC Radio, The Peter Schiff Show, and numerous... Read More →


Wednesday February 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Articulate 324 Jefferson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

2:30pm

Arting up Science: New Directions in Cross-Discipline Collaborations
Limited Capacity full
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A panel discussion: A wealth of world class scientific research is already taking place in Fort Collins. Could collaborations between arts and sciences amplify that? Reflect on that? Bring greater awareness to how science AND the arts can meet as equals and affect/change/rock our world?

Moderators
avatar for Kit Baker

Kit Baker

Development Associate, Create Places
Kit Baker is an arts administrator, writer, and producer. In New York, he worked with many artists and companies including immersive theater director Michael Counts, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Cunningham Dance Foundation. In London, he worked with Pierre Audi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Denny Otsuga

Denny Otsuga

Dir. Venture Community Development, Rockies Venture Club
Denichiro "Denny" Otsuga, Ph.D. has achieved 10+ years of a progressively increasing budget and operational management leadership responsibilities. Most recently as the founding President and CEO of the US subsidiary operation for a Japanese venture capital investment firm. In this... Read More →
avatar for Laura Pritchett

Laura Pritchett

Laura Pritchett is the author of nine books and one play, which premiers at Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins, Co, from April 8 to May 6 (www.basbleu.org for more info). This play, called "Dirt: A Terra Nova Expedition," mixes art and soil / climate science. Her work has been the recipient... Read More →
avatar for DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum, among other publications, and he's the editor of Origin Magazine. Miller's award-winning book, Rhythm Science, was published in... Read More →
avatar for Wade Troxell

Wade Troxell

Mayor, City of Fort Collins


3:00pm

Food Popup: Tea Time and Cupcakes

Enjoy a tea inspired cupcake by June Poppies paired with a delicious spot of tea.

  • Happy Lucky’s Teahouse

  • June Poppies

  • Fort Collins Pickle Company


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Wednesday February 28, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Happy Lucky’s Teahouse 236 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

3:00pm

Cinematic Presentations Using Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

Startup founder? Working professional? Student? Learn to make Keynote presentations like a boss!! 
Join Robby Stout for a workshop that takes you beyond the basic functions in Keynote to make cinematic presentations that capture your audience's imagination and illustrate the story you’re trying to tell. 
You’ll walk away with:
• An understanding of the Keynote interface and new features
• An understanding of master slides and guides to organize slides
• Saving general formatting (styles) & master slides as templates
• An understanding of using transitions to tell a story
• An understanding of linking animations to create more complex effects
• Ability to use your presenter display and an iPhone to present your Keynote
• And more depending on time!
Robby will stick around after the workshop to answer questions and help with the Keynote projects you bring with you.
A Mac with Keynote is required for the workshop. You may also bring your own Keynote presentations and questions as this is a workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Robby Stout

Robby Stout

CEO, Sibi, Inc.
Robby Stout is the founder and CEO of Sibi (sibi.io). He spent 7 years with Apple in a variety of roles and has taught Keynote to Apple employees as high as VP level. After Apple, Robby worked for a YC startup called iCracked as the VP of Customer Experience. Since then he has honed... Read More →



Wednesday February 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

3:00pm

FoCo Nonprofit Networking Group
The FoCo Nonprofit Networking Group will be participating in Fort Collins Startup Week by featuring entrepreneur David Hayes with Code for Fort Collins as our guest speaker. Come learn what Code for Fort Collins can do for your nonprofit.

Speakers
avatar for David Hayes

David Hayes

WPShout



Wednesday February 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Harmony Library 4616 S. Shields Street

4:30pm

The (Mega) Software Meetup Happy Hour
Fort Collins software meetup groups have united to create a Mega Software Meetup!

Join us for this Fort Collins Startup Week Happy Hour event to connect, network and collaborate with fellow Fort Collins techies.

Women Who Code https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Fort-Collins/
FoCo UX https://www.meetup.com/foco-ux/
NoCoJavaScript https://www.meetup.com/NoCo-JavaScript-Meetup/
FoCoCoders https://www.meetup.com/Fort-Collins-Coders/
PyNoCo https://www.meetup.com/PyNoCo/
AtlassianUsers Group https://www.meetup.com/Fort-Collins-Atlassian-User-Group/
Codefor Foco https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Fort-Collins/
FortCollins Internet Pros https://www.meetup.com/goFCIP/
.NETUsers Group https://www.meetup.com/NoCoNET/

The meetup groups extend a big thank you to their sponsor for the event, TEKsystems (https://www.teksystems.com/en). TEKsystems is the leading IT staffing and services company specializing in applications, infrastructure, and communications technologies. Our capabilities span a wide range of services: from staff augmentation and direct placement services to full management of technology projects and comprehensive workforce management solutions. With over 25 years of experience in the IT staffing and IT recruiting services industry, we are experts at connecting technical professionals with meaningful work. Whether you are looking for the best IT talent or a career in the IT industry, TEKsystems can help. We support companies of all sizes seeking talent from junior to senior level. We have four offices in CO; our locations are in Colorado Springs, DTC, Westminster and right here in Fort Collins.


6:00pm

Optics + Audio & the Electronic Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

Immerse yourself in an educational demonstration of how projection mapping, spatial augmented reality, video and other visuals can enhance music events.

Moderators
avatar for Jess Reed

Jess Reed

The Music District

Speakers
avatar for Nick Duarte

Nick Duarte

Post Paradise
Nick Duarte is a songwriter, performer, electronics enthusiast, and problem solver. He is currently the front man for Post Paradise, an indie/alternative rock band by night and the Music Curator at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery by day. Nick believes that a career in music relies... Read More →
avatar for Royce Hoffner

Royce Hoffner

Creator, EvrGlo Media
EvrGlo Media is a vehicle for creative expression within the visual realm. We create luminescent media that reflects the highest potentials of the human imagination. We produce custom visual content for live projections and interactive installations, and create videos that forevrglo... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Renley

Nathan Renley

Projection artist, CAT Scanners
I'm one half of the CAT Scanners liquid light show duo. We do live visuals for psych-rock bands in Fort Collins. I'm also the co-host of a few different podcasts.

Artists
avatar for Ethan Lindhout

Ethan Lindhout

Creator, EvrGlo Media
EvrGlo Media is a vehicle for creative expression within the visual realm. We create luminescent media that reflects the highest potentials of the human imagination. We produce custom visual content for live projections and interactive installations, and create videos that forevrglo... Read More →
avatar for Taz Arguello

Taz Arguello

Taz Arguello, otherwise known as Waylo, hails from the depths of Colorado’s booming bass music community. Waylo’s sound is largely influenced by the strong underground scene in the state, mainly supported by the one and only Sub.mission out of Denver. Drawing influence from various... Read More →


6:00pm

February's Fort Collins Artists' Community Hot Dish Event
This month join in the casual networking fun while artists will eat and socialize among the striking landscape paintings of Sue McNally at our host location, the Museum of Art.  Please bring a dish to share and reusable plate and silverware to keep this a trash-free event.

RSVP to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/165953467366214/

Moderators
avatar for Peggy Lyle

Peggy Lyle

Director, Downtown Fort Collins Creative District
Peggy Lyle has been a creative force in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado for over 20 years and she loves to get involved. Peggy is passionate about the arts and creative approaches to business, branding and communications. With 20+ years of event production, marketing, and entertainment... Read More →

6:00pm

A Case To Care - A Ottershop Happy Hour Benefiting the BVI and featuring Kristin Frazer of Trèfle Designs and her new Otterbox Case Launch
Limited Capacity seats available

A Case To Care - a Happy Hour Benefiting the BVI  
Featuring BVI Designer Kristin Frazer of Trèfle introducing the launch of her newest Otterbox case design coming out in April 2018.

Come hear Kristin's story of surviving and thriving post Hurricane Irma and Maria. Learn about her newest initiative, the 284 Foundation, a BVI based non-profit organization whose mission is to support creative arts education opportunities for youth in the teritory.  
During the event  Limited Edition print designs are being made available uniquely for Startup Week to be custom printed on Otterbox cases, created by Trefle’ with Startup FoCo 2018 printed on it.  The $10 custom printing fee will go directly to the 284 Foundation to help further their impact.  

Attendance is limited - registration is required.

Sponsored by Odell and Old Elk!

Beer, Wine and light appitizers will be available.


 

Moderators
avatar for Charisse Bowen

Charisse Bowen

Director of Strategic Initatives, Blue Ocean Enterprises
Charisse is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Blue Ocean Enterprises and Director of Forge International in the BVI. As a self-proclaimed entrepreneurial activist, Charisse spends her time helping companies and their founders grow and thrive. She was formerly the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Frazer

Kristin Frazer

Founder/Design Director, Trèfle Inc.
Born and raised on the beautiful island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Kristin is the third generation in a family of women whose keen eyes for colour and purity of design have always been coupled with a direct sense of fashion-forward style.   In 2008, she birthed her company... Read More →



Wednesday February 28, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Otter Shop 151 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

7:00pm

Intro to Cognito and API Gateway
Limited Capacity seats available

Wojciech Magda will be discussing using Cognito and API Gateway for user authentication and authorization.

Cognito is the user-management service from AWS, giving developers an easy way to allow users to sign up or sign in to web and mobile applications. Cognito is designed to scale to millions of users and also integrations with social logins such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon. While very useful, people are often confused by Cognito and don't understand how to use it effectively. If you have ever had questions about how to leverage Cognito in your web or mobile apps, this talk will be of benefit.

In this talk, Wojciech will demo setting up a public API using API Gateway using Cognito for user authentication.

This talk is a natural follow-up after last month's discussion on serverless web architecture.
Meeting space, pizza and drinks kindly provided by TEKsystems:

7:00 - 7:30 pm: Mix and mingle with pizza and drinks
7:30 - 7:45 pm: Announcements and intro
7:45 - 8:45 pm: Main talk

Speakers
avatar for Wojciech Magda

Wojciech Magda

Sr. Software Developer, Apostrophe
Computer Engineer that recently transitioned into software development. Three-time Go Code Colorado Hackathon winner, passionate about startups and new technologies.



Wednesday February 28, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524

8:00pm

Make More Art Battle FINAL ROUND
Limited Capacity seats available

Make More Art / Make More Music Battle is a live collaborative competition between mixed media artists and musicians; a friendly gladiator match between creatives. It will take place over three rounds.

3rd round (2/28) FINALS: 1 artist vs. 1 artist, 1 band vs. 1 band.

2nd round (2/21): 2 artists vs. 2 artists, 3 bands compete to move to the Final Round.

1st round (2/14): 8 artists, 2 teams of 4 artists. 16 musicians, 4 bands of 4 musicians.

Each team/band gets one project to execute in the span of 90 minutes.

The goal is to make a beautiful cohesive work of art and music with other artists!

At 9:30pm a panel of judges will determine which team moves on to the next round.

Moderators
Wednesday February 28, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524
 
Thursday, March 1
 

8:30am

SBDC+Sage Office Hours: Free Confidential Consulting
Limited Capacity seats available

Get Free Confidential One-on-One Consulting at Fort Collins Start Up Week !! Entrepreneurs, do you have a tricky business issue that’s keeping you awake? Think you have a good idea, and would like to run it past someone? Interested in connecting with some local resources that can help you with your process? Fort Collins Start Up Week (FCSW) offers you a wide variety of experienced businesspeople and skill-set experts, who will provide you FREE one-on-one consulting during Start Up week. FCSW attendees can schedule 30 minute consulting sessions from 8:30am through 11:30am, Monday, February 27th, Tuesday, February 28th, and Thursday March 1st. These experts are provided by The Innosphere’s SAGE (Social Advisor Group for Entrepreneurs) advisor network and the Larimer SBDC (Small Business Development Center) consulting network. The SAGE network has core competencies in science and technology-based industries. The Larimer SBDC has competencies in many “main street” businesses such as restaurant/food products, retail, health and wellness, the creative sector, and more. The Innosphere is one of the leading business incubators in the Western US, and the Larimer SBDC consults with over 600 local clients annually. These consultants can also connect you with available useful resources to help you with your ongoing business process. Are you ready? Visit https://startupfoco.youcanbook.me/ to view specific consultant biographies and availability & book your appointment. We look forward to supporting you!


8:30am

Open Coffee
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet people, find out what's going on nearby you, and then go and take part.

9:00am

Free Drop-In Coworking at Front Range Business Center Boardwalk Location
Flexible and cost-saving officing options for start-ups and home-based businesses including drop-in work space or private offices. 


9:00am

Free Drop-In Coworking at Office Evolution Fort Collins

The Northern Colorado business center is a community of coworking and executive offices that offers flexible terms to help grow your small business by reducing overhead.

9:15am

Storytelling Pays as a Marketing Technique
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will teach you how to find, identify, and own your brand's story, how to create and leverage content, events, and promotions that enhance the brand story, and how to avoid bad storytelling that damages your brand.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Armstrong

Nick Armstrong

Geek-in-Chief, WTF Marketing
I’m Nick Armstrong: the Geek-in-Chief behind WTF Marketing, dad, author, Ignite, PechaKucha, Startup Week, and TEDx speaker, audio drama enthusiast, and award-winning entrepreneur.I’ve co-organized community events like Fort Collins Comic Con, Startup Week Fort Collins, TEDxF... Read More →




Thursday March 1, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:00am

Alternative Fundraising: How equity crowdfunding can help you raise capital and create a stronger community around your business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Equity crowdfunding is a new avenue for startups looking to raise capital. Thanks to recent SEC regulations, companies can raise capital from anyone, including non-accredited investors, customers, friends and family, and the community. The regulations also allow companies to generally solicit, meaning they can do things like viral marketing to raise their round.

Founders,
come learn how to leverage these regulations to get your company funded! 

Investors
,
come learn about how these new rules make it easier to access deals.

Not a founder or investor? You are welcome also! 
Come learn how to get more involved in the startup community. 

Speakers
avatar for Rob Burnett

Rob Burnett

Business Development, Netcapital
Rob Burnett is an entrepreneur and member of the business development team at Netcapital. Before joining Netcapital, Rob was at various times a founder, student startup attorney, Techstars associate, and venture capital associate. He has extensive experience in the early stage financing... Read More →



Thursday March 1, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:15am

Negotiation and Conflict Management for Freelancers
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will teach you how to handle negotiations with clients, how to grow your confidence when setting and asking for your rate, how to handle tough situations and disagreements with your clients, and how to redirect scope creep into a profit-earning opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Armstrong

Nick Armstrong

Geek-in-Chief, WTF Marketing
I’m Nick Armstrong: the Geek-in-Chief behind WTF Marketing, dad, author, Ignite, PechaKucha, Startup Week, and TEDx speaker, audio drama enthusiast, and award-winning entrepreneur.I’ve co-organized community events like Fort Collins Comic Con, Startup Week Fort Collins, TEDxF... Read More →




Thursday March 1, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:30am

Selling your services without being sales-y
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the biggest challenges for freelances and service-based entrepreneurs is getting comfortable selling ourselves. As a result, freelancers underprice their services, offer unnecessary discounts, or work themselves to burnout. In this talk we'll cover the #1 mistake service-based entrepreneurs make when talking to clients about working together, and how to shift the dynamic of sales conversations so you can sell your service with integrity and confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Chrysta Bairre

Chrysta Bairre

Career Coach | Speaker | Author, Live Love Work
Chrysta Bairre is a career coach, speaker, author, and founder of Live Love Work.Chrysta works with successful mid-career professionals and service-based entrepreneurs who want more from life and career. Chrysta helps her clients increase professional impact and income-- working with... Read More →



Thursday March 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:30am

Investor Relations
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are a funded company looking to improve your engagement with investors, this session will help you improve your investor relations approach!

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • How to improve your communication with Investors
  • How to properly value your business
  • How to fill in a Data Room for Due Diligence
What should I bring?
  • Your questions
We all know there are benefits of having an effective investor relations program. When you better communicate with your investors, you realize what a great resource investors can be to the other parts of your growing business. Your investors were hard to find, and hard to convince to invest -- so why are many startups still overlooking a key responsibility of working with their investors following a close? If you are a funded company looking to improve your engagement with investors, this session will help you improve your investor relations approach! From documents in your due diligence data room, to how you go about valuing your business, Mike Freeman can address concerns your company has as you move forward.

Speakers


Thursday March 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524

12:00pm

Turn Your Art Practice Into An Art Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session you learn the steps you need to take to create your art business, how to price your artwork, and more!

Speakers

12:00pm

Master Your Message: How Your Communication Adjusts as Your Startup Grows
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will span the spectrum, from "I'm thinking of starting a business/startup" to "I'm in the middle of raising a Seed Round." As your business grows and changes, so does your message. Are you aware of these stages and the type of communication that is expected in each? Come and learn from a messaging expert - walk out with actionable tips at the end of the hour.

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • Master Your Networking Message (introductions, early conversations)
  • Master Your Pitch Deck and Message (slide deck, delivery)
  • Master Your Written Message (web site, press releases)
What should I bring?
  • Bring a notebook and pen
Communication evolves as your business evolves. When you're just getting started, you need to build relationships and network, shop your idea around. Later you're assembling pitch decks and need a tighter message. Once established your message needs an increasingly professional polish as you issue press releases and conduct media interviews. We'll break down each stage and learn tips on Message Mastery. Don't miss this impactful event!

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Skalicky

Cindy Skalicky

Owner and Head Coach, On Point Communications
Cindy Skalicky is a Certified Instructor of Rockies Venture Club (RVC) content and the Owner of On Point Communications, LLC, a boutique messaging firm in Colorado. She provides expert public speaking coaching and brand consulting to individuals and teams who seek to master their... Read More →



Thursday March 1, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

12:00pm

Raising Capital for your company’s successful exit: How your Merger and acquisition strategies affect raising capital
Limited Capacity seats available


Description: Is preparing a letter of intent or sale agreement in your future? Are you preparing to get under the due diligence microscope? Do you still need to identify the right buyer? There are many questions surrounding M&A transactions, but first you need to understand how your specific exit strategy determines how you should be raising capital. This Innosphere session will demystify the sale process for beginners, shed new light for seasoned veterans, and discuss strategies to build confidence of the potential seller. Specifically, this session will quickly cover:
* Financial modelling performed in the pre-deal phase (dilution)
* Equity modelling tools; Various raises over time; Speed to exit
* In-house and outside professionals needed to tackle the sale transaction            

REGISTRATION LINK: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vk8hgejab&oeidk=a07eezbbjnra30d6099



Speakers


Thursday March 1, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524

12:00pm

Guided Tours of CSU's Powerhouse Energy Campus
Join ambassadors of CSU's Powerhouse Energy Campus on a guided tour of the Platinum LEED certified facility and discussion of the work being done on site by leading researchers and businesses that are developing innovative solutions to energy challenges.

1:00pm

City of Fort Collins Economic Health AMA
Limited Capacity seats available

Join representatives from the City of Fort Collins Economic Health Office in this open and interactive 'Ask Me Anything' session.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Birks

Josh Birks

City of Fort Collins - Economic Health
avatar for Shannon Hein

Shannon Hein

Business Specialist, City of Fort Collins
Shannon is part of the business support team for the Economic Health Office of the City of Fort Collins, as a Business Specialist. Her focus is business engagement for small to medium-sized businesses. As a former marketing and community manager, she not only managed events and marketing... Read More →
avatar for SeonAh Kendall

SeonAh Kendall

Economic Health Manager, City of Fort Collins
SeonAh Kendall, CPA serves as the City of Fort Colllins’ Economic Health Manager. Prior to her work for the City of Fort Collins, SeonAh was Business Program Director/Faculty at Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus. SeonAh has a broad base of experience and education in... Read More →



1:30pm

The Current World of Illustration, Graphic Novels, Cartoons and Comics
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel discussion: Hear about today's world of design from cartoonists, graphic novels illustrators, comic book and graphic designers.

Speakers
avatar for Mike the Baron

Mike the Baron

Chief cook and bottle washer, Bloody Red Baron LLC
Mike Baron is the creator of Nexus (with artist Steve Rude) and Badger two of the longest lasting independent superhero comics. Nexus is about a cosmic avenger 500 years in the future. Badger, about a multiple personality one of whom is a costumed crime fighter. First/Devils Due is... Read More →
avatar for Greg Guler

Greg Guler

Character Designer, Walt Disney Studios
Greg Guler was born in New Rockford, North Dakota and due to an early friendship with Popeye and Mighty Mouse began drawing while very young. Mostly self-taught, he has spent many hours at the drawing board trying to emulate the artists who inspired him. Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Norman... Read More →
avatar for Kendra Spanjer

Kendra Spanjer

Graphic Artist & Illustrator
Kendra has an extensive knowledge and experience as a graphic artist, illustrator and writer. Her passions divide her time between being "a writer who illustrates" and "an illustrator who writes." She and author Karla Oceanak are the brains behind the alphabetical Aldo Zelnick Comic... Read More →
avatar for Ward Sutton

Ward Sutton

Cartoonist/Illustrator, Sutton Impact Studio
Ward Sutton is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who has created work for The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, GQ, The Onion, HBO, Comedy Central, The Sundance Film Festival, Pearl Jam, Phish and many, many more. His book, "Kelly: The Cartoonist America Turns To (TM)," was published... Read More →



1:30pm

7 Steps to a 7-Figure Income
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn more about how to take your business seriously, and how to build your real-deal business. We'll take a look at how planning your Marketing, Sales, Profit, Process, People, Money and You parts of your business will allow you to take empowered actions to maximize your rewards and minimize your risks. Also learn how you can stop you from being successful and why people who are interested only do what's convenient while people who are committed do whatever it takes.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Meuli

Matt Meuli

Matt has been a business, trust, kid’s protection attorney, teacher and coach for over 30 years. He takes a holistic approach empowering you to build the legal, insurance, financial and tax systems of your business. He strives to give you the peace of mind of knowing you have not... Read More →



1:30pm

Five Gestures of TRUST: Building a Customer Centric Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In today’s marketplace, customer experience can make or break a business. Since 2015, Better Business Bureau has been conducting market research to identify what it means to be a contemporary better business and how companies can use the values of honesty, integrity and ethics to build trusting relationships with customers and prospects. This session will identify the 5 gestures of trust and how entrepreneurs can apply these principles to build a business based on TRUST.
 

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Polansky

Shelley Polansky

VP/Marketing & Outreach, Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming
Shelley Polansky, VP/Marketing, Communications and Outreach, joined the Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming in 2008. She leads a team who works to promote BBB’s brand via marketing, communication and social media initiatives. She also oversees the strategic... Read More →



Thursday March 1, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

3:00pm

Arting up Festivals: Pumping Up the Festive and Keeping It Going
Limited Capacity seats available

Check back soon for more details...

Moderators
avatar for Natalie Scarlett

Natalie Scarlett

Natalie Scarlett is an English and drama teacher by day and a theatrical director, writer, and creative person all the time, especially at night. She serves the community as an arts organizer on the boards of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival and the Weekend Warrior Film Festival... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Cervenan

Amy Cervenan

I am a consultant, researcher and writer with expertise in applied economic, cultural and urban policy. I am deeply interested in creating successful strategies for developing and sustaining vibrant communities. My recent work has focused on film festivals, creative industries, and... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Nyander

Jesse Nyander

Jesse Nyander moved to Fort Collins, CO from Joplin, MO in 2011. He made his first feature film in 2007 where he learned the process and reality of film creation.  He has been working with Filmmakers in Colorado and Missouri over the last 12 years, helping bring their films to fruition... Read More →
avatar for Dulcie Willis

Dulcie Willis

Co-Executive Producer, Fort Collins Fringe Festival
​Dulcie Willis holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College along with BA degrees in Theatre Arts Education from the University of Northern Colorado and Musical Theatre from Mesa State College. Dulcie has taught Arts Event Management, drama, speech... Read More →


Thursday March 1, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

3:00pm

Building It: "Women Who Brew"
Limited Capacity filling up

Take a page from these amazing women standing out in a male-dominated industry.  This panel discussion will dive into how these women standing out in the brewing industry started their businesses, what lessons they have learned and how they have had to pivot to stand out.  This session is not just for people interested in a food or drink business, but for all entrepreneurs who are breaking into a new industry.  Building It is a part of an ongoing series presented by the Northern Colorado Food Cluster.

Moderators
avatar for Sari Kimbell

Sari Kimbell

Founder/Principal, Cultivate Consulting
Sari Kimbell has worked in just about every sector of the food industry, cultivating her passion for food and the way it connects all of us. Her career in food systems started in restaurants serving and then management. She shifted to the production aspect and created a small wholesale... Read More →

Speakers
LB

Lesley Brandt

Bean Cycle
My name is Lesley Brandt. Since my beginnings in the industry I've held every position imaginable in a coffee shop, everything from barista to roasting. I've been roasting top quality coffee for well over 13 years now.I started in the coffee industry at Java Mountain Roasters in my... Read More →
avatar for Carol Cochran

Carol Cochran

Founder, Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Carol founded Horse & Dragon Brewing Company in 2014 with her husband Tim (and the bank). She grew up in Colorado, went to school in California, and then worked and lived around Asia, in Milwaukee, and in Bogot√° (Colombia), sampling great craft beer all along the way. With an... Read More →
avatar for Natalie DiSanto

Natalie DiSanto

Turtle Mountain
I brewed my first batch of kombucha in my apartment in Philadelphia in 2013. I started brewing it for the health benefits and continued to brew it because I saw results. When I decided to move to Fort Collins, one of the few items I brought with me was my SCOBY and kombucha brewing... Read More →
avatar for Loren Matthews

Loren Matthews

5003 Distillery
Loren has been in the beverage industry for over 17 years. She started out in the brewing industry working for AB Inbev. In 2015, she followed her passion for distilling and opened Elevation 5003 Distillery, a grain to bottle distillery.
avatar for Jennifer Seiwald

Jennifer Seiwald

Summit
All of Jennifer's life history has prepared her for current endeavors , from working for national restaurant chains to banking, financial planning to her studies in chemistry. These days you will find her climbing trees, eating apples, and constantly struggling to keep a clean desk... Read More →
avatar for Twila Soles

Twila Soles

Twila Soles, Grouse Malt House- Maltstress & CEO Twila earned an undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Food Science & Food Safety from Colorado State University. For graduate studies, she focused on malting and brewing science and bioactive... Read More →



Thursday March 1, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524

4:00pm

Music Makers: Artisan Electronics and Digital DIY
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Explore effects, circuit bending, pedals and other applied electronic projects that help musicians make waves.

Moderators
avatar for Shane Zweygardt

Shane Zweygardt

Technical Manager, The Music District
Shane Zweygardt has been drumming for 18 years! Taught by the late Ray Wasinger, Shane is considered one of themost talented and versatile drummers in Colorado. You’ll probably recognize him from his days at Colorado Drum and Percussion, where he worked and taught lessons for 6... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Duarte

Nick Duarte

Post Paradise
Nick Duarte is a songwriter, performer, electronics enthusiast, and problem solver. He is currently the front man for Post Paradise, an indie/alternative rock band by night and the Music Curator at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery by day. Nick believes that a career in music relies... Read More →
avatar for Toby Hendricks

Toby Hendricks

Otem Rellik
Holed up in various basements across Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado, otem rellik (Toby Hendricks) has made the best of badly lit recording spaces with dusty floors and creaking ceilings. With a never-ending list of influences, otem’s music, though rooted in hip hop, resonates... Read More →
avatar for Tom Majeski

Tom Majeski

Founder, Cooper fx
Tom Majeski, originally from New Jersey, moved here to Fort Collins with his dog Cooper in the fall of 2015. While a student at Colorado State University, he founded his company Cooper fx, a business that focuses on creating innovative and unique effect pedals for instruments. As... Read More →
avatar for Brett Schreiber

Brett Schreiber

Brett Schreiber has been deeply involved in the Colorado independent music scene for the past 20 years as a performing and recording artist. Among the dozen or so projects he has been involved with over the years, he is a founding and current member of the Fort Collins band Stella... Read More →


4:00pm

Music Makers: Instruments and Custom Craftsmanship
Limited Capacity seats available

Hand-tooled tradition and noteworthy design are alive and well in present-day instrument making. Meet the artists who are practicing and perfecting the craft.

Moderators
avatar for Kyle James Hauser

Kyle James Hauser

Artist Development, The Music District
As a successful songwriter and performing musician, I am truly passionate about all things music. I love networking and connecting creative people with the professionals who can help them develop both their artistic talents and their business. Whether developing music programs, teaching... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark

Mark "Rooster" Austin

Master Luthier, Cloverlick Banjo Shop
The Cloverlick Banjo Shop Family shares a passion for banjos and community. One day they decided to follow their shared dream of opening a banjo shop. It seemed crazy at the time, but fate, hard work and good fortune have now delivered the opportunity to introduce a well-respected... Read More →
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Michael Bashkin

Luthier, Bashkin Guitars
Michael Bashkin has been a professional luthier in Fort Collins for over twenty years. He specializes in steel string acoustic guitars which are played worldwide. In addition he is certified warranty shop for Martin, Taylor, Fender and Collings guitars. He also holds a masters degree... Read More →
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Jesse Bates

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jesse began playing music and performing with his dad at an early age. In 2014, he began learning the art of Lutherie while attending Atlanta Guitar Works and continued his education under the guidance of renowned English luthier Andy Manson... Read More →
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Adam Morford

Creator, MORFBEATS
The original Marvin was born in 1925. MORFBEATS was established in 2016 after Marvin Morford, my grandfather, passed down his welder to me. This was ultimately the beginning of MORFBEATS. ​ The purpose of MORFBEATS is to create instruments that expand the range of a musician's... Read More →
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Chuck Morrison

C.F. Morrison Guitars
Chuck Morrison built his first the guitar in Boulder, Colorado in 1974, begining an 18 year career building guitars and mandolins which included founding Flatiron mandolins. During this time he moved from Colorado to Montana to Vermont. While in Vermont he also performed regularly... Read More →
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Jim Zdunek

President, EEGRAPHICS
Jim is a retired analytical chemist and executive co-creator at the Fort Collins Creator Hub. He approaches each of his creative endeavors as an experiment. His interests include music, art, and electronics with an idea to combine all three disciplines whenever possible. As an example... Read More →


4:00pm

She Leads: Women Leaders in the Boardroom and Beyond
Limited Capacity full
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Join us for a special She Leads event supporting women leaders in the boardroom and beyond! At She Leads you can ditch the elevator pitch- we're a community of women in Northern Colorado coming together to encourage and empower women to be leaders through friendship, education, and fun!

Speakers
avatar for Chrysta Bairre

Chrysta Bairre

Career Coach | Speaker | Author, Live Love Work
Chrysta Bairre is a career coach, speaker, author, and founder of Live Love Work.Chrysta works with successful mid-career professionals and service-based entrepreneurs who want more from life and career. Chrysta helps her clients increase professional impact and income-- working with... Read More →


Thursday March 1, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cohere 418 South Howes Street Fort Collins, CO 80521

4:30pm

Improv for Business Professionals
Limited Capacity filling up

Workshop: Improv for Businesses taught by La-De-Da Theatre Company to help maximize your business communication skills, create dynamic teams, and boost your confidence

Speakers
avatar for Jessica MacMaster

Jessica MacMaster

Jessica MacMaster has been improvising her whole life. But so have you. She started seriously studying improv 10 years ago when she began performing with the Swinging Johnson Brothers in Denver. Now, a co-founder of the Comedy Brewers in Fort Collins, JMac performs for private events... Read More →
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Dulcie Willis

Co-Executive Producer, Fort Collins Fringe Festival
​Dulcie Willis holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College along with BA degrees in Theatre Arts Education from the University of Northern Colorado and Musical Theatre from Mesa State College. Dulcie has taught Arts Event Management, drama, speech... Read More →


4:30pm

Connections to Capital
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for an opportunity to connect to area banks and other licensed capital providers. 

Area lenders will be on-hand and available to discuss their loan products and services, as well as technical assistance providers and other small business supporters. 

Difficulty
  • Basic
What will I learn?
  • Access to capital, funding resources 
What should I bring?
  • Bring business cards
Prerequesites
  • This session is designed to connect entrepreneurs, financial institutions and non-traditional funding sources together. 
  • Entrepreneurs who are experiencing challenges accessing capital or who are not yet bankable as well as financial institutions with financing options will benefit most. 
For many entrepreneurs, obtaining capital is an important step on the path to future business success. Connections to Capital is an educational meet and greet event with local capital providers that will focus on how to access small business loans, equity investment, and alternative sources of capital for businesses. We'll have short "elevator pitches" to introduce capital resources and have open networking time to make valuable connections.
  

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Hein

Shannon Hein

Business Specialist, City of Fort Collins
Shannon is part of the business support team for the Economic Health Office of the City of Fort Collins, as a Business Specialist. Her focus is business engagement for small to medium-sized businesses. As a former marketing and community manager, she not only managed events and marketing... Read More →

Speakers
JB

John Berkhaussen

Regional President, Cache Bank & Trust
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Karl Dakin

Dakin Capital & Colorado Capital Congress
Dakin Capital Guild LLC
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Lew Hagler

Director of Credit Quality, Colorado for Fresh
As Director of Credit, Lewis monitors portfolio and credit quality. He also manages our Northern Colorado lending activity including consulting with potential applicants about their business plans, performing credit analysis and loan underwriting, and providing ongoing business advisory... Read More →
GH

Greg Harrell

Executive Vice President, Adams Bank & Trust
LK

Lauren Klook

Colorado Lending Source
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DuWayne Peterson

Over 20 years experience in advising, mentoring and investing in start-ups with emphasis on information technology companies. Currently Vice Chairman of the Colorado Angel Investors, the Fort Collins angel group affiliated with the Rockies Ventures Club. Board member of Rockies Venture... Read More →



Thursday March 1, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
The Articulate 324 Jefferson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

5:30pm

Women Who Succeed Happy Hour
A celebration of women entrepreneurs and leaders in Northern Colorado!  Enjoy an evening of networking and nominate your favorite women leaders and women-owned businesses. This happy hour features a signature drink list by our amazing women brewers.  Attend Building It : Women Who Brew panel from 3-5pm to receive a free drink ticket.  Brought to you by the Northern Colorado Food Cluster and the Downtown Creative District.

As part of Women Who Succeed we are featuring some deliicious foods and drink from our women producers and makers including The Pig & Plow, Fort Collins Pickle Company, 5003 Distillery, Summit Hard Cider, Horse & Dragon Brewing Co and more! 


Thursday March 1, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Scrumpy's Cider 215 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

6:00pm

How to Shape Your Sound
Limited Capacity seats available

Recording is the first step for any musician interested in sharing their ideas with the world. But what about step 2?

This Downtown Artery course, "How to Shape Sound", aims to give musicians a visual tutorial of how to navigate the post-production process so that they can allow the nuances of home-recording to truly stand out.

Moderators

Thursday March 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

6:00pm

Sound & Vision Cinema: High Fidelity The Resurrection of Vinyl
Limited Capacity seats available

Vinyl records continue to make a record-breaking resurgence in the music industry. Watch, listen and talk about vinyl at this celebratory Sound & Vision Cinema event. Featured: an interview with Virgil Dickerson re: the resurrection of vinyl, followed by a screening of the revered record store romantic dramedy High Fidelity and a DJ set by DJ Jimeni.

Speakers
avatar for Virgil Dickerson

Virgil Dickerson

Marketing Director, Illegal Pete's
For 18 years, Virgil Dickerson ran Suburban Home Records and Vinyl Collective releasing over 190 records from bands like Portugal the Man, Minus the Bear, Every Time I Die, Poison the Well, and more. For the past 8 years, he has been the marketing director for Illegal Pete's and the... Read More →
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James McTernan

DJ Jimeni
Jim McTernan aka DJ Jimeni, has been DJing and digging for records for over 15 years and had been collecting + listening music since he got his first walkman age 9. As an artist and DJ, he looks to link the past and present as well as the underground to pop. Always on turntables and... Read More →


6:00pm

Virtual Reality in NoCo~Demo Night at FCMOD
We’ve been promised true virtual reality experiences since the 80’s and earlier, but it’s not until recently that the technology needed to bring this to the real world has been available.

Now, with recent advances in computing and display technologies VR is poised to be the next big revolution in numerous arenas such as cinema, gaming, education, and productivity. How is this cutting-edge tech being utilized by startups and corporations right here in Northern Colorado?

Join us at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery to experience VR for yourself with multiple types of devices and experiences by entrepreneurs, companies, and educators all working right here in Northern Colorado. Pre-registered attendees will also receive a FREE voucher to visit the Holocube VR experience at The Summit Windsor! Cash bar will be available. 


 
Friday, March 2
 

8:30am

Open Coffee
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet people, find out what's going on nearby you, and then go and take part.

9:00am

Navigating the New Frontier of Online and Social Media Advertising: Legal Pitfalls Artists Need to Know
To be successful in today’s marketplace, creative entrepreneurs must be savvy about online and social media advertising.  This workshop looks at legal landmines (and how to avoid them) related to data privacy and intellectual property, as well as what agreements that you need to know about.

Speakers
DG

Donna Gonzales

Donna Gonzales (Associate Attorney, Stinson Leonard Street) has broad experience in intellectual property and technology issues, especially those that involve online sales and advertising and the use of AI technologies in both. Because of her diverse experience in trademark and copyright... Read More →


9:00am

Free Drop-In Coworking at Cohere

Friendship-oriented coworking space for freelancers, remote workers and non-profits who who normally work from home and don't like it. http://coherecommunity.com


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cohere 418 South Howes Street Fort Collins, CO 80521

9:30am

Secrets to attracting Angel Investors: Part 3 (Advanced) Behind the Scenes of Investment Due Diligence: how to get on the fast track and use investor diligence to drive value into your business
Limited Capacity full
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Whether you’re a new founder or a seasoned entrepreneur with a thriving startup, knowing the secrets of investor due diligence will help you build a great company. For those savvy founders, knowing what an investor wants in advance will make you stand out from the crowd. 

Before writing a check, investors ask founders questions, conduct research, and speak with their networks to gauge the potential of your startup. These activities are all examples of due diligence, and depending on the investor and the amount of cash you are raising, diligence can go from very simple to very complex.

Jacob Cordova, Director of Venture Capital Analytics at Rockies Venture (the longest operating angel investment group in the US) is pulling back the curtain and sharing secrets about what sorts of information VC and angel investors ask for, why they ask for it, and how the due diligence process works behind the scenes. Jacob has managed teams of analysts to execute due diligence with investors.



Moderators
avatar for Denny Otsuga

Denny Otsuga

Dir. Venture Community Development, Rockies Venture Club
Denichiro "Denny" Otsuga, Ph.D. has achieved 10+ years of a progressively increasing budget and operational management leadership responsibilities. Most recently as the founding President and CEO of the US subsidiary operation for a Japanese venture capital investment firm. In this... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Cordova

Jacob Cordova

Jacob is co-founder and Managing Partner of Genesis, a pre seed capital investment group backing founders at the earliest stages of development, and co-founder of the Venture Capital Analytics program at Rockies Venture where he leads teams of analysts, VCs, and Angels to drive smart... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

9:30am

How to Code
Limited Capacity full
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"Learn to Code: Python basics"

Instructor Steve Armour was a 2014 GoCode Colorado finalist developer as well as a research assistant at CSU. He also holds a BS in Physics.

Workshop Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

About this workshop:
The hardest thing about learning to code is knowing where to begin. In this introductory class, you’ll learn the foundations of development. This course will cover the essentials of Python. Whether you’re interested in building your own apps or simply want to communicate with engineers, this class will get you started on the right foot and point you toward the best resources to continue learning.

You will learn an introduction to:
  • HTML
  • Python
  • Install a Python Library
  • Introduction to the Jupyter Notebook
  • Solving math with Python
  • Exploring data with python and pandas
  • Primitive web scraping with python and HTML
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming via real-world modeling.
  • Micropython (time permitting)

What to Bring / How to Prepare:
- Your laptop

Prerequisites:
None

Speakers
avatar for Steve Armour

Steve Armour

Instructor Steve Armour was a 2014 GoCode Colorado finalist developer as well as a research assistant at CSU. He also holds a BS in Physics.
avatar for Rebecca Klein

Rebecca Klein

Software Developer, Radial Development Group



10:00am

Musicians and Marketing (with Musicians *in* Marketing)
Limited Capacity filling up

Marketing professionals by day, band members by night -- these round-the-clock rock stars understand how to get the best bang for your buck out of music promotion. And: they'll tell you.

Moderators
avatar for Julie Sutter

Julie Sutter

Community Manager, The Music District
Writer. Reader. Meeter-greeter. Bike liker. Arts and culture advocate. Helicopters, sushi, documentary films, live music, dead poets, public radio, college basketball, kittens, puns and televised awards shows. Not necessarily in that order.

Speakers
avatar for Briana Harris

Briana Harris

Marketing Coordinator, College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado
Musician and arts marketer Briana Harris is passionate about helping creatives combine excellent artistry with smart tech skills so that artists can one day rule the world. Bri is the Marketing Coordinator for the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern... Read More →
avatar for Ian Haygood

Ian Haygood

Senior Digital Marketing Strategist, OtterProducts (OtterBox + LifeProof)
Ian creates and leads integrated digital marketing strategies that convert and catalyze brand evangelism. With a competitive knowledge in SEO, SEM/paid search, CRO, social media advertising, native, programmatic, social media management, analytics, tracking, attribution, user research... Read More →
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Tim Massa

Marketing and more, Cohere / Mishawaka
I have been performing in bands in Fort Collins since I moved here to get my BFA about 15 years ago. My marketing career started 3 years ago with a part time job at Hodi's Half Note. I quickly acquired several more part time jobs at the Mishawaka, Cohere Bandwidth, and Aggie Theatre... Read More →
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Mary Merritt

President and CEO, NerdyMind
Mary is the CEO of NerdyMind, a technical agency that focuses on app development, web development, and digital marketing. Outside of NerdyMind, Mary enjoys studying the fine art of woodworking, playing mandolin, writing, watching movies, cooking, strength training, and pretending... Read More →
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Josh Rivera

Communications Manager, The Music District
Josh Rivera is the Communications Manager at the Music District in Fort Collins. Josh has nearly 10 years of digital marketing experience working with small businesses, local musicians, music festivals, non-profits, and much more. As a local musician, Josh sings and plays guitar for... Read More →


10:00am

There is no playbook: lessons from 3 local software startup founders
One is against raising money. One didn’t see another way. One believes product sells; another believe marketing is key. Learn how the founders of three local startups (Scout, The Food Corridor, and TurboTenant) built their businesses in dramatically different ways.
Some combined panel stats:
  • Over $150k of MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue)
  • Boostrapped and Self Funded
  • Raised over $2M in Venture Funding
  • Growing through product development, marketing, sales, and thought leadership.
  • An Engineer, an Academic, a former air traffic controller and Property manager but now all 
  • One acquisition
  • 20 combined employees
  • All in Fort Collins
Soak in some of the hard lessons and missteps in this open, honest discussion from companies in our own backyard.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Colpaart

Ashley Colpaart

Founder/CEO, The Food Corridor
CEO at The Food Corridor
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Derek Haynes

Founder, Scout
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Seamus Nally

CEO, OTL Ventures
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Sarnen Steinbarth

Founder / CEO, TurboTenant
Improving the landlord-tenant process by offering free tools to landlords to market their rental properties, create property listing websites, receive online rental applications, screen tenants and collect rent online. Totally free for landlords.



10:00am

Bootstrapping Your Business
Limited Capacity full
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A diverse range of entrepreneurs, from a Tech to waterproof map, who have built revenue generating startup companies will discuss their experience on how to ‘bootstrap,’ that is to say without taking outside investment, and build a successful business. Extensive Q&A session will follow.

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • An alternative to ‘venture’ business model, ‘bootstrapping’
  • How to create successful ‘bootstrapped’ business
  • Types of ‘bootstrapped’ businesses, tech, life style, service, side hustle, etc.
How should I prepare?
  • Before arriving, learn different types of businesses, such as ‘venture’ and ‘lifestyle’ and think about different types that will fit your business idea then how to finance your startup.  
Prerequisites
  • If you already thought about what type of business you will launch, you will probably get most out of this session, but anyone interested in exploring startup idea is welcome.
  • Come prepared, and you will gain more from this session.
Entrepreneurs will tell their ‘bootstrapping’ stories and how they were able to build a revenue-generating business without taking investments. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions to the presenters. The session is set to the ‘intermediate’ level, but anybody in the planning stage of the business idea is welcome to attend and likely to receive valuable information. If you are interested in a business model other than the ‘venture’ model, you will hear great stories from the entrepreneurs who bootstrapped their way to their success.

Moderators
avatar for Denny Otsuga

Denny Otsuga

Dir. Venture Community Development, Rockies Venture Club
Denichiro "Denny" Otsuga, Ph.D. has achieved 10+ years of a progressively increasing budget and operational management leadership responsibilities. Most recently as the founding President and CEO of the US subsidiary operation for a Japanese venture capital investment firm. In this... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sue & Ray Krueger Koplin

Sue & Ray Krueger Koplin

We started with a pdf map of Costa Rica selling for $2.95 using a donation based platform on Amazon in 2003. Its popularity encouraged us to produce a waterproof tourist map which first printed in 2005 with a run of 7,500 copies. The website we built to promote the maps became quite... Read More →
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Carmelo Mannino

CEO, STOW IT
Hello, I'm Carmelo Mannino, CEO of STOW IT. STOW IT is a peer-to-peer vehicle storage platform. Think of us as Airbnb for storage. My expertise is start-up growth and bootstrapping. In the last two years I have been able to win over $40,000 in pitch competitions, consult and help... Read More →
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Joshua Tabin

CoFounder, Wild Zora Foods
Over the past 25 years in both Europe and the United States, Josh Tabin has led more than 20 businesses as Founder & CEO, navigating through many challenges, but also bringing several to successful exit. He has also been: a Member & Officer in the Young Presidents Organization in... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

10:00am

Podcasting @ KRFC
Limited Capacity full
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From pre to post production, "Podcasting @ KRFC" will teach you the skills you need to publish a podcast... As well as why its important for start-ups to do so.

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • How to record, edit, and publish your podcast.
What should I bring?
  • Paper or Laptop to take notes
Prerequisites
  • Basic computer skills, practice with minor photo/video/audio editing tools preferred.
You will work with others to produce a new podcast that will begin airing on the KRFC podcasting network. You will learn how to prepare and organize your work before recording, how to properly record and edit your show, and how to publish and market your new content.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Joseph Kelly

Charles Joseph Kelly

Charles Joseph Kelly is the co-owner of Something Random Media, runs the Something Random Podcast, and is one of the leads of the Podcasting Department at KRFC. With over a decade of photo/video/audio experience, he focuses his energy on helping non-profits, small businesses, and... Read More →



10:30am

Arting up Your World: Perspectives on Collecting and Being Collected
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel discussion: Whether you're a museum director building an established collection or an art lover just starting your own, collecting is a rich adventure that never stands still. Hear how a museum director approaches collecting and, from the other side, how artists build relationships with collectors.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Lynn Boland

Lynn Boland

Director, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, CSU
Lynn Boland joined Colorado State University (CSU) as the director of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art in July 2017. He brings more than 20 years of experience in various academic and university museum roles. From 2009 until starting at CSU, he was the Pierre Daura Curator of... Read More →
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Gary Hixon

Interior Designer / Jewelry Designer, Gary Hixon Designs
Retiring from interior design after 34 years, Gary Hixon began making jewelry in 2008, opening Gary Hixon Designs. Gary’s ingenuity, stability, and attention to detail were his trademarks when he designed homes and those same qualities are evident in his jewelry. Gary and Carol... Read More →


10:30am

Overcome Imposter Syndrome
Limited Capacity full
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Are you afraid of being found out as a fraud? Impostor Syndrome is common in entrepreneurs and high achievers, with some estimates suggesting as many as 70% of successful people experience impostor syndrome causing self-doubt, stress, anxiety, and depression. In this roundtable discussion we'll talk about how impostor syndrome shows up in life and business, as well as tips and tools to overcome impostor syndrome so it doesn't stop you from being your best and enjoying your success!

Speakers
avatar for Chrysta Bairre

Chrysta Bairre

Career Coach | Speaker | Author, Live Love Work
Chrysta Bairre is a career coach, speaker, author, and founder of Live Love Work.Chrysta works with successful mid-career professionals and service-based entrepreneurs who want more from life and career. Chrysta helps her clients increase professional impact and income-- working with... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Cohere 418 South Howes Street Fort Collins, CO 80521

11:00am

Food Popup: Pick Me up with The Lyric
Limited Capacity seats available

Coming soon...


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
The Lyric 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80524

11:30am

Lunch & Learn: Digital Marketing for Musicians
Limited Capacity seats available

Grab lunch and learn more about how to make the web work for you with a deeper dive into digital marketing best practices (with limited time and tech skills).

Speakers
avatar for Briana Harris

Briana Harris

Marketing Coordinator, College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado
Musician and arts marketer Briana Harris is passionate about helping creatives combine excellent artistry with smart tech skills so that artists can one day rule the world. Bri is the Marketing Coordinator for the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern... Read More →


12:00pm

How to Sell Your Artwork
Limited Capacity full
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Do have a hard time "selling" your creations? Learn the tools to making selling your art, valuing it and understanding sales easy!

Speakers
avatar for Don Overcash

Don Overcash

Lead generation (prospecting) is the number one behavior a sales team must master if they are to succeed. This short presentation identifies the #1 reason that salespeople struggle and what to do about it.


12:00pm

CANCELED! Startup Resources Pitch Back
Limited Capacity seats available

Unfortunately the session you are looking for has been canceled.

Be sure to stop by basecamp throughout the week to pick up information and meet resource representatives from organizations including Ascend, Comcast, BBB, The Library, and other business resource orgs.


12:00pm

The First 7 Years: What I Wish I'd Known When I Started My Business
Limited Capacity full
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A look back at the mistakes and lessons learned from 7 years of owning my own business.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green started building websites back in 1999. Today he enjoys staying on top of the latest techniques in web development, WordPress, and business growth. Jeremy organizes the Fort Collins WordPress meetup and has spoken at multiple web design conferences around the country... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cohere 418 South Howes Street Fort Collins, CO 80521

12:00pm

Office hours with Blockchain CEOs
Limited Capacity seats available

Jalapeno Inventive and Radar Relay CEOs offer up their feedback to entrepreneurs looking to enter the blockchain space.

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • 1-on-1 access to blockchain startup CEOs
What should I bring?
  • Come with questions/ideas to discussBasic knowledge of cryptocurrencies.
Prerequisites
  • Please no "what is bitcoin?" questions. :) 
So you've been spending lots of time learning about cryptocurrencies, playing with ideas and figuring out how you can startup something in this space, but its still not easy to find answers when it comes to starting a blockchain based company. These office hours give you the opportunity to ask tough questions with 2 startup CEOs building blockchain companies. 

Moderators
avatar for Aari Lotfipour

Aari Lotfipour

CEO & Founder, Jalapeno Inventive
Aari is the co-founder and CEO of Jalapeño Inventive. He began dabbling in cryptocurrency trading and launched the company in San Antonio, Texas in 2014 with the desire to make cryptocurrency accessible to the masses. After moving the company to Fort Collins in 2015 he established... Read More →

Speakers


Friday March 2, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

1:00pm

Profit with a Purpose @ New Belgium Brewery
Katie Wallace, the Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager of New Belgium Brewery will detail the "profitable, values-based business model" of this iconic Fort Collins company. From the beginning, New Belgium has exemplified 'profit with a purpose' and the Net Impact of Colorado State University is exited to host Katie to share her insights on lessons learned about building a profitable and purposeful enterprise. Come thirsty!

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • About New Belgium Brewery's profitable, values-based business model.
What should I bring?
  • Notebook. 
  • A craving for quality beer.
Prerequisites
  • An interest in CSR/how to have a values-based business.

Moderators

Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
New Belgium Brewing 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

1:15pm

Title: 10 Startup Growth Hacks Marketing Agencies don’t want you to Know that can Save you Thousands of Dollars on Marketing
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come learn from Nick Kullin, featured on Entrepreneurs: Millionaire Fast Track as the Top 27 CEOs Under 27.  This session will cover growth hacks that can save you thousands on marketing. Full description coming soon.           

Registration Link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vk8hgejab&oeidk=a07eezb804efb0ddb40


Speakers
avatar for Nick Kullin

Nick Kullin

Second Flight Consultancy
Nick Kullin is a fearless and eccentric young entrepreneur who always believed that inside of every successful self-made person is a poor kid who followed his dream. Nick started his entrepreneurial journey at a young age, built a growing success for himself without the need of a... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Innosphere 320 E. Vine Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524

1:30pm

Revitalize Your Illustration Vocation
Limited Capacity full
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Join Courtney Beth Keller for a roundtable discussion and Q&A about how to rejuvenate and energize your creative career. From working with an international artist collective to utilizing various resources online, learn tips and tools that will help you find or stay connected with a larger community, discover resources that are an affordable or free way to further your illustration and design experience.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Keller

Courtney Keller

Designer & Illustrator, 970 Creative
A freelance web and graphic designer, illustrator and creative specialist located in Loveland Colorado, Courtney works with small businesses and individuals. She sets up and manages branded portal web2print websites for commercial printers, and client ordering sites for photographers... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cohere 418 South Howes Street Fort Collins, CO 80521

2:00pm

Future Trends in the Food Industry
Limited Capacity filling up

Food is hot right now. Many startups are trying to crack the nut of food delivery, convenience or offering customers the latest in craft food and beverages. We will dive into conversations about cloud kitchens, niche food industries, cuisine trends and using tech to solve the industries biggest challenges.

Moderators
avatar for Sari Kimbell

Sari Kimbell

Founder/Principal, Cultivate Consulting
Sari Kimbell has worked in just about every sector of the food industry, cultivating her passion for food and the way it connects all of us. Her career in food systems started in restaurants serving and then management. She shifted to the production aspect and created a small wholesale... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shane Anderson

Shane Anderson

Colorado Catsup
Shane Anderson, Colorado Catsup I'm one of the co-founders of Colorado Catsup, a condiment line featuring catsup, mustard, cocktail sauce and relish, all sweetened with local Colorado honey. My partner and I started selling our products in June of 2017. I graduated from Colorado State... Read More →
avatar for Justin Caswell

Justin Caswell

Founder | CEO, RevoGo | A Div. of RevoKind
Justin has a diverse career that has spanned over seventeen years with focus on a multitude of technical, urban development, and business related roles in both the for-profit and non-profit schemes. He has been committed to personal and professional development while in these roles... Read More →
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Hayden Christensen

Bayberry Farms
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Ashley Colpaart

Founder/CEO, The Food Corridor
CEO at The Food Corridor
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Rebecca Dunn

Revolution Market
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Michele Ostrander

Co-Founder & CEO, RevoKind / RevoGrow
Michele is a Colorado native and 2x entrepreneur with a passion for organic farming and useful technologies that solve real-world problems. She is the founder of RevoGrow, an online farmers market platform to connect people and businesses through local food. Her goal and vision is... Read More →



3:00pm

Crypto Investing: Token Analysis
Limited Capacity filling up

Conner of Radar Relay will be explaining various metrics of token analysis.

Difficulty
  • Intermediate
What will I learn?
  • How to evaluate crypto currencies and tokens to make informed investing decisions
What should I bring?
  • Bring Laptop, have MetaMask wallet installed in Chrome browser.
Prerequisites
  • Understand EtherDelta and MetaMask browser extension wallet for ICOs and have basic knowledge of trading on crypto exchanges. 
There's so much buzz around crypto investments after the 2017 explosion, but how is a person new to the space supposed to navigate these new waters? The opportunity for returns is immense, but there are also plenty of ways to lose your money. This workshop will teach you how to identify and vet cryptocurrencies and tokens so you can separate the real potentials from the vaporware.

Moderators
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Aari Lotfipour

CEO & Founder, Jalapeno Inventive
Aari is the co-founder and CEO of Jalapeño Inventive. He began dabbling in cryptocurrency trading and launched the company in San Antonio, Texas in 2014 with the desire to make cryptocurrency accessible to the masses. After moving the company to Fort Collins in 2015 he established... Read More →

Speakers


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524

3:30pm

CANCELED! Food Popup: Take A Bite of the Future ~ of Food
Limited Capacity full
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From Farm to Fork to Molecular Gastronomy with Z Catering!

4:00pm

Planning & Distributing Music Videos
Limited Capacity seats available

This collaborative edition of Musician’s Help Desk is part of the 2018 NoCoMuVi Music Video Accelerator public workshop series!

Davis Powers (Music Producer/Booker for Last Call with Carson Daly) will be leading the conversation on creating and promoting your music video. Topics will include:
1. Budgeting for Music Videos: What comes first the idea or the budget? We can look at the average budget allocations for an indie artist, an indie label artist, and a major label artist and how that effects the creative. Also what to do when you have no budget. We could examine examples of videos from each level.
2. What does having a “premiere partner” really mean? These are the dreaded words of every publicist. We can discuss getting your video placed online and the value of pursuing such placement.
3. Creating a visual brand for you music: What does that mean and how does that pertain to your music? How to make content an essential part of your music’s DNA.

Speakers
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Tomas Herrera

Founder, NoCoast Artists
Tomas has been described as downy Mullen sprigs that temper embered nicotine and smoldering crisp white rolling papers, paired with billows of Los Angeles smog, dewy tears of child actors, and Colorado cumulus cloud vapours. An actor turned filmmaker, he wrote and directed his first... Read More →
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Davis Powers

Davis Powers, an alumnus of Fort Collins High School, started his career two days after graduating in film studies from the University of Colorado. After working as a production assistant for a variety of movies and TV shows, he eventually landed as the music coordinator for ABC’s... Read More →




6:00pm

First Friday STEAMfest and Gallery Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

A celebration of the people building up the creative industries, creative environment, and creative community!

Artup Week Exhibition curated by the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District.

Come enjoy a night of art and science—with interactive activities for kids of all ages (even grownup kids) from Compass Community Collaborative School Fort Collins, Tiny Whoop, Fort Collins Drone Enthusiasts, Create Places, DJ Fullmetal, dance performances hosted by CSU choreography and dance students, drum circles, and more!

Thanks to our generous food & beverage partners at Z Catering Staffing & Events!

Speakers
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Jan Harrison

School Leader, Compass Community Collaborative School
Compass Community Collaborative School is opening in 2018 with a team of experienced teachers, awesome kids (grades 6-10), and a hunger for educational innovation. Come talk to me about how to support youth entrepreneurs, and how you can be a partner to our teachers and students... Read More →
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Peggy Lyle

Director, Downtown Fort Collins Creative District
Peggy Lyle has been a creative force in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado for over 20 years and she loves to get involved. Peggy is passionate about the arts and creative approaches to business, branding and communications. With 20+ years of event production, marketing, and entertainment... Read More →



6:00pm

First Friday Opening Reception Borrowed Light with The Social Animals
Limited Capacity full
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First Friday Opening Reception Gallery Hours 6 PM - Late Music starts Downstairs at 8 PM Free | All Ages Free beer courtesy of our friends New Belgium Brewing starts at 8 PM BORROWED LIGHT Traveling through camera and brush, Cori and Nathanael harvest light—capturing moments of interaction and transformation. Arising from their mutual passion for movement and the human figure, “Borrowed Light” is a glimpse into their shared world. A place where light bends and bodies blend. Cori Storb wanders around the earth alone. She finds forgotten wild lands and captures her interactions with these places. She can often be found trailing 30 yards of fabric through the desert or running barefoot through the mud, as her loyal camera snaps up these strange moments. With a background in representational painting and drawing, Nathanael Volckening explores archetypal and often feminine "formscapes" which he describes as "windows into the sublime unconscious." With every image, an invitation is made—an opportunity to explore one’s own internal environment. The Social Animals are a full time, van-living young band. They speak through elegantly sarcastic, thoughtful lyrics with memorable melodies splattered across a canvas of indie rock instrumentation. They don't do backflips at their live shows or slide across their knees into guitar solos. Instead, they play their music passionately and honestly, carrying both the intensity to move feet and the delicacy to keep them still. Between songs, their dry commentary on the status of their lives and the world around them appeals to the type of person who, perhaps, spends time actually reading through a band bio. Releasing their debut EP, "Formative Years" in late summer of 2016, The Social Animals have laid a sturdy foundation for the character and direction of the band. Songs like "Let Me Go" marry the grittiness of an honest band cramped in a Chevy Express with the pop sensibility of Tom Petty. "I Guess In America" offers a tongue-in-cheek outlook on the process of dealing with personal sadness under the seemingly comfortable umbrella of the U.S., and the privileges (or lack thereof) that come with it. Unlike the shaky uneasiness of their V8 engine, these boys show no signs of stopping. Climbing from the gurgling depths of Wal-Mart parking lots and rattling beer cans, the band sits calmly atop the rubble with a full-length album in their back pocket. Recorded almost completely live at Modest Mouse's "Ice Cream Party Studios," the album is poised to make 2017 the most promising year of the band's career. Produced with help from Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Deer Tick), the album, coined "Early Twenties," builds upon the groundwork of "Formative Years" and takes the band to new places both physically and sonically. Dedric Clark: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar. Tony Petersen: Harmony Vocals, Electric Guitar, Banjo. Roger Whittet: Harmony Vocals, Bass. Boyd Smith: Drums.

Friday March 2, 2018 6:00pm - Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00am
Downtown Artery 254 Linden St. Fort Collins CO 80524
 


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