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Monday, February 27
 

10:00am MST

Hatched at Sam's
Fort Collins Startup Week hosts national TV show, Hatched, as they seek out companies to pitch to their execs and investors for a chance to be featured on the show.
The Hatched TV show is it's second season and is coming to Fort Collins, Phoenix and Chicago to find their next batch of great companies to feature on the show and connect to growth opportunities and investment. Think Shark Tank, but with better results for the companies. By having strategic relationships with retail giants Walmart, Sam's Club, and Home Shopping Network, the Hatched crew has "hatched" several brands into the retail space. The Hatched team is currently planning on being at FVC Mesh Fort Collins (242 Linden St) on Feb 27th to see pitches from 20-25 select companies while also filming them in anticipation of bringing them into the show. The next day, they will be selecting more companies to pitch to them in a more relaxed environment, likely without the filming, so they can provide feedback and advice. The first event is very much geared to consumer brands that are ready to have this kind of growth opportunity. The second event is actually open to any type of company and really is just a chance to meet with the execs and investors associated with the show to gain some valuable feedback. 
If you/your company is interested in this opportunity, please fill out the following form which will be forwarded directly to the Hatched team. They will be pre-selecting all of the companies that will be pitching either day: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5Q_O8-yPqgSQ5C7Cnesr3H2_WO18vVLhOg0lBJ-gbvyOd3w/viewform

Monday February 27, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm MST
FVC Mesh Fort Collins

3:00pm MST

Blockchain: The magic behind bitcoin, ethereum, and cryptoassets
Limited Capacity filling up

Blocks and bits and chains and coins. What's it all mean and why is it important?

The technology behind crytpo currenies is maturing, and you'll want to see where its going to take the world. Don't get left behind!

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 →
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caleb

Caleb Tebbe is currently a Data Science Software Engineer on the Risk and Growth team at Coinbase. His job includes turning data into dollars (or digital currency) by developing machine learning and data pipelines used for business intelligence, fraud detection, risk management, and... Read More →


Monday February 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm MST
Downtown Artery
 
Tuesday, February 28
 

9:00am MST

1 on 1 with Sam's Club
Fort Collins Startup Week hosts national TV show, Hatched, as they seek out companies to pitch to their execs and investors.

The Hatched TV show is it's second season and is coming to Fort Collins, Phoenix and Chicago to find their next batch of great companies to feature on the show and connect to growth opportunities and investment. Think Shark Tank, but with better results for the companies. By having strategic relationships with retail giants Walmart, Sam's Club, and Home Shopping Network, the Hatched crew has "hatched" several brands into the retail space. The Hatched team is currently planning on being at FVC Mesh Fort Collins (242 Linden St) on Feb 28th to see pitches from 20-25 select companies in a more relaxed environment than the live filming. This event is open to any type of company and is a chance to meet with Sam's Club execs and investors associated with the show to gain some valuable feedback.
 
If you/your company is interested in this opportunity, please fill out the following form which will be forwarded directly to the Hatched team. They will be pre-selecting all of the companies that will be pitching either day: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5Q_O8-yPqgSQ5C7Cnesr3H2_WO18vVLhOg0lBJ-gbvyOd3w/viewform

Tuesday February 28, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm MST
FVC Mesh Fort Collins

1:30pm MST

Make It Official
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you understand the legal and tax implications of establishing your business as an LLC? A corporation? A sole proprietor? How do you register with the Secretary of State? Do you know what an EIN is and what it means to your business?
Join us for this fast paced workshop facilitated by a business attorney and an accountant as they examine the pros and cons of entity types, and explain how to register your business including the necessary forms and processes. They’ll also discuss other tips on how to avoid common pitfalls before you start your new venture.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Matonis

Paul Matonis

Enrolled Agent, Matonis Peck & Wurst LLC
Paul Matonis of Matonis Peck & Wurst LLC, specializes in taxes and accounting for individual and small businesses. He is an Enrolled Agent so he can represent taxpayers at all administrative levels with the Internal Revenue Service along with the State and Local taxing authorities... Read More →
avatar for Tom Selken

Tom Selken

Attorney at Law, Thomas L. Selken P.C.
Tom Selken obtained a business degree in Economics from University of South Dakota in 1990. After business school and prior to law school, Tom was a loan officer in the banking field. He obtained his Juris Doctorate of Law from University of Nebraska in 1997. Tom opened his law practice... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm MST
FVC Mesh Fort Collins

4:00pm MST

I've looked at clouds that way
Limited Capacity filling up

This talk will help entrepreneurs to better understand their own need to learn about cloud technology. Most non-technical people think of the cloud as a place to store data. But, the cloud can be used to make your rapidly-changing business processes more lean. In this talk, you will learn about aspects of cloud technology and how you can utilize it in your startup to grow more quickly without adding headcount.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Fromme

Brian Fromme

Entrepreneur, Cyborg Solutions, Inc
Brian Fromme is currently a Cloud Alliance Manager with Canonical, Ltd. With a background in software development, Brian has a passion for education technology. Brian has launched businesses, managed large-scale product development and consulting programs, and delivered sales and... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm MST
The Articulate

4:30pm MST

Hands On: Build and Cheaply Host A Web Site In Under 60 Minutes + Bonus Amazon Alexa Session
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As a startup, you need to wear many hats, and that often includes taking a DIY approach to your web presence. While there are many tools and services available to let you create web sites fast, in this session you'll learn how to quickly build your own and deploy it out to the web on the Amazon Web Services platform. Once there, you can host as many web sites as you want for less than $1 per month.

In this hands on session, you'll create a real, beautiful web site and make it live for users to see. Don't worry if you're not a techie, we'll take you step by step.
At the end, we'll host a bonus session where you'll learn about cutting edge tools like the Amazon Alexa service (the Amazon Echo smart speaker). You'll see how you can leverage tools like this to create buzz around your startup. You'll see a live demo of the Rebel Popcorn Alexa Skill and how it was made.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Solley

Tim Solley

Rebel Leader, Rebel Popcorn
Tim has been working with startups for nearly 20 years. He got his start during the dot com boom of the 90s, founding one of the web's early e-commerce retail companies. Since then, he's been a technology leader with several startup companies large and small.His latest effort is a... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm MST
FVC Mesh Fort Collins

7:00pm MST

NoCo VR Panel Discussion & Demo
Limited Capacity seats available


We’ve been promised true virtual reality experiences since the 80’s, 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, and productivity. How is this cutting-edge tech being utilized by startups and corporations right here in Northern Colorado? This panel discussion gathers together VR pioneers all located right here in NoCo who are pushing the boundaries of this new medium and exploring all the ways it can be utilized to enhance educational experiences, bring brands to the next level, and even revolutionize the way audiences engage with museums and cultural institutions. After the panel discussion, experience VR for yourself with multiple types of devices and experiences. Cash bar will be available. Seating in the OtterBox Digital Dome is limited, additional seating and panel discussion viewing will be provided at an alternative location within the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery if capacity is reached.

Moderators
avatar for Kaden Strand

Kaden Strand

CEO, Blue Penguin LLC
Kaden Strand is the founder and CEO of Blue Penguin LLC, a custom solutions company that blends software engineering and creative design to solve practical problems with the perceptual power of virtual environments. Blue Penguin creates customized and interactive immersive content... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tod Clapp

Tod Clapp

Dr. Tod Clapp is an assistant professor of biomedical sciences for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has received numerous awards including: the Water Pik and CSU Athletic Department Excellence in Education Award; the Outstanding Academic Advising Award... Read More →
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Ben Gondrez

Digital Dome Manager, Fort Collins Museum Of Discovery
Ben Gondrez is a creative technologist who is always looking for unique and innovative ways to utilize technology to enhance educational, artistic, and professional purposes. Ben is currently the Digital Dome Manager at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. He facilitates bi-monthly... Read More →
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Paul Martin

Distinguished Technologist, HP Incorporated
Paul Martin is a Distinguished Technologist at HP Incorporated in Fort Collins, Colorado. Paul has a BSEE from the University of Colorado and an MSEE from Stanford. He worked at Bell labs after school and then joined HP in 1985 to work on the industry’s first full-functioned 3D... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Rasmussen

Kyle Rasmussen

Founder, Co-Owner, CEO, BlueShoe Media
Kyle Rasmussen is the founder and CEO of BlueShoe Media, a creative digital media production company that uses traditional and emerging tools, methods, and techniques in combination with world-class creative talent to pioneer the way stories are told. BlueShoe Media is actively using... Read More →
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Dr. Alan Rudolph

Dr. Alan Rudolph – Vice President for Research at CSU and Program Manager of the Walk Again Project, Dr. Alan S. Rudolph is Vice President for Research at Colorado State University. Dr. Rudolph is a former member of senior executive service leading the US Biodefense, Biosecurity... Read More →
avatar for Andy Stone

Andy Stone

Partner, Emerson Stone
Andy Stone is an instructor at CU Boulder and partner at Emerson Stone—a design agency focused on beautiful brands and lasting digital products. For the last decade, Andy has led design for tech startups and national brands including IBM, Travel Channel and Adobe.




Tuesday February 28, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm MST
OtterBox Digital Dome @ FCMOD
 
Wednesday, March 1
 

12:00pm MST

RMBA Group 'Cover Your Assets' Lunch & Learn
Limited Capacity seats available

Lunch is served at Noon with the Panel starting at 12:15.

What is an asset? Is it an idea? Is it a machine or a store front? Is an asset the key employee or the founder whose vision drives innovation? What does it mean to CYA? How are these assets protected? The answers to these questions and more will be provided by the RMBA Group in a
relaxed interactive AMA lunch and learn.

Bring your friends and your questions because lunch is on us - Provided by the RMBA Group and Z Catering. 

WHO WE ARE:
The Rocky Mountain Business Advocate Group provides In-House Counsel-as- a-
Service guidance to start-ups, mid-sized ventures and beyond. We are dedicated
to helping our clients create a legacy by helping our clients achieve their goals
while securing their assets through a comprehensive process. Among the
services offered is strategic business structure modeling, mapping and
implementing risk mitigation steps, and identifying key areas of contractual and
regulatory risks. This risk mitigation through organizational evolution mentality
addresses potential issues before the problems become a costly liability, not
after.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Phillips

Rob Phillips

Business & I.P. Attorney, RMBA Group
Rob is a Fort Collins native who returned to his hometown after working as in-house counsel for several multinational corporations. Since returning to Colorado Rob founded the RMBA Group, a law firm that specializes in provides In-House Counsel-as-a Service advisory guidance to high... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Hanning

Brian Hanning

Business & I.P. Attorney, RMBA Group
Brian returned to Fort Collins after law school and has focused on helping entrepreneurs keep their passion by providing the necessary legal support.The Rocky Mountain Business Advocate Group provides In-House Counsel-as-a-Service guidance to start-ups, mid-sized ventures and beyond... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
FVC Mesh Fort Collins

2:00pm MST

SEO for Startups
Limited Capacity seats available

Startup businesses need to be visible on the Internet in order for them to be successful. How can startup businesses plan ahead to be found via search engines? How do you ensure you'll hit the ground running when your doors open for business? We'll explore SEO (search engine optimization) specifically for businesses that are just getting off the ground.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Allen

Scott Allen

Owner, Northern Colorado SEO
I have been doing SEO for over 15 years and I still love it. Helping new and existing businesses improve their web presence is what I do best. I'm looking forward to the opportunity of speaking at Fort Collins Startup Week and hope to have many engaged business people in attendan... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Community Creative Center - Idea Lab

5:00pm MST

Essentials of Prospecting
Limited Capacity seats available

Prospecting is a lot like eating!
Ready to give up on excuses and develop a healthy prospecting appetite? Register for this workshop to learn:
• How to develop and implement a comprehensive prospecting plan
• How to identify the reasons for and how to conquer prospecting reluctance
• How to obtain mot only more appointments, but productive appointments

Come prepared to change what you’ve already gotten used to doing when it comes to prospecting for new business.

Speakers
avatar for Don Overcash

Don Overcash

Don Overcash has developed and grown successful businesses for more than 30 years. He began his career as a pharmacist/owner before spending the next 25 years in senior management roles in healthcare advertising and medical education. He served as president of three companies where... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm MST
Innosphere
 
Thursday, March 2
 

9:00am MST

Securing Our Future: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Secondary Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Fort Collins is an entrepreneurial and collaborative city, yet our K-12 education system is still largely based on educational models from the 1900's that stress information delivery and compliance. Join us to learn about how Compass High School, a new, public charter school is being built by a team of educators, students, entrepreneurs, artists, and business and nonprofit leaders to offer parents and students an innovative alternative. Our community-based school will make Fort Collins a national showcase for engaging youth in learning and contributing through real world projects and extensive internships. Our graduates will be academically prepared, and equally importantly, they will be masters of 21st Century skills including design thinking, communication, teamwork, and strategic planning. Compass High is more than a school, it is a community partner preparing students to join our city as engaged, entrepreneurial, and compassionate young adults. Please join us to discuss our exciting new model for working with students to assure a prosperous and healthy future for Fort Collins.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Burton

Terry Burton

Perspective keeper and Board Member, Compass High School
avatar for Chloe Harrington

Chloe Harrington

Model student and Team member, Compass High School
avatar for Jan Harrison

Jan Harrison

Leader, Compass High School
I am leading a team of experienced educators, business owners, nonprofit directors, artists, and students in creating a community-based learning school for students ages 12-19 years in Fort Collins, Colorado. Our entrepreneurial model is being prototyped this summer and will continue... Read More →
avatar for Jovan Lovato

Jovan Lovato

Truth teller and Board Member, Compass High School


Thursday March 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am MST
FVC Mesh Fort Collins

3:00pm MST

Fort Collins Drone Startups and Enthusiasts
Limited Capacity seats available

Fort Collins Drone Enthusiasts are in the house! Come hear about how it all got started, where it's going in the future with local community leaders, then close it out with indoor drone races and door prizes!!

Speakers
avatar for Josh Kerson

Josh Kerson

Founder, Run About Electric Cycles
Working towards bringing drone racing to fort Collins, securing a flying field, and holding MultiGP Races in a point series towards the national races. Works for Broadcom, manufacturing computer chips in Fort Collins.
avatar for Bill Moudy

Bill Moudy

Billy Moudy, Robotics instructor, Poudre School district Billy is an Entrepreneur, and continues to create new technologies for the drone industry. He has worked in the commercial sector at times, and aspires to create safe work for drone pilots. 
avatar for Brennen Zelener

Brennen Zelener

Newaya launched in 2010 to provide elegant trade in solutions for the cell phone industry. They are building tools for telcom. Founded the Fort Collins Drone Enthusiast group, and continues to support it's development.


Thursday March 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm MST
FVC Mesh Fort Collins

3:00pm MST

CSU Ventures Demo Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Join CSU Ventures for demo day at Fort Collins Startup Week. Engage with CSU startup companies.

Demo Day Agenda:
  • 3:00 - 4:00 pm – Presentations
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Networking & Happy Hour

Demo Day Companies:
  • Growcentia was founded by a team of three Colorado State University soil microbiologists that share a passion for enhancing soil health and promoting sustainable agriculture. Using innovative proprietary technology, this team developed an approach to identify and apply nature’s very best microbes to improve nutrient availability to plants. Growcentia's first product Mammoth P is helping thousands of growers around the country maximize the health of their soils or growth media to enhance plant health and yields, while minimizing the environmental impacts of agriculture.

  • Nexus Bioenergy offers a turnkey modular anaerobic digestion appliance for the agriculture, food and beverage industry. Our Bio1 process digests solid waste in a compact footprint with no waste water produced. Since there is no cost to dispose digester wastewater, the Bio1 systems have significantly lower operating costs compared to competition. Nexus offers zero-wastewater anaerobic digesters in formats for a full range of applications for organic waste processing.  Standard anaerobic digesters require lengthy on-site construction with significant project risk. Nexus’s turnkey design is delivered as a preassembled unit that is ready to produce biogas in just a few weeks.

  • Sahti develops a range of highly nutritious, delicious, and sustainable foods. We have two lines of food, one for humans and one for dogs. While this might seem strange, the fact is that the genomes of humans and dogs have evolved together for over 32,000 years!* As quoted by National Geographic, Ya-ping Zhang, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Kunming says “in addition to sharing genes that deal with diet and behavior, dogs and humans also share diseases, including obesity, obsessive-compulsive disorder, epilepsy, and some cancers including breast cancer.”

Speakers
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Steve Albers

Associate Director, NewCo Launchpad Initiative, CSU Ventures
Steve Albers is a Licensing Manager in the Technology Transfer Office at CSU Ventures. He is responsible in assisting the Directors of Marketing & Business Development with technology marketing, license negotiation, patent prosecution, and intellectual property identification for... Read More →
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Syed Reza

President and Co-founder of Nexus, Nexus Bioenergy
Syed Reza PhD is a co-founder and the President of Nexus. Syed has more than a decade of experience in technology commercialization, licensing and product development working with biotechnology organizations to define strategies for early-stage proof of concept. Syed has held progressively... Read More →
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Dr. Elizabeth Ryan

Co-Founder, Sahti
Our name, “Sahti” is adapted from an ancient Sanskrit word which means “companion.” We chose this name because we believe that every person and pet has the potential to live a long joyful life, and the right companion can make it possible. Our mission is to be that companion... Read More →
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Gregg Steinberg

Gregg Steinberg is Growcentia’s CEO. He has been involved in startups to mature companies and from private to public entities. He has expertise in launching and scaling early stage companies, executing on valuation creation strategies and in raising seed / venture capital. He has... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm MST
Downtown Artery

4:30pm MST

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 OConnell

Mike OConnell

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 →


Thursday March 2, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm MST
Community Creative Center - Idea Lab
 
Friday, March 3
 

9:00am MST

So You Want To Start A Marketplace?
Limited Capacity filling up

Do I start with supply or demand? How do I know there is a market? Do I need a CTO? When am I ready for funding? Come hear from 3 of Fort Collins leading marketplace CEOs about their journeys in building technology markets in 3 different sectors: rental, storage, and food. Come ready with your questions and a 1-minute pitch to get real time feedback from the panelist on your concept.

"If there’s something you want to build, but the tech isn’t there yet, just find the closest possible way to make it happen.” - Dennis Crowley, Foursquare co-founder


Speakers
avatar for Ashley Colpaart

Ashley Colpaart

Founder; CEO, The Food Corridor
Ashley is co-founder and CEO of The Food Corridor, a virtual food hub that connects food entrepreneurs to commercial kitchen space. The Food Corridor is the first food tech start-up aiming to regionalize food systems through reducing redundancy, increasing efficiencies, and providing... Read More →
avatar for Devin Eldridge

Devin Eldridge

Co-Founder/CEO, Stow
Co-Founder/CEO of Stow, the Airbnb for storage and long-term parking. I love the new challenges and the variety as a first-time entrepreneur. CPA and International MBA. Married with 3 little kids that keep me busy. Find me on www.Stow.io or CPApreneur.com.
avatar for Sarnen Steinbarth

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.


Friday March 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am MST
Community Creative Center - Idea Lab

11:00am MST

Radical Collaboration: How the Public Library Helps Your Startup Succeed
Limited Capacity seats available

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, the Library is here to help you innovate. If you think Poudre River Public Library District is just about books, then you don’t want to miss this presentation by Business Librarian Anne Macdonald! She will introduce you to the many free resources, programs, and services available at the Library to support you throughout the lifecycle of your startup.

Speakers

Friday March 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
Community Creative Center - Gallery

12:00pm MST

Lunch & Lightning Talks: Local Resources Pitch Back!
Limited Capacity seats available

Grab lunch and hear from some of our key business resources. Stick around after lunch to get to know them better.

Infused Water Crafts
Water Selection Infused with Seasonal Fruits and Herbs
Sweet & Unsweet Iced Tea
Freshly Brewed Sweet and Unsweet Teas
Sandwich Bar
Chef's Selection of Locally Sourced Meats, Cheeses, Toppings, Condiments, and Breads Set Up for Individually Crafted Sandwiches in Buffet Style
Farm Fresh Pasta Salad
Chef's Selection of Locally Sourced and Crafted Pasta Salad 

Thanks to our friends and neighbors at Z Catering! Z is a full service catering and event company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. They "believe in uniting and inspiring communities through wholesome food, passionate service, and uniquely crafted experiences through our love of all that is amazing!"

Speakers
avatar for Mike OConnell

Mike OConnell

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 →
US

United States Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce that issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification.
avatar for Rob Phillips

Rob Phillips

Business & I.P. Attorney, RMBA Group
Rob is a Fort Collins native who returned to his hometown after working as in-house counsel for several multinational corporations. Since returning to Colorado Rob founded the RMBA Group, a law firm that specializes in provides In-House Counsel-as-a Service advisory guidance to high... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Community manager, The Music District
Erin Roberts is the Community Manager at the Music District. Erin has extensive experience in various aspects of the music industry, working in college and community radio, music management, and managing a recording studio and live sound production company. She received a Master’s... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Skalicky

Cindy Skalicky

Owner, On Point Communications
Cindy Skalicky is the owner of On Point Communications, LLC. She provides public speaking coaching and brand consulting to clients who seek to master their message on stage, online and in publications. Cindy coaches clients on storytelling techniques, pitch decks, presentation... Read More →

Organizers
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 →

Sponsors

Friday March 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Community Creative Center - Gallery

1:00pm MST

Local Resource Expo
Limited Capacity seats available

Get to know our local business development resources better over lunch.

Infused Water Crafts
Water Selection Infused with Seasonal Fruits and Herbs
Sweet & Unsweet Iced Tea
Freshly Brewed Sweet and Unsweet Teas
Sandwich Bar
Chef's Selection of Locally Sourced Meats, Cheeses, Toppings, Condiments, and Breads Set Up for Individually Crafted Sandwiches in Buffet Style
Farm Fresh Pasta Salad
Chef's Selection of Locally Sourced and Crafted Pasta Salad 




Friday March 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Community Creative Center - Gallery

3:00pm MST

The Future of Energy As We Know It
Limited Capacity seats available

3:00 to 3:10 Gathering and snacks (tables on display)
3:10 to 3:50 A life time entrepreneur starting at age 12... by Ed VanDyne
3:50 to 4:00 Beer and bathroom break (tables on display)
4:00 to 5:00 The Energy Entrepreneurs Panel with:
Bryan Wilson CSU Powerhouse
Katie Hofner Pereto Battery
Guy Babbitt CZero
Josh Birks City of Fort Collins
Moderated by Ed VanDyne
5:00 to 6:00 Networking (tables on display)

Moderators
avatar for Ed van Dyne

Ed van Dyne

Chief Technology Officer, Wave Solar Technologies
Ed VanDyne is a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and engineering manager, with more than 29 years of experience in innovation, industry sales and fundraising. Mr. VanDyne has been recognized as an energy innovator in the “Places that Matter” Fort Collins exhibit within the Smithsonian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Josh Birks

Josh Birks

City of Fort Collins - Economic Health
avatar for Guy Babbitt Ph.D. PE

Guy Babbitt Ph.D. PE

Co-founder and CEO, Czero
Dr. Babbitt is the Co-founder and CEO of Czero, Inc based in Fort Collins, CO. Czero is a premier engineering firm that provides complete services to automotive, oil & gas, and clean tech companies in the US and abroad, as well as to the US Department of Energy and US Department of... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Willson

Bryan Willson

Executive Director, Energy Institute at Colorado State University
Dr. Bryan Willson is Executive Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University (www.Energy.ColoState.edu), where he also serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He served as a Program Director at ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, (www.AR... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 3:00pm - 5:30pm MST
Powerhouse Energy Campus

4:00pm MST

Hempreneurs
Limited Capacity filling up

There is an industrial revolution happening in the United States right now and Colorado based businesses and entrepreneurs are leading the county. Industrial Hemp is fast becoming a multi-billion dollar industry that includes: food, medicine, body care products, fiber, biodegradable plastics, fuel and building materials. This session will bring together an amazing group of experts and ‘Hempreneurs’ to discuss what you need to know before starting a hemp based business and how to overcome barriers to Hemp startups.

Moderators
avatar for Hunter Buffington

Hunter Buffington

Directing Manager, Sauce Promotion & Productions & Everybody Loves Sauce Consulting
Hunter Buffington has owned and operated Sauce Promotion & Productions, a successful small business for over 10 years. She also works in Enterprise Development and Resource Management using her experience to assist other entrepreneurs to create businesses that make the world a better... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Morris Beegle

Morris Beegle

Founder and CEO, Colorado Hemp Company
Morris Beegle is founder and president of WAFBA, LLC - We Are For Better AlternativesMorris spent 25 years in the music and entertainment industry before launching Colorado Hemp Company in 2012. In 2015 the WAFBA umbrella was created and there you will find Colorado Hemp Company... Read More →
avatar for David Bush

David Bush

Principle, David Law
David B. Bush earned an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona and a J.D. in law from the University of Wisconsin. He is admitted to practice in all courts in Colorado, as well as the United States Court of Federal Claims. David began practicing law in Minnesota... Read More →
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Kristen Kunau

Founder, Frieda Farms
Kristen has been a supporter of hemp since beginning her quest for earth-friendly product alternatives in high school. Through years of research she found that hemp products were the safest and best for keeping her family nourished, healthy, and clothed. The added bonus that hemp... Read More →
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John Long

Founder, Fat Pig Society
John R. Long graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 with a BS in Zoology and from Colorado State University in 1999 with a MS in Botany. Since then, he has launched a number of successful nonprofits and for-profits, including the Sustainable Living Fair in 1999, Blue Sun... Read More →
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Wendy Mosher

CEO and Co-founder, New West Genetics
Wendy is the CEO and a co-founder of New West Genetics. She holds an MA from California State University in Education, which she uses to wrangle her partners into a cohesive, prioritized force. Prior to working in education for 12 years, Wendy worked in the nonprofit sector in HR... Read More →
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christy thiel

Director of Business Development, Elixinol
I'm a Nutrition Therapist that specializes in DNA and CBD. Prevention is at the heart of health. Your individual genetic blueprint is an important piece for knowing specifically how and why your body does, or doesn't do what it's designed for. Nothing scary- everything supportive... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm MST
Downtown Artery