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Monday, July 24
 

2:00pm

Intrapreneurship: Building Entrepreneurship from the Inside
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Intrapreneurship is thinking and acting like an entrepreneur while working with a large organization. In fact, many organizations are recognizing the value of entrepreneurial thinking within a corporate environment, and are adopting management styles that integrate and reward risk-taking and innovative approaches that were previously thought of as characteristics of entrepreneurship in a startup environment. This session brings together representatives of some of Longmon’t largest, most successful, and most innovative organizations that are leading the way in fostering a culture of intrapreneurship.


Moderators
avatar for Jessica Erickson

Jessica Erickson

President/CEO, Longmont Economic Development Partnership
Prior to joining the Economic Council Jessica Erickson was the Senior Industry Development Manager for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade focusing on retention, expansion and recruitment of businesses specializing in Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure Engineering, Electronics, Financial Services, and Technology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Bagal

Ajay Bagal

President & Chief Operating Officer, Intellisource
Our President & Chief Operating Officer, Ajay Bagal, brings a proven track record of business, financial and technical expertise from his 20 years of executive leadership and experience in global operations, management consulting, capital planning and corporate strategy.  Ajay oversees all of our outsourcing verticals: Technology Solutions, Distribution and Fulfillment Management, Contact and Technical Center Support, and Implementation Services; shared services: Corporate Finance, Accounting, Legal, Human Resources and Information Technology; as well as our Corporate Development and Strategy team. Prior to joining IntelliSource, Ajay successfully navigated the profitable turnaround of a multi-million dollar private equity-owned acquisitions management firm as President and member of its Board of Directors... Read More →
avatar for Judy Cousin

Judy Cousin

Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Circle Graphics
Business builder and strategist with over 20 years of experience in business development, marketing and | management of large corporations, start-ups and non-profits.
avatar for Brad Fross

Brad Fross

Director FPGA Software Development, Xilinx
Brad Fross joined Xilinx in 1999 after spending several years developing high-performance computing products at a small/startup company in Annapolis, Maryland.  While at Xilinx, Brad has led and contributed to several high-performing cross-functional teams that develop products ranging from software tools to ASIC... Read More →
avatar for Don Haddad

Don Haddad

Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley School District
The superintendent of St. Vrain Valley School District is Don Haddad. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. Haddad joined the district as a principal in 2001. He was named Superintendent of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of School Superintende... Read More →
avatar for Becky Peters

Becky Peters

Program Manager, Innovation Center at St. Vrain Valley School District
Becky is the Program Manager at St Vrain Valley Schools' Innovation Center, a position which allows her to support the integration of design thinking and STEM into K-12 classrooms throughout the district. She has a passion for creating learning experiences that delight and inspire students of all ages. Previous positions include STEM coordinator, Secondary Math... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Longtucky Spirits 350 Terry Street, Suite 120, Longmont, CO

3:00pm

Founder 101
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Moderators
avatar for Andy Welch

Andy Welch

President, Sun Construction
Andy Welch is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Longmont Economic Development Partnership and President of Sun Construction & Facility Services, Inc. where he has worked since 1998. Andy has started several companies in Longmont including, Auction Genius and Insight... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Bagal

Ajay Bagal

President & Chief Operating Officer, Intellisource
Our President & Chief Operating Officer, Ajay Bagal, brings a proven track record of business, financial and technical expertise from his 20 years of executive leadership and experience in global operations, management consulting, capital planning and corporate strategy.  Ajay oversees all of our outsourcing verticals: Technology Solutions, Distribution and Fulfillment Management, Contact and Technical Center Support, and Implementation Services; shared services: Corporate Finance, Accounting, Legal, Human Resources and Information Technology; as well as our Corporate Development and Strategy team. Prior to joining IntelliSource, Ajay successfully navigated the profitable turnaround of a multi-million dollar private equity-owned acquisitions management firm as President and member of its Board of Directors... Read More →
avatar for Doug Bartlet

Doug Bartlet

Sage Advisor/Independent Consultant, Innosphere
Doug’s specialties: Embedded systems hardware and firmware design & implementation, Bluetooth Low-Energy, Sensors, Smartphone Apps, ASIC design, Computer System Architecture, Management of very large, complex projects, Networking ASICs, Floating Point hardware design, Organizatio... Read More →
avatar for Cory Finney

Cory Finney

Operations Manager, Boomtown Accelerator
Cory has been involved in startups since his senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder when he co-founded a company called SnowGate. As CEO of the company, he led the team through developing a product, fundraising, and exit. Afterwards, Cory started consulting, working... Read More →
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John Gaddis

Partner, KO | Koenig, Oelsner, Taylor, Schoenfeld & Gaddis
John’s practice focuses on corporate and business transactions and general corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, company formations, public offerings, strategic alliances and general corporate representation. John’s mergers and acquisitions experience includes the representation of public and private companies on a broad array of transactions with aggregate deal values in excess of $2 billion. In addition, John has represented numerous private companies on a wide variety of issues, including formation, shareholder agreements, federal and state securities law compliance, commercial contracts, employment agreements, stock option plans and other related matters. John began his legal career working in Denver for Faegre... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
St. Vrain Cidery 350 Terry St., Suite 130, Longmont, CO - Entrance is in the alleyway
 
Tuesday, July 25
 

9:00am

The Art and Science of Valuing Your Startup
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Shina Culberson, President of Quist will share her two decades of valuation experience around the art and science of valuing startup businesses.  She will talk about the stages of valuation and when to use them, the top six business value drivers and how to leverage multiple valuation techniques to win negotiations.


Speakers
avatar for Shina Culberson

Shina Culberson

President, Quist Valuation
As the President of Quist, Shina Culberson brings over two decades of financial and valuation experience to her leadership and guidance of the firm.  Known for her direct style and laser focus, Ms. Culberson specializes in business and securities valuation engagements for corporate finance, financial reporting and tax purposes... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
CoSolve 350 Terry Street, Suite 300, Longmont, CO

11:00am

Finding Your Mentors & Building Your Support Network
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Building a business from the ground up on your own can be a daunting task and a lonely process, and, if you're a solopreneur, that's doubly true. Rather than to go through the arduous process of finding a co-founder or business partner, consider seeking a community of like-minded individuals. Tapping into a strong support network can provide a significant boost as your business grows and transitions. The question is where do you find a group of connections, not just contacts?  Join Co-Founder of Galvanize, Chris Onan, as he discusses the why and how of finding the right mentors, collaborating in an entrepreneurial community, and building your support network.

Moderators
avatar for Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas

Executive Director, TinkerMill
Ron Thomas is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of TinkerMill, the largest makerspace in the Rocky Mountain region. For the last fourteen years, Ron has grown international and local communities built on data-driven talent management, community service, and consistent creativ... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Onan

Chris Onan

Co-Founder & Former COO/CFO, Galvanize
Chris raised over $85 million of capital to support Galvanize’s growth and expansion from a concept to eight campuses with locations including San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Denver, Boulder, Phoenix and Austin.   Additionally, Chris led Galvanize’s fundraising efforts for its first venture... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. Vrain Cidery 350 Terry St., Suite 130, Longmont, CO - Entrance is in the alleyway

1:00pm

Accelerator/Incubator Who's Who
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Learn about the various incubator and accelerators in the area and have an opportunity to meet them and ask your questions.

Moderators
avatar for Janine Ledingham

Janine Ledingham

Director of Local Business & Startup Community, Longmont Economic Development Partnership
Janine is the Director of Local Business and Startup Community Development at the Longmont Economic Development Partnership. She is  responsible for developing and coordinating the City of Longmont's local business support programs and for supporting Longmont's Startup Community development in collaboration with partner... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis

Program Director, Merge Lane
Hannah is an extraordinary community builder and startup supporter. She is the Program Director at MergeLane, an investment fund and education platform focused on accelerating high-potential female leaders. Before joining MergeLane, Hannah was an integral force at the Impact Hub... Read More →
avatar for Emilie Kintner

Emilie Kintner

General Manager, Galvanize
Having spent 10 years working for cultural non-profits (Visual & Performing Arts Centers) prior to joining Galvanize, Emilie was no stranger to education, community and operations.  Having been with Galvanize since 2014, Emilie was one of the earliest employees and as is typical with fast growing startups has seen lots of change and scale, including her own journey from campus leadership... Read More →
avatar for Shaw Lathrop

Shaw Lathrop

Program Manager, Boomtown Accelerator
Shaw has always identified as a jack of all trades. In past lives he has worked as a musician, wine specialist, yoga instructor, Ayurvedic practitioner, and care giver. 5 years ago Shaw became active in the Boulder startup community through working out of SCRIB coworking. Eventu... Read More →
avatar for Kaleigh Solley

Kaleigh Solley

Business Development Manager, Rockies Venture Club
Kaleigh started as RVC Manager of Business Development in October 2016. Tasked with growing the group, she is actively working to recruit and retain active investors and entrepreneurs. Additionally Kaleigh adds a much needed focus on grant writing and seeking sponsorships to expand... Read More →
avatar for Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Director of Communication, Innosphere
Emily is the Communications Director for Innosphere, Colorado’s leading technology incubator supporting high-tech companies that have the potential to exponentially grow in the industries of health innovation, bioscience, energy, advanced materials, and software/hardware. At In... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bootstrap Brewing Company 142 Pratt Street, Longmont, CO

4:00pm

That Which Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger
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Being an entrepreneur is challenging in many regards and one of challenges is managing the ups and downs that come from starting and running a business. While the  media loves to focus the successes of startups – winning rounds of funding, acquiring smaller startups and achieving unicorn status, the less glorious tales of  entrepreneurs’ struggles to overcome challenges, the pain and scars of failure, rejection and loss of confidence tend to be glossed over or completely ignored. Great character is forged in the fire of adversity and many entrepreneurs and startups have risen to meet these challenges and achieve success. This panel of entrepreneurs will share some of the challenges and market flounders they faced as startups and how handled them.


Moderators
avatar for Jeff Donenfeld

Jeff Donenfeld

Investment Manager, Boomtown Accelerator
Jeffrey Donenfeld is a business innovation and relationship manager, technology strategist, and media consultant.  | | He’s also worked globally as a photojournalist, public speaker, and blogger, and Antarctic expedition technician. 

Speakers
avatar for Sergio R. Angeles

Sergio R. Angeles

Co-Founder & President, Longmont Observer
Sergio is currently a co-founder and the president of Longmont Observer, a local non-profit news and media entity in Longmont, CO. Prior to working on startups, Sergio was a IT Consultant working for Fortune 500 companies such as Bank of America and Marriott. He left the east coa... Read More →
avatar for Kate Cygan

Kate Cygan

Founder, Read Dog
A book nerd and coffee lover, Kate's background is in literature and product creation. She loves the startup world and designing beautiful experiences.
avatar for Chris Drayer

Chris Drayer

Co-Founder, Revaluate
Chris Drayer is CoFounder of Revaluate, the data company that leverages predictive analytics to determine who’s most likely to move.  Revaluate has been recognized by Stephan Swanepoel as a 2017 Top 20 Trendsetter and is a 2017 Inman Innovator award finalist. Previously, Chris launched RealSatisfied in the US and helped grow... Read More →
avatar for Terry Olkin

Terry Olkin

Co-Founder & CEO, Left Hand Robotics
An MIT graduate in Computer Science and Engineering, Terry has worked at both large Fortune 100 technology companies and small startups, including three he co-founded. He has over 25 years of experience that spans software engineering, conceiving new products, building business p... Read More →
avatar for Michael Wray

Michael Wray

Founder, Read Dog Books
Recurring revenue isn't just for software. Every retailer can benefit from predictable monthly sales. And Michael believes that when you find a coffee roaster you love, you should be able to buy a subscription box from them.


Tuesday July 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Experience 471 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501
 
Wednesday, July 26
 

1:00pm

Landing Equity
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Equity investors are approached by hundreds of entrepreneurs every year pitching their respective businesses.  Some are really polished and focused, and others amazingly ineffective and convoluted. Learn from two Rockies Venture Club investors some basic tips on how you can make your pitch as effective as can be, to capture investors’ attention. 


Speakers
avatar for Charles McGregor

Charles McGregor

General Partner, McGregor & Associates, LLC
Charles McGregor graduated cum laude from CMC in 2015 with a departmental Honors in Biophysics. While at CMC, Charles built upon his interests in effective leadership in STEM centered businesses as a research assistant to Dr. Ron Riggio an advisee of Dr. Jay Conger’s, a Keck Graduate... Read More →
avatar for Andrew McGregor

Andrew McGregor

President/COO, McGregor & Associates, LLC
Andrew McGregor is an active angel investor/mentor in the Rockies Venture Network, industry advisor for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado, and Board Member of the Kravis Leadership Institute. Having lived and worked around the world, he is best known for business and competitive strategy, product innovation, and leadership during rapid growth or turn- arounds. Mr. McGregor has served as President, COO, and CMDO for international firms such as Herman Miller Inc. and Knoll International. While under his leadership, these firms received design awards such as Best of the Decade by Time Magazine, and Best Consumer Products of the last 100 years by Fast Company, while also being cited by Fortune Magazine as both... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Guaranty Bank 401 Main Street, Longmont, CO
 
Thursday, July 27
 

9:00am

The Right Problem to Solve: Walking a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes
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All too often entrepreneurs attempt to bring a solution to market before really understanding the challenges faced by the customers they intend to serve. This is a recipe for failure at worst— mediocrity at best. On the other hand, it’s amazing how quickly a new company can achieve success when they’ve really taken the time to walk a mile in the shoes of those customers and identify the most important problem to solve. In this fireside chat, Todd Kinzle will share the story of how he and his partners found the right problem to solve in the auto industry by first becoming dealers themselves. This approach lead them to a successful product launch and to quickly being acquired by one of the largest players in the industry. 


Moderators
avatar for Andy Welch

Andy Welch

President, Sun Construction
Andy Welch is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Longmont Economic Development Partnership and President of Sun Construction & Facility Services, Inc. where he has worked since 1998. Andy has started several companies in Longmont including, Auction Genius and Insight... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Todd Kinzle

Todd Kinzle

Founder / Sr. Director of Product Strategy, AuctionGenius / vAuto
I am an experienced entrepreneur with a bent towards technology and a passion for impact. I love leading people and creating a winning culture by filling teams with great individuals and inspiring what's awesome in each of them. I get a real thrill out of leveraging technology to... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Bad Daddy's Burgers Village at the Peaks - 1250 S. Hover Street, Longmont, CO

10:00am

Trial & Error in Business: Slim Chances, Challenges, and Risks Taken with Dave Query
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Speakers
avatar for Dave Query

Dave Query

Founder & Owner, Big Red F Restaurant Group
Dave Query has a long history with food and cooking in Boulder, Colorado. It started at the palace of all things good grub, Mustard's Last Stand, where at a young age he learned the very gratifying return of making someone something to eat and having them really enjoy it. After attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and a stint as the chef aboard Malcolm Forbes' yacht, Dave worked and staged in some of the best and busiest kitchens of Chicago, San Francisco, and New Orleans, all the while eating out at every dive that would take him. In 1988, he returned home to Colorado and earned some incredible press, first for the Lick Skillet Cafe, a funky mountain cabin in Gold Hill, then at Cliff Young's, Denver's bastion for fine dining, and finally for Q's Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado. | In 1994, he opened the first of what would become The Big Red F Restaurant Group: Zolo Southwestern Grill. Dubbed "the hottest restaurant in town," Zolo offered fine, soulful southwestern cuisine in an easy-going environment. Nine months later, Dave opened Jax Fish House on Pearl Street. The center oyster bar was an immediate success, and Jax has been thumping ever since. | With Zolo and Jax dialed in, Dave proceeded to open more restaurants in the Big Red F family, each a stronghold of fine food, unmatched ambiance, and expert hospitality: Jax Denver, in November 1996, in a building that Jack Kerouac used to live in and Tom Waits wrote a song about; Rhumba, on the same block as Jax in Boulder, which nine years later transformed into Centro Latin Kitchen... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
The Post 1258 S. Hover Road, Longmont, CO 80501

1:00pm

Why Longmont?
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Longmont offers a combination of affordability, infrastructure, workforce, education, and quality of life that is rare and increasingly sought after in a modern economy. Longmont is also recognized as one of the most business friendly cities in Colorado with a reputation for welcoming businesses and showing an investment in programs and policies to encourage growth. With the “Why Longmont?” session, you will hear the stories of local entrepreneurs from across the country who have recently chosen Longmont. They’ll each tell their story of why they chose Longmont, and why you should too. 

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Erickson

Jessica Erickson

President/CEO, Longmont Economic Development Partnership
Prior to joining the Economic Council Jessica Erickson was the Senior Industry Development Manager for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade focusing on retention, expansion and recruitment of businesses specializing in Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure Engineering, Electronics, Financial Services, and Technology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doug Campbell

Doug Campbell

President, Roccor, LLC & Solid Power, Inc.
Doug is a serial entrepreneur with experience in commercializing new technologies in the aerospace, military and cleantech markets. He is currently the CEO of Longmont-based Roccor, a manufacturer of space and military products, and Louisville-based Solid Power, a developer of n... Read More →
avatar for Dan Lance

Dan Lance

Owner, The Roost
Dan Lance was born and raised in Riverside, California. Alyssa Lance was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Alyssa moved to Riverside when she was seven. In high school Dan and Alyssa began to date and they got married in May of 1999. They moved to Redding, California in January of 2007... Read More →
avatar for JOhn Rokos

JOhn Rokos

Founder, CEO, & Product Architect, Enemy Tree, LLC
JOhn Rokos serves as the founder, chief executive officer, and product architect for Enemy Tree, LLC™, the parent company of the next level news platform, Mosaiscope™. His passion lies in progressive design, sustainable thinking and radically useful solutions. | JOhn was in... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Tishue

Jessica Tishue

Director of Marketing, Disruptive Marketing
My Commitment: To positively impact humanity + our environment through innovation. | | Who I Am: Accomplished integrative communications leader and digital strategist with a high commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaboration that drive results. I utilize the power of multi-channel communication and digital strategies to influence outcomes. | | I currently manage all aspects of my... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gold's Gym Village at the Peaks - 1250 S. Hover Street, Longmont, CO

3:00pm

Mental Fitness for Entrepreneurs
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As an entrepreneur, your greatest asset is you. You are worth more than any amount of funding and any idea. Your humanity is the birthplace of your innovation, creativity, leadership skills, passion, integrity and resilience. It's where the awesome ideas will come from and how you will get through the challenges. But did you know that entrepreneurs face a rate of depression that is four times that of non-entrepreneurs? They often feel alone with their rollercoaster of emotions, and don't know how to manage their mental fitness. Wellness is a competitive advantage!

Key learning objectives of this discussion include:
• Why an entrepreneur's mental health is important to a start-up's success
• How to recognize one's own strengths, weaknesses and emotions
• The signs that may indicate a need for help
• Skills for self-help and resources for professional help

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Terri Finney

Dr. Terri Finney

Co-Founder, Startup Wellbeing
I address human dynamics to help individuals, and teams clarify their purpose and achieve goals to be successful in the business of life. I coach executives either for remediation or for development in the areas of self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, influence, leadershi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cory Finney

Cory Finney

Operations Manager, Boomtown Accelerator
Cory has been involved in startups since his senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder when he co-founded a company called SnowGate. As CEO of the company, he led the team through developing a product, fundraising, and exit. Afterwards, Cory started consulting, working... Read More →
avatar for Leah Winkler

Leah Winkler

Program Manager, Boomtown Accelerator
Leah is one of the founding members of Boomtown Accelerator, and has worked with 69 startup companies since Boomtown began in 2014. Her role at Boomtown includes managing and facilitating the program curriculum, determining the pace and tasks associated with specific tracks withi... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gold's Gym Village at the Peaks - 1250 S. Hover Street, Longmont, CO
 
Friday, July 28
 

2:30pm

Entrepreneurial Mindset from a Student's Point of View
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as students who graduated from the St Vrain Valley Schools and the Innovation Center discuss their findings around the "mindset of an entrepreneur."  Listen as they discuss the 8 pieces of the entrepreneur and how they utilized an 'Opportunity Canvas' to discover a problem, solution and how to network.  As you are journeying into the business world, do you have the 'mindset'?



Moderators
avatar for Jeff Lund

Jeff Lund

Instructional Program Consultant, St. Vrain Valley School District
Jeffrey holds an MBA-Finance from Colorado State University and a Certification in the ELIMindset as well as teaching and principal licensures.   His goal is to help individuals, teams and organizations discover their true potential. Jeffrey has been consulting and developing pro... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steven Lamp

Steven Lamp

Student, Oregon State University
Freshman at Oregon State University who is an avid percussionist and business man in training.  He has worked with Otter cares, a division of Otter Box, Volks Wagon, and other start up businesses with longmont.


Friday July 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Samples World Bistro 370 Main Street, Longmont, CO