Meet Colorado Incubators and Accelerators
at RVC Summer Pitchfest/Incubator and Accelerator Night!
It’s the middle of August and we’re giving you six great reasons to come to RVC’s Summer Pitchfest – we’ll have six great companies pitching for angel/venture capital investment.
We’re also celebrating accelerators and incubators in Colorado – and clearing up questions about how they work.
Different accelerators have different “sweet spots” – some are focused on gathering the right team and then getting that team to develop a great idea. Others are focused on results and progress and so are looking for revenues and traction. No matter where your company is, make sure you understand where you are and how it aligns to the program(s) you are looking to join.
Program Type: incubator vs. accelerator program. While both incubators and accelerators provide advice, guidance, and various forms of support for businesses in the startup phase, there are several key differences between them.
Industry Focus: An additional element to take into consideration is the industry the incubator or accelerator specializes in.
Services: It is important to determine the benefits that come with operating your startup within the program. Business incubators and accelerators can assist with business plan development, legal advice, accounting, marketing, Internet access, financial tasks, and operational equipment. However, each incubator and accelerator provides different resources, so you will need to find one that offers the necessary services for your startup.
Seed Capital Available: The amount of money the incubator or accelerator typically grants or invests into participant companies.
Equity Stake: the percentage of a participant company that the incubator or accelerator program typically reserves for the seed investment and admittance to the program.
Total Exit Values: Indicates the overall selling price or value of companies that graduated from the incubator or accelerator program. It should be noted that the total exit values only represent the companies that have had an exit. Businesses that are still active are not included in this value.
Mentors: Mentoring can be the most vital aspect of program, so it is important to ensure that there are mentors who have a significant amount of experience in the industry.
Program Style: Denotes whether the incubator or accelerator provides its services on-site or online.
Sponsorship: Describes how the incubator or accelerator is financially supported. Business incubators and accelerators are generally government-operated, privately-held, or university-affiliated.
Graduated Companies: The total number of companies that graduated from the incubator or accelerator program.
Active Companies: The number of companies that are currently using the services provided by the incubator or accelerator
Demo Day: The day when startups present their venture to a large group of potential investors. Some incubators and accelerators host multiple demo days, which attract hundreds of spectators including investors, journalists, and other entrepreneurs. This is an ideal opportunity to showcase your service or product and demonstrate the successes of your company.
Join us on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to find out all the options available in Colorado!
|5:00-5:40||Networking Happy Hour|
|5:40-6:50||Round-table discussion with local Accelerators and Incubators.|
|6:50-8:00||Six great pitches from ready to raise capital companies|
RVC ACDEMY: ANGEL 101
Angel Investors are popping up all over the place and getting involved in Colorado’s thriving startup economy. Angels are making great returns on their investments while also making connections, learning about cutting edge technologies, and giving back to the community by sharing expertise.
Angel investors who are part of an angel group don’t technically need to know anything about the process since they can rely on the expertise of other “lead” investors. Smart angels will take the time to learn about the process and how to evaluate a deal, even if it’s with the help of others.
This workshop is an introduction to Angel Investing and provides an introduction to everything you need to know. How to work with Angel Groups to make better decisions and share in due diligence, how to value an early stage company, key term sheets provisions you should know, evaluating an exit strategy, screening for good deals and syndicating with other investors.
This workshop is open to anyone interested in Angel Investing regardless of whether you are currently an accredited investor or not. Entrepreneurs and non-members are welcome to register. Graduates of this workshop who are accredited investors are eligible to attend RVCs monthly Angel Groups in Denver, Boulder and Golden.