In the western region of our country where the Coalition for a Connected West (CCW) works, the tech sector is playing an increasingly vital role in state economies. Access to high-speed Internet has inspired individuals from all walks of life to create opportunity for families and businesses. Read more
Cannabis: Do The Regular Rules Apply When Investing? You can now recreationally grow it, smoke it, vape it, tincture it, and eat it. And probably ‘verb it’ in a few other ways I’m not up to speed on. But do you want to invest in it? Read more
Finding capital is no easy task. Lots of start-ups struggle early on with where to find the capital they need to bring a great product (or service) to market or to tend to a broken technology in need of some work. Funding Your Dreams: Calling All Entrepreneurs, a panel at this year’s WILD Summit, covered just this. Once you’ve determined how much capital you need, how do you put together your fundraising strategy? Who do you ask for funding and are you offering something in return? What do you need to know before you start? Read more
The ’80s has officially made a comeback, making its mark on today’s culture in ways that are both amusing and unexpected. But even as some of these old trends enjoy some new popularity today, it’s clear that this resurgence is limited: After all, who could truly long for dial-up Internet after experiencing our current digital age? Read more
Last week at the Angel Capital Summit, the Rockies Venture Club hosted the first-ever University Startup Challenge. It was the first pitch competition in Colorado specifically for students from across the state, and we were proud to host it! Since they presented to real investors at an investor conference, we were looking for the ‘most fundable companies’ instead of just business plan competition winners. These entrepreneurs are all actively working to build their company, and some have real traction in the market. They were also on equal footing with the rest of the companies at ACS for investor funding. 5 of the top universities in Colorado nominated students for the event – University of Denver, CU-Boulder, CU-Denver, University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University. Read more
If I could have any job in the world, it would be to be a full time angel investor. Angels get to meet super-smart people with cutting edge ideas, they work with other angels who have deep sector expertise and ask great questions, they are intellectually stimulated in evaluating and negotiating deals and they can make a lot of money. Read more
When you think of entrepreneurship, innovation and startups – what words first come to mind? I bet it’s not “government,” but in Colorado, maybe it should be on the list. Read more
The crop of companies presenting to investors at this years’ Angel Capital Summit are truly outstanding. Some people may believe that these awesome companies just fall into our lap, ready to pitch and raise capital, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The selection process for the Angel Capital Summit is rigorous and the preparation companies go through is even tougher. Read more
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