Colorado Capital Conference 2019

Celebrating 31 Years of Connecting Investors with Entrepreneurs

November 12th – Denver | November 13th – Golden

Private Equity’s Influence on Venture Capital

Private equity trends and behaviors influence how downstream venture capitalists operate. Private equity tends to acquire or invest in venture-backed deals, making these entities crucial to seed stage exits and follow-on investments. Similar to how VCs keep a close eye on Series A or B venture deals, venture capitalists and seed investors should pay attention to these upstream private equity investors as well.
Learning from the most successful private equity practices, venture capitalists can improve outcomes by taking a more active approach to managing investments. Be it board seats or hands-on operational support, venture capitalists, like private equity investors, can add value to portfolio companies through an increased sense of ownership, attentiveness, and responsibility.
While VC is being pushed upstream with larger rounds in later-stage companies, the opportunity for taking smaller deals at more reasonable valuations in places like Colorado keeps growing. By relying more on private equity deals or acquisitions, as opposed to IPOs, to exit a deal, understanding private equity is crucial to the success of both entrepreneurs and investors.

The Colorado Capital Conference is Hosted by:


Kick-Off Gala: Tue, Nov 12th 2019

The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St. Denver, CO 80204

5:00pm 6:00pm Food, Drinks, and Networking
6:00pm 6:45pm The Third Customer (Keynote Panel / Conversations) 
6:45pm 8:00pm Meet the CCC 2019 pitch companies and sponsors

CCC 2019 (Main Event): Wed, Nov 13th 2019

Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401

8:00am 9:00am Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
9:00am 9:35am Welcome and Introductions
9:40pm 10:30pm CCC 2019 Keynote
10:35am 11:35am 4 Company Pitches
11:40am 12:40pm Conference Lunch Break
12:45pm 1:35pm Conference Panel
1:35pm 2:35pm 4 Company Pitches
2:35pm 3:10pm Networking Break
3:10pm 3:30pm Venture Bucks Awards, Sponsor Prize Give-Away, & Closing Remarks
4:00pm 6:00pm CCC 2019 All Investor Forum (Accredited Investors Only)

Event Venue & Accommodations

Kick-Off Gala: Tue, Nov 12th 2019

The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St. Denver, CO 80204

CCC 2019 (Main Event): Wed, Nov 13th 2019

Buffalo Rose Event Center – Golden, CO

CCC 2019 Speakers

Peter Calamari

Peter Calamari joined Platte River Equity as a Managing Director in 2008 and focuses on the firm’s investments in Industrial & Energy Products & Services, and Transportation. For more than 15 years, Mr. Calamari has been a private equity investor in industrial, energy and service-based operating companies. Prior to joining Platte River Equity, Mr. Calamari was a Principal at Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm that has raised more than $7 billion across six funds. Previously, Mr. Calamari was an analyst with the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Calamari is on the Boards of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and was previously on the Board of Duff & Phelps (NYSE: DUF). Mr. Calamari holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. He and his wife live in Denver and have three children.


Amy Zupon

Amy Zupon serves as head of Vertafore, an insurance technology company based in Denver. She makes enormous contributions to the insurance industry on a daily basis, directly influencing the capabilities and success of thousands of insurance businesses across the country. Zupon took the helm at Vertafore in 2016; since then, Vertafore launched a new headquarters in Denver, hired more than 600 employees and realigned to a ‘centers of excellence’ strategy to provide world-class service and support to its customers.

Mark Hynes

Mark Hynes currently serves as the CEO of Granicus, a leading provider of cloud-based government software solutions. Hynes joined Granicus after over two decades of leadership and experience driving growth and developing scalable organizational capabilities in a variety of executive roles, including President, COO, and co-founder across startup, midsize, and large technology organizations.

CCC 2019 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Exhibitor Supporting Partners