Colorado Capital Conference 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Connecting Investors with Entrepreneurs

November 13th – Denver | November 14th – Westminster

Angel Investing has traditionally been a local activity.  Angels support businesses in their own community in a time where investors are sending their capital to Wall Street where anonymous managers invest in companies that take jobs away from local communities and send the profits right back to Wall Street, leaving intra-coastal communities in the lurch.  Economic development 101 tells us that if we keep capital in the community, we get a “multiplier effect” when cash is recycled throughout the community, resulting in 3-5 times more economic impact than when it is shipped back to corporate headquarters somewhere else. Join us in the Colorado Capital Conference 2018 where we will look at how Angel and Venture Capital investors can get better, more tax advantaged returns by investing in their own communities and diversifying their portfolios by investing local and creating positive social and economic impact.

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Kick-Off Gala: Tue, Nov 13th 2018

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

5:00pm 6:00pm Food, Drinks, and Networking
6:00pm 6:45pm CCC 2018 Kickoff Keynote Address
6:45pm 7:15pm RVC Community Awards
7:15pm 8:00pm Meet the CCC 2018 pitch companies and sponsors

CCC 2018 (Main Event): Wed, Nov 14th 2018

Noah’s Event Center, 11885 Bradburn Blvd. Westminster, CO 80031

8:00am 9:00am Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
9:00am 9:35am Welcome and Introductions
9:35am 10:35am 4 Company Pitches
10:35am 11:10am Networking and Coffee Break
11:10am 12:00pm Investing in the Rest: Intra-Coastal Angel & VC Leaders Panel
12:00pm 1:00pm  Lunch Break
1:05pm 2:05pm CCC 2018 Keynote: Ross Baird, Village Capital
2:10pm 3:10pm 4 Company Pitches
3:10pm 3:40pm Networking Break
3:40pm 4:00pm Venture Bucks Awards, Sponsor Prize Give-Away, & Closing Remarks
4:15pm 6:00pm CCC 2018 All Investor Forum (Accredited Investors Only)

Event Venue & Accommodations

Kick-Off Gala: Tue, Nov 13th 2018

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

CCC 2018 (Main Event): Wed, Nov 14th 2018

Noah’s Event Center, 11885 Bradburn Blvd. Westminster, CO 80031

Hotels/Accommodations Nearby

CCC 2018 Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Ross Baird

Ross developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Ross worked on the development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India, the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar. Contact:

The Innovation Blind Spot

Author: Ross Baird

Our innovation economy is broken. But there’s good news: The ideas that will solve our problems are hiding in plain sight.

While big companies in the American economy have never been more successful, entrepreneurial activity is near a 30-year low. More businesses are dying than starting every day. Investors continue to dump billions of dollars into photo-sharing apps and food-delivery services, solving problems for only a wealthy sliver of the world’s population, while challenges in health, food security, and education grow more serious.

In The Innovation Blind Spot, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ross Baird argues that the innovations that truly matter don’t see the light of day—for reasons entirely of our own making. A handful of people in a handful of cities are deciding, behind closed doors, which entrepreneurs get a shot to succeed. And most investors are what Baird calls “two-pocket thinkers”—artificially separating their charitable work from their day job of making a profit.

The resulting system creates rising income inequality, stifled entrepreneurial ambition, social distrust, and political uncertainty. Our innovation problem makes all our other problems harder to solve. In this book, Baird demonstrates how and where to find better ideas by lifting up people, places, and industries that are often overlooked. What’s more, Baird ultimately outlines how to create long-term success through “one-pocket thinking”—eliminating the blind spot that separates “what we do for a living” and “what we really care about.”

“Investing in the Rest” Panelist: Stephanie Spong,  Royal Street Ventures

Now based in Colorado, Stephanie is Royal Street Ventures resident renaissance woman. Her high caliber finance background includes time at Goldman, Citi, and Epic Ventures. Additionally, she is a published author, gamer, and runs an 1880’s Opera House in rural Colorado. Royal Street Ventures invests in startups across the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions.

“Investing in the Rest” Panelist: Allie Esch, Dundee VC

Allie joined Dundee VC full time in July 2017. Her current focus is on sourcing investment opportunities in addition to helping analyze market and industry trends impacting the technology sector. Dundee VC is focused on investing in tech startups throughout the under-served capital markets in the US and Canada with a focus on companies in the Midwest.

“Investing in the Rest” Panelist: Pat LaPointe, Frontier Angels

Pat LaPointe is a member of 8 angel groups across the Rockies and West region, is executive director of the Frontier Angels in Bozeman MT, and an active member of ASN. He’s also very active in mentoring early stage entrepreneurs in Montana and founded Early Stage MT – a 501(c)3 program to match emerging tech companies with the mentors and capital they need to grow faster. Pat serves on 4 early stage boards and several community charitable boards.

“Investing in the Rest” Moderator: Tricia Meyer, Meyer Law

Named one of the Most Influential Female Attorney’s in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business, Tricia Meyer is the Founder + Managing Attorney of Meyer Law + an active member of Chicago + Colorado’s startup + technology communities. Through her entrepreneurial mindset + innovative approach to her legal practice, Meyer has secured clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500’s.

CCC 2018 Companies

Companies that pitch at the Colorado Capital Conference will be in front of a crowd of over 300 active investors, entrepreneurs, and community members. Every company that applies to pitch will receive valuable feedback from RVC’s screening committee of active investors and industry pros.

CCC 2018 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Exhibitor Supporting Partners