RVC Weekly Newsletter

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Announcing the Launch of the 3rd HyperAccelerator!

When we set out to create the HyperAccelerator program, we wanted to make sure our program left participants feeling ready to speak with investors armed with defensible documents to justify investment deals. With two successful HyperAccelerators under our belt, we’re happy to announce a third opportunity for companies to learn and grow. HyperAccelerator Graduates won’t have an “old-school business plan” but they will have credible proformas, a strong pitch deck, and valuable mentor feedback.

~Ian

Read RVC’s recent blog post: What a VC looks for in a portfolio company

Deep Dive w/ Comsero
Wednesday 11/30 | 12-2:00 PM | Thrive Ballpark 1415 Park Ave. W. Denver, CO 80205

We will be holding a deep dive in partnership with Kokopelli Ventures. Comsero designs and builds unique products that inspire creativity and cultivate collaboration. Our products live in the real world, and are supported by elegantly crafted software. We currently have revenue from education, corporate and military customers. Our first product to market, mcSquares, is a dry-erase collaboration system with a digital future. *Accredited Investors Only

Deep Dives With Rockies Venture Fund
Thursday 12/8 5:00-7:00 PM | Thrive Ballpark
Friday 12/16 | Boulder

This deep dive will be a special session where investors can ask managing partners, Peter Adams, Dave Harris, and Kevin Morningstar any questions that they have about the fund. This will give investors more insight into the structure of the fund, its investment philosophy, and its strategy of leveraging AngelList to potentially double the returns of a standard VC Fund. *Accredited Investors Only

High Altitude Investors Chapter Meeting
Thursday Dec. 1st | 4:00-7:00 PM | The Catalyst Campus – 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Entrepreneurs and prospective investors are welcome to come and view the pitches to learn where the bar is set and to see some of the best venture-ready companies that Colorado has to offer. The High Altitude Investor Forum is a group of accredited investors who are interested in learning about private equity investing in Colorado. Newcomers are welcome regardless of whether they are experienced Angels or if they are just curious. There is no requirement to invest and each investor makes their own decisions on each deal.

Impact Investing Night
Tuesday Dec. 13th | 5-7:30 PM | Denver SBDC 1445 Market St. Denver, CO 80202

The creation of economic value and social value are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Philanthropists have given their support to worth while organizations for many years. Learn about a new type of philanthropy that involves investing in social or environmental impact companies that promise to grow, have great impact, and return funds to philanthropic investors who can re-invest the funds in an “evergreen” fashion to continue making even greater impacts locally and around the world.

Fort Collins Events: Mastermind and Colorado Angel Investor Forum 
Wednesday Dec. 7th | 12-5:00 PM | Galvanize 242 Linden St. Fort Collins, CO 80524

On the first Wednesday of the month RVC holds two events as Galvanize in Fort Collins. The first is the funding mastermind event were you can use the power of groups to get your toughest questions answered, set goals, and hold your peers accountable. The second event is the Colorado Angel Investor Forum where accredited investors meet to discuss the companies that recently pitched and active deals.

RVC’s HyperAccelerator Program: Now Accepting Applications!
January 16th-21st | Denver CO

Gone is the need 100 page business plans that sit in a corner. Now, successful startup companies must be highly adaptable and ready to take advantage of a new opportunity at a moments notice. This was the inspiration behind the HyperAccelerator. Rockies Venture Club created this 1 week education program to bring together the valuable pieces from the many education seminars that RVC developed over the last 4 years. In this one week entrepreneurs are paired with many high level mentors and accredited investors to work through every aspect of their company from creating a business model canvas all the way to presenting at demo day What are you waiting for apply now!


Partner-Partner Events-

Startup Pitch Events
November – December 2016

Rockies Venture Club and The Founders Institute are holding multiple startup pitch events over the next month to help inspired entrepreneurs refine their pitch because the best pitches are well practiced and refined over time in front of multiple audiences.


Give the gift of warmth this winter!

Paul Wagner the CEO of Collabsy, one of the companies that was a part of RVC’s July Cohort of its HyperAccelerator, is putting together gifts of warmth this  winter. They are giving away below-zero sleeping bags, thermal mats and Blessing Bags to homeless people in need this winter. The Blessing Bags are awesome – they have thermal socks, gloves, vegan energy bars, snacks, water plus a $5 bill – and some love notes 🙂

Final Trout Tank of the Year!
Thursday December 1st | 4-6 PM | Denver Chamber, 1445 Market St. Denver, CO 80202

Trout Tank was created to help local entrepreneurs get integrated into the lending, investing and business community in Denver. The process provides pitch training and consulting to help them prepare for the final event.

Boomtown Investor Preview Event
December 6th | 1-4:00 PM

The Investor Preview is an exclusive invite-only event where you have an opportunity to meet the entrepreneurs behind the latest Boomtown companies, delve into their technologies and ask the hard questions about their business models, all while enjoying lunch and drinks with members of one of world’s greatest startup ecosystems. *Accredited Investors Only

Rocky Mountain Patent Holiday Happy Hour
Wednesday Dec 7th | 5-7:00 PM | The Commons, 1245 Champa St. Denver, CO 80204

Please come join the team at Rocky Mountain Patent for drinks and appetizers to celebrate the Holiday season! There will also be an short, exciting presentation on the patents for this season’s top 3 holiday gifts. Ugly holiday sweaters are encouraged!

Final 2016 Battle of the Pitches

Our friends over at Startup Denver have something awesome planned for December 15th: their bi-annual Battle of the Pitches event! They get the craziest startups that Denver has to offer, and this year is no exception.

This year, watch as the groups five previous winners each get five minutes to sell their startups to a panel of rock-star judges, with the winner netting thousands of dollars in prizes.

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