RVC Weekly Newsletter

Your source for upcoming events, quality companies, and angel investing insights.

Bitsbox Enters into the Shark Tank

RVC portfolio company, Bitsbox, was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank last Friday evening. While the company did not end up taking an investment from any of the Sharks, they gained valuable exposure and marketing for their subscription boxes designed to teach kids how to code. Some estimate that the value of appearing on the show is equivalent to $9 Million in marketing spend! We’re excited to see Bitsbox on such a big stage and look forward to their continued progress.
At RVC, we like to think of ourselves as “Anti-Sharks” where we aim to provide alignment between investors and entrepreneurs, identifying fair deals for both sides. On Friday, March 3rd as part of Fort Collins Startup Week, RVC will be running a Sharkless Tank pitch event featuring 3 pitches and an expert panel of VCs, Angels, and Entrepreneurs. Learn more here: Fort Collins Startup Week – Sharkless Tank

Events-Upcoming Events-

Funding Mastermind Meeting
Tuesday 2/21/17 | 3-5:00 PM | Thrive Ballpark 1415 Park Ave. West Denver, CO 80205

The RVC Funding MasterMind Group is a facilitated meeting where entrepreneurs can discuss difficulties, successes, and strategy in building their companies. Discussions are focused around the fundraising process. Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals.


Angel Capital Summit 2017:
Corporate Venture Capital & Early Stage Investing

March 21-22nd

Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) is taking over the venture capital scene and now comprises over twenty percent of all venture capital invested each year. The growth of CVC has been remarkable, rising by 37% in 2015 to $32.9 Billion and continuing to rise in 2016. Early-bird registration is still open! Register now for a significant discount off of admission. 

ACS 2017 Volunteers Needed:Contact Angela Young (123a.young@gmail.com) and Dave Harris (dave@rockiesventureclub.org) to sign-up!!


Partner-Partner Events-

Angel Capital Association Meetings

There are several conferences that the Angel Capital Association is going to be holding over the next couple of months. There is the Northwest meeting from March 7th-8th. Finally there is the national Angel Capital Association Summit from April 26th-28th.

Fifth Annual Big Idea Competition
February 22nd 4-6:00 PM

Now in its fifth year hosted by Colorado College, the Big Idea is a student team business pitch competition to imagine and develop innovative ideas, culminating in a presentation event with a monetary prize to serve as seed money for launching students’ startups.

  Rocky Mtn CleanTech Open Application Window Now Open

The Cleantech Open Business Accelerator is now accepting applications for their 2017 session. They welcome companies of all stages (from concept to commercialized) with a mission to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems through cleantech and sustainable solutions. 

The application period ends at 11:59pm on May 1, 2017. It’s only $150 to apply ($100 for student-led teams), and you can take advantage of one of these discount codes to make it even more affordable:

EARLYBIRD50 for 50% off application fee through April 1.
2017STUDENTAPP for $50 off application fee through May 1.
2017STUDENTPART for $250 off participation fee through June 5.

For more information, please contact Daniel Wright, dwright@cleantechopen.org

Canopy Boulder Happenings

On February 22nd , we’ll kick off our fifth cohort with a Launch Party and Marijuana Policy Project fundraiser, from 6-9pm in Boulder. We will serve drinks and apps, and all are invited. It’s a great way to connect with the Front Range cannabis community, and meet the new class of Canopy’s cannabis entrepreneurs. Learn More Here

Canopy San Diego is accepting applications for their upcoming cannabis business accelerator program! Interested cannabis startups can find out more & apply here

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