Building Startup Communities
Through the ideas and work of the entrepreneurs leading them.
WHY WE EXIST
We are on a mission to assist entrepreneurs in Colorado leading their startup communities - with resources to amplify community growth and engagement.
Fund Overview and Mission:
The Startup Colorado Community Fund is an initiative launched by Startup Colorado. The fund provides capital to community focused entrepreneurial organizations in Colorado to assist in amplifying the dialogue around entrepreneurship, innovation and high growth enterprises and enhance the development of startup communities in the State.
Grant Committee Overview:
The Grant Committee will be responsible for selecting projects that are to receive grants from the Startup Colorado Community Fund. The Committee is composed of representatives from all across the Front Range. Meetings will be held on a bi-monthly basis throughout the year and will be done either over the phone or in person, depending on scheduling availability. At each meeting, Committee members will select and vote on the projects they think will best help to advance the mission of the Fund and the startup community in Colorado.
Grant Selection Criteria:
Proposals will be sourced from the startup community members across the State of Colorado. Grant proposals will be sourced through an online platform and come on a standard form that will lay out the details of the program/event/organization, the amount of money sought, how the program supports the startup ecosystem in the Front Range, and details on those who are seeking the grant. Funds are for Colorado organizations and programs only.
Programs Submitted Should be Focused On:
• Focuses on driving entrepreneurship and innovation; • Puts entrepreneurs first; • Must be inclusive; • Engages the entire entrepreneurial stack; • Must be Colorado-centric; and • Must have the intent of becoming sustainable.
The Startup Colorado Community Fund has partnered with the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) and EFCO companies can contribute thier proceeds to the Startup Colorado Communinty Fund to further build startup activity in our cities.
Brad is one of the managing directors at Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage software / Internet companies throughout the United States. He is also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner. Follow @BFeld
Colorado Technology Association
Erik Mitisek is the CEO of the Colorado Technology Association. Prior to that, Erik has been building companies in Colorado for 14 years in the industries of online software, luxury clubs, consumer mobile and online real estate. He co-founded Next Great Place, a premium online travel network that is backed by Trinity Ventures. A startup commuity builder at heart, Erik helped lead the organization of the first ever, Denver Startup Week. Follow @ErikMitisek
CU Law & Silicon Flatirons
Phil Weiser is the Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, Thompson Professor of Law, and Executive Director and Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. From April 2010-June 2011, he served as the Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the National Economic Council Director at the White House. From July 2009-April 2010, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Follow @PWeiser
Ryan Martens is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Rally Software. Ryan started Rally to change the technology industry by moving it from a slow, wasteful product model to a fast, sustainable service model. He is an expert in helping companies adopt Agile and Lean practices, loosely defined as methods for delivering small batches in quick cycles to speed learning and innovation. Ryan heads the Office of the CTO team, which manages Rally's strategic steering process as well as professional services innovation. Follow @RallyOn
As co-founder and CEO, Nancy Phillips has a vested interest in maintaining ViaWest’s market leadership position by deploying high-performing operational teams that deliver exceptional results for customers. Her commitment to service delivery and operational excellence sets the standard at ViaWest. Phillips possesses more than 25 years of management experience in technology.
Mr. Lorang is a proven entrepreneur, executive and manager in the global technology industry. Mr. Lorang is active in the startup technology community as an angel investor, strategic advisor and speaker at industry events. Bart serves as Co-Founder & CEO of FullContact. Mr. Lorang is responsible for communicating FullContact's vision and strategy. Mr. Lorang is a visionary technologist with extensive experience conceiving, designing, building, marketing and selling enterprise software solutions on a global scale. Follow @BartLorang
Startup Colorado Springs :: Peak Venture Group
The Peak Venture Group (PVG) provides educational venues that bring together entrepreneurial and emerging companies, investors, and service providers, to catalyze the creative exchange of information and education in Colorado Springs.
Rally Software :: NewTech Ft. Collins
Christine has a background in early-stage startups as well as startup divisions within larger organizations. She is passionate about bringing lean startup and customer development methods to our tech startup community as well as to enterprise businesses. She has a background in agile software development and product management, and a degree in math and computer science from Colorado State University. Christine is also active in the Colorado startup community as founder/organizer of Fort Collins New Tech. Follow @FCNewTech
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