EPIIC launches “EPIIC Nights” to discuss business

El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization has launched a business speaker’s program which will bring in experts to meet with local business leaders.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak made the announcement this week at the Community Engagement Activities of EPIIC program event.

The idea, she said, is to focus on economic vitality. The speaking engagements will be by reservation she said so that the group remains intimate for a meaningful discussion.

The first in the monthly series will be Jan. 10 featuring W. Michael Robertson, chairman and CEO of Robertson Wealth Management. He has been in the financial industry for more than 36 years with more than $1 billion under management. He specializes in creating tax-efficient portfolios and retirement distribution strategies.

The El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization was created in 2008 to assist creative individuals and organizations in transforming innovative ideas into economic opportunity, said Thayer Tutt, president and chief investment officers of the El Pomar Foundation. The goal of all EPIIC programs, he said, is take innovative ideas and turn them into viable businesses in Colorado Springs.

Through EPIIC, UCCS professors are working with the business community to identify emerging technologies, assist entrepreneurs with technology development and promote a local dialogue about new venture development through forums, conferences and symposiums. The new “EPIIC Nights” series is part of that dialogue, Shockley-Zalabak said.

“The series is designed with speakers to bring us together regularly to think of ways to work together innovatively and creatively,” she said.

For details about the series, visit http://epiic.ussc.edu/