Incubator, C.C. team up for entrepreneur workshop

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The Colorado Springs Technology Incubator and Colorado College are bringing together leading experts to discuss what it takes to secure funding for startup companies.

launchThe event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for March 21 at Colorado College. It will cover how entrepreneurs attract investors and secure funding, the difference between angel investors and venture capitalists and provide advice on how to get money to grow companies.

The event is held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Colorado College’s Jerome P. McHugh Student Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. Parking is available in the W2 and W3 lots. Space is limited, please register at mary.fox@cstionline.org

Two entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to present their companies and receive feedback from the panelists. The format will be a five minute pitch, followed by 10 minute question-and-asnwer session, with feedback from the panel. Those interested in presenting should call Mary Fox at mary.fox@cstionline.org.

Panelists include Chris Marks, a partner at Boulder’s Tango High Country Venture; Bill Miller, managing partner of PV Strategies LLC and PV Ventures LLC; Pete Adams, executive director at Rockies Venture Club; Chris Blees, CEO of Biggs Kofford; Stephen Kacxmarek, owner of Fatbike and coordinator of innovation and incubation at Colorado College; and Dr. Ric Denton, CEO of the incubator.

“Few agents are as critical to an economy’s success as entrepreneurs,” Denton said. “More than ever, our community must become a collective change agent that fosters and supports our entrepreneurs and their innovations. But innovation is just a starting point and it doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with sustainability. That’s where mentorship, provided by experts with been there, done that experience, comes in. This is a must-attend event for anyone serious about funding and growing their company.”

In April, Colorado College will host an entrepreneurial event for its students — Colorado College Pitch Night. Five selected teams will present their ideas before a judge panel and compete for $50,000 in funding.