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Academy cadets absorb a $1 million lesson

Academy cadets absorb a $1 million lesson

Justin Fenchel and his business partners asked for only $200,000 for 10 percent of their company, BeatBox Beverage. They walked away an hour later with a $1 million pledge in exchange for 33 percent. It became the perfect transaction during a surreal experience on national television. Fenchel made his venture capital pitch on the popular… Continue Reading Academy cadets absorb a $1 million lesson

Four Springs companies make Inc. 5000 list

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Four Colorado Springs companies have been listed in the top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses in the nation, according to Inc. Magazine. Themesoft was the fastest-growing of the four, listed at No. 469. Themesoft had a three-year growth of 1,001 percent, comparing 2013 revenue of $23.1 million and 2010 revenue of $2.1 million. Inc. Magazine also honored… Continue Reading Four Springs companies make Inc. 5000 list

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Art Hardware enjoys its niche downtown

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Art Hardware enjoys its niche downtown

Art Hardware sells different goods and services than some might expect. Many people assume the Colorado Springs-based custom framing and print shop specializes in knobs and pulls, while others relate the name to the store’s original function as an art supply store. The business was started in the mid-1970s by a Colorado businessman looking to… Continue Reading Art Hardware enjoys its niche downtown

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Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

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Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

It does sound cheesy: David Brackett prefers to keep landfills empty and bellies full. Pizzeria Rustica is literally one of the greenest dining excursions in the country. In 2009, after Brackett submitted a multi-page application, the restaurant was named a three-star green restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association. Three years later, the organization became the… Continue Reading Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

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Incubator to help AFA bridge gap

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Incubator to help AFA bridge gap

The U.S. Air Force Academy is looking to cash in on its entrepreneurial spirit. For more than a half-century, the Academy has been a hotbed of research and development for all manner of technology — related to military and commercial applications — and is now looking to this innovation for potential revenue streams. “What we’re… Continue Reading Incubator to help AFA bridge gap

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Flight Plan: Brothers hope to launch entrepreneurial high school

The only things bigger than the bites on a Cush brothers fishing trip are the ideas. “Some beer, sunshine and time on a boat and it all came together,” said David Cush, the San Francisco-based CEO of Virgin America airlines. “It was like a lightning strike,” added his brother, Patrick Cush. “Let’s start an entrepreneurial… Continue Reading Flight Plan: Brothers hope to launch entrepreneurial high school

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Army vet brings skill set to inspections

Retired Army veteran Nate Hollis needed a post-military career that would best utilize his attention to detail. Hollis spent his active-duty career either maintaining UH1H Huey helicopters or managing those who did. Today, Hollis owns and operates RCP Home Inspections, a company he launched this year. Starting RCP Home Inspections (the RCP stands for Residential… Continue Reading Army vet brings skill set to inspections

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FuseSPORT relishes first year, bright future

When brothers Chris and Andrew Clark moved to Colorado Springs from Australia just over a year ago, they knew one person here. In the past year, the founders of fuseSPORT, a software solution developer for sports events and federations, have grown the company they seeded thousands of miles away into one of Colorado Springs’ most… Continue Reading FuseSPORT relishes first year, bright future

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The youngest of the Baby Boomers have turned or will be turning 50 this year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 80 million American citizens who were born between 1946 and 1964. One of the largest, most influential generations is reaching retirement age and, according to Elizabeth Isele, it’s creating the perfect… Continue Reading Encore entrepreneurships make big business impact

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Merger forms Peak Startup

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Merger forms Peak Startup

Two Colorado Springs non-profit organizations with a shared focus on the entrepreneurial community have officially joined forces. Peak Venture Group and Startup Colorado Springs have merged to become Peak Startup. Peak Startup’s mission will carry on the vision of the original two organizations: to create an innovative, entrepreneurial community in Colorado Springs through events, education… Continue Reading Merger forms Peak Startup

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