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Startup Weekend means business for brave ideas

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It wouldn’t be a wild notion to think that — in 54 hours — a group of entrepreneurs, who may or may not know each other, could pitch, develop and launch a startup company. In fact, that is the goal, says local entrepreneur Nick Lee. Lee and his brother Ian Lee are organizing Startup Weekend… Continue Reading Startup Weekend means business for brave ideas

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TechStars mentor to speak at PVG meeting

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TechStars mentor Tom Higley will speak at Peak Venture Group’s upcoming “Evening with Entrepreneurs.” Higley has done it all — from carpenter to music store manager, to lawyer to CEO. He is a Denver-based entrepreneur who has founded six tech startups. Now he is the CEO of Vokl, a company working to use smartphones to… Continue Reading TechStars mentor to speak at PVG meeting

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Brad Feld opens KC home to entrepreneurs

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Brad Feld opens KC home to entrepreneurs

Boulder entrepreneur Brad Feld is inviting entrepreneurs with innovative startups who need the speed and power of Google Fiber to apply to live rent-free in his Kansas City house. The Feld KC Fiberhouse competition will run now  through Friday, March 22. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Up to five winners will be… Continue Reading Brad Feld opens KC home to entrepreneurs

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Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

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Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

UCCS student Chuck Furgeson faced off against four sharks this week and lived to tell about it. He was the first to make a five-minute pitch about his invention during Peak Venture Group’s version of the popular ABC television show “Shark Tank” on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus. The network program features budding… Continue Reading Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

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CS tech startup moving to Denver

Growing tech startup Prosperent will move to Denver in March. The company, which manages pay-per-sale online advertising for companies like REI, QVS and Zappos told the Business Journal in November that it was having trouble finding talented web programmers to hire in Colorado Springs. Mike Christensen, company co-founder and president, said employment issues were the… Continue Reading CS tech startup moving to Denver

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Peak Venture Group’s Pitch Night just got edgier. PVG joined with El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization to make the upcoming Pitch Night more like the popular television series, “Shark Tank” with a $500 cash prize for the night’s best startup pitch. “Shark Tank” style Pitch Night is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12… Continue Reading Pitch Night going Shark Tank style, offering cash

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Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Changes were made to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which include removing the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses… Continue Reading Women-owned businesses gain more access to federal contracts

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office will host a workshop about how to protect intellectual property, especially when exporting products. The workshop, “Beyond Colorado: How to Bring Your Products and Services to the Global Marketplace” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the El Paso County Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. It’s free and… Continue Reading Workshop to aid entrepreneurs with exports, intellectual property

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Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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Denver businessman Brent Harl, who helped grow Bruegger’s Bagels in Colorado during the 1990s, has bought the Colorado Springs Lawn Doctor store, making it his 17th location in the state. Harl bought his first Lawn Doctor franchise, which specializes in fertilization, weed and insect control, in 1998. Since then he’s purchased existing Lawn Doctor businesses… Continue Reading Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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The U.S. Small Business Administration wants to recognize the best innovative small businesses. The SBA is seeking nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The SBA coordinates about $2.5 billion per year in… Continue Reading SBA seeks nominations for innovative small business awards

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