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Colorado Springs is no Silicon Valley, Austin or even Boulder. There is no venture capital coming this way. It would be a waste of time to pine for mega-million investments in hopes of becoming the next Google or Living Social. Yes, that sounds harsh. But it’s reality, said Chris Blees, one of three chairmen for… Continue Reading News Analysis: Angels in the wings for strong middle-market firms

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Hype is building for the 2012 Colorado Springs Excellence in Local Industry Awards and who will be named the best of the best. Organizers of the annual awards program — which highlights both companies with social or environmental impacts, and businesses on the verge of  technology innovation — are taking nominations now to Aug. 17. This… Continue Reading Nominations sought for Excellence in Local Industry Awards

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Crowdfunding seminar rescheduled for Aug. 1

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Note: the event location was moved to Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. A panel of Colorado Springs entrepreneurs and legal experts will discuss the pros and cons of the latest trend in startups: crowdfunding. The office of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is hosting a series of crowdfunding seminars across the state for Colorado small… Continue Reading Crowdfunding seminar rescheduled for Aug. 1

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And the R&D 100 Award goes to  — Oscium, a technology company with ties to Colorado Springs. Known as the Oscars of innovation, the R&D 100 Award is given to the most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year, according to R&D Magazine. Oscium took heavy test and measurement equipment, with… Continue Reading Oscium wins ‘Oscar’ of innovation for oscilloscope device

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A Colorado Springs-based company, Paradigm Project, which builds the supply chain of energy-efficient products, has been named the Most Promising Social Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Businessweek and its readers. Last month the magazine named 25 top most promising social entrepreneurs then asked readers to vote. More than 7,500 readers cast their vote. Their No. 1 pick:… Continue Reading Colorado Springs company named Most Promising Social Entrepreneur

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Wildfire relief T-shirt sales are off the hook. This weekend the group of local business owners who launched a graphic T-shirt sales project for wildfire relief hit latest goal of $500,000 in sales. The group has no plans to end the project, said Austin Buck, co-owner of CoPilot Creative, one of the groups that launched… Continue Reading Wild FireTees reaches goal of $500,000 in sales

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A group of Colorado Springs business owners selling graphic T-shirts for wildfire relief presented checks for $132,000 to the American Red Cross and Care and Share Food Bank Thursday. That’s a lot of T-shirts. As news of the Waldo Canyon fire broke last month, the group of designers, marketers and printers began selling locally-designed T-shirts… Continue Reading WildfireTees.com hands over $132,000 to wildfire relief

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A Colorado Springs-based company, Paradigm Project, which builds the supply chain of energy-efficient products, has been named one of the top 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by Bloomberg Businessweek. Now, readers get to weigh in. They’ve been asked to vote online for which company they think is the most promising. Voting ends on July 12.… Continue Reading Colorado Springs company named among most promising social entrepreneurs

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Colorado Springs designers have banned together to design wildfire T-shirts with all the proceeds going to Care and Share and the American Red Cross. The group launched a website, wildfiretees.com, about noon on Wednesday and had 50 T-shirt orders within one hour. All T-shirts are $20. “We felt like each of us giving a small… Continue Reading Springs designers launch T-shirt project to raise money for wildfire relief

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NOTE: This event has been postponed.   Crowdfunding may be the next big wave for investing in small rapidly growing businesses, but it’s still the wild west of investing, and both entrepreneurs and investors need to proceed with caution. The Office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is hosting a series of crowdfunding seminars across the… Continue Reading Seminar to explain the latest trend in crowdfunding startups

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