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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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Pitch Night finds permanant home downtown

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Colorado Springs Pitch Night has a permanent location at the Epicentral co-working space on Tejon Street. It’s an effort to help stabilize entrepreneurial activity and build on the buzz around local startups, said Etienne Hardre, Peak Venture Group Pitch Night organizer. Peak Venture Group, a nonprofit networking organization that encourages and mentors entrepreneurs, launched Pitch… Continue Reading Pitch Night finds permanant home downtown

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High Altitude Investors and the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator say it’s a good time to reintroduce angel investing to the community. There has been a lot of activity locally around entrepreneurs and startups, said Ric Denton, president and CEO of the incubator, which hosts local startups and provides them with technical and business experts and… Continue Reading Local organizations host forum, seek angel investors

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Spectware, a company that develops crane inspection software, has named Peter Skalla its Chief Financial Officer. The startup company, a recent graduate of the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, also announced a new office location, 25 W. Cimarron Street, above the Warehouse restaurant. Skalla comes to Spectware after holding CFO roles at Mesa Networks and Chatter… Continue Reading Startup firm Spectware names CFO, gets new digs

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No budding entrepreneur wants to go down in flames over a misunderstanding of the tax code. But, it happens, local experts say. CPA Etienne Hardre, owner of Next Exit Advisors, watched a startup company go bankrupt because its owner made a fatal payroll tax mistake when it classified workers as independent contractors instead of employees.… Continue Reading Entrepreneurs: Beware costly, even fatal, tax mistakes

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Vic Johnson of Manitou Springs was a man with ideas. “I knew one of them would float to the top,” Johnson said. Now he’s a man with a growing business. He launched PVC Bendit a year ago. The growth started off slow, but has been picking up speed recently. Johnson is selling about 100 PVC… Continue Reading Local inventor builds unique business online

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Spectware names Jan Horsfall as CEO

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Colorado Springs entrepreneur and investor Jan Horsfall is the new CEO of Spectware Inc., a company that develops crane inspection software. Horsfall takes the reins of the local firm as the company prepares to roll out version 2.0 of its mobile application for managing and inspecting heavy equipment cranes. Horsfall is the former vice president… Continue Reading Spectware names Jan Horsfall as CEO

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Some great ideas are born in the nation’s universities and laboratories but never leave there. Continue Reading Atargis hopes to harness funding for wave-energy machine

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Venture capital funding in life sciences – including biotechnology and medical device manufacturing – decreased 22 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011 in the first quarter of 2012, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. Venture capitalists invested $1.5 billion during the that quarter. Deal volume was also down, dropping 11 percent during the same period. When… Continue Reading VC investment in sciences down 22% in first quarter

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El Paso County is ahead of other counties when it comes to planning for the silver tsunami, according to national experts who study the issue. Local community leaders are already rallying around the topic of aging trying to plan for the estimated 82,000 baby boomers, those over age 65, who will live in El Paso… Continue Reading El Paso County a leader in baby boomer planning

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