Innovation Pavilion’s GO2O! accelerator kicked off its Fall 2017 cohort on August 31, 2017. After a summer-long application and recruitment process, the GO2O! team selected companies from four key areas: Internet of Things, digital health, ad tech and aerospace. The first day of the cohort brought these companies together at the Innovation Pavilion headquarters in Centennial, CO.

 

The Aurora-South Metro chapter of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) took the lead on programming and strategic-planning curriculum for the first “sprint,” one of six in-person gatherings punctuated by virtual sessions. 

 

SBDC Executive Director Marcia McGilley expressed her enthusiasm to be part of the GO2O! accelerator: “SBDC is thrilled to be providing assistance to the accelerator cohort members. The SBDC team is instructing the participants with the business model canvas and business plan support through our Leading Edge program.”

 

The three-day sprint opened with a brief orientation by the GO2O! team, followed by pitches from the assembled cohort companies to get acquainted with the group. The second day was spent hammering down on each company’s business plan canvas and model. A session and exercises on effectively pitching to investors closed the sprint. Participants expressed their satisfaction with both the new materials they learned and the refreshed perspectives they gained on already-familiar concepts.

 

The Fall 2017 cohort will be continuing its operations remotely till companies return to the Denver region for the second sprint on September 21.


An Afternoon with Women Leaders in Aerospace


NovaSpace, Innovation Pavilion’s aerospace launchpad, continued its community building efforts this past month with a panel on women in aerospace. The panel was arranged in collaboration with Becky Yoder of Surrey Satellite Technology US to speak to the experiences of women working in the aerospace industry as well as broader industry realities and initiatives for greater inclusion. Panelists included Yoder, Hallie Walden of Moog Space and Defense Group and Diane Dimeff formerly of eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship.

 

Held on August 24 at the Innovation Pavilion headquarters, the panel was attended by an in-person audience as well as online viewers tuning in through IPNow.tv and social media. The panelists gave examples, in their professional and personal lives, of the unique challenges of being women in the aerospace industry. They elaborated upon the importance of having women leaders to set an example for more women to join the industry, as well as more systematic improvements that could be made with a specific focus on education.

 

Overall, the event was successful in conveying an important message and benefited from an engaged audience, asking questions and providing further insights. The panel can be viewed at IPNow.tv.


CTA Hosts Millennial Tech Workshop


On August 23, Colorado Technology Association (CTA) hosted a large group of young professionals from Colorado companies to collaborate on a design thinking workshop concerning the impact of the future generation of tech leaders. Innovation Pavilion’s very own millennial, Kerianne Lefew, MC’ed the event, which brought together the bright ideas of Colorado’s future leaders in the tech industry. 

 

At their headquarters in downtown Denver, CTA brought together 19 young professionals from Colorado companies to participate in the future of tech leadership for the CTA and the state at large. To start, the group was briefed on CTA and their efforts towards shaping Colorado’s economy, focusing on four key areas: advocacy, economic development, community and talent. In conjunction with CTA’s four pillars, the four topic areas that were explored during the session were community building, leadership, social entrepreneurship and getting engaged. 

 

The workshop was separated into four groups to help talking these issues. Many questions were raised and great dialogue ensued, showcasing the outside-the-box thinking and aspiration of our state’s next generation of talent. The groups discussed talent strategies focused on diversity and inclusion, having access to leadership/mentoring programs and projects, volunteer opportunities that bring people together, engagement efforts focused on young people and numerous other ideas. 

 

CTA hosts regular exciting events in the community. Check them out here: http://www.coloradotechnology.org/events/event_list.asp?group=&cid=2188


SMART Parks: An Interview with the Mayor of Parker, CO


The Town of Parker, Colorado Mayor Mike Waid stopped by the Innovation Pavilion to talk about SMART Parks in Parker, their new interactive development map and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Watch the full video here

IP Centennial Welcomes 3 New Companies


Innovation Pavilion is excited to welcome three companies joining our offices in our Centennial, CO location. The companies are KS Technologies, Sphere Access and Wampum LLC. Having a diverse mix of talent and companies to add to our network of entrepreneurs and innovative businesses is our raison d’etre. Welcome to our IP family! 

 

KS Technologies

 

KST is a technologies engineering company based out of Colorado Springs, CO. Their expertise lies in engineering for hardware, iOS, Android and UI/UX. Their agile strategy and customer-centered solutions allows them to put special emphasis on the combination of hardware, mobile, desktop and cloud-based innovations. 

 

https://kstechnologies.com

 

Sphere Access

 

Sphere Access is a software development company specializing in profit recovery services. To them, each customer has a unique problem and Sphere Access prides itself on offering a unique, custom solution to whatever comes their way. 

 

http://sphereaccess.com

 

Wampum

 

Wampum is an e-commerce software development company. Their motto is “eCommerce for All” helping their customers grow and diversify their small or large business. 

 

http://cryptowampum.com


ConnectNow Investor Q&A forum featuring Joel Green from Cypress Growth Capital


A unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and the startup community to “get real” with investors and influencers in the world of startup capital. Each session features a leader in the investment community, with dialog that cuts to the chase and close-up opportunities to get straight answers to real world questions. Get a handle on the thought process from the other side of the table, with knowledge that empowers regarding key capital-raising topics:

– Clarity about what matters to investors
– Insights on a case-by-case basis
– Best practices to get your round right
– Risk and return scenarios that actually happen – What is true “value add” and how to get it

– Investor types and targeting in the real world – Readiness – what it means in practical terms

The event is hosted by Murray Arenson, CEO of Pluribus Capital and Managing Director of ConnectNow. ConnectNow is a leading access to capital program from Innovation Pavilion, in partnership with BOLD Legal and Pluribus Capital.

Aug 30th 1pm-2pm Innovation Pavilion Demo Room

 


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HR Executive Exchange


This weeks show is focused on leadership, and what it means in the workplace. Guests include Rory McLuster, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Human Resources, City and County of Denver; and David Scott, Director HR and Training, Encore Electric Inc.


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Denver Startup Week: 

Life of a Satellite: How a satellite goes from design to debris

Satellites of all shapes and sizes orbit the plant and provide a plethora of services to those of us still on Earth. A long and complex chain of events make the provision of these services possible. Innovation Pavilion’s NovaSpace is converning a panel of companies that deal with the various “life stages” of satellites from design & manufacturing to launch to eventual removal. Each panelist will share details regarding each of these stages. Join us to hear the fascinating life story of a satellite.

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K4 Deal Screening

Are you an Entrepreneur looking for funding? Fill out an online application before Oct 11th to participate in our Keiretsu deal screening. A pitch deck and an executive summary with a company overview will also be required. For your application to be considered, you must email dale@k4rockies.com with a short introduction of you and your company. Chosen applications have the opportunity to pitch their company in our monthly Denver Keiretsu Forum Chapter event. There is a minimal fee to present for those selected.

Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. It is a network of capital, resources and deal flow with 53 chapters worldwide and over 2,500 investor members. It is the largest group of Angel’s in the world by size, number of deals done each year, and by amount invested each year.

The Denver Keiretsu Forum Chapter is partnered with Innovation Pavilion to bring high quality deal flow in the Colorado region. Please contact dale@k4rockies.com for more information.

Event Details:

Oct 11th at Innovation Pavilion

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Denver Startup Week: 

Building a patent application in one hour

Join Innovation Pavilion and IdeaJam for an educational, hands-on workshop to build a patent application in REAL-TIME. Using the IdeaJam platform participants will walk away with an actual provisional patent application! Featured speakers Jeff Schell and Justin Cruz, Rocky Mountain Patent attorneys. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to learn how to protect your entrepreneurial ideas.

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Company Week: 

Manufacturing Growth & Investor Conference

Join us for the third-annual event as we showcase manufacturers to capital providers and connect to develop new business relationships.

Opening remarks and keynote

Roy Slavin – Former President and CEO, Siemens Industrial Automation

Learn more and apply here

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Prime Health

Monthly Meetup 

Come join us for a conversation on how entrepreneurs, healthcare systems, payors and providers can all come together to improve care and resources provided to underserved populations.

Agenda:

5:30-6 Pre event: Arapahoe Library Tech Showcase
6-6:15- Networking
6:20-6:30- Welcome and Intros
6:30-7:30- Speakers/Presentations
7:30-7:45: Q&A
7:45-8:00: Networking

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ASAP Colorado Chapter

Alliances Required for Cybersecurity: Alliances Bridging the Cybersecurity Innovation Gap

Our digital lives are threatened. We read almost daily about security breaches where people’s private information, intellectual property and financial data is compromised. Security is a top risk to the success of every business. Companies of all sizes are being bombarded daily with cyber-attacks.

Solutions in the past depended on the security of the host systems. Today, securing an application is much more complex and clients are looking for solutions that have security capabilities built in and not added on later. Alliances play a powerful role in delivering full-tested, secure applications to customers across many industries. However, alliance-based solutions must not expose clients to new vulnerabilities.

Alliances are needed for trustworthy platforms’ communications and safe commerce in a highly connected world. No single company can solve all of this alone.

Learn about the cybersecurity challenges every business and every industry face. Discuss and learn the best practices for creating and managing alliances to deliver the secure solutions that you need.

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Upcoming Community event

Nordic Tech Tour

Technical Seminar

What: Technical Seminar with representatives from R&D
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm, registration open from 8:15am
When/Where: Denver – November 8th, 2017
Denver Marriott Westminster, 7000 Church Ranch blvd, Westminster, CO, 80021
The seminar is an opportunity for embedded application development
engineers to meet the nRF52 Series experts in person.
Each attendee will get a free Nordic Thingy:52!
Agenda topics that will be covered includes*:
  • Nordic wireless product offerings
  • Bluetooth 5: What is it, what can you do with it, and how do you use it
  • The nRF52 Series, (nRF52840, nRF52832 and nRF52810): Enable Bluetooth 5 today with the market leading nRF52 Series SoCs
  • 802.15.4 and Thread: Mesh technologies for IoT applications
  • Bluetooth Mesh
* Agenda topics are subject to change.
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DTC GO

Monthly Meetup

Agenda

6:00 – 6:30 Meet & Greet (aka Pizza & Beer compliments of TEKSystems)
6:30 – 7:00 Go 101: Bring your Newbie Questions
7:00 – 7:15 – Lighting talk #1 — Escape analysis – Anand
7:25 – 7:40 – Programming Challenges?
7:40 – 7:50  Job Openings – Amanda
7:50 – 8:10  Breakout sessions & Networking/Beginners track/Beer
8:10 – If some of us still around and discussing, let’s move our party to a nearby bar.

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FWD.us at Denver Startup Week

Innovation, Acceleration & Immigration: Pathways for Startups

Mark Zuckerberg’s, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Ron Conway, and other tech leaders founded immigration advocacy nonprofit FWD.us because America’s great entrepreneurs didn’t just have a big-money idea – they lead their companies and their communities in making the world a better place. The voice of the tech and entrepreneur community is as important as ever in informing smart policy, standing up for ideals, and ensuring the American Dream is achievable to anyone willing to work for it.

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US Department of Energy

Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. Simply put, there’s nothing else like it.

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