Pat Riley, CEO of Global Accelerator Networks, will speak at Peak Startup’s Entrepreneur Evening in Colorado Springs Tuesday, July 19. The event will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Harvey House on the Catalyst Campus, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

The evening will involve networking, food, an open bar, entertainment, followed by success stories from the Colorado Springs startup community.

The event costs $50 through June 10 and $65 after that date. Click here for tickets

“We, as a community, have done a poor job of talking about our successes — founders and startups that have achieved the kind of success we are all hoping for,” said Chris Franz, president of Peak Startup.

The organization will step up the communication of why it’s important, economically and mentally, to invest in startups, he said.

“We want to do a better job of providing data and making the argument of why it’s so impactful,” Franz said. “There are lots of successes in town that we never talk about.”

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They include Lot Spot, a parking application developed at a Peak Startup weekend that notifies people when open parking spots become available. The startup recently won a national competition and a $75,000 prize. To read CSBJ coverage about Lot Spot, click here.

Franz said the nonprofit also looks forward to taking a much more global view to encourage entrepreneurs with professional help from Royce Gomez, Peak Startup’s first executive director. She has an office at Epicentral Coworking on north Tejon Street.

With Gomez, Peak Startup will research other successful communities and begin to implement the actions they took to be successful, Franz said.

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