Two well-known entrepreneurs in the Colorado Springs startup scene represented the city — and the country — on the global stage last month during the annual Get in the Ring Competition in Singapore. And although Tejon Technologies Inc. co-founders Samuel Elliott and Paul Nielsen flew back from the competition seemingly empty-handed, they would beg to […]
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Launch High School in Colorado Springs is finishing its first semester — and although the charter institution is smaller and more streamlined than originally anticipated, its educators say they’re pleased with its trajectory. When the Business Journal first spoke to Head of School Patrick Cush and his brother David Cush (CEO of Virgin America airlines) […]
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Local nonprofit Peak Startup threw down the entrepreneurial gauntlet once again at Epicentral Coworking last weekend during the fourth annual Colorado Springs Startup Weekend — an event designed to promote the small business ecosystem through a 54-hour startup challenge. After a launch event Nov. 11 at the downtown co-working space, a variety of business developers, […]
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When Melissa Howard and Jeff Zearfoss decided to go into business together in 2011, their goal was to start a company that could have a positive social impact while also meeting a local demand. The result was Common Cause Catering, a catering business that works with Partners in Housing and Catholic Charities to employ and […]
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The recent resurgence of farmers markets and the popularization of the farm-to-table movement across the U.S. has led to a legislative change at both the state and local levels to craft Colorado’s business environment into one more favorable to small-time food producers. The change began in 2012 when the Colorado Legislature passed the Cottage Foods […]
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It is anticipated that by 2020, more than half the U.S. workforce will be self-employed — and that’s a statistic the Quad Innovation Partnership is taking very seriously. The partnership — a collaborative program formed by Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, UCCS and the Air Force Academy — has hired an executive director and […]
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To end the first day of Colorado Springs Startup Week, Epicentral Coworking hosted a panel discussion Monday night on the significance of startups and their potential to make an impact on the community. The panel, moderated by UCCS Student Body President Sam Elliott, included: Hannah Parsons, chief community development officer at the Regional Business Alliance; […]
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With the growing number of tech options for building a startup, a panel of local professionals narrowed down cheap, useful resources for entrepreneurs Sept. 26 during the first day of Startup Week at Epicentral Coworking. During “What the Tech Should We Know?” leaders of startup businesses recommended practical tips and tools, including the use of […]
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As the third annual Startup Week begins next week, and with Startup Weekend just around the corner (Nov. 11-13) — Peak Startup, a local nonprofit that organizes both events, is currently without a full-time, permanent executive director. However, there are plans to hire one in the next few months, according to founder Chris Franz. Temporarily, Michelle […]
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In recent years, “startup” has become among the most frequently used terms in the business world — but along with its ubiquity has come some confusion as to its definition. British venture capitalist Paul Graham defined a startup company as simply one that is built for scalability. “Being newly founded does not in itself make […]
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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet met with local leaders of women-owned small businesses last week at Catalyst Campus to learn how he can best support the Colorado Springs business ecosystem and empower female entrepreneurs. During the round-table discussion, organized by Bennet’s office, about 10 leaders shared their thoughts about federal policies that affect their business, as […]
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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet met with local leaders of women-owned small businesses Aug. 17 at Catalyst Campus to discover ways he can best support the Colorado Springs business ecosystem and empower female entrepreneurs. During the roundtable discussion, organized by Bennet’s office, about 10 female leaders throughout the community shared their thoughts on policies, challenges and rewards of owning a […]
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