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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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Peak Startup hosted its Entrepreneur Evening on Tuesday night at Catalyst Campus, and business professionals and community leaders learned about the benefits of startup accelerators, a growing way to raise capital for new businesses in a short amount of time. Patrick Riley, CEO of the Global Accelerator Network, a worldwide network of accelerators in 70 […]
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Following a year-long trial, Denver-based Rockies Venture Club will continue its efforts to prop up the Pikes Peak region’s angel investment community, including support to locally based High Altitude Investors as a branch of the RVC. Through its RVC affiliation, Colorado Springs joins a statewide network of angel investors and entrepreneurs with branches in Boulder, […]
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The only things bigger than the bites on a Cush brothers fishing trip are the ideas. “Some beer, sunshine and time on a boat and it all came together,” said David Cush, the San Francisco-based CEO of Virgin America airlines. “It was like a lightning strike,” added his brother, Patrick Cush. “Let’s start an entrepreneurial […]
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In a patent-stealing case that pitted a small toy company against one of the country’s toy making giants, the little guy won. A Louisiana federal jury has awarded nearly $1.6 million in damages to a game company, owned by UCCS professor Michael Larson, that accused MGA Entertainment of copying its patented laser beam strategy board […]
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Entrepreneurs with business ideas typically beg and borrow money from family and friends to launch their companies. But thanks to the Internet, they can now approach strangers around the globe with the chance to invest in their latest venture through websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, StartEngine, RocketHub and GoFundMe. The new format — raising money […]
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Local nonprofit Peak Startup will be offering two new mentorships programs this month­­ to help Colorado Springs entrepreneurs advance their careers, companies. Beginning the week of May 22, free Open Office Hour and Lunch and Learn sessions will be open to the business community to learn from experienced industry professionals. Open Office Hours will occur at […]
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Michael Larson can put you to sleep. Just don his Sleep Shepherd hat, which he debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The hat will lull its wearer to sleep, obviating the need for prescription medications, the frequent go-to solution for people diagnosed with sleep disorders. Larson, who received his Ph.D. […]
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It does sound cheesy: David Brackett prefers to keep landfills empty and bellies full. Pizzeria Rustica is literally one of the greenest dining excursions in the country. In 2009, after Brackett submitted a multi-page application, the restaurant was named a three-star green restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association. Three years later, the organization became the […]
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Art Hardware sells different goods and services than some might expect. Many people assume the Colorado Springs-based custom framing and print shop specializes in knobs and pulls, while others relate the name to the store’s original function as an art supply store. The business was started in the mid-1970s by a Colorado businessman looking to […]
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Whatever happened to Silicon Mountain? I will just touch the surface. There have been several threads running mostly in parallel. First thread: Mostek was founded in Dallas with Texas money, and was in the semiconductor memory business. Plans for the Colorado Springs facility were finalized in 1979. Mostek was purchased by United Technologies (UTC), and […]
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(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the guest column page, with the conclusion next week.) What makes a city entrepreneurial? Entrepreneurial cultures, once underway, tend to have positive feedback loops (such as entrepreneurial recycling) to further enhance the culture. As such, it’s sometimes hard to identify what the original initiating […]
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