Jenny Bazzetta and Stephanie Yu are preparing to host an event that they wish they’d been invited to when they were starting their businesses. “There are so many women with small handmade and craft businesses and not a lot of opportunities,” said Bazzetta, who makes and sells handcrafted confections through...
Colorado Springs-based Outwest Systems Inc. isn’t going to reach its crowdfunding goal of $100,000. “We’ve been learning some stuff about how to make crowdfunding work,” said Paul Weissler, the company’s president. “It seems what you kind of have to do is bring a crowd to your crowdfunding. You can’t just...
Startup business owners may find it vital to protect their company’s intellectual property, although some experts warn that it is costly and may take time away from actually developing the initial idea into a successful business. So how protective do entrepreneurs need to be while developing their business, especially in...
Business owners increasingly are realizing that they have the potential not just to make profit but to benefit their communities. From that concept, a new social impact economy is evolving. Social impact enterprises sell goods and services, but also have specific social objectives, to fulfill a primary mission or purpose....
Mike Juran hadn’t heard of Quad Innovation Partnership when he met Jake Eichengreen about a year ago at a Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC event. But he was intrigued, and discussed doing a project with his growing graphical user interface company, Altia, and the Quad. Now Altia is one of...
Despite a national trend in the reduction of business starts, local leaders insist this is a good time for startup companies in Colorado Springs. A handful of industry leaders say the local landscape is primed for startup success, thanks to a variety of factors. “We have a perfect storm of opportunity...
Colorado Springs is often compared to larger cities like Denver, leaving some aspiring entrepreneurs feeling like the opportunities may be more abundant elsewhere. But with resources like Peak Startup, a local nonprofit that hosts more than 100 events a year for entrepreneurs, it is possible to see success with hard...
When Rim Technologies CEO Sara Kinney lit up the historic Michelle sign over 122 N. Tejon St. in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 27 — a decade after its 248 bulbs went dark — it symbolized a dream come true. Now she’s helping inventors and entrepreneurs realize dreams of...
In 2008, Robert Patton was deployed to Iraq as a mortuary affairs specialist. He said it was difficult wearing his heavy gear in the desert, where temperatures reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit. But Patton drew inspiration from his perspiration and discomfort. He created a startup called Sheath Underwear, and started selling...
Chris Franz, an admitted serial entrepreneur who has started a dozen companies, recently founded another one, Wavelength Ventures, which will provide funding for tech startups. Wavelength Ventures is a venture capital company that seeks to fill a void in the region by matching angel investors with promising startup tech businesses....