Weekly Meetup: 1 Million Cups
Feb 28 2018 - 9:30am to Feb 27 2019 - 9:00am
The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in locations all around the country. The Denver Chapter meets at Colorado Lending Source weekly.
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.
Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.
Denver Metro SBDC: Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs
Sep 13 2018 - 5:30pm to Nov 15 2018 - 8:30pm
LEADING EDGETM for Entrepreneurs is a 10-week course designed to teach you how to start and grow a successful business based on an actionable business plan. By the end of the course, you will understand the aspects of running a business, have a written business plan or strategy and test your model for financial viability.
Registration Deadline: September 13th
Course Sessions: Thursdays from September 13th to November 15th, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Scholarships are available for creative businesses and Colorado Lending Source Ice House Graduates!
Denver Startup Week: Patents 101
Sep 24 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Voz Patents and Rocky Mountain Patent team up to present the facts, fiction, and challenges related to patents and the process of getting to an issued patent. This interactive presentation highlights the importance of intellectual property and why it should or shouldn’t matter to you as a start-up or entrepreneur. Learn the basics of the patent process. Understand when to pursue patent protection. Your professional patent experts plan to answer questions surrounding — How public disclosure affects you, the dos and don’ts of self-representation, and more. This presentation is great for inventors, makers, creators, designers, entrepreneurs and start-ups new to the patent world.
Denver Startup Week: From Zero to Big Box Stores
Sep 24 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
After 100 pitches, they went from no funding to big box stores.
During this interactive session, hear from these founder entrepreneurs of Safe RX (manufacturer of safe prescription container) and Kokopeli Pack Raft ( manufacturer of full size raft fitting in a backpack) along with our SME panelists who are experts in navigating the distribution channels and sharing intricacies of product funding (over $1M).
- Learn how you can get access to REI, Walgreens and similar big box stores even if you are a small product company.
- Gain insights on improving investor interest for health based products
- Outline your go to market plan during the session to get your product launch onto the right track
Denver Startup Week: In Real Life (IRL) Physical Product Showcase
Sep 25 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
The In Real Life (IRL): Physical Product Showcase is a Denver Startup Week Maker Headline event that is celebration of physical products within the entrepreneur and start-up community. They target the well established and fledgling physical product companies alike across many fields, including tech for you or your pets, sustainable clothing, outdoor recreation, creative food companies, and everyday consumer products that make Colorado a thriving entrepreneurial community. Makers and entrepreneurs will host interactive booths to give demonstrations, hand out samples or materials, and educate the DSW community about the thriving physical product community in Colorado. The inaugural showcase last year was a monumental success and they expect this years event to be even better with an increase in both attendee and exhibitor participation.
On top of our incredible companies, we will also have:
- Fireside chats with local entrepreneurs who have navigated the challenges of development (2:20p-4:30p)
- 2 complimentary drinks for every DSW Passport holder
- A raffle of some of the amazing products of our exhibitors
- Games to challenge your friends or a chance to win an extra raffle entry
Denver Startup Week: THE MANUFACTURING CONNECTION: CONNECTING INVENTORS & MAKERS
Sep 26 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Is your hardware idea nearly ready for production? Would you benefit from 2 minutes with a manufacturing expert?
In this session there will be representatives from Colorado-based manufacturing companies available to answer questions about their processes and general design guidelines, so bring your questions because the discussion in this session will be driven by those in attendance.
The format they'll follow:
5-minute talk about different prototype stages vs. production
Each representative will give a 5-minute overview of their process and what types of products are a good fit followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the audience. (total 60-75 minutes). They will hopefully have some physical examples of each process for you to look at. 15-30 minutes of Q&A for all of the panelists at the end
Meet our panelists:
Speaking on prototypes
Lindsey Cross, Mechanical Engineer at Sphero
Sheet Metal & Machining Representative:
Business Development Manager from Dynamic Design and Manufacturing
Metal Casting & Machining Representative
President at Protocast
Principal Tooling Engineer at Caroba Plastics
PCBA & Contract Manufacturing Representative:
Engineering and Process Manager at Slingshot Assembly
Moderator and Physical Product Operations Specialist
Founder of JSL Solutions