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Monday, May 15


Where Do I Start? Turning Your Idea into a Business!
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So you have a great idea for a business:  What are the practical steps involved in turning your concept into a startup?  Learn from those who have been there in a discussion of topics such as:
1. Moonlighting while still working
2. Finances
3. Ownership of innovations
4. Hiring and firing
5. Legal entity
6. Accounting/taxes
7. Fundraising 

Bring your questions! 

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Callan Miller

Founder, Gigsicians
Callan Miller is the founder of Gigsicians, the winner of the Performing Arts track of the 2017 CU New Venture Challenge.  Professional classical musician turned entrepreneur, Callan works as Program Director with Startup Services and is passionate about helping startups execute... Read More →

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David Kerr

Intellectual Property Attorney, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti
I am a registered patent attorney that works in the procurement and enforcement of a variety of intellectual property rights in the United States and throughout the world. My legal practice involves preparing and prosecuting both domestic and international patent applications in traditional... Read More →
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Shannon Meyer

Attorney, Sage Law Group
Shannon’s practice at Sage Law Group in Boulder focuses on Company formations; all stages of fundraising from both the Company and investor perspective; M&A and general corporate matters.  Prior to joining Sage, Shannon was a Managing Director at the Deming Center Venture Fund... Read More →
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Neil Smith

Founder and CEO, Symbia Allergy Solutions
Neil Smith is a serial entrepreneur, medical practitioner, startup mentor and investor.


Bootstrapping 101: Taking advantage of (almost) free resources
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After a quick intro of the experts, we'll break into highly interactive workshop sessions with experts in:
1. Entrepreneurship law (Founders agreements, corporate documents, etc.)
2. IP law (Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets)
3. SBIR and grant writing (Government grants, non-dilutive funding options, etc.)
4. Challenge grants and other government and non-government related open competitions, e.g., XPrize
5. Finance and tax (Accounting, tax requirements, financial models, etc.)
6. Funding options (Bank loans, finding investors, etc.)
7. Marketing (Messaging, PR, social media campaigns, etc.)
8. Employment law (Employee relations, hiring/firing, confidentiality, non-compete, etc.)
9. Small Business Administration resources (Free consulting, workshops, expert access, etc.)

Ground rules for the attendees:
  1. 10 minutes per breakout session;
  2. 1 question per attendee per breakout group (i.e., no hogging the discussion);
  3. No specific legal advice;
  4. You must rotate to the next group after each 10 minute time slot; and
  5. Follow-up with panelist at a later time, if you need more specific guidance.
Get a whole spectrum of questions answered at a single event!

Boulder Library - Canyon Theater 

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Jamie Brandess

Marketing and Events Director, Boulder Small Business Development Center
Jamie Brandess joined Boulder SBDC in November 2014 as Marketing and Events Manager and has since been promoted to Marketing and Events Director. She handles the management and logistics of all workshops and events in Boulder and Longmont (80+ workshops annually) as well as manages... Read More →
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Allie Clark

Associate Attorney, Sage Law Group LLC
Allie’s practice focuses on both the representation of early stage and mature private companies in connection with general corporate matters, capital raises and complex national and international M&A transactions, as well as the representation of venture capital investors in connection... Read More →
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Abby Driscoll

Owner, Peak to Peak Impact
Abby Driscoll is founder and lead consultant of Peak to Peak Impact, LLC, a Boulder, Colorado-based marketing and PR consulting business. Leveraging more than fifteen years of experience in government, nonprofits and the private sector, Abby designs and executes powerful marketing... Read More →
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Ed Kase

President, EKase Consulting
Ed has been focused in strategic marketing and business development for more than 20 years, helping companies understand market conditions and implement go-to-market strategies. His expertise includes commercialization of government-funded technologies, with particular focus on the... Read More →
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Molly Kocialski

Deputy Director - Rocky Mountain Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office
As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible... Read More →
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Mark Lumsden

Partner, ACM LLP
I am a partner in the Boulder office of Anton Collins Mitchell LLP, a full-service accounting firm serving the Rocky Mountain Region. My passion is working with entrepreneurs to help them understand and guide them in the complex areas of accounting and tax.
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Tricia Meyer

Founder + Managing Attorney, Meyer Law, Ltd.
Tricia Meyer is the Founder + Managing Attorney of technology law firm, Meyer Law. With offices in Denver and Chicago, Meyer is an active member of Chicago and Colorado’s startup and technology communities. Through her entrepreneurial mindset and innovative approach to her legal... Read More →
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Susan Moratelli

Vice President / Commercial Relationship Manager, Flatirons Bank
I recently joined the team at Flatirons Bank as Vice President/ Commercial Relationship Manager. As the premier community bank in Boulder County, we provide high quality banking services focused on local businesses, non-profits and families. As a seasoned Relationship Manager with... Read More →
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Dipak Patel

Attorney, Robinson Hungate
Dipak practices mainly in the area of employment law, and for the past twelve years has advised startups and established businesses. He represents corporate clients in both commercial and compliance matters, while also counseling individuals on EEO and labor law issues. Dipak has... Read More →
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Tammi M. S.

Experience in four digital media start-ups, launched and managed open innovation and crowdsourcing program for the U.S., won Harvard Innovations award for Challenge.gov. Today, bringing biz-ops strategies and processes to nonprofits where I love working in community. Wrote a book... Read More →

Wednesday, May 17


What to expect when you're expecting to exit/fundraise: Hardware edition
Limited Capacity seats available

Sure, you always include an "Exit Strategy" slide in your pitch deck, but do you REALLY know how exits and fundraises happen?
Let's get down and dirty: Learn what it's really like to raise a round or exit, including hardware specific discussions of topics such as:
1. True nitty-gritty of the exit process
2. Due diligence and Data room documents
3. How to balance trying to exit while running your business
4. Understanding the tradeoffs and timing between raising money from VC’s, Angels, and Strategic Partner Funding

These entrepreneurs, who know what it's REALLY like to be in the trenches of fundraising and acquisition processes, will explain their thought processes in these situations.

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Charles McGregor

General Partner, McGregor & Associates

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Ken Anderson

Co-Founder/CEO, Akonia Holographics
Dr. Anderson is the CEO and co-founder Akonia Holographics where he and his team are developing technology to enable consumer Augmented Reality glasses.  Dr. Anderson has worked in the field of holography for over 20 years and holds over 50 patents in the field. He is also the current... Read More →
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Arieann DeFazio

CEO/Founder, Kitables
Arieann is the Founder/CEO of Kitables, a company that gives people the confidence to build by making kits for DIY projects in a variety of fields for both customers and big businesses alike. Arieann has been founding, managing, or working for startups for over a decade, and also... Read More →
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Sally Hatcher

Sally Hatcher, Esq. is a serial entrepreneur, advisor and board member. She co-founded and was President of two companies, including Precision Photonics, a laser & opto-electronics design and manufacturing company. Starting in the garage, the company shipped high-volume product to... Read More →
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Eric Moore

Eric was Co-Founder and CEO of Chiaro Technologies, which was acquired by Cognex in December 2016.   


What to expect when you're expecting to exit/fundraise: Software/App edition
Limited Capacity seats available

Sure, you always include an "Exit Strategy" slide in your pitch deck, but do you REALLY know how exits and fundraises happen?  What's really involved in looking for and actually receiving outside funding?

Let's get down and dirty: we'll discuss what it's really like to raise a round or exit, including software/app specific discussions of topics such as:
1. True nitty-gritty of the exit process
2. Due diligence and data room documents
4. When should you look for funding and where?
5. How to balance trying to exit while running your business

These panelists are the real deal -- they've been in the trenches and have raised the necessary funds to keep their businesses thriving.   Learn how to craft a credible exit strategy to win investments.

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Giovanni Ruscitti

Managing Partner, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti
Giovanni M. Ruscitti is one of the four founding members of Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti, LLP. A "bet-the-company" advocate, Mr. Ruscitti is equally comfortable in the courtroom as in the boardroom, and regularly serves as lead transactional and litigation counsel. This broad range... Read More →

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Aquiles La Grave

Founder + CEO, Brandzooka

Randy Morgan

Former CFO of Backflip Studios, which was acquired by Hasbro.
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Danny Newman

Co-Founder/CEO of Roximity
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Vikas Reddy

Co-Founder, Occipital
Vikas Reddy is co-founder of Occipital, startup focused on mobile computer vision. With co-founder Jeff Powers, Vikas led the development of RedLaser, a popular barcode-scanning application launched in 2009 that was acquired by eBay in June 2010. Vikas and the team at Occipital are... Read More →

Thursday, May 18


Investment Agreements: Protect your interests, your early investors
You've found potential investors for your company -- Great! Now what? How do you protect yourself and your early investors? What are pitfalls to avoid? Come learn from folks who have been there, providing perspectives from the investor, startup law, and entrepreneur sides.

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Peter Adams

Executive Director, Rockies Venture Club
Peter Adams is the Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club a non-profit organization furthering economic development in Colorado by connecting investors and entrepreneurs through conferences (Angel Capital Summit and Colorado Capital Conference), networking events, educational... Read More →

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Julien Denaes

CEO, Logrr
Julien Denaes and Benjamin Soulier founded Logrr and did Techstars (Barclays Accelerator) in NY during the summer 2015.  Logrr is an identity-as-a-service platform that enables employees to connect to their company’s cloud-based business applications without passwords. By using... Read More →
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Tricia Meyer

Founder + Managing Attorney, Meyer Law, Ltd.
Tricia Meyer is the Founder + Managing Attorney of technology law firm, Meyer Law. With offices in Denver and Chicago, Meyer is an active member of Chicago and Colorado’s startup and technology communities. Through her entrepreneurial mindset and innovative approach to her legal... Read More →
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Rex O'Neal

Partner, Sage Law Group
Rex O'Neal is a corporate lawyer and entrepreneur living and working in Colorado. Rex represents entrepreneurial ventures, private equity investors and universities who are working together to bring compelling products and services to the market globally. Colorado is emerging as a... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Riverside 1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Friday, May 19


5 Things Every Artist (and All Entrepreneurs) Should Know About The Law
Whether it's the rounded corners of a smartphone, the color of a pill, or the marketing materials supporting such products, everything in today’s economy must appeal to consumers’ senses, which means that artistic content is playing an ever larger role in business. Unfortunately, many businesses are still operating on the original, outdated and dangerous file-sharing model, which assumes that everything on the Internet is free game, or the “I-hired-you-to-do-this-for-me” model, which assumes that the work of an independent contractor belongs to the hiring company.

If these scenarios sound familiar, this presentation is for you. Both artists and entrepreneurs will learn 5 tips for working within the law to add value to their businesses while avoiding distracting pitfalls. We’ll discuss the benefits of forming a business entity, how ownership of creative works is determined, types of intellectual property protection (trademarks, design patents, copyrights), online/digital rights, best practices for ensuring compliance with licensing terms, and how to address infringement.

We’ve packed a lot of information in this presentation, so drink a little extra caffeine and come with questions.

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Shireen Marshall

Patent Attorney, Elevated IP, LLC
Shireen Marshall, Ph.D. is the founder of Elevated IP, LLC, where she counsels a wide range of clients with respect to Intellectual Property law matters relating to patent, trademark and copyright issues. Shireen helps clients evaluate IP ownership opportunities, procure domestic... Read More →
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Dave Rein

Of Counsel, Erickson Kernell IP
Dave Rein provides creative solutions for mid-size and startup companies to acquire, maintain, monetize and protect their copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents with a focus on manufacturing technology, emerging technologies, architecture, visual arts, food processing... Read More →
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Jennifer Spencer

Artist and Entrepreneur, Jennifer Spencer Art
I create modern paintings that enliven the homes of interesting people & hearten contemporary commercial spaces.  Originals & prints are available for sale & licensing. Moved forward by an insatiable curiosity of life & learning, I've explored song writing, invented and patented... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Madelife 2000 21st St, Boulder, CO 80302