February 22, 2007

LivePitch & Networking in Boulder

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the launch of TechStars and mentioned that David Cohen and I were trying to figure out a way to work together.  Over a few conversations, we decided to throw together a LivePitch and Networking event for EntrepreneurshipWeek USA in Boulder, Colorado.

In 2 days, we planned the event, got a few sponsors, and we are now expecting to have around 100-200 entrepreneurs in attendance.  Here’s the idea:

  • We’re accepting applications from entrepreneurs in the community to be able to pitch at the event.  We’ll probably select around 10 deals to make LivePitches to a panel of investors and the live audience.
  • We’ve attracted a panel of angels to attend to judge the event and provide feedback.  The angels that have committed to attend are:
  • David Cohen, Tech Stars
  • David Brown, Tech Stars
  • Jared Wandry, Norseman Capital
  • Bob Smart
  • Bill Treadwell
  • And others…
  • To get the audience involved, every member of the audience will receive $100 in “play money” that they can “invest” into their favorite company pitch. (by the way…this idea was the brainchild of Carolynn Duncan and Phil Burns — want to make sure that I give credit where credit is due.)
  • At the end of the event, we’ll announce 2 winners — an audience favorite and an angel favorite.  The CTEK Angel Group and Holmes Roberts & Owen have joined the sponsorship club to provide prizes to the 2 winners.

Most of all, we just want to provide a fun event for the entrepreneurial community.  If you’re in CO, come check it out — it’s free.