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Thursday, June 6

1:30pm MDT

Squeezing More out of Your Small Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Small businesses have more opportunity than ever due to technology. We’ve shifted from paper and human-intensive activities to a world of rapid optimization and automation. Learn what information to have accessible to make strategic decisions, what apps will help day to day management, why cash is king, and other tips to help you manage and grow your business.

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Diana Murray

VP of Operations, ASAP Accounting & Payroll, Inc.
We are Colorado-based payroll and accounting experts who love working with small businesses. Our goal is to streamline processes, eliminate the hassles of bookkeeping, and mitigate risk so you can spend more time doing what you love. Business is As Simple As Possible with ASAP!You... Read More →

2:45pm MDT

Accelerating Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the value of community-based Accelerators, Incubators and Innovation Hubs with a team of regional leaders. This session will reveal the unexpected strengths, weaknesses, failures, and wins learned from the varied approaches of each. The target audience is community leaders and entrepreneurial activists.

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Delaney Keating

Managing Director, Startup Colorado
Delaney is a seasoned creative, entrepreneur, and change agent. She successfully owned, operated, and exited her first company and has since been dedicated to fostering ingrained cultural values for art and innovation. As Executive Director of Startup Colorado, her mission is to... Read More →

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Elizabeth Marsh

Director, SCAPE
Connecting Southwest Colorado companies with resources and investment.
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Dano Marshall

Director of Programming, ICELab
I am a Western Slope Regional economic development thinker/doer. I collaborate with others (local, regional and state partners) to assist with the early staged growth throughout our region.
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Ashley Nager

Program Director, Telluride Venture Accelerator

2:45pm MDT

Office Hours with Investors (don't miss this one-on-one opportunity)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Are you a startup? Are you looking for funding and investment? Are you interested in mentorship?

Then sign up for Office Hours to meet one-on-one with experts and founders with experience in equity and debt financing, starting and growing a company, and mentoring startups.

West Slope Startup Week is thrilled to host industry leaders and up-and-coming founders for one-on-one sessions allowing for intimate, personalized conversation. Don't miss this opportunity!

Sessions are 20 minutes each, you can sign up for 1, 2, 3, or 4 sessions, though it is based on availability.
Session 1 // 2:45 - 3:05
Session 2 // 3:15 - 3:35
Session 3 // 3:45 - 4:05
Session 4 // 4:15 - 4:35

To sign up, email jonathan@coventure.io

Thursday June 6, 2019 2:45pm - 4:45pm MDT

4:00pm MDT

Idea Bootcamp: How to Evaluate Your Ideas
Limited Capacity seats available

If you have an idea for a startup and want honest feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, then join us for the Startup Ideation Bootcamp. This intensive workshop will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas and even recruit potential co-founders. What are the components of a great idea? How do you know if you are working in an attractive market? How do you validate that your idea is great? What possible roadblocks could your idea face, and how do you overcome them?

It is not required, but to help you get the most out of this event, we've provided this Ideation Worksheet. You can fill out this worksheet and bring it to the Bootcamp, which will enable mentors to easily give feedback on your idea.

Who should Attend?
Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company.
Anyone who would like feedback on their idea or pitch.
Anyone that is interested in joining a new startup or looking for a co-founder.

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Rob Rusher

Managing Director, Founder Institute
Startup Accelerators, Tech Startups, Cannabis Startups, Product Development, UX/UI, Fundraising
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Jonathan Greechan

Co-Founder, Founder Institute
Jonathan Greechan is the Co-Founder of the Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Since 2009, he has grown and scaled the organization to chapters in over 185 cities and 60 countries, which have produced over 4000 portfolio companies with... Read More →

Thursday June 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
FACTORY - Event Center
Friday, June 7

9:45am MDT

The Future of Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready for the workplace of tomorrow? The future or work is being shaped all around us. 

Join us for a discussion with local entrepreneurs who have created new careers, new companies and are thriving in the new environment.

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Aryn Schlichting

Founder, Mountain Careers
Aryn Schlichting, is the Deputy Director of HR at Eagle County Government and founder of Mountain Careers, the official mountain town job board. With 15 years in Human Resources in the Vail Valley she finds excitement in attracting others to the area and growing talent in mountain... Read More →

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Seth Schaeffer

President, Creative Director, Hoptocopter Films
Seth has always had a passion for storytelling through music and film. As a child, he studied both classical and jazz piano as well as guitar, drums, and bass. As he entered into the professional world, he found his musical background paved the way for another form of expression... Read More →
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Brian Watson

Co-Founder, Proximity
Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect... Read More →
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Chris Putnam

Lead Pilot & Analyst, DragonflyAI
I lead the Aerial Survey division at DragonflyAI. We specialize in combining traditional survey techniques with cutting edge technology to generate unique products for clients based on their needs.
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Amy Lentz

Owner, Fixture Studio
Amy is an interior designer and co-owner of Fixture Studio. She and her husband Steve design houses, manufacture furniture and host guests through the 20 short-term vacation rentals they manage. She is a Western Colorado native passionate about good design and positive guest ex... Read More →

11:00am MDT

Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS): get what you want from your business
Limited Capacity seats available

EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System, is a complete set of simple concepts and practical tools that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses.

For this panel discussion, we will hear from a few of our local companies that have utilized the EOS system to help grow their companies. 

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Bob McNutt

EOS Implementor, OpExNow Advisers, Inc.
EOS Implementation- I owned an IT company on the Western Slope that had 11 employees and revenue of 2 million. I self implemented EOS in my business and used it for 2 years. It really made a huge difference. After selling my IT company in 2018 I decided to help other companies... Read More →
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Jon Labrum

CEO, Precise Holdings
Ask me about growing a technology company, helping young entrepreneurs start a business, making sandwiches, selling a business or acquiring 4 companies in one year. I love flying and can’t wait for my next trip to the Bahamas and Virgin Islands to find hidden adventures among the... Read More →
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Jeff Taets

Co CEO, Timberline Bank
Jeff is the a founder and CEO of Timberline Bank. Timberline is a locally owned and operated community bank headquartered in Grand Junction CO.

1:00pm MDT

Founders Stories
Limited Capacity seats available

It's easy to see the end result of a successful business and gloss over the countless hours of hard work, small wins and sacrifice it took to get there. At one point, every home run business began as a startup with its own unique journey and story. This session is about those stories. If you're looking to launch your dream idea, if you’re searching for tips and tricks to accelerate your current business, or you simply want to commiserate about the highs and lows of blazing your own path, this session is for you.

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Jennifer Alsever

Partner, Campfire Content
I am a storyteller. For thirteen years, I've had the pleasure of living in Eagle, near Vail. And I've also been blessed by a rich journalism career that spanned more than two decades. During that time, I wrote for the Denver Post, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine... Read More →

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Tomer Alpert

Co-Founder and CEO, Felt
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Justin Bradshaw

CoFounder, REVER
I am an entrepreneur, brand builder, marketer and adventurer with experience in tech, action sports, media and publishing. I've been around the block (and the world) more than a few times honing my skills. Business Development, Digital Strategy, Marketing Management, Negotiation... Read More →
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Rick Taggart

Rick Taggart moved to Grand Junction in the early 80’s to lead and manage Marmot Mountain Works, a young dynamic outdoor company, as its CEO, Chairman and Co-Owner. After selling the business in the late 80’s, he went on to lead the International business unit of The Timberland... Read More →
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Steve Wood

formerly with CAPCO
Shortly after obtaining his Aero Engineering degree, Mr. Wood began his professional career with Cessna Aircraft Co. in Wichita, KS, where he worked as a Test Engineer, Propulsion Engineer, and Design Engineer on numerous aircraft programs, including all single-engine piston-powered... Read More →

2:15pm MDT

It's All About the People: Workforce & Hiring
Limited Capacity seats available

Attracting talented employees is one of the most important things a growing company can do. During this panel discussion, we will be hearing from some of the west slope’s fastest growing companies about what it takes to identify, recruit, & retain an incredible team.

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Allison Blevins

COO, Proximity
Allison is a creator, branding nerd, communicator, connector, arranger, and all around get-shit-done-r. She believes in community and that coworking spaces make awesome tools to connect people.Allison has a background of entrepreneurship and marketing – she co-owned Tangle, a retail... Read More →
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Christina Oxley

Regional Business Services Coordinator, CO Dept. of Labor and Employment
Shifts in demographics, perceptions of work and personal values as well as advancing technology are all factors changing the nature, availability and skills of America's workforce. As the northwest region business services coordinator for the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment... Read More →
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Taylor Vanlandingham

VP of Human Resources and Operations, Nuclear Care Partners
My name is Taylor Vanlandingham and I currently work as the Vice President of Human Resources and Operations at Nuclear Care Partners (NCP). NCP provides in home care to former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) workers. During the last 5 years at NCP, my focus has been on developing... Read More →
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Aaron Young

CEO, Kaart
Most days I'm responsible for giving guidance to a team of talented geographers. Other days... I'm out mapping the world.

3:30pm MDT

Business Valuation Basics: Understanding How Growth Impacts Business Value
Limited Capacity seats available

Eric believes that it’s better to focus on business value than business growth: “It’s not about what you make, it’s about what you keep.” With growth and value in mind, Eric will touch on recasting financial statements, finding industry rules of thumb, using sold market comparables, and the top five things any business owner should do right away to maximize business value and exit their business in style.

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Eric Payne

Managing Partner, Venture Advocates
20+ years mergers & acquisitions, private equity, business valuation, startups, franchise consulting.

Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT
FACTORY - Event Center