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Tuesday, September 13
 

10:00am MDT

Accelerators of Colorado Springs: How Southern Colorado is Supporting Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Join the leading Accelerators in Colorado Springs for this panel kick off for Southern Colorado Startup Week. We will have program directors and founders of Exponential Impact, Catalyst Campus, and the UCCS Venture Attractor sharing their knowledge, discussing opportunities for founders, and what changes they see coming in the future of startup activity in Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado!

Speakers
avatar for Csilla Brimer

Csilla Brimer

Co-Founder of Willenrimer / Blockchain Consultant, Willenrimer
Web3. Blockchain Startups. Data privacy
avatar for Vance Brown

Vance Brown

Vance has over 30 years of experience as a high-tech entrepreneur, CEO and lawyer. Currently Vance is co-founder at Thrivers Leadership Institute (Thrivers.com) and Chairman at Thrivers Foundation (Thrivers.org), which helps youth in the Colorado Pikes Peak region thrive by funding... Read More →
avatar for KiMar Gartman

KiMar Gartman

Catalyst Campus
KiMar serves as CCTI's Program Director of the Catalyst Accelerator. The AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate Catalyst Accelerator (https://catalystaccelerator.space/) is a defense and national security industry accelerator, headquartered on the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation... Read More →
avatar for Luke Doster

Luke Doster

Program Administrator, UCCS Venture Attractor
I like to consider myself a business connoisseur as I am fascinated by all aspects of business and the resounding impacts a firm can have on the ecosystem connected to it. Over the years I have pursued many different paths:- In my early years of college, I worked to build a platform... Read More →


Tuesday September 13, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Catalyst Campus 555 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

3:00pm MDT

Colorado Springs: From Rural to International
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel will include representatives from Colorado Springs airport, Chamber, and successful international entrepreneurs who chose Colorado Springs to build their international businesses. We'll address future growth in Colorado Springs, why it is a great place to conduct business, macro/micro trends impacting cities like COS and how we’re positioned among other cities currently and in the future.

More to come on our esteemed panelists!

Moderators
avatar for Strings Kozisek

Strings Kozisek

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Motivational Officer, Tekumo
I am a senior business executive, adviser, and entrepreneur, with over 25 years of executive leadership experience. My career and life path have kept me professionally active in the U.S, and across Asia, with a focus on Japan. This multi-country experience results in my unique approach... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Dutter

Timothy Dutter

Director, Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC
Tim Dutter has been working in various roles in economic development over the past 10 years.  He began his career here at the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC as an Account Executive for the Chamber of Commerce in 2012.  He has worked in economic development in the States of:  CO... Read More →


Tuesday September 13, 2022 3:00pm - 4:15pm MDT
Exponential Impact 3650 North Nevada Colorado Springs, CO 80907
 
Wednesday, September 14
 

9:00am MDT

Reimagining Rural - It starts with TechSTART: How Technology and Innovation are Reshaping Rural Southern Colorado
Limited Capacity seats available

The birth of a new, thriving tech sector in a rural southern Colorado community began with reimagining what rural is all about. What is truly important in life? Is it the hustle and expense of living in urban tech corridors, or is it a balance of life that enable true success, happiness and productivity? This session Reimagines Rural with the creation of TechSTART, a thriving technology incubation system in the heart of rural Southern Colorado.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Brown

Rob Brown

Executive Director, FEDC

Speakers
avatar for Brad Rowland

Brad Rowland

Partner and General Manager, FEDC TechSTART
Entrepreneur for Life! Since beginning his career in the mid-90s managing a Citrix enterprise site with tens of thousands of users, Rowland has remained focused on desktop virtualization technologies. His experience stretches from managing the product lines at thin client vendor Wyse... Read More →
avatar for Chris Koehn

Chris Koehn

Founder, Second 61
Chris works to serve his family, community, and great nation through development of innovative solutions, creating economic opportunity in rural communities, developing inspirational teams, and learning and applying wisdom to commerce. In 2018, Chris founded Second-61, a team of patriots... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Emergent Campus 215 Maple Avenue Florence Colorado 81226

9:45am MDT

Rural Evolution - START Initiatives and Sector Partnerships
Limited Capacity seats available

The birth of an industry takes more than just reimagining. It takes the commitment, support and promotion from volunteers, businesses, governments, communities and regional partners to keep the initiative moving forward and growing. This session focuses on the continued evolution of the #ReImagineRural movement.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Brown

Rob Brown

Executive Director, FEDC

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Heil

Peggy Heil

Co-Chair, FEDC WellSTART
Margaret “Peggy” Heil co-chairs the FEDC WellSTART initiative. She is a retired licensed clinical social worker with approximately 40 years of experience in behavioral health administration, service delivery, and research, primarily with justice-involved populations. She has also... Read More →
avatar for Becky Romano

Becky Romano

Owner & Licensed Professional Counselor, New Beginnings Counseling LLC
Becky is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of New Beginnings Counseling LLC. She also serves as co-chair for Fremont Economic Development Corporation's (FEDC) WellSTART program, a Health and Wellness workforce initiative that is currently focused on responding to the sh... Read More →
avatar for Ashlie Arnold

Ashlie Arnold

Rural Empowerment Program Manager, Pax8
Blockchain Technology futurist with a passion for creative problem solving. Ten years experience in the Big Data ecosystem monetizing and solving business use cases with data. Recent advocate for #Techforsocialimpact and #ruralempowerment
avatar for Brad Rowland

Brad Rowland

Partner and General Manager, FEDC TechSTART
Entrepreneur for Life! Since beginning his career in the mid-90s managing a Citrix enterprise site with tens of thousands of users, Rowland has remained focused on desktop virtualization technologies. His experience stretches from managing the product lines at thin client vendor Wyse... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Oberle

Elizabeth Oberle

Program Manager, FEDC WellSTART
As the Lead Facilitator and Managing Principal of Fremont Economic Development Corporation's AgStart business incubator, Elizabeth Oberle offers guidance and support to entrepreneurs and those entering the workforce to join in the mission of attracting, growing and retaining businesses... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Emergent Campus 215 Maple Avenue Florence Colorado 81226

1:45pm MDT

Live-Work-Play! Life Balance: Productivity Minus the Hectic Urban Pace
Limited Capacity seats available

Communities all over the U.S. promote the benefits of their Live Work Play business environments. It's a common attention-grabbing claim meant to inspire and recruit businesses and families to a community. Like good business marketing in general, however, effective marketing requires differentiating oneself from others. Live Work Play? So what? How does our pace and style of life contribute to the success of Fremont County startups and our economy overall. This session explores our unique Live Work Play environment and what it means to businesses and remote workers who choose Fremont County.

Skyline Theater

606 Main Street, Canon City, CO


Moderators
avatar for Rick Harrmann

Rick Harrmann

Economic Development Manager, City of Cañon City
Currently serving his community as Economic Development Manager, Rick brings over 20 years of experience in private industries ranging from technical staffing to medical cabinetry sales and installation, rounding out his private sector experience as VP of a small contract manufacturer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Sosa

Jason Sosa

Founder/CEO, Backbox AI
Jason Sosa is one of the top artificial intelligence strategists working today. He is an expert on the Future of Work & Emerging Technologies. An experienced entrepreneur who previously founded a New York City and Singapore venture-backed AI/machine learning company that sold in 2015... Read More →
avatar for Luke Javernick

Luke Javernick

Executive Director, River Science
Luke founded River Science in 2016. He is an award-winning (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action) river scientist who spent the early part of his career studying and improving rivers in New Zealand, Colorado, and Oregon and later studying ways to improve river management through cost-effective... Read More →
avatar for Lester Limón

Lester Limón

Principal / Owner, P3 Communities
Lester grew up in the expansive Flint Hills region of south-central Kansas where he learned early that great results require hard work and perseverance from regular people. That notion helped him form the ethos of his company and to inform his professional efforts.Lester was educated... Read More →
avatar for Craig Donovan

Craig Donovan

CVP of Global Services, Pax8
As Senior Vice President of Partner Services, Craig drives the strategic direction of the company’s service delivery, sales engineering, and professional service teams. With over 20 years of experience in engineering and leadership within the software and operational teams, Craig... Read More →



Wednesday September 14, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Historic Skyline Theater 606 Main Street, Cañon City, CO, USA

3:00pm MDT

P-TECH, Internships and creating our future workforce
Limited Capacity seats available

Reimagining Rural also means reimagining workforce development. Industries, especially emerging industries, need pipelines of skilled workers. This session examines award winning educational and workforce programs that support rural innovation.

Skyline Theater


Moderators
avatar for Luke Javernick

Luke Javernick

Executive Director, River Science
Luke founded River Science in 2016. He is an award-winning (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action) river scientist who spent the early part of his career studying and improving rivers in New Zealand, Colorado, and Oregon and later studying ways to improve river management through cost-effective... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristie Satterly

Kristie Satterly

CEO, DataNexus
As a technologist from the start of her career and now as CEO and Co-Founder of DataNexus, the core work that drives Kristie is learning from, teaching and mentoring colleagues. Kristie has worked in the emerging technology sector, consulting for over a decade, leading teams, managing... Read More →
avatar for Adam Hartman

Adam Hartman

Superintendant, Canon City Schools
Adam Hartman is the Superintendent of Schools for Canon City Schools in Canon City, Colorado.  A 26 year veteran educator, Adam is proud of the way his district used their core beliefs to guide them through the difficulties created by the global pandemic.  In terms of notable accomplishments... Read More →
avatar for Lester Limón

Lester Limón

Principal / Owner, P3 Communities
Lester grew up in the expansive Flint Hills region of south-central Kansas where he learned early that great results require hard work and perseverance from regular people. That notion helped him form the ethos of his company and to inform his professional efforts.Lester was educated... Read More →
avatar for Mark Peacock

Mark Peacock

Dean - Fremont Campus, Pueblo Community College
Mark is a community driven and creative, higher education administrator who seeks to transform people and communities by promoting education and work as the pathways to dignity, opportunity and prosperity through creative, confident and compassionate leadership. Mark came to Canon... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Historic Skyline Theater 606 Main Street, Cañon City, CO, USA

3:00pm MDT

Sustainability - Planned infrastructure initiatives, Housing Initiatives, Broadband, Vision, etc.
Limited Capacity seats available

Once a vibrant center of commerce for regional mining communities, Fremont County suffered from an economic shift to front range commerce. Creating economic vitality in a rural community often requires overcoming potentially years of economic neglect. Attracting and creating new industry sectors requires initiatives to create and boost infrastructure and modernize antiquated processes. This session highlights some of the initiatives that are underway or in planning to enable and encourage economic growth.

ADA NOTE: This venue is on the second floor of a historic building; there is no elevator available.

Annex Event Center

Moderators
avatar for Rick Harrmann

Rick Harrmann

Economic Development Manager, City of Cañon City
Currently serving his community as Economic Development Manager, Rick brings over 20 years of experience in private industries ranging from technical staffing to medical cabinetry sales and installation, rounding out his private sector experience as VP of a small contract manufacturer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rob Brown

Rob Brown

Executive Director, FEDC
avatar for Patrick Mulready

Patrick Mulready

City Planner, City of Canon City
Patrick graduated from Arizona State University’s College of Architecture & Environment Design with a Bachelor of Science in Design in Urban Planning, and a Masters from UC Denver in Public Policy. His career as a land use planner on the municipal (public) side of the development... Read More →
avatar for Byron Elliot

Byron Elliot

Chief Vision Officer, REI Keyholder Limited / 3 Pillars Law
Byron is an experienced Colorado attorney and business owner who has supported real estate syndicators through acquisition, due diligence, closing, entity formation and private equity offerings. He is a founding partner attorney with 3 Pillars Law, PLLC, and his experience includes... Read More →
avatar for Johnathan T. Sims, AIA, NCARB

Johnathan T. Sims, AIA, NCARB

Owner, Architect, Domus Vitae
Johnathan is a licensed architect in three states, former 11-year Planning & Zoning Commissioner and Chairperson, founding member and Board Member of the Inclusive Housing Coalition, innovator, and proud parent. He has over 25 years in architecture, nearly 150 projects located coast... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Eubank

Andrew Eubank

VP of Fiber, Visionary Broadband
Andrew is a multi-disciplined telecommunications veteran, bringing a diverse background to Visionary that including banking operations, certified project management, network construction, and more. His telecom career began with a pioneering Colorado cooperative that was one of the... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
The Annex Event Center 507 Main St, Cañon City, CO 81212, USA
 
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