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The Definitive Guide to the Fort Collins Startup Scene



Published by Launch Haus for our guests and fellow entrepreneurs, this is the definitive resource for all those working in the startup ecosystem of Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. Inspired by the ...

Published by Launch Haus for our guests and fellow entrepreneurs, this is the definitive resource for all those working in the startup ecosystem of Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. Inspired by the Hitchhiker's Guide to Boulder Tech Community and Sam Teller's Guide to LA Startups, Brianne and I have decided to illuminate and connect the world to the amazing resources and players in the NoCo Ecosystem. Future iterations will ensue as we continue our primary research and interface activity.
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    The Definitive Guide to the Fort Collins Startup Scene The Definitive Guide to the Fort Collins Startup Scene Presentation Transcript

    • The Definitive Guide to the Fort Collins, Colorado Startup Scene Version 1.2 Chris J Snook & Brianne Snook Co-Founders of Launch Haus a publication of
    • THANK YOU Contributors to this guide: 1. Chris J Snook, Co-Founder/Venture Catalyst; Launch Haus 2. Brianne Snook, Co-Founder/General Manager; Launch Haus 3. Doug Johnson, SVP Capital Access; Rocky Mountain Innosphere 4. Mike Freeman, CEO; Rocky Mountain Innosphere 5. Charisse Bowen, Executive Director; CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship 6. Steve Hamaker, Designer & Identity Specialist; Stevaker Design
    • ETIQUETTE Guidelines to Amplify Your Results and Adoption into Colorado’s Startup Ecosystems 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. This state is led by the Entrepreneurs, supported by Feeders, and amplified by Mentors Promote Fort Collins as an AWESOME place to live, work, and innovate! Give Generously Before you Expect to Get! Enjoy the culture, lifestyle, and people! No Whining…Act and Make a Positive Difference! When you have a BIG EXIT…Give back to the Ecosystem! Contribute Something to each interaction Have an “Open Door” Be in a constant state of “discovery”. Learn and Connect others to resources they need! Promote our fellow ecosystems and friends in Boulder and Denver and visit often, encouraging them to do likewise!
    • Want to skip around? Here’s what we’re going to cover. OVERVIEW RESOURCES 6. 7. 9. 10. 13. 14. 17. 21. 24. 26. 28. 30. 31. 32. Why Fort Collins? Notable Companies Movements Meetups/Events/Maps CSU Entrepreneurship Capital Access Incubators Prototype labs Venture Capital Office Space Co-Working Finding Talent/Jobs Get Connected Legal/Hr/Dev/Accounting LIFESTYLE & ACTIVITIES 34. 35. 36. 42. 44. “Hop”pening Places Stay Caffeinated Trails/Parks Author Profile Rate this Slideshare
    • OVERVIEW The essential understanding that’ll get you up to speed and connected in a hurry! DISCLAIMER: Last Updated 2/8/14 We’re going to walk you through a snapshot of the most relevant resources, players, and movements to help you insert into, contribute to, and benefit from the Fort Collins Startup Ecosystem. We are continually adding to this as we become aware of new additions and changes in the marketplace. We don’t know it all but this is a great place to start!
    • WHY FORT COLLINS? 1 #4 Best Places for Business/Life (Forbes) #2 National list of Top Metro Areas for High Tech Startup Density #1 Best Places to Live (Money Magazine) 2 Best Cost of Living index on the Front Range (Affordable Housing, Affordable Talent, Affordable and Ample Office Space, Amazing Schools for your Kids, & Our Outdoor Lifestyle Rocks! FUN FACT #1 Fort Collin’s historic downtown was the inspiration for Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.
    • SOME (NOT ALL) NOTABLE STARTUPS Open Water Foundation
    • MOVEMENTS • Colorado Water Innovation Cluster • NETZERO Communities • Social Entrepreneurship/CSU • Drive Electric Northern Colorado • Colorado Entrepreneurial By Nature • Startup Revolution • 1 Million Cups Noco
    • MEETUPS Show Up–Contribute–Receive • • • • • • • • • • • • • • NewTech Fort Collins Fort Collins Internet Marketing Tools/Techniques Fort Collins Talent Trade LabWorx Fort Collins Digital Gunslingers Innovation After Hours The Caffienated Business Network The Mobile Workforce (Location Neutral) Entrepreneurs NoCo Real Estate Investors Group NoCo Renewable Energy Society EntrepreNerds SBDC's New Lean Startup Intensive LAUNCH NoCO
    • EVENTS Mark Your Calendars! • Bohemian Nights/NewWestFest • Venture Adventure Challenge • Fortoberfest • Tour De Fat • Downtown Fort Collins Events • NREL Industry Growth Forum • Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open • Fort Collins Startup Week • Blue Ocean Enterprise Challenge
    • STARTUP GENOME MAP Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver Over 820 New Tech Companies… You can add your Startup, Event, Association, Accelerator, etc. here:
    • COLORADO STATE Entrepreneurship The Venture Accelerator provides entrepreneurship training, advising, and mentoring for student run ventures. Select entrepreneurs are incubated for a 12 month period to develop the idea and to better position it for a successful launch. The Accelerator program consists of two stages: the Immersion Lab which runs for four months and the Start-Up Spring Board which runs for eight months. The Immersion Lab is a 16-week intensive track program that engages up to twelve student entrepreneurs and their teams in a hands-on, execution style training opportunity that is focused on launching their new ventures. During the Immersion Lab, participants will work with a mentor and multiple advisors who guide them as the venture teams deliver measurable outcomes in a time sensitive manner. The Start-Up Spring Board is the second -stage of the accelerator program. VISIT:
    • CAPITAL ACCESS Grants/Debt/Angels/VCs Thanks to the tremendous innovative thinking of the leadership at Rocky Mountain Innosphere, Fort Collins has one of the most efficient and equitable Access to Capital ecosystems in the country Funding Vehicles Include: • Donor Pool for Seed Stage • Debt Fund • Community Development Venture Capital Fund • Program and Entrepreneur Sponsorship Learn More at: Rocky Mountain Innosphere Capital Access Tax Credit Example for Innosphere Donors Innosphere Contribution Amount $100,000 Assumed 35% Federal Tax Rate -$35,000 4.63% Colorado Tax Rate -$4,630 Colorado EZ Tax Credit -$25,000 Adjusted “Cost” To The Contributor (35.37% of Total Contribution) $35,370
    • CROWDFUND One of Fort Collins own new tech startups with a successful Seed round is ready to make sure your new idea gets off the ground With an innovative solution set for crowdfunding. • Offer Rewards and In-Kind • Offer Equity • Non-Profit Donations • White labeled Enterprise platform for brands • Community Funded Marketplace • And more
    • RESOURCES The Places and People You Need to Meet and Visit in Fort Collins and the Front Range Ecosystems.
    • INCUBATORS Mentorship-Access to Capital-Acceleration! LA UN CH
    • THE INNOSPHERE Accelerating Job Creation & Entrepreneurship Innosphere has an Expanded Cleantech Program! A great resource for cleantech entrepreneurs: The recently launched “Innosphere at CREED” office is located at the Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED). CREED is co-located with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO — the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Visit NO IN N CU -PR BA O TO FIT R
    • THE CSU HATCHERY CSU incubates its own startup companies—these three student entrepreneurial companies were chosen to accommodate space at Innosphere and have full access as clients. The current three hatchery companies include: 1 Cam-Keeper 2 Stuff’N Mallows 3 Wild Fit Gyms
    • ACCELERATORS NEARBY 1 ImagineH2O - The Leading Path-to-Market Resource for Promising Water Entrepreneurs 2 CleanTech Open - The World’s largest Clean Tech Accelerator 3 Founders Institute - World's Largest Startup Accelerator, with a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" 4 TechStars - provides seed funding from over 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors who are vested in the success of your startup
    • CSU IDEA2PRODUCT LAB Facilities at the Idea to Product lab include five 3D printing platforms, with two more scheduled to arrive in the near future to take the total up to seven, and meet the anticipated increased demand from this community. The 3D printers are capable of processing up to 18 different materials and therefore offer wide scope for new innovation in developing product ideas. A nominal fee is required to use the facilities provided in order to cover costs of materials and maintenance.
    • CSU VENTURES Technology Transfer • Discover I.P. & Co-Founders • License, R&D, Incubate, and Commercialize New Solutions • Access Capital, New Tech & World Class Research TE CH TR AN SF ER
    • LOCAL FRONT RANGE VCs • Vista Ventures • Bohemian Companies LLC • Foundry Group (Boulder) • Access Venture Partners • High Country Ventures • Aravaipa Ventures
    • 3- OFFICE SPACE 50 0 EM PL OY E ES
    • 1- CO-WORKING 5 TE AM M AT E S
    • NEED AFFORDABLE DESKS? • • • Jefferson’s Study • (coming 2014) AV AI LA BL E!
    • FINDING TALENT/ STARTUP JOBS • Innosphere Startup Job Board ( • Launch Haus Startup Job distribution list-Send your CV to Chris J Snook for distribution to dozens of local startups in Fort Collins/Loveland • Create a profile and complete the personality assessment on CoFounders Lab and search Fort Collins/Loveland, CO NO W HI RI NG !
    • GET CONNECTED Press/Newsletters/Social • • • (coming to NoCo in 2014) • (Colorado) • • • (CTA) • W EL CO M E!
    • LEGAL/HR/DEV WORK ETC • Cooley LLP (Startup/Venture Track Legal) • TriNet (PEO/HR Outsourced) • Sonata Services (Dedicated Outsourced Programmers/ Developers Offshore/North America/China • NowCFO (Outsourced CFO and Accounting) PR SER OV VI ID CE ER S
    • CR “HOP”PENING PLACES • Odells • New Belgium • Equinox • Fort Collins Brewery • Coopersmiths • Black Bottle Brewery AF T BE ER
    • STAY CAFFEINATED • Starry Nights Café • MUGS Coffee Lounge • Everyday Joes • Bean Cycle • Cranknstein JA VA ! !
    • TRAILS, PARKS, ETC. • Fort Collins Trail Map • Fort Collins Parks Map • Estes Park • Rocky Mountain National Park • Bike Fort Collins FU N!
    • “Now with a unified brand…In the near future we envision a statewide Colorado Startup Week.” Aaron Kennedy CMO-State of Colorado RE Q CE UO N TE T
    • Within high-tech ICT sector (Information and Communications Technology), new firm births grew by 210% and Fort Collins was #2 Nationwide for High Tech Startup Density in 2013! Source: Kauffman Foundation A ST GR AT E IS AT TI C
    • THE FORT COLLINS NEWCOMER INTEGRATION CHECKLIST Study and Review This Guide and its Links Email for personal introductions Attend a relevant Meetup or Open Event Take a Tour of Innosphere, CSU Idea2Product Lab, & Launch Haus (opening 2014) 4 SI ST MP EP LE S
    • WAS THIS HELPFUL? TH RA IS TE 110 Welcome to the Fort Collins Startup Ecosystem! Please help us make this guide more valuable in future versions by taking our quick survey. Thanks in advance! TAKE OUR 2 SECOND SURVEY NOW
    • CHRIS J. SNOOK & BRIANNE SNOOK @chrisjsnook @launchhausfc AU PR T O HO FI R LE S
    • So you have a great innovation and you want to visit Fort Collins and test drive it for your business … Launch Haus can help!
    • LAST CHANCE TO RATE THIS CONTENT Launch Haus believes in creating content and relationships for you (not for us), so we’d like to hear what you thought of this guide! Submit a 1-10 rating in a matter of seconds by clicking here. Your feedback goes directly to our content team. SUBMIT RATING: TAKE OUR 2 SECOND SURVEY NOW