Monday, 15 November 2010 16:53
Welcome to Startup Advisor... I'm Charles Mason. I'm the CoffeeCrew Coordinator for StartUp Advisor, a weekly CoffeeCrew "Mini-Meetup" where we will go into more detail about the entire startup company process !
You are currently viewing our "Collaborative Communications Portal" on the CSE Group's main site. This is our own little "corner of the CSE Group web-site world"... And it's here we will be able to create our own articles, post our own blogs, contribute to our own Forum and manage our own event calendar.
The objective of these meeting is to assist locals in starting up their own business through a informal setting. No suits and ties or business attire required, no formal meeting structure, or requirement to get your questions answered. Just simply qualified people in a informal environment there to answers questions or at least get you pointed the right direction.
I am working with some local businesses and professionals to schedule our first meeting. Please check back soon for more details.
Published in Startup Advisor
Monday, 15 November 2010 16:35
Welcome to "CoffeeCrew"... This is the new collaborative "Mini-Meetup" initiative we have launched for CSE Group Members who want to lead their own topic-specific weekly or bi-weekly meetings during the morning or afternoon hours on a more frequent basis, (outside of our normal monthly meetups) but now will have a place to organize their meeting schedules, post blog entries in their own "Mini-Portal" that supports comments, and be able to create their own identity. Each CoffeeCrew Mini-Meetup also has its own Forum area for detailed topic discussions, support, etc.
Our current CoffeeCrew "Mini-Meetups" are:
If you are interested in holding your own "CoffeeCrew" Mini-Meetup, and would like to become a "CoffeeCrew Coordinator" and be able to self-manage your own Mini-Meetup event calendar, blog, and forum area, please send an e-mail to the web-site coordinator using the Contact Us form on this site.
Published in CoffeeCrew
Friday, 12 November 2010 10:40
CIO Colorado has been launched as a citizens’ task force to fill the need for an office of innovation within the State of Colorado – Chief Innovation Office. It will support economic development reform with the goal of turning around the State of Colorado’s economy leading to the formation of new business and creation of new jobs.
As many of you know, DaVinci Quest in Denver is developing the CIO Colorado Economic Reform Initiative and I am pleased to be working with the DQ Team Members to help put this citizen-led grass roots effort on the map.
For more information see the press release from Nov 7, 2010: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/11/prweb472474.htm
Friday, 22 October 2010 17:15
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group October 2010 Meetup
To CSE Group Members:
This month we are going to break from our normal speaker-meeting format, and look internally at the CSE Group to do some soul-searching about our mission, goals and objectives, and to address a number of member suggestions that have been "piling-up" over the course of the last several months regarding new group activities, meeting suggestions, etc. (See below).
It's time to "Fine-Tune, Calibrate, and Adapt" the CSE Group to a changing business and economic landscape here in Colorado Springs, and your participation is not only REQUESTED, but REQUIRED to make it happen !
Our First "FocusForum" Meetup - "You Talk, You Propose, We Decide"
WE ARE MEETING AT PENROSE LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN) THIS MONTH ! - (See Below)
1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes (Group)
2. CSE Group Membership News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes
3. Review 5 Member Suggestions: (30 Minutes)
a. Group Member Skills Matrix
This involves much more than just listing one's skills, but it's a task which can be completed in ten minutes or less, preferably in conjunction with a regular meeting. The results, which most people find surprising, would later be collated into a matrix available to all group members. These results would also serve as a good organizing tool for later meetups in which members had expressed a desire to form special teams for various purposes.
Pick 4 people that want to develop specific things in their business. Make 4 groups of 4-6 people together in each small group to help the one person achieve what ever they need. Let the groups fully focus on helping that individual. ... Preferably 1 more experienced entrepreneur per group. Perhaps have entire group do homework/research to help this one person. Of course this help will come back to other members when other similar workshops are held. Thus, the camaraderie and homework is motivating for everyone. Perhaps timed sessions like 20 minutes. Stop. Break 5 minutes. Another 20 minutes looking at a different angle. Break. Another 30 min. session. Summary. Another 30 min. session. Summarize. Outline strategies.
We just launched our online business but with a military husband and a toddler who is still at home it makes it hard to get to more formal events and people are less impressed when my toddler comes along, can't blame them!, and I was thinking maybe a coffee or lunch where those who have not made it to a meeting yet could still benefit from the group.
I know that Mike is busy but it would be nice to have a weekly or at least a bi-weekly meeting with other members at a coffee house, restaurant, etc. Each meeting can focus on a subject matter or simply a way of keep everyone motivated through these tougher times. Thoughts?
As long as we have a group of 10 or less, I live in an apartment complex that has a beautiful meeting and media center. There is also a kitchen so we can have refreshments at the meeting. If interested, let me know.
BREAK (10 Minutes)
4. FocusForum (60 Minutes)
(Example Topics Draft - Will be updated on Sunday Oct 24th)
a. Internal Organizational Changes
5. CSE Group Business Happenings:
a. InSide/OutSide Your Business - 5 Minutes
Formal Meeting Ends (8:15- 8:15PM)
REMEMBER WE ARE MEETING AT THE PENROSE LIBRARY THIS MONTH !
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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:29
Attention ! Colorado Springs Business Community...
It's iMash Time Again !
You are invited to attend our third quarterly “Innovation Mashup” or “iMash Meetup” to stimulate the Technology Transfer and Innovation Opportunities between The UCCS Center for Entrepreneurship, The Bachelor of Innovation Program, and the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group and the Local Colorado Springs Business Community…
This is our FIRST iMash event to be held at UCCS and Sponsored by The Center for Entrepreneurship, so we want to see a good overall turnout by the CSE Group members and the Colorado Springs Business Community.
It’s Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 5:30PM-9:00PM
We will be featuring business speakers from the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group, UCCS Center for Entrepreneurship, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator and the Peak Venture Group, as well as a student team from the UCCS Bachelor of Innovation Program who will be participating in one of our 5 Minute Presenters Slots.
Below is our “iMash” Speaker Lineup:
Mr. Mike Schmidt
CEO Ensemble Ventures, LLC
Chair, Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group
Mr. Schmidt is a Business Development Professional and Technology Synergist. After early stints with Intel Corporation’s New Fab Engineering group in the early 80’s and pursuing world wide data broadcasting and wireless satellite and internet markets in the 90’s, Mr. Schmidt has focused his energies over the last 10 years in helping to develop an Entrepreneurial “NemoSystem” for Colorado Springs. For 15+ years Mr. Schmidt has been providing business development support services offering strategic & tactical marketing, sales management, distribution channel creation, and strategic planning disciplines for a variety of small and large, industrial, computer and telecommunications companies on a world wide basis. For the last 3 years Mr. Schmidt has been chair of the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group, a 300+ Member strong local entrepreneur support group.
Mr. Tom Duening, Phd
El Pomar Chair of Business and Entrepreneurship
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Business UCCS
Thomas Duening previously was the director of entrepreneurial programs for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and then attended the University of Minnesota, where he received his master’s degree in philosophy of science and his doctorate in higher education administration. He also has served in many executive positions, including president of U.S. Learning Systems, LLC, vice president for Content Development at Edgia, Inc. Before joining ASU in September 2004, Duening successfully launched the Entrepreneurial and Venture Development Center at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Guests Speakers invited by The Center for Entrepreneurship to provide Program Updates on their local business support services will include:
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Speakers are:
Solmirus specializes in designing, building and installing high-level digital imaging instrumentation for use in remote locations, and pioneering new low-cost, high-quality residential solar solutions. The company offers custom product design and development as an engineering service. Dr. Klebe has a rich background in developing custom astronomical instrumentation as well as a frequent contributor to the scientific community. Dr. Klebe is also the Space Science Content Specialist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in support of the Space Odyssey permanent exhibit. Mr. Brooks is a computer and software engineer with 15 years of industry experience spanning embedded systems development to large scale database solutions. His contributions to Solmirus include software development, solution architecture and project management. In addition to Solmirus, Mr. Brooks is a partner and lead solution architect for the Colorado Springs-based software and design development firm Volta and the developer of the Simian SaaS Solution.
UCCS Innovation Mashup
Bachelor of Innovation Student Speakers:
Teryn Guadagnoli and Chris Rosenberger and Nate Marrs will be presenting on the development of the Value Innovation Simulation. This team worked with Dick Lee of Value Innovations on a successful Phase I SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Grant. They will introduce the team/project goals, talk a little about the development process, show off some of their system, and then talk about the Phase II SBIR effort they helped support. The simulation is located at http://innovation.uccs.edu/vi-sim
If you are a UCCS Student, Teacher, Faculty Member, Alumni, etc... Visit the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs site at: http://colospgsbiz.org/imash to be able to register for the event.
Monday, 23 August 2010 11:54
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group August 2010 Meetup
1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes (Group)
-- Food Sponsor - Ric Rooney - Pikes Peak Hyperbaric
- iMash Event - "Innovation Mashup" at UCCS with Center for Entrepreneurial Sponsorship
BREAK (5 Minutes)
8. Group Discussions / Q&A
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 10:16
Attention Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Members !
The E3 Pavilion:
Show Off Your Creativity and Innovation!
Support the CSE Group, and the Future Innovation and Creativity of Colorado Springs !
You can download the E3 Flyer Here:
Thursday, 17 June 2010 21:53
1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes
2. CSE Group Membership News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes
3. Special Guest Business Speaker - Mr. Dale Halling - 30 Minutes
Dale Halling - Patent Attorney and Entrepreneur
Dale Halling is patent attorney and entrepreneur. As a patent attorney, Mr. Halling, has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies including, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Motorola, Ameritech, SBC, MCI, Cypress, and numerous technology start-ups. He has helped his clients obtain patents worldwide. Dale's technical background includes a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, and a MS in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Halling spent several years performing research and development in free space laser communication systems at McDonnell Douglas. After receiving his J.D. from Saint Louis University, Mr. Halling worked as patent/intellectual property counsel for Motorola. He started his own patent law firm in Colorado Springs in 1995. His firm performs patent and intellectual property work for Fortune 500 companies, high-technology start-ups and small business and individuals. He is the author of the book “The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur: How Little Known Laws are Killing Innovation.”
As a patent attorney, Halling interfaces with start-up entrepreneurs and has a front-row seat to many exciting innovations.... However, over the course of the last 10 years, he began to see a shift in the types of projects his clients were involved with in the 1990s and 2000s. Clients, in the 90s, would be developing businesses that seemed disruptive or revolutionary... However, the tech downturn of 2000-2001 changed all that. After 2002, the start-up companies that approached him were all looking for narrow niche markets. Now these companies were looking to develop incremental changes and be bought out by an existing company. Obviously something shifted, a change in the marketplace occured. What has happened to innovation ? What is causing these intrepid entrepreneurs to fall back and take safe positions ? So how do we "fix" the system and rewrite the rules for entrepreneurship and jumpstart innovation? Dale will highlight some of the "findings" that led him to write his informative and eye-opening book.
BREAK (5 Minutes)
4. "QuickPitch" - "Off The Floor and Off the Cuff" Entrepreneur Sales Pitch - 1 Minute Each
5. 1st Guest Start-up Entrepreneur(s) - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A
Paul Janisko - Founder and CEO - Janisko, LLC and Rendered Source, LLC
Paul is the Founder & CEO of both Janisko LLC and Rendered Source, LLC. Paul has a background in working with new technologies, software development and has been a lifetime entrepreneur even when working in the corporate world. Paul’s experience stretches along many technology driven industries, which feeds his passion for creating Internet Start Ups. Janisko LLC, a privately held technology company specializing in the creation technology driven business solutions. At Janisko, we believe in delivering results that meet your business objectives. The key in doing that is to understand your business needs from your perspective. Our solutions will adapt to your business processes, not the other way around.
Paul will be introducing the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group to his innovative software development company "Rendered Source" It is a unqiue software and web development company that creates custom software solutions and mobile applications that are optimized for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The companies developers are skilled expert-level developers and software architects, graphics designers, systems and network specialists, and search engine marketing experts.
6. 2nd Guest Start-up Student Entrepreneur - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A
UCCS Innovation Mashup - Student Speaker - Andrew Cratty, Wuffit.com
WuffIT is a corporation setup to develop pet tracking and safety related technology for pets. Funded through donors, local businesses and grants, WuffIT is able to develop and provide this technology at minimal cost to pet owners and trainers. All proceeds from the WuffIT corporation are used to support pet tracking and safety products and also benefit non-profit organizations.
WuffIT Corporation’s development efforts are being supported by a group of students as a project under the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs’ Bachelor of Innovation program.
"UCCS Bachelor of Innovation and CSE Group" Innovation MashUp:
Welcome to the second of our four quarterly joint "Innovation MashUp Meetups" we are planning for 2010 that brings together UCCS Bachelor of Innovation Staff, Students, and advisors together with the local Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group. We will be announcing our "Innovation Mashup" activities in the next week so stay tuned ! Attention: UCCS Staff and Students...
CSE Group Business Happenings:
7. Small Business Funding Developments:
8. InSide/OutSide Your Business - 5 Minutes
9. Group Discussions / Q&A
10. Formal Meeting Ends (8:00- 8:15PM)
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 16:00
To CSE Group Members:
I had the opportunity to meet with the Founder and CEO of the US/India Chamber of Commerce in Denver last week, Ms. Purnima Voria. She is a very busy lady and seems to have the pulse on developing opportunities for Colorado businesses in India. She made me aware of an upcoming business trade event their Chamber is hosting in Denver on Tuesday June 1, 2010 (next week!) to address Engineering Export/Import Opportunities for Colorado Businesses. The event is being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver at starts at 11:30AM. (See the Event Details Below)...
The guest speaker is Mr. Rana Roy. He is the director of the EEPC of India, (Engineering Export Promotion Council ) and is based in EEPC's Chicago office. He will be speaking about Engineering, Manufacturing, and Export/Import opportunities for businesses in the Rocky Mountain region who want to do business with India, with an emphasis on key regulatory issues and challenges.
I will be attending the event as a Representative of Ensemble Ventures and on behalf of some of my Alternate Energy portfolio companies, and will, as your Chair of the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group, be attending as your representative to be sure we are up to speed on these developing opportunities. I will provide a status report to the CSE Group members at our upcoming June 30th meeting.
There is a link below for registering for the event if you would like to attend.
Engineering EXPORT -IMPORT Opportunities
for Colorado Manufacturers and Businesses
The Ritz-Carlton Denver
1881 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202
JUNE 1st, 2010 - 11.30a.m. – 1.30p.m.
Celebrating the Asian Awareness Month (May)
National US India Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a luncheon with
Mr. Rana Roy
Resident Director, EEPC INDIA Engineering Export Promotion Council of India
Sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India
Please join us in welcoming India's EEPC Resident Director,who is engaged at every level of the US-India commercial partnership to facilitate and deepen bilateral trade and investment linkages.
Registration 11:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Welcome Remarks, Lunch & Interactive Discussion 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Costs: $50 per person - $60 per person at the door - $500 for a table of 10
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Register Online Here: http://nuicc.org/events.html
For more information and to RSVP:
Rana Roy, a graduate in Mechanical Engineering, joined Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) INDIA in 1984. Since then he has served the organization in various capacities and was also in-charge of its Regional Office in Kolkata, India and its Overseas Offices in Sydney, Dusseldorf and Chicago. Having a wide knowledge of international trade, he has been directly associated with various promotional activities of EEPC INDIA for furthering engineering exports from the country. He was also incharge of Trade Policy matters in India prior to his second assignment in the EEPC INDIA office in Chicagoland, since August 2006.
Way back in 1955-56, the nascent Indian engineering sector was in the process of diversifying and restructuring the narrow export base of the industry and it needed a strong push - the EEPC INDIA (Formerly Engineering Export promotion Council) was set up in 1955 under the sponsorship of Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, for export promotion of engineering goods, projects and services from India. Initially started with a few hundreds of engineering units as an small outfit, with a passage of time it has grown to be the largest Export Promotion Council having membership of nearly 12,000 from amongst large Corporate Houses, Star Trading Houses, Small & Medium Scale Units (SME), Trading Houses, etc. Out of the total membership of the Council, 60% constitutes the SMEs.
Celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2010, NUICC was formed at the request of the political and business leaders of the United States and the high-level government and business leaders of India to engage public and private sectors of the respective countries to accelerate trade and investment. NUICC's mission is to promote bilateral trade between the United States and India, cultivating business relationships that result in business deals.
Friday, 23 April 2010 14:27
To CSE Group Members:
As you know, Steve Baker was our guest speaker back in February at the CSE Group Meetup and gave a great speech about his start-up experiences in the Travel Industry back in the late 80's. Well, Steve has started another new company called "International Wellness Centers" and he and a diverse group of executives out of Denver are embarking on a new adventure to develop a wellness center in Belize. Below is a quick summary from Steve's Pushing Water UpHill Blog Site...
Announcing our new company in Belize!
After nearly two years of research and planning, I’m pleased to announce that my international team & I have officially launchedInternational Wellness Resorts Inc. This startup business represents a unique combination of short and long term revenue streams working in a complementary fashion: medical tourism, hospitality and land development with the theme of ultimate personal wellness.
We plan to build and operate a number of wellness centers at resort locations around the world that will provide common and proprietary healthcare treatments. The treatments will be offered in combination with travel within the new industry of medical tourism.
If you would like more information or would like to look at their investment model, here is a link for more information: Pushing Water Uphill Blog
Go Steve ! We are rooting for you...
CSE Group Chair