Sep
8
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Denver

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 2 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Presenting Companies:
Trelora http://www.trelora.com
Epicurean Butter - http://www.epicureanbutter.com

Where: CB Richard Ellis, 1225 17th St #2950, Denver, CO 80202
When: Arrival time is at 9:00 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:15AM. We will go until 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.
For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors.

Aug
11
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Boulder

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 3 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Where: TBD
When: Arrival time is at 8:30 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:00AM. We will go until 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.
For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 8/9/2016

Jul
14
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Denver

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 3 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Where: TBD
When: Arrival time is at 8:30 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:00AM. We will go until 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.
For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 7/12/2016

Jun
23
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Boulder

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 3 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Where: Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Dr, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
When: Arrival time is at 8:30 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:00AM. We will go until 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.
For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 6/7/2016

Jun
8
10:00 am10:00

Colorado Venture Summit

When - June 8th, 2016
Where - Mile High Stadium
Why - An exclusive venture capital event that creates connections for second rounds of investment and beyond

RSVP Here

May
12
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Denver

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 3 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Companies:
Company 1 at 9:45 - Rachio
Company 2 at 10:45 -Ampt

Where: Galvanize Platte Street, Denver, CO

When: Arrival time is at 9:00 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:30AM. The first company presents from 9:45 - 10:45; and the second company presents from 11:00 - 12:00.  Lunch will be provided at 12:00, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.

For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 5/10/2016

Apr
14
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Boulder

  • Backflip Studios

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 3 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Where: Backflip Studios, Boulder

Companies:
Company 1 at 9:45 - Surefire Medical
Company 2 at 10:45 - Sharklet Technologies

When: Arrival time is at 9:00 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:30AM. The first company presents from 9:45 - 10:45; and the second company presents from 11:00 - 12:00.  Lunch will be provided at 12:00, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.

For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 4/12/2016

Mar
30
2:30 pm14:30

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Health Care Innovation

Wednesday, March 30, 2016; Tentative Time 2:30 - 7:00 PM
@ Anschutz Medical Campus

Registration link Here

The policy, technological, and economic forces transforming health care are creating new opportunities for innovators and incumbent providers alike. The promise of personalized medicine, where doctors are able to tailor their treatment based on individuals' characteristics, is starting to emerge as a reality. For patients, they are increasingly able to take advantage of opportunities to gain access to their health care information and contribute to their health care picture through a range of applications and devices. Stated differently, technological changes are enabling—supported by third party providers like Personal.com or Open Notes—great levels of patient engagement and patient or caregiver's ability to be more effective partners in their own (or loved one's) care.

For providers, the need to serve patients in an accountable manner is also driving restructuring and the development of new models of care. To discuss this set of issues, and examine the state of health care innovation, a leading group of academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and hospital executives will come together for a stimulating set of conversations.

Mar
30
2:30 pm14:30

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Health Care Innovation

Wednesday, March 30, 2016; Tentative Time 2:30 - 7:00 PM
@ Anschutz Medical Campus

Registration link Here

The policy, technological, and economic forces transforming health care are creating new opportunities for innovators and incumbent providers alike. The promise of personalized medicine, where doctors are able to tailor their treatment based on individuals' characteristics, is starting to emerge as a reality. For patients, they are increasingly able to take advantage of opportunities to gain access to their health care information and contribute to their health care picture through a range of applications and devices. Stated differently, technological changes are enabling—supported by third party providers like Personal.com or Open Notes—great levels of patient engagement and patient or caregiver's ability to be more effective partners in their own (or loved one's) care.

For providers, the need to serve patients in an accountable manner is also driving restructuring and the development of new models of care. To discuss this set of issues, and examine the state of health care innovation, a leading group of academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and hospital executives will come together for a stimulating set of conversations.

Mar
17
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Denver

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 2 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Companies:
Company 1 at 9:45 - CommercialTribe
Company 2 at 10:45 - Blinker

Where: Offices of Holland & Hart, Denver

When: Arrival time is at 9:00 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:30AM. The first company presents from 9:45 - 10:45; and the second company presents from 11:00 - 12:00.  Lunch will be provided at 12:00, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.
For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 3/8/2016

Mar
15
5:30 pm17:30

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Dan Caruso, President and Chief Executive Officer, Zayo Group

Tuesday, March 15, 2016; 5:30 - 7:00 PM - Reception to Follow
@ University of Colorado Law School, Wittemyer Courtroom, Room 101

Registration link Here

Silicon Flatirons and ATLAS present Dan Caruso as our featured entrepreneur.

Co-Sponsored by
JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Entrepreneurs Unplugged is a meeting place where faculty, students, and community members learn about and get involved in entrepreneurship. In particular, the program offers students, faculty and the Front Range startup community an opportunity to learn how a successful startup is created as well as an opportunity to network. Each Entrepreneurs Unplugged meeting features food, drink and - most importantly - an experienced entrepreneur to discuss his/her start-up experiences

Dan Caruso, President and Chief Executive Officer, Zayo Group
Dan Caruso is President and CEO of Zayo Group, where he oversees Onvoy Voice Services, Zayo Enterprise Networks, and Zayo Professional Services. As an angel investor, Dan helped found Envysion, where he served as Chairman from 2006 to 2013. Dan is a former Board Member of GTS Central Europe and Director of New Global Telecom. Dan has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois.

Between 2004 and 2006, Dan was the President and CEO of ICG Communications. Backed by Columbia Capital and MC Partners, he led the private buyout of ICG in 2004. In 2006, ICG was sold to Level 3 for $170M, resulting in a total distribution to the buyout group and management team of over $225M and a return on investment of 25x.

As one of the founding executives of Level 3 Communications, Dan was responsible for Level 3's engineering, construction, and operations organizations. Between 2001 and 2003, most of Level 3's lines of business and marketing functions fell under his jurisdiction. Earlier, Dan was part of the MFS Communications senior management team. He began his career at Illinois Bell/Ameritech.

In 2014, Dan was named to the Global Telecoms Business Power 100. In 2013, he was awarded the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado Technology Association. In 2011, Ernst & Young named Dan one of the three national finalists for the Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications, and the Denver Post named him one of Eleven Colorado Business People to Watch. The Boulder Chamber of Commerce honored Dan with the 2010 Esprit Award. In 2009, Ernst & Young honored him as the Entrepreneur of the Year in Rocky Mountain Region Emerging Company Category.

Dan is an active supporter of the University of Colorado – Boulder. He co-teaches Entrepreneurship and the Private Equity Process in the Leeds MBA Program. He is on the Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board of Silicon Flatirons, a center for law, technology, and entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, as well as board member of StartUp Colorado. He is actively involved in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a frequent guest lecturer and supporter of the Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship program.

Mar
3
1:00 pm13:00

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Content Conference: Innovation and Incentives in the Creative Arts

Thursday, March 3, 2016; Tentative Time 1:00 - 7:00 PM
@ University of Colorado Law School, Wittemyer Courtroom, Room 101

Registration link Here

"Innovation" is often hailed as the north star in the law and technology and intellectual property communities. In patent law, for example, the focus is often on how certain types of legal protections can encourage inventors and investors. As highlighted by the copyright limit term debate, copyright law must also grapple with the core question of which incentives are necessary to motivate creative innovation; that is, who should make money from artistic creation, when, how, and for how long. But copyright law also explicitly introduces other, non-economic considerations into the mix, including protecting the rights of users (including other artists) in some cases, and that of encouraging investors in others. Taking a step back from current copyright controversies, this conference will examine the question of innovation and incentives in the creative arts through three lenses: (1) the perspective of the artists; (2) the perspective of the creative industries; and (3) the academic literature on how the various incentives work in practice.

The first panel will consider the different things that motivate artists themselves, and how those motivations differ not only from creator to creator, but even for the same creator from project to project. What does it mean to have different artists motivated by different factors at different times? How can copyright law encourage or discourage artistic innovation that doesn't always follow a single track?

The second panel will ask what motivates the creative industries charged with the funding and distribution of creative content, and whether those incentives vary or align with those motivating artists? What does it mean for the motivations to be different? What role, if any, does copyright play in accommodating these various motivations?

The final panel will evaluate several studies that have purported to grapple with this issue, starting from first principles to evaluate what we know, what we don't know, and what we still need to determine about the impact of economic, legal and other incentives on creative production.

Feb
18
5:30 pm17:30

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Sherisse Hawkins, Co-founder and CEO, Beneath The Ink and Ryan Sullivan, CEO & Co-Founder, Parkifi

Thursday, February 18, 2016; 5:30 - 7:00 PM - Reception to Follow
@ University of Colorado Law School, Wittemyer Courtroom, Room 101

Register Here

Co-Sponsored by
JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Entrepreneurs Unplugged is a meeting place where faculty, students, and community members learn about and get involved in entrepreneurship. In particular, the program offers students, faculty and the Front Range startup community an opportunity to learn how a successful startup is created as well as an opportunity to network. Each Entrepreneurs Unplugged meeting features food, drink and - most importantly - an experienced entrepreneur to discuss his/her start-up experiences

Sherisse Hawkins, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Beneath The Ink
Sherisse Hawkins is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beneath the Ink. Beneath The Ink provides a lightweight documentation tool that enables beautifully designed, interactive and responsive content to be created quickly and easily. These are known as Pagedips. Pagedips are most often used to bolster training effectiveness & decrease implementation time, increase customer engagement & heighten retention, condense technical document length and more. Sherisse is the former VP of software development at Time Warner cable. She has an engineering background with expertise in product development and managing high tech teams and developing innovative products.

Ryan Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Parkifi
Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Parkifi. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is an avid skier, golfer, traveler and entrepreneur. Ryan's favorite hobby is solving problems with technology… like parking! Fun facts about Ryan: he lived in Switzerland for a year in high school and has had his appendix removed twice. He is a computer engineer by trade, and an entrepreneur by passion. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies and startups, but his heart is in the startup world where he plans to remain. He has 10 years of experience in scalable software engineering solutions. Most recently he worked at SendGrid which he left early in 2014 to found Parkifi.

Jan
31
Feb 1

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: The Digital Broadband Migration: The Evolving Industry Structure of the Digital Broadband Landscape

Sunday, January 31 - Monday, February 1, 2016
@ University of Colorado Law School, Wittemyer Courtroom, Room 101

Register Here

Live Stream

The digital broadband industries continue to evolve, with the threat of disruptive innovation and concerns with market power both lingering in the minds of policymakers. With respect to both concerns, the role of regulatory oversight, antitrust law, and intellectual property policy all promise to influence the ease of entry, the extent of the restrictions (or lack thereof) on incumbents, and the nature and pace of technological change. To evaluate the interplay of these three regimes—industry-specific regulation, antitrust, and intellectual property—Silicon Flatirons will bring together a range of leaders from government, academia, and industry to evaluate how effective these regimes are in regulating industry structure and what policy reforms are appropriate for the ever-changing digital broadband environment.

Reception
Please note: per university alcohol policy, only registered guests will be admitted to the reception.4:45pm - 5:45pm

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Welcome
9:00am - 9:15am

  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons

Fireside Chat
9:15am - 10:00am

Moderator

  • Paul Ohm
    Professor of Law
    Georgetown University Law Center

Break
10:00am - 10:15am

Intellectual Property and Industry Structure
10:15am - 11:45am

Moderator

  • Kristelia A. Garcia
    Associate Professor
    University of Colorado Law School
    Content Initiative Director
    Silicon Flatirons

Presenters

  • Stacey Dogan
    Law Alumni Scholar
    Professor of Law
    Boston University School of Law
  • Gideon Parchomovsky
    Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Randal Picker
    James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law
    Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Teaching Scholar
    The University of Chicago
    Senior Fellow
    Computation Institute of the University of Chicago Argonne National Laboratory
  • Carl Shapiro
    Professor
    Haas School of Business
    University of California

Discussants

Closing Keynote
11:45am - 12:30pm

  • William Baer
    Assistant Attorney General
    United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division

Lunch Reception
Sponsored by Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP12:30pm - 1:30pm

Jan
14
1:00 pm13:00

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Future Grid

Register Here

Live Stream

Co-Presented by
Getches-Wilkinson Center

The Recovery Act made a strategic investment of over $5 billion to upgrade the electrical grid. The promise of "smart grid" technology, as envisioned by the Energy Policy Act of 2006, depends on the development of interoperable smart grid standards and the development of an ecosystem around home energy management. Across the United States, a range of approaches are taking hold in this arena, with companies such as OPower, Simple Energy, Tendril, and Nest Labs (now owned by Google) creating opportunities for consumers to use energy more efficiently and participate more easily in "demand side management" programs.

The promise of the smart grid and enhanced home energy management remains a work-in-progress. As the Obama Administration has outlined in two White House reports (see here), there are a range of ongoing initiatives to encourage investments in updated technology, the adoption of interoperable standards, the sharing of data in a standard format, and the management of grid security. In this conference, we will evaluate the progress of such efforts, discussing (1) what technological upgrades of the grid are most cost-effective, (2) the role of the energy consumer in the new grid environment, and (3) what data issues (including privacy and security concerns as well as data analytics opportunities) are emerging as companies—ranging from electric utilities to companies like Nest—are capturing and storing consumer data.

Welcome
1:00pm - 1:15pm

  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons

Keynote Address
1:15pm - 2:00pm

  • Tony Clark
    Commissioner
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Break
2:00pm - 2:15pm

Grid Modernization
2:15pm - 3:15pm

Moderator

  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado

Break
3:15pm - 3:30pm

The Role of Distributed Resources
3:30pm - 4:30pm

  • Jeff Ackermann
    Director
    Colorado Energy Office
  • Amanda Bybee
    Co-Owner and Director of Strategic Planning & Initiatives
    Namaste Solar
  • Mark Detsky
    Attorney
    Dietze and Davis, P.C.
  • Joel Eisen
    Professor of Law
    Austin Owen Research Fellow
    University of Richmond School of Law
  • John Phelan
    Energy Services Manager
    Fort Collins Utilities

Moderator

Break
4:30pm - 4:45pm

Data Issues Raised by the New Grid
4:45pm - 5:45pm

Moderator

  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons

Reception
Sponsored by Dietze and Davis, P.C. Please note: per university alcohol policy, only registered guests will be admitted to the reception.5:45pm - 6:45pm

Jan
14
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Denver

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 3 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Presenting Companies:
9:30AM to 10:30AM - Oakman Aerospace Inc.
10:45AM to 11:45AM - Issac Corp.

Where: Colorado Impact Fund, 1555 Blake St. Denver, CO 80202
When: Arrival time is at 8:30 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:00AM. We will go until 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.
For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 1/12/2016

Jan
12
5:30 pm17:30

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Crash Course: Complexity Science for Startups with Sam Arbesman and Zach Nies

Tuesday, January 12, 2016; 5:30 - 7:00 PM - Refreshments Before Event and a Reception to Follow
@ University of Colorado Law School, Room 204

Register here

Co-Sponsored by
JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Sam Arbesman, Associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

Samuel Arbesman is a complex systems scientist and writer focusing on the nature of scientific and technological change. He is currently an associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and a research fellow at the Long Now Foundation, in addition to being a senior adjunct fellow at Silicon Flatirons. He also writes for popular audiences as a contributing writer to Wired, and his essays about science and technology have appeared in such places as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. Arbesman is the author of the award-winning The Half-Life of Facts (Current/Penguin), which explores how knowledge changes over time. Previously, he was a senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. He completed a PhD in computational biology at Cornell University in 2008, and earned a BA in computer science and biology at Brandeis University in 2004.

Zach Nies, Managing Director, Techstars

Dec
10
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Boulder

  • Zayo Group

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 3 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Where: Zayo Group, Boulder
1805 29th St #2050, Boulder, CO 80301

Companies Presenting:
9:15 - 10:00: Digabit
10:15 - 11:00:  EndoShape
11:15 - 12:00: Upslope Brewing

When: Arrival time is at 8:30 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:00AM. We will go until 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.
For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 12/08/2015

Nov
18
5:30 pm17:30

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Dave DuPont, CEO, TeamSnap

Wednesday, November 18, 2015; 5:30 - 7:00 PM - Reception to Follow
@ University of Colorado, ATLAS, Room 100

REGISTER HERE
Co-Sponsored by
JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Silicon Flatirons and ATLAS present Dave DuPont as our featured entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged is a meeting place where faculty, students, and community members learn about and get involved in entrepreneurship. In particular, the program offers students, faculty and the Front Range startup community an opportunity to learn how a successful startup is created as well as an opportunity to network. Each Entrepreneurs Unplugged meeting features food, drink and - most importantly - an experienced entrepreneur to discuss his/her start-up experiences.

Dave DuPont, Chief Executive Officer, TeamSnap
Dave is the boss around here, doing everything from running the company to sweeping the floors, and everything in between. Since forming the company he has managed two successful investment rounds, secured strategic partnerships and overseen impressive growth. He continues to focus on both day-to-day and long-term initiatives while managing the company.

Dave has 20 years of experience in technology leadership positions. He was previously CEO of SANRAD, a venture-funded storage networking company, which he joined in 2006. He also helped found LeftHand Networks, a Boulder-based company recently sold to Hewlett Packard. Prior to that, Dave was with Hewlett-Packard.

Dave began his professional career as a field engineer in North and West Africa with Schlumberger Ltd. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard.

Nov
12
9:00 am09:00

Company Session - Denver

  • Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

The purpose of this Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Session, is to give 3 exciting Colorado companies the chance to present their story to a select group of network advisors. These sessions are by invitation only as we work to curate our audience with those network advisors whose experience is best fitted to each company's needs.

If you are interested in attending this session and have not received an invitation please e-mail hannah@bencolorado.org, and we will extend the invite if appropriate.

Where: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
1445 Market St #400, Denver, CO 8020

Companies Presenting:
9:15 - 10:00: Choozle
10:15 - 11:00: University Parent
11:15 - 12:00: First River Energy

When: Arrival time is at 8:30 for time to network, and the session will begin promptly at 9:00AM. We will go until 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided, and we invite you to stay for further discussion if you have time.
For: Invited Industry & Growth Advisors. Please RSVP by no later than 11/10/2015

Nov
6
1:00 pm13:00

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Entrepreneurship Initiative Conference: Understanding The Informal Organization of Innovation

Friday, November 6, 2015; 1:00 - 6:30 PM
@ University of Colorado Law School, Wittemyer Courtroom, Room 101

REGISTER HERE

Innovation involves dynamism and change that challenges the status quo. The way that innovation is organized, importantly, is not static. Innovation occurs in well-known organizational settings, such as through corporate research development, startups, or through parties' contractual arrangements. But emerging strategies to organize innovation frequently involve novel structures, curious features, and surprising participants. Notably, law and formal mechanisms are often absent or relaxed. These developments give rise to the 2015 edition of Silicon Flatirons Annual Entrepreneurship Conference, which examines The Informal Organization of Innovation.

Keynote speaker Lisa Bernstein, Wilson-Dickinson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, will discuss innovation and the theory of the firm. Following that, the conference's first panel, For Profit Volunteerism and Innovation, explores issues where outside volunteers contribute to innovative outcomes within for profit environments. This panel will explore the use of informal structures to facilitate innovation. The panel also analyzes the types of systems where volunteers are motivated to participate and, relatedly, discusses case studies and experiences that others can learn from. Finally, the panel will address academic research that considers the relationship between organizational structure and creativity.

The conference's second portion then turns to The Accelerator Case Study. The Accelerator is now ten years old. The emergence of the accelerator institution represents the 21st Century's most important development in the support of startups. In just a decade, the model has scaled internationally, with over 5,000 entities that self-identify as an accelerator. Brad Bernthal, Associate Professor at Colorado Law, will explain the unique organizational features of accelerators. Mentor driven investment accelerators, for example, rely upon a volunteer network of experts who work closely with startups. This raises interesting topics that the second panel will address, including whether volunteer experts are preferable to paid experts, how individuals behave in an informal and volunteer system, and why volunteers give away time and resource to for-profit companies. Moreover, as accelerators become a feature of the startup landscape, how will they change moving forward? Will the current forms of accelerator organization prove sustainable?

Finally, the third panel considers Intellectual Property Challenges and Strategies Amid Informal Organization. Opportunism possibilities loom where formal agreement is absent. Participants could, for example, steal an idea or share confidential information with others. The absence of formal agreement further exposes participants to disputes over intellectual property rights. Informality would seem to be a recipe for leakage of a startup's insights, intellectual property disputes, and copycat behavior. How do attorneys advise parties who are active in informal environments to balance protection of intellectual property without compromising the benefits of informal contributions to innovation?

Please join us on November 6 for a stimulating discussion about the changing ways that innovation is organized.

Oct
29
5:30 pm17:30

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Boulder Startup History Crash Course: The Federal Labs Story

Thursday, October 29, 2015; 5:30 - 7:00 PM - Reception to Follow
@ University of Colorado Law School, Wittemyer Courtroom, Room 101


REGISTER HERE

Boulder enjoys membership on the list of elite entrepreneurial communities in the United States. Boulder is frequently mentioned alongside Silicon Valley, Austin, Boston, New York City, the Research Triangle, and Seattle as among the best places to launch a startup. Boulder's presence on this list is curious since its population is a little over 100,000, far smaller than other cities on the list. How did Boulder and the Front Range become the innovation community it is today?

The October 29 Crash Course, Boulder Startup History Crash Course: The Federal Labs Story, examines the role of the Federal Labs in helping Boulder become a world-class research and tech community. James Burrus (Public Information Officer, Science Writer and Outreach Coordinator for NIST) will detail the story of how the federal labs came to the Front Range. Next, Brad Feld, Managing Director of Foundry Group, will discuss the effects of the Fed Labs story on the Boulder entrepreneurial community. Finally, a panel discussion will cover the past, present, and future of Boulder's startup scene. Panelists include Burrus, Feld, Boulder historian Carol Taylor, and Tom Bogdan, recent president of UCAR. The panel will also be open to questions from the audience.

This event is co-presented by the Silicon Flatirons Center and the Boulder History Museum. If you have an interest in the Boulder startup scene or the story of its birth as a research center, or if you simply are interested in the history of a mining and hippie town turned startup hub, this Crash Course is an event worth attending.

Panelists:

  • Tom Bogdan
    Former President
    University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • James Burrus
    Public Information Officer, Science Writer, and Outreach Coordinator
    National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Brad Feld
    Managing Director
    Foundry Group
  • Carol Taylor
    Associate Director and Historian
    Boulder History Museum

 

Moderator:

  • Brad Bernthal
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
    Entrepreneurship Initiative Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Oct
23
1:00 pm13:00

Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Risk Assessment in Spectrum Policy

Friday, October 23, 2015; 1:00 - 7:15 PM
@ University of Colorado Law School, Wittemyer Courtroom, Room 101

In judging whether to allocate new wireless services, government spectrum regulators like the FCC and NTIA have typically deferred to worst case arguments by incumbents. Such an approach has many flaws. First, there are many causes and consequences of RF interference, and representing them by single values for extreme cases isn't representative. Second, interference parameters take on a range of values, and a single-value analysis doesn't take the distribution of their probabilities into account. Third, a single value, worst case analysis is likely to be overly conservative, with the result that the full value of spectrum use rights is not realized.

The alternative approach of quantitative risk assessment broadens regulatory analysis from just "What's the worst that can happen?" to "What can happen, how likely is it, and what are the consequences?" Such techniques have been used for decades by other regulators, including those responsible for safety-of-life decisions such as NRC, FDA and FAA.

This conference will explore what lessons spectrum managers, especially regulators like the FCC and NTIA, can learn from the use of quantitative risk analysis in other regulated industries. It will also map out how risk-informed interference analysis should and could be used in spectrum policy going forward.

The conference will be anchored by three keynote speeches by leading figures in risk assessment and spectrum policy, each followed by a moderated discussion and a closing keynote. REGISTER HERE

Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Thank You Reception
Oct
22
5:00 pm17:00

Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Thank You Reception

  • Rembrandt Yard

Please join us for a reception to celebrate our first year and look towards our future. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your help and commitment to our community! Please feel free to bring a guest!

REGISTER HERE

For: FULL NETWORK EVENT *Space is limited, RSVP early. 
Where: Rembrandt Yard, Boulder

Oct
9
9:00 am09:00

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ENTREPRENEURIAL SUMMIT

When: October 9th, 2015 - 9:00AM  - 5:00PM
Where: Hyatt Regency Denver

Registration Link: Here

2015 Rocky Mountain Entrepreneurial Summit RMES is built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, providing an exclusive educational experience for innovation-minded start-ups to multi-million dollar revenue generators. The event seeks to unite the state’s diverse entrepreneurial community; giving you the opportunity to connect with and learn from Colorado’s best and brightest entrepreneurs who are relentless, driven and dedicated to improving your business and the economy.  

Read more here.