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Fort Collins Startup Weekend: Music, Food & Beverage
Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020
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Fort Collins Startup Weekend: Music, Food & Beverage
Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020
Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020
Event starts at 5:30 pm
CSU Nancy Richardson Design Center
522 West Lake Street
Fort Collins Startup Weekend: Music, Food & Beverage powered by Institute for Entrepreneurship at Colorado State University
Be a part of the Colorado State University & Fort Collins music, food & beverage culture and build a business in 54 hours!
Who: You! And other like-minded people that are excited by entrepreneurship, problem solving, new solutions, and/or innovation across different industries, experiences, and businesses.
What: A Friday night through Sunday late afternoon experience to develop new business ideas and understand their feasibility.
How: Participants will pitch ideas upon arriving Friday night, after which team voting occurs.
If your idea doesn’t get picked, don't sweat it! You'll get to vote for another idea and work in that team. Whether it's your idea or someone else's; the process of the weekend is the same! How can I build a business at Startup Weekend?
- Identify a problem
- Pitch a solution
- Build a team
- Create a prototype
- Validate your business
- Receive feedback from industry experts
- Win support to continue what you have started!
- 7 meals over the course of the weekend
- Benefits & discounts from our global partners
- One-on-one time with amazing industry mentors
- Opportunity to network with industry experts & fellow entrepreneurs
- 24-hour access to the Richardson Design Center for the weekend
- Bottomless coffee
- Special discounted price for CSU Students! Please purchase a ticket to attend the event, you will then receive an email with more details about the weekend.
- Show up at the Colorado State University: Nancy Richardson Design Center on Friday, February 21 @ 5pm and plan to spend the weekend with us!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?
Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.
Can I participate in the event without an idea?
- Yes! There will be other amazing ideas for you to join a team!
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
"I have an idea! How do I pitch it?"
- Here is an example pitch, taken from a contest winner in Seattle (Rover.com) who went on to grow the company to $970 million valuation:
- My name is Greg and, if you’re like me, you have trouble finding the right place for your dog to stay when you’re out of town. We all love our furry friends, but realize kennels are often expensive for us, and unpleasant for the animal. My solution is to make an airbnb style platform for animal care. I have experience in venture capital and computer science, so I am looking for team members passionate about customer experience, and the sharing economy. Web development and marketing skills would be great as well.
- Tie your idea into our music, food or beverage theme, and you can get help from local industry experts.
The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you and your team will be challenged to create a prototype or demo of your MVP. (Minimum Viable Product) The purpose of the prototype is to get feedback, understand what functionality it needs to have, and if it fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!
See what Startup Weekend is all about! Visit https://vimeo.com/28872840 for more details.
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CEO & Cofounder ItyDity.com
In her work at Trebuchet Group, she uses her extensive background in organizational management and marketing to help companies get clarity around where they need to go and the confidence to find the right path to get there. She creates and delivers workshops and keynotes on leadership and entrepreneurship, and gets delighted when people realize they need MORE healthy conflict to accomplish great things.
Telling stories in one way or another runs through the veins of her professional life. With previous careers in both nonprofit fundraising and marketing, she's had opportunity to dive deeply into how crafting effective messages, rooted in honest emotion and built around clear action, attract lasting results.
She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Corporate Culture and a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Management and Production. Lessons from the stage, including how to manage diverse groups of passionate people through rapid product development cycles, are still highly influential in her work with the ever-changing business landscape. Jana is deeply passionate about growing her community, building long-term sustainable companies, and single malt scotch.
President-CEO of AEG Presents
Born in Brooklyn, Morris found his passion for music ignited by a Kingston Trio concert at New York’s Lake Chautauqua in 1957. Morris launched his 50-year career in concert promotion and artist management when he dropped out of a University of Colorado Ph.D. program in 1968 to manage The Sink, an iconic college hangout on Boulder’s University Hill, for friend and owner Herbie Kauvar. Morris started to book local bands — Flash Cadillac, Tommy Bolin, Magic Music — and the rest is history! In 1970, Morris and Kauvar acquired Tulagi, another Boulder venue that had built a national reputation. Morris booked a blend of up-and-comers, including the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, ZZ Top and Bonnie Raitt, plus a mix of blues, folk and country legends like Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Leo Kottke.
Morris moved beyond Boulder in the early 1970s when he began a long partnership with powerhouse Denver concert promoter Barry Fey. Morris, Fey and Fey’s wife, Cindy, launched Ebbets Field, an intimate club named after the fabled Brooklyn Dodgers stadium. Though Ebbets lasted just a few years, it was regularly filled beyond capacity as Morris snagged then-burgeoning music superstars like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feat and Herbie Hancock, plus rising comedians like Richard Pryor and Steve Martin. Morris joined Feyline Presents as Senior VP of booking and promotion and helped facilitate the rise of the juggernaut concert company into one of the biggest in the country, as well as helped turn Red Rocks Amphitheatre into the most popular outdoor venue in the country. In the 1980s, Morris and Fey collaborated on the Rainbow Music Hall, a 1,458- seat space that allowed Morris to lure bigger bands and established performers like AC/DC, Bob Dylan and Metallica, plus new artists U2, Blondie and Pat Benatar.
As the Front Range music scene grew, Morris turned his talents to artist management. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Leftover Salmon and Lyle Lovett are among those who benefited from his guidance. In the late 1980s, Morris began a long and fruitful friendship with entrepreneur Philip Anschutz when Anschutz approached Morris about having The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band perform at the opening of Anschutz’s Western Art collection exhibition in what was then the Soviet Union.
Ready to strike out on his own, Morris left Feyline Presents (while remaining a consultant for several years) and allied his promotion expertise with the company founded by the legendary Bill Graham. In the late 1990s, they purchased and redeveloped Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, which shares its name with the storied San Francisco venue that Graham helped make famous. Bill Graham Presents/Chuck Morris Presents was eventually acquired by SFX Entertainment and ultimately became Live Nation, which Morris continued to run.
In 2007 Morris joined Anschutz’s AEG as President-CEO of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, the largest concert promotion entity in the region. Morris led the renovation of Fiddler’s Green, an outdoor 17,000-seat amphitheatre in south Denver; the revitalization of 1stBank Center, a 6,500-seat facility in Broomfield; and the development of The Mission Ballroom, a 60,000-square-foot space in Denver’s hip RiNo Arts District scheduled to open in 2019.
Outside of his music-industry interests, Morris has been recognized for his philanthropic work. He is a longtime supporter of the Denver Health Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Denver Dumb Friends League, American Transplant Foundation and University of Colorado Foundation, among many more organizations.
In December of 2018, Chuck was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. As the founder of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Morris has repeatedly recused himself from being inducted, but with the international impact he has had as a promoter and manager, it was only a matter of time. The induction of 97.3 KBCO and legendary concert promoter and artist manager Chuck Morris was accompanied by a cavalcade of musical appearances in which Chuck of course booked. The artists were Amos Lee, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd), Isaac Slade and Ben Wysocki of The Fray, Bill Nershi and members of The String Cheese Incident, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon, Jeff Hanna and some members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leo Kottke along with backing band Chris Daniels & The Kings.
Coaches and Mentors
Irvin L. Young Professor of Entrepreneurship, Editor in Chief Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Ashley has a PhD in in Interdisciplinary Studies in Food Science and Food Safety from Colorado State University and is a Registered Dietitian. She earned a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and was previously the Northern Colorado Food Cluster coordinator in her home of Fort Collins, Colorado. She has a unique system understanding of food and human health in social, economic, and environmental spheres.
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Mark previously served as a Coordinator and Business Resident for Entrepreneurship at CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship.
He holds a B.S. in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University.
My B.A. in theater and dance from Centre College in Danville, KY facilitated some early work as a both a student and freelance costume designer for Charlotte’s Web, Julius Caesar, The Mill on the Floss, Miss Julie, and Bonhoeffer, as well as performances in Cabaret and Romeo and Juliet. Reflecting back, I've always had the desire to have known how to have been a more successful designer. My husband's work in the field of entrepreneurship education has also been an inspiration, and so I've spent the last few years contemplating how best to weave the two together. Studying in the Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management program at Colorado State University, I've had some of the best exposure to ways in which to best support art and culture. It gets to the heart of what I believe: Art and culture are a vital part of society and must be preserved, promoted, and supported. The best way to do this is to prepare future artists for employability and sustainability.
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