Monday, May 10, 2021
While many startups have been shelved or shuttered during COVID, some have positioned products to directly respond to the pandemic. These game-changers are making a difference and growing their business at once. Come hear 4 success stories of (bio)tech companies in our backyard, and hear what's coming next.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
How can startups transition from community engagement to community ownership? This session features two startups that are figuring it out. Hacker Noon, a tech publishing platform based in rural Colorado, moved from Medium to its own software thanks to a $1 million equity crowdfunding campaign. Groupmuse, a platform for organizing classical-music performances, is in the process of converting to a worker cooperative—and exploring how to include its musician community, too. Participants will come away with lessons from each "Exit to Community" journey.
Is entrepreneurship different in rural communities vs urban? How can we create stronger bridges amongst all of Colorado's communities? We'll feature rural entrepreneurs and learn their stories, challenges and successes. And sprinkle in a little rural pizzazz!
Thursday, May 13, 2021
This facilitated community-conversation will crowd-source and explore the multiple meanings and experiences of failure across diverse cultural contexts. Themes ranging from failing forward and productive failure to dominant narratives about failure will seed our conversation centered on the question, "who gets to fail?" in innovative and entrepreneurial spaces.