Rockies Venture Club


Want to learn more? Please visit our main website: 

www.rockiesventureclub.org

Upcoming Events

    • Tuesday, June 04, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hybrid: In-Person at Thrive Workplace, 1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 or Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 20
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    This is an EDA (Economic Development Administration) backed workshop which means that it is free for companies led by Black, Hispanic or underinvested entrepreneurs. 

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an upcoming RVC Investor Forum, you must apply to pitch and be accepted by the RVC investment screening committee. 

    Hybrid Event: In-person at Thrive Workplace, 1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 or Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting. 

    • Wednesday, June 05, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Virtual Attendence via Zoom
    Register

    RVC Investor Deep Dive with

    Geothermal Technologies



    Geothermal Technologies GenaSysTM Geothermal Energy Harvesting System revolutionizes how we harness renewable energy. Our innovative technologies, when coupled with recently developed oil & gas and power generation technologies, allow us to produce clean, renewable, low cost, firm (baseload) electricity, throughout the world, for decades to come.

    Geothermal Technologies Pitch Deck

    Geothermal Technologies Investor Response Report

    The purpose of this meeting is to meet face-to-face with the company executive leadership team in order to get crucial questions answered.  The Deep Dive will take place virtually and will cover all the major due diligence questions such as IP, competition, leadership, funding strategy, exit strategy, use of funds, milestones, etc.

    The format for the Deep Dive will be as follows:

    Company Long-Form Pitch & Q&A w/ Investors (45 Minutes)

    Outstanding Questions w/ Company (15 minutes)
    Optional - Investor Only Discussion (30 Minutes)

    _____________________________________________

    Deep Dive

    Date: Wednesday, June 5th
    Location:
    Virtual Attendance via Zoom

    Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm MT

     __________________________________________

    To attend, you must be an accredited investor (net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 together with his or her spouse if married] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year). We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Friday, June 07, 2024
    • Thursday, August 29, 2024
    • 9 sessions
    • In-person @ RVC Headquarters (1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO, 80205)
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS

    ARE YOU "ANGEL CURIOUS"? JOIN THE FIRST SESSION FOR FREE!


    Accelerated Course on Angel Investing
    Starting: Friday, June 7th | 10:00am to 12:00pm MST

    This eight week series will be hosted from June 7th, 2024 through August 15, 2024.

    If you are an accredited investor interested in attending this workshop, please email adam@rockiesventureclub.org to join the first session for free.

    How does someone learn how to be a successful Angel Investor?

    Engage in the RVC Angel Accelerator program to acquire the necessary skills for successful angel investing. Without such training, new investors might spend years and over $250,000 to learn effective investment strategies on their own. The program offers significant benefits including a promising return on investment, potential tax advantages, insights into cutting-edge innovation, and opportunities to connect with fascinating individuals.

    The Angel Accelerator program enhances angel investor education through practical exercises, mentorship from seasoned investors, and comprehensive materials and resources essential for proficient angel investing.

    Become an RVC Active Investor Member to receive the full workshop and a toolkit full of angel investing resources. With RVC Active Investor Membership, you also receive free access to the 140+ events we host annually, which include Monthly Investor Forums, Industry Investment Nights, and Angel Capital Summit. Investor benefits also include Wisdom of Crowds, Industry Leading Due Diligence, and High Quality Deal Flow.


    Become an RVC Active Investor Member


    Topics Covered Include:

    • Week #1 (Friday, June 7, 2024) - Introduction to Angel Investing & Lunch @ The Cherry Cricket (this session is free for non-members, in-person attendance encouraged!)

    • June 2024 Investor Forum (Wednesday, June 12th, 2024) - Attend your first investor forum to discuss the opportunities and risks of the presenting companies! (this event is open to the public, register here). 
    • Week #2 (Thursday, June 20, 2024) - How to "read" a pitch. Find out what to look for in a great pitch and don’t get lured in by the entrepreneur’s excitement or an emotional hook.

    • Week #3 (Thursday, June 27, 2024) Exit Strategy Canvas. Learn the six things that smart investors know how to look for in a great exit strategy. Remember - the exit is the only way Angels get their money back!

    • Week #4 (Thursday, July 11, 2024) - How to Analyze a Proforma Financial Statement and determine whether it is "believable" or not. Finance Strategy: find out if you're going to get diluted out of a profit, or if future raises will give you a smaller piece of a bigger pie and great returns!

    • Week #5 (Thursday, July 18, 2024) - Capital Strategy

    • Week #6 (Thursday, July 25, 2024) How to Value a Pre-Revenue Company. Learn five methods to determine value and make sure you don’t pay too much (or too little).
    • Week #7 (Thursday, August 8, 2024) - Term Sheets and Negotiation: how are Angel Deals negotiated? What are the key terms? What are the benefits of equity vs. convertible debt, or even SAFE
    • Week #8 (Thursday, August 22, 2024) - Lead Investor
    • Week #9 (Thursday, August 29, 2024) - Serving on Board
    • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Hybrid: In-person at Thrive Workplace - Ballpark (1415 Park Ave. W. Denver, CO 80205) or Virtual via Zoom
    Register



    RVC June 2024 Investor Forum

    In-person highly encouraged 
    (Thrive Ballpark - Workplace 1415 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO 80205)

    (Virtual option via Zoom available for first part of meeting)

    Please join us downtown for a quick investor update, pitches from a few great companies, discuss what we’re seeing in the world of angel investing, socialize, and just get to know one another better. The personal side of the RVC community is part of our secret sauce, and we're hoping to see as many of you as possible in-person to make this a great event.

    RVC Investor Forums bring together accredited angel investors interested in fast-growing, early-stage companies in Colorado. These forums serve to pool the wisdom, expertise, and capital of many individual angels. At this forum, investor members will hear pitches, and afterwards the founders are excused and investors discuss the merits and risks of each venture. There is no requirement to invest and each investor has an opportunity to indicate interest in following or leading a specific deal. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    Meeting Agenda:

    Welcome and Introductions

    3:00pm to 3:10 pm

    Company Pitches

    3:10 pm to 4:10 pm

    Investor Only Discussion

    4:10 to 5:00 pm

    Deal-in-Play Discussion

    5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

    Happy Hour @ Cherry Cricket

    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


    Presenting Companies

    TBD

    To attend this event, you must be accredited: Net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 if jointly filing] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Thursday, June 13, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Virtual Attendance available via Zoom
    Register

    RVC Investor Deep Dive with

    Goodie Bag



    Goodie Bag is a marketplace for surplus food, connecting people to local shops' unsold food at discounted prices for pickup. The companies innovative approach to reducing food waste has facilitated successful expansion into new markets with plans to be active in 8 markets by the end of 2024.

    Goodie Bag Pitch Deck

    Goodie Bag Investor Response Report

    The purpose of this meeting is to meet face-to-face with the company executive leadership team in order to get crucial questions answered.  The Deep Dive will take place virtually and will cover all the major due diligence questions such as IP, competition, leadership, funding strategy, exit strategy, use of funds, milestones, etc.

    The format for the Deep Dive will be as follows:

    Company Long-Form Pitch & Q&A w/ Investors (45 Minutes)

    Outstanding Questions w/ Company (15 minutes)
    Optional - Investor Only Discussion (30 Minutes)

    _____________________________________________

    Deep Dive

    Date: Wednesday, June 13th
    Virtual Attendance available via Zoom

    Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm MT

     __________________________________________

    To attend, you must be an accredited investor (net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 together with his or her spouse if married] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year). We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Monday, June 17, 2024
    • Friday, July 19, 2024
    • Thrive Ballpark (1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO, 80205)
    • 93
    Register


    This is an EDA (Economic Development Administration) backed HyperAccelerator which means that it is focused on Colorado companies led by Black, Hispanic or underinvested entrepreneurs. This also means that there is no cost and no equity required for companies to take part in this program.

    Register for the Equal Access HyperAccelerator program and get your company truly venture capital ready. Focusing on Black, Hispanic and/or underinvested entrepreneurs, this program is for companies who have done the basics already - it's not a place to just try out an idea. Companies should be ready to raise capital immediately or within the next six months.

    The HyperAccelerator is an ultra-intense mentor-driven program that dives deep into the tough strategies and questions that need to be developed to land angel or venture investing. At the end of the program companies have got a detailed and sophisticated exit strategy, OKRs, Go To Market, Five Valuation Models, Capital Strategy, Scaling Strategy and more.  The program ends with a demo day with an audience of angel and VC investors.

    This HyperAccelerator program will operate on a 5 week Hybrid schedule. To review the schedule, follow the link below!

    June 2024 HyperAccelerator Hybrid Schedule

    There are THREE STEPS to Apply to HyperAccelerator:

    Follow the link below to complete each step required to apply to HyperAccelerator

    RVC HyperAccelerator Application

    The June 2024 cohort of HyperAccelerator companies is horizontal - meaning that any company category can apply.  In the past we have had industry or topic specific programs for impact companies, life sciences, pandemic tech etc., but this one is open to any type.

    This HyperAccelerator program will be free to participants.  There are no fees, no equity, no materials costs, pitch fees, diligence cost, etc.  Nothing.  This is thanks to a generous grant from the EDA, the Economic Development Administration, which is a federal program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    The application process is competitive and we are looking for the best companies, most likely to receive funding following the program.  

     If you are interested in learning more, please check out hyperaccelerator.org

    Apply to Mentor!

    One of the many benefits of our HyperAccelerator is that each entrepreneur will be signed up with a mentor. In order to pack everything into one short week, we are looking for experienced business people who bring their expertise to startups pitching for capital. Mentors work one-on-one with pitch companies to help them craft their strategy and present the information that investors need to know. These will be highly dynamic sessions that are sure to be fun!

    Please sign up here if you are interested: HyperAccelerator Mentor Application

    If you have questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Operations Associate Adam Sanchez, adam@rockiesventureclub.org.

    • Tuesday, July 09, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hybrid: In-Person at Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 or Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 23
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an upcoming RVC Investor Forum, you must apply to pitch and be accepted by the RVC investment screening committee. 

    Hybrid Event: In-person at Thrive Workplace, 1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 or Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting. 

    • Wednesday, July 17, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • In-Person - Denver Metro SBDC, 1445 Market St, Denver, CO 80202, Floor 5 (also virtual Zoom option)
    • 149
    Register

     RVC & CBSA Present:

     

    Colorado Life Sciences Night

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2024 -- 3:00pm to 6:00pm MT
    Denver Metro SBDC - 1445 Market St, Denver, CO 80202, Floor 5
    In-Person attendance highly encouraged, with a virtual option via Zoom

    Demystifying Life Science Investing

    Expert speakers, Life Sciences Company Pitches, Networking, and an Investor Forum 

    Life Sciences offer special opportunities for entrepreneurs and angel investors alike. There are huge markets in healthcare and the acquisition is often different and more robust than other industries as large companies often use acquisition as an R&D strategy.  At the same time, many life science companies have high technology risks and sometimes face costly and lengthy regulatory hurdles. For angel and VC investors, life science investments can be one of the most profitable sectors.

    Attend Colorado Life Sciences Night to learn about startup and investment strategies in the Life Sciences. This event will feature an investor panel, pitches from innovative life sciences startups, great networking, and an RVC Investor Forum (for accredited investors).

    Interested in presenting at this event? Apply to pitch by June 19th: https://www.sparkxyz.io/applications/624

    Agenda: 

    3:00 - 3:30 pm:  Networking & Happy Hour
    3:30 - 3:40 pm: Introductions 
    3:40 - 3:50: CBSA Update
    3:50 - 4:15 pm: Life Science Investor Panel 
    4:15 - 4:45 pm:  2-3 Company Pitches
    4:45 - 5:00 pm:  Closing Remarks & Meet the Presenters
    5:00 - 6:00 pm:  Investor Forum (accredited investors only)

    • Wednesday, July 31, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register


    Equal Access HyperAccelerator®

    Demo Day

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2024

    TBD or virtual via Zoom

    RVC's HyperAccelerator® is a unique program with all the content, mentors and workshops of a 12 week accelerator packed into six action filled days. RVC HyperAccelerator® graduates work hands-on with investors, Fractional CFOs, and various mentors to hone their financial and business strategies in order to have a deep and coherent set of strategies that make their pitch solid and just the tip of the iceberg with all the crucial steps for Venture Capital readiness in place.

    Angel Investors and VCs will have a chance to see pitches from venture capital ready companies and to meet after the pitches and discuss the opportunities with other investors. 

    This Demo Day is free and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with in-person and virtual attendance options!  

    After an extraordinarily intense week the cohort of RVC's Equal Access HyperAccelerator® program will have the chance to pitch in front of the community. If you want to learn more about the RVC HyperAccelerator® program check out www.rockiesventureclub.org/hyper

    Event Agenda:

    3:00pm to 3:15pm Networking
    3:15pm to 3:30pm Introduction
    3:30pm to 5:00pm Pitch Block
    5:00pm to 6:00 pm HyperAccelerator Investor Forum
    • Tuesday, August 06, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hybrid: In-Person at Thrive Workplace, 1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 or Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 25
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an upcoming RVC Investor Forum, you must apply to pitch and be accepted by the RVC investment screening committee. 

    Hybrid Event: In-person at Thrive Workplace, 1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 or Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting. 

    • Wednesday, August 14, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hybrid: In-person at Thrive Workplace - Ballpark (1415 Park Ave. W. Denver, CO 80205) or Virtual via Zoom
    Register



    RVC August 2024 Investor Forum & Happy Hour

    In-person highly encouraged 
    (Thrive Ballpark - Workplace 1415 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO 80205)

    (Virtual option via Zoom available for first part of meeting)

    Please join us downtown for a quick investor update, pitches from a few great companies, followed by a social gathering of happy hour food and drinks to compare notes, talk about what we’re seeing in the world of angel investing, socialize, and just get to know one another better. The personal side of the RVC community is part of our secret sauce, and we're hoping to see as many of you as possible in-person to make this a great event.

    RVC Investor Forums bring together accredited angel investors interested in fast-growing, early-stage companies in Colorado. These forums serve to pool the wisdom, expertise, and capital of many individual angels. At this forum, investor members will hear pitches, and afterwards the founders are excused and investors discuss the merits and risks of each venture. There is no requirement to invest and each investor has an opportunity to indicate interest in following or leading a specific deal. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    Following pitch presentations, RVC investors members are invited to join us for happy hour with further discussion on angel investing and networking with other RVC investor members.


    Meeting Agenda:

    Welcome and Introductions

    3:00pm to 3:15 pm

    Company Pitches

    3:15 pm to 4:00pm

    Investor Only Discussion

    4:00 to 4:30pm

    Deal-in-Play Discussion

    4:30pm to 5:00pm

    Investor Member Happy Hour (Cherry Cricket)

    5:00pm to 6:00 pm


    Presenting Companies

    TBD

    To attend this event, you must be accredited: Net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 if jointly filing] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Tuesday, September 03, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hybrid: In-Person at Thrive Workplace, 1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 or Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 25
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an upcoming RVC Investor Forum, you must apply to pitch and be accepted by the RVC investment screening committee. 

    Hybrid Event: In-person at Thrive Workplace, 1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 or Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting. 

    • Wednesday, October 16, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hybrid: In-person at Thrive Workplace - Ballpark (1415 Park Ave. W. Denver, CO 80205) or Virtual via Zoom
    Register



    RVC October 2024 Investor Forum

    In-person highly encouraged 
    (Thrive Ballpark - Workplace 1415 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO 80205)

    (Virtual option via Zoom available for first part of meeting)

    Please join us downtown for a quick investor update, pitches from a few great companies, discuss what we’re seeing in the world of angel investing, socialize, and just get to know one another better. The personal side of the RVC community is part of our secret sauce, and we're hoping to see as many of you as possible in-person to make this a great event.

    RVC Investor Forums bring together accredited angel investors interested in fast-growing, early-stage companies in Colorado. These forums serve to pool the wisdom, expertise, and capital of many individual angels. At this forum, investor members will hear pitches, and afterwards the founders are excused and investors discuss the merits and risks of each venture. There is no requirement to invest and each investor has an opportunity to indicate interest in following or leading a specific deal. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    Meeting Agenda:

    Welcome and Introductions

    3:00pm to 3:15 pm

    Company Pitches

    3:15 pm to 4:00pm

    Investor Only Discussion

    4:00 to 4:30pm

    Deal-in-Play Discussion

    4:30pm to 5:00pm

    Presenting Companies

    TBD

    To attend this event, you must be accredited: Net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 if jointly filing] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Tuesday, December 10, 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark - 1415 Park Ave West, Denver CO
    Register


    Come join Rockies Venture Club to celebrate the holiday season!

    As we quickly approach the end of 2024, RVC will be hosting our annual gathering to relax and enjoy good company. This event is free and open to all of our members, partners, and friends in the RVC community, but space is limited and you must register to attend. We’ll provide drinks, light snacks, and merriment.

    WHEN:

    Tuesday, December 10th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm


    WHERE:

    Thrive Workplace Ballpark, 1415 Park Ave West, Denver, CO  80205


    DRESS:

    Casual, and holiday garb encouraged!

    WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? 

    We’ll again be hosting a sock drive to donate to charity.  If you’re so inclined, please bring a pair of new socks (or other warm clothing), and RVC will see that it is donated to those in need.

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