Rockies Venture Club


Want to learn more? Please visit our main website: 

www.rockiesventureclub.org

Upcoming Events

    • Monday, June 17, 2024
    • Friday, July 19, 2024
    • Thrive Ballpark (1415 Park Ave W, Denver, CO, 80205)
    • 88
    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.

    • Thursday, July 18, 2024
    • Thursday, August 29, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Virtual via Zoom
    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
    • Thursday, July 18, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom
    • 86
    Register

    Green Steel Environmental

    Investor Update

    July 18th, 2024

    4:00 - 5:30 PM MST

    Virtual via Zoom


    Green Steel Environmental (GSE) has developed a slag-based wastewater treatment solution that, in the face of stronger phosphorus regulations, serves as a more sustainable and cost-effective alternative. Not only is the solution effective, but it is also better for the environment, removing the need for ferric chloride. In addition to wastewater treatment, GSE upcycles steel slag for use in biogas scrubbing. Biogas, a byproduct with strong resale value for the treatment facility, contains impurities such as sulfur that GSE’s solution effectively removes as well.

    Rockies Venture Club is leading GSE's $1.1M Series Seed Preferred Equity raise at a $7.5M valuation. In addition to the raise, GSE was recently awarded the Colorado OEDIT Advanced Industries Early-Stage Capital and Retention Grant for $250k in addition to being approved for the Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit (25% per investment up to $100k). Investors who invest prior to the first close (July 25th, 2024) will receive 20% warrant coverage at a price equal to the Series Seed Preferred Original Purchase Price for a term ending 12 months from the date of the initial Closing.

    Join Rockies Venture Club for the Green Steel Environmental Investor Update to learn more about the companies progress, meet the executive team, and discuss the opportunity alongside existing RVC investors. The Investor Update 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.


    Review the GSE Investor Deal Page

    (DD Report Included on Deal Page)


    The format for the Investor Update will be as follows:


    Update from Green Steel Environmental (30 Minutes)

    Update from Lead Investors (15 Minutes)

    Overview of Investment Instructions (15 minutes)

    Outstanding Q&A (30 minutes)


     __________________________________________

    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.
    • Thursday, July 25, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom
    • 90
    Register

    Pure Blue Tech Investor Update

    July 25th, 2024

    3:00 - 4:30 PM MST

    Virtual via Zoom


    Pure Blue Tech Inc. (PBT) is developing two patented technologies that are used to create filtration membranes with more resistance to fouling during microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis liquid separation processes. This is intended to increase the lifespan of the membranes, reducing maintenance downtime and costs associated with fouled membrane replacement. Rockies Venture Club initially invested in PBT in 2022 alongside multiple syndicate partners. Fast forward to today, PBT is raising a $1M convertible note (20% discount, 7% interest, $16M valuation cap) after making significant progress (detailed below).  This opportunity is open to all RVC investor members.  Join Rockies Venture Club for the Pure Blue Tech Investor Update to learn more about the companies progress, meet the executive team, and discuss the opportunity alongside existing RVC investors. The Investor Update 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.


    Review the Pure Blue TecInvestor Deal Page


    July 2024 Update:

    Successful Pilot: Pure Blue Tech's highly efficient membrane elements are being operated by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Yuma Desalting Plant operators. On the first attempt, PBT's ultrasonic reverse osmosis (USRO) product prevented differential pressure rise 57% better than the control and sustained flux/output (reducing fouling rate) 50% better than the control. With this excellent pilot result, PBT will adjust acoustic intensity and waveform to further mitigate fouling and scaling.

    Secured Contracts: PBT has secured a $300K U.S. Bureau of Reclamation performance contract and $200K WA Department of Commerce grant contract. Of this $500K, PBT has received $350K and completed 60% of the USBR project.

    Product Market Fit: Pure Blue Tech is now an approved vendor of one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers. With a successful evaluation, PBT's technology would then be considered their "Standard of Record," leading to implementation plant-wide of about 3,000+ units and, in parallel, selling to their other 5 major fabrication facilities worldwide, totaling more than 15,000 membrane elements. PBT is also working to close a PO for 60 units for a full-scale demonstration for a large industrial wastewater treatment and reuse facility in LA County. We expect the PO in Q3 and plan to deliver product in Q4.  These two customers alone use more than $25M of membrane, and are both impressed with PBT's performance data.

    Finance and Fundraising: PBT nearly broke even in Q1 2024, with a line of sight for $600k+ in revenue for FY 2024. PBT is forecasting $6-9M in revenue (reaching profitability) in 2026. PBT is currently fundraising via Convertible Note (20% discount, 7% interest, $16M valuation cap) approaching the $7M Series A.  The funds will allow PBT to sell and market their product, hire two top tier production leaders, expand our production team, and purchase raw materials to produce and fulfill orders to customers.


    The format for the Deep Dive will be as follows:


    Company Long-Form Pitch & Q&A w/ Investors (60 Minutes)

    Optional - Investor Only Discussion (30 Minutes)


     __________________________________________

    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.
    • Tuesday, July 30, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship (1475 Lawrence St, Denver, CO, 80202)
    Register


    RVC Summer 2024 Equal Access HyperAccelerator® Demo Day

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2024

    Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship

    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.


    Meet the Cohort!


    Gridlock is a mobile crypto wallet bringing in the next wave of crypto users with a simple, safe, and universal design that supports all chains and types of users. The consumer product is live and moving upmarket.

    gridlock.network


    Sustainable Chemicals helps brands offer sustainable packaging solutions without the price premium or performance penalty of other bioplastics. Our products are engineered for optimal circularity, supporting both mechanical and advanced recycling processes.

    sust-chem.com

    TreadShare’s mobile app links drivers and riders heading in the same direction so they can carpool in the driver’s vehicle while sharing the associated costs. This aims to reduce traffic, save money, and help protect the environment.

    treadshare.com

    Ojje is leading a transformative movement in storytelling by blending education, entertainment, and cutting-edge technology to address literacy issues. Using AI, Ojje creates an interactive library of learning.

    ojje.com

    Pomarium introduces a groundbreaking technology that enables financial advisors to collaboratively create portfolios with their clients on demand.

    getpomarium.com


    RenewRx is the digital ally for prenatal care providers, revolutionizing the patient experience while reducing provider workload and burnout. By integrating remote monitoring, and AI, RenewRx enhances outcomes for modern moms-to-be.

    renewrx.health

    mpaqt powers a network that connects partners that need warehousing and distribution with those that can provide it. By targeting the warehouse and distribution market, mpaqt makes an impact with both the “hosts” and the “merchants”.

    mpaqt.io


    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, August 20, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom
    • 100
    Register

    Gruvi Investor Update

    August 20th, 2024

    3:00 - 4:30 PM MST

    Virtual via Zoom


    Grüvi offers a line of non-alcoholic craft beers and single serve wines. The company has 5 varieties of beers and 2 wine options, allowing consumers to enjoy non-alcoholic drinks without sacrificing the taste. These products are currently sold direct-to-consumers through retail distribution partners and via the company’s e-commerce website: https://www.getgruvi.com/On the retail side, Grüvi sells directly to independent shops and restaurants, as well as through five major chains including Total Wine, Whole Foods, Target, Sobeys and BevMo.


    Review the Gruvi Investor Deal Page


    The format for the Investor Update will be as follows:


    Company Long-Form Pitch & Q&A w/ Investors (60 Minutes)

    Optional - Investor Only Discussion (30 Minutes)


     __________________________________________

    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.
    • Wednesday, August 21, 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Thrive Workplace Arvada (5610 Ward Rd STE 300, Arvada, CO 80002)
    Register

    The Women Investors Network (WIN) and the Women of Mergers and Acquisitions Network (WoMAN) invite you to join us for our next networking and education event focused on women investors. This event is open to all investors, so please bring a friend or colleague! Men welcomed too. The more diverse our investor community, the better the outcome of our investments.

    The August event will be a panel discussion: “Ask an Angel” - Angel Investing Demystified. Our moderator and panelists are active investors and mentors within the early-stage venture community here in the Rocky Mountain Region.

    We’ve booked extra time for this event, allowing for lots of networking and one-on-one questions with our panelists. So, block your calendar and plan to join us August 21, 4:30-7 pm at the Thrive Workplace in Arvada.

    We welcome any qualified investor, or potential investor. Please bring a colleague who may not yet be involved in early stage investing, and remember to register in advance.

    • 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


    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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