Rockies Venture Club


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Upcoming events

    • Monday, April 06, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom Call
    Register


    Save Your Small Business

    How to Get Federal Stimulus Funds Using the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

    April 6 | 5 - 6 pm 

    Zoom call information sent after registration

    We are all in crisis mode - and doing what is important for stopping the virus jeopardizes the financial plans of all businesses, especially those just getting started.  Join LJ Suzuki, CEO and Founder of CFO Share, a fractional CFO service, for guidance on how to use the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) from the CARES Act.

    Topics include:

    How to get federal stimulus money from the Payroll Protection Program (CARES act).

    A 60-minute presentation about the PPP and how small businesses can receive free government money to cover payroll. Topics include:

    • Who qualifies?
    • How much is it worth?
    • How can the loan be forgiven?
    • How do I apply

    This workshop provides practical information to help participants understand and successfully apply for PPP funding. 

    • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 24
    Register

    Online - Denver South & St. Vrain - Investor Forum

    Open to Accredited Individuals


    RVC Investor Forums bring together accredited (see definition below) individuals interested in fast-growing, early-stage companies in Colorado.

    These forums serve to pool the wisdom, expertise, and capital of many investors.

    At this forum, attendees will get:

    1. An introduction to investing in early stage startups with an Angel 101 course.
    2. An overview how the geography angel groups work.
    3. A pitch from two companies that have passed the initial RVC screening process and are actively raising funding.

    After the pitch, there will be Q&A with the founder, then founders are excused and attendees discuss the merits and risks of the venture.

    There is no requirement to invest, just come curious.

    This forum is a great way to learn about investing in private companies, about what an angel group is, and listen to pitches from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investors are welcome at this forum. This is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    Attendees 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, $300,000 together with his or her spouse if married, and have the expectation to make the same amount this year.

    • Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom Call
    • 120
    Register


    Save Your Small Business

    What To Do if You Run Out of Cash

    April 8 | 11:30 - 1:30 pm pm 

    Zoom call information sent after registration

    We are all in crisis mode - and doing what is important for stopping the virus jeopardizes the financial plans of all businesses, especially those just getting started.  Join LJ Suzuki, CEO and Founder of CFO Share, a fractional CFO service, for guidance on how to manage cash flow when revenues stall.

    Topics include:

    What to do if you run out of cash
    • Short-term (crisis) maneuvers
    • Building/using a 13-week cash forecast
    • Common levers to increase runway
    • Acquiring new capital (debt or equity)
    • Long-term pivots
    • Pivoting from raise/burn to cash flow positive
    • Changing markets
    • Cutting your losses (e.g. asset sale)

    Each topic will include practical exercises to help participants understand and apply the content.  This is a fully practical approach designed to create a practical cash flow implementation that can save your business.

    Thursday, April 9 is the workshop How to Manage Employee Expense.  Register .

    • Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 19
    Register

    Online - Boulder & Golden - Investor Forum

    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 from two founders. 

    After pitches, Q&A with the founders, 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.

    The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    To attend, you must be an 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 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, April 09, 2020
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 20
    Register

    Online - Denver & Fort Collins - Investor Forum

    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 from two founders.

    After the pitches and Q&A with the founders, 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. The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums, this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    To attend, you must be an 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 together with his or her spouse if married] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year.

    • Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 15
    Register

    Online - Funding Mastermind


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective, free for RVC entrepreneurs members, fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Thursday, April 16, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    Register


    Strategic Planning Class Cluster

    Online

    Exit Strategy, and Go-To-Market Strategy courses
    For both investors and entrepreneurs

    RVC's Strategic Planning Class Cluster has everything that investors and startup founders alike need to create a long-term strategy for startup companies. The workshop starts out by “beginning with the end in mind.” The exit strategy workshop is where founders will learn about building value not just for their first customer who buys their product, but for the “second customer” that is likely to acquire the company and return capital to investors.

    Next, the course moves into the strategic planning segment, where founders work on defining mission, vision, and values that start the company on a strong foundation followed by development of OKR’s - the Objectives and Key Results needed to achieve the company’s goals. The OKR method is used by fast-growth companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon to focus their teams on success.

    Finally, the workshop wraps up with lessons on creating a go-to-market strategy, often the area of the largest risk for early-stage companies.

    For those looking to create strategies around growth and eventual exits (critical for returning capital to investors), this is a must-attend class.

    • Friday, April 17, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Thrive Workplace Arvada - 5610 Ward Rd #300, Arvada, CO 80002
    • 50
    Register

    AI PITCH ACADEMY

    THIS EVENT IS ONLY FOR THOSE WITH THE 
    OEDIT REGISTRATION CODE


    The AI Pitch Academy is run by Rockies Venture Club in cooperation with the Colorado OEDIT. The Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to polish your investor pitch, sharpen your strategy and provide a background on what investors are looking for, connecting with your audience, and negotiating a successful deal. This pitch academy is specifically for Advanced Industries entrepreneurs.

    Key topics covered include: 

    • Focus your 5 minute pitch
    • How to present
    • Effective pitch deck design
    • How to pace your presentation
    • How to communicate the value of your company in a way that doesn't close doors
    • How to communicate your "deal"
    • How to balance pitching your product vs. pitching your company
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks in such a way that investors are put at ease
    • What to do to follow-up after the pitch 

    The RVC Pitch Academy is unique in that it is taught by instructors who work one-on-one with dozens of angel and venture capital investors in order to determine what it is that they want. Graduates of the pitch academy receive funding at over ten times the national rate for those who are seeking venture investment.

    All participants are encouraged to bring their pitch deck and laptop and you will get a chance to make your five minute pitch and receive expert feedback and input from your peers.

    Schedule:

    10am - 12:15pm -- Pitch Academy Workshop

    12:15 - 12:45pm -- Lunch

    12:45 - 3:30pm -- Pitch Practice (two rooms)


    • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    Register

    Angel Investing 101 - Cleantech - Online


    Introductory Investing Course for Cleantech

    Have you ever been interested in investing in startups? Are you interested in investing in companies that have the potential to disrupt the energy and natural resource industry?

    If yes, then you'll want to attend this course. 

    The Rockies Venture Club (RVC) is the largest angel investor group in Colorado, and has a new program, in partnership with CCIA, NREL, and OEDIT to educate and connect potential investors .

    In this course we'll teach you the basics of investing in cleantech startups. This is an introductory course, so no prior education or experience is required.

    The 4 hour course is a combination of hands-on exercises, working with experienced investor mentors, and toolkits that you'll need for successful angel investing.

    Topics Covered Include:

    • 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.

    • 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!  

    • 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).

    • Tax Implications - how can Angels take advantage of huge 100% tax breaks on capital gains?

    • How the cleantech industry is evolving and what to look for in an early stage company.

    This is a four hour workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time.

    We invite any accredited individuals (a net-worth of $1,000,000+ or an income of $200,000+) to attend this event to learn more.

    • Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Zoom Virtual Meeting Room (Link to Follow)
    • 24
    Register

    RVC Virtual PITCH ACADEMY

    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 have your 5-minute pitch deck ready to share and present via Zoom during pitch practice.



    • Thursday, May 07, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Dorsey & Whitney - 1400 Wewatta St # 400, Denver, CO 80202
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS

    Thursday, May 7 | 9 am - 5 pm 

    Angel Investing 601

    Intermediate Course on Angel Investing

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

    Participate in the RVC Angel Accelerator and learn how to be a smart Angel. New Angels who don’t take this workshop often spend years and $250,000 or more learning how to do Angel investing. Receive a great return on investment, avoid taxation, learn about leading-edge innovation and meet interesting people!

    The Angel Accelerator Full Day Bootcamp helps Angel Investors learn with a combination of hands-on exercises, experienced angel investor mentors, and solid content + tools that you'll need for successful Angel Investing. Angel 101 is useful to have taken before this class, but it is not a prerequisite; this series does not necessarily need to be taken in order.

    Topics Covered Include:

    • How to Analyze a Proforma Financial Statement and determine whether it is "believable" or not
    • Capitalization tables demystified: how to understand them and work out waterfall distributions
    • 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.
    • 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 SAFEs?
    • Lead Investors: what are the key functions that the Lead Investor plays and what do you have to know before you jump into this role?
    • Board of Directors Angel Responsibilities: how lead investors guide successful angel investments and enhance angel returns through post-investment management

    This is a full-day workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time!

    Registrants receive the full day workshop, a tool-kit full of angel investing resources.

    For your best deal, you should consider ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERSHIP in Rockies Venture Club, Colorado's leading angel network.   That gets you a FREE pass to this workshop, as well as the Angel 501, Practicum and other workshops offered every month.  Active Investor membership also gets you free access to the other 140+ events we do every year including the Angel Capital Summit, Colorado Capital Conference Angel Forums and investor-only events.  


    Active Angel Investor members attend free!

    Become a member - Click Here and Save!


    • Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Commons on Champa - 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204
    • 20
    Register

    FUNDING MASTERMIND 


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals. In addition, participants receive professional coaching from Rockies Venture Club, authors, professors, and investors.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective (free for RVC members) fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Thursday, May 21, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Cherry Creek - 201 Milwaukee St #200, Denver, CO 80206
    Register


    Financial Strategy Class Cluster:

    A combination of RVC's Valuation, Believable Proformas, and Financial Strategy courses
    For both investors and entrepreneurs

    RVC's Financial Class Cluster has everything that investors and startup founders alike need to create and evaluate financial projections (proforma), to understand valuation and negotiation in a deal, and to think about capital strategy including the timing and amount of raises, total capital needs, milestones between raises, runway strategy and how to think about dilution in follow-on rounds.

    RVC's course content is based on years of real-life stories and examples. Participants, both angels and entrepreneurs, are encouraged to bring their questions, proformas that they may be working with, and valuation assessments for real-time discussion.

    Participants will receive spreadsheet templates for modeling valuations, dilution, and proformas, as well as a Capital Strategy Canvas to help them work through their own models. This is a fully practical approach designed to create "believable proformas" and valuations that get deals done, but don't dilute participants any more than necessary.

    For those who want to better understand how to value an investment or their company, this is a must-attend class.

    • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 30
    Register

    Online - Cleantech Investor Forum

    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 from two founders. 

    After pitches, Q&A with the founders, 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.

    The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    To attend, you must be an 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 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, May 27, 2020
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 30
    Register

    Online - Life Sciences Investor Forum

    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 from two founders. 

    After pitches, Q&A with the founders, 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.

    The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    To attend, you must be an 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 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, May 28, 2020
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 30
    Register

    Online - Technology Investor Forum

    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 from two founders. 

    After pitches, Q&A with the founders, 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.

    The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    To attend, you must be an 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 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, June 03, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark 1415 Park Ave. West Denver, CO 80205
    • 25
    Register

    PITCH ACADEMY

    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 RVC meeting you must apply to pitch and be accepted by RVC reviewers.


    • Thursday, June 04, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Dorsey & Whitney - 1400 Wewatta St # 400, Denver, CO 80202
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS

    Thursday, June 4 | 9 am - 5 pm 

    Angel Investing Practicum

    Applied Angel Investing Skills


    The purpose of the Angel Practicum workshop is to take the principles and concepts learned in Angel 501 and Angel 601 and put them to work in a live due diligence setting. However, Angel Practicum can be taken before 501 or 601; they should not be considered prerequisites for this workshop.

    Angels will have the chance to work with a “live” deal in play beginning with a “deep dive” in-person with a company currently raising funds that has already gone through the due diligence process. The deep dive is a 90 minute rapid-fire Q&A session between the Angels and the entrepreneur. The information gained in this session is then used to prepare an outline-level due diligence document that identifies key risks, opportunities and additional inquiries for ongoing diligence research that is particular to the company.

    Angels then have the chance to compare their findings with the professional due diligence done by the RVC Venture Capital Analytics team to compare results.This process gives the Angel a chance to calibrate with the RVC team and develop a better understanding of the tools and processes used to probe deeply into the companies considered for investment.

    Participants then have the chance to evaluate three venture deals from the past and compare their assessments of risk and opportunity with what actually happened with the companies.


    Active Angel Investor members attend free!

    Become a member - Click Here and Save!


    • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Commons on Champa - 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204
    • 20
    Register

    FUNDING MASTERMIND 


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals. In addition, participants receive professional coaching from Rockies Venture Club, authors, professors, and investors.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective (free for RVC members) fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark. 1415 Park Ave. West. Denver, CO 80205
    Register


    Final Steps Class Cluster:

    A combination of RVC's Due Diligence and Term Sheet courses
    For both investors and entrepreneurs

    RVC’s Final Steps Class Cluster dives into due diligence and term sheets. Due diligence and term sheets are the final -- and some of the most important -- part of the investing process for both investors and entrepreneurs; they are also some of the most misunderstood aspects. This course moves well beyond just the due diligence checklist and talks about strategies for making the process more transparent and effective for everyone.

    Due diligence is an essential process for investors to make a smart decision on whether or not to invest in a company. Statistically speaking, Angels see higher returns when they are active in the due diligence process. Entrepreneurs must also know what to expect during the diligence process so founders are fully prepared for anything an investor might ask, while maintaining momentum and effectively reducing the amount of time spent on fundraising.

    After due diligence, the course moves into term sheets. The term sheet is the key document that summarizes the terms of the deal. Topics include understanding key terms in a term sheet, how to avoid dilution on both sides of the table, and best methods of negotiation.

    Founders and investors are encouraged to bring a term sheet they’re working with and receive critique and advice from the class.

    For those wanting an advantage in negotiating deal terms and expediting the angel investment process, this is a must-attend class.

    • Monday, June 22, 2020
    • Monday, June 29, 2020
    • Virtual via Zoom
    • 100
    Register

    This deposit is fully refundable but will ensure that your spot is reserved for the secong class of the of RVC Hyperaccelerator. If you are interested in learning more, check out hyperaccelerator.org

    If you have questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Deal Flow Manager Kevin Kudra kevin@rockiesventureclub.org or Director of the Women's Investor Network (WIN), Barbara Bauer, barbara@rockiesventureclub.org.


    • Monday, June 29, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • TBD
    Register


    If you are an accredited investor please contact Dave Harris (dave@rockiesventureclub.org) for more info.


    Demo Day

    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 have honed their businesses and 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 nine venture capital ready companies and to meet after the pitches and discuss the opportunities with other investors. The Investor Breakout that follows the pitches is open only to Accredited Investors and the public will have an opportunity to network and meet with the companies while enjoying complimentary heavy appetizers, wine, beer and soft drinks.

    The Demo Day is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and anyone can attend the event!  

    After an extraordinarily intense week the January cohort of RVC's HyperAccelerator 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.hyperaccelerator.org

    Event Location

    TBD


    Event Schedule

    Time Session Duration
    2:00 to 2:30pm -Registration & Networking 30 Minutes
    2:30 to 2:45pm -Program Introduction 15 Minutes
    2:45 to 4:45pm -Hyper Cohort Pitches 120 Minutes
    4:45 to 5:30pm -Program Reception 15 Minutes
    5:30 to 6:30pm -Investor Forum *Accredited Investors Only   1 Hour
    • Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark 1415 Park Ave. West Denver, CO 80205
    • 25
    Register

    PITCH ACADEMY

    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 RVC meeting you must apply to pitch and be accepted by RVC reviewers.


    • Thursday, July 09, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Dorsey & Whitney - 1400 Wewatta St # 400, Denver, CO 80202
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS

    Thursday, July 9 | 9 am - 5 pm 

    Angel Investing 501

    Introductory Course on Angel Investing

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

    Participate in the RVC Angel Accelerator and learn how to be a smart Angel. New Angels who don’t take this workshop often spend years and $250,000 or more learning how to do Angel investing! Receive a great return on investment, avoid taxation, learn about leading-edge innovation and meet interesting people!

    This full day Angel Accelerator advances Angel Investors' learning with a combination of hands-on exercises, working with experienced angel investor mentors, and solid content and toolkits that you'll need for successful Angel Investing.

    Topics Covered Include:

    • 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.

    • 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!  

    • 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).

    • Tax Implications - how can Angels take advantage of huge 100% tax breaks on capital gains?

    • This is a full-day workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time!

    This is a full-day workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time!


    Active Angel Investor members attend free!

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    • Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 30
    Register

    RVC Boulder Investor Forum

    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, and start the RVC investment process.

    At this forum, investor members will hear pitches from two founders. 

    After pitches and Q&A with the founders, 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. The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    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, July 15, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Colorado School of Mines Starzer Hall - 1812 Illinois Street Golden, CO 80401
    • 30
    Register

    RVC & Traxion Golden Angels Investor Forum

    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, and start the RVC investment process.

    At this forum, investor members will hear pitches from two founders.

    After the pitches and Q&A with the founders, 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. The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    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 16, 2020
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Dorsey & Whitney - 1400 Wewatta St # 400, Denver, CO 80202
    • 29
    Register

    RVC Denver Investor Forum

    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, and start the RVC investment process.

    At this forum, investor members will hear pitches from two founders.

    After the pitches and Q&A with the founders, 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. The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    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, July 22, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Commons on Champa - 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204
    • 20
    Register

    FUNDING MASTERMIND 


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals. In addition, participants receive professional coaching from Rockies Venture Club, authors, professors, and investors.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective (free for RVC members) fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Thursday, July 23, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark. 1415 Park Ave. West. Denver, CO 80205
    Register


    Strategic Planning Class Cluster:

    A combination of RVC's Strategic Planning, Exit Strategy, and Go-To-Market Strategy courses
    For both investors and entrepreneurs

    RVC's Strategic Planning Class Cluster has everything that investors and startup founders alike need to create a long-term strategy for startup companies. The workshop starts out by “beginning with the end in mind.” The exit strategy workshop is where founders will learn about building value not just for their first customer who buys their product, but for the “second customer” that is likely to acquire the company and return capital to investors.

    Next, the course moves into the strategic planning segment, where founders work on defining mission, vision, and values that start the company on a strong foundation followed by development of OKR’s - the Objectives and Key Results needed to achieve the company’s goals. The OKR method is used by fast-growth companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon to focus their teams on success.

    Finally, the workshop wraps up with lessons on creating a go-to-market strategy, often the area of the largest risk for early-stage companies.

    For those looking to create strategies around growth and eventual exits (critical for returning capital to investors), this is a must-attend class.

    • Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark 1415 Park Ave. West Denver, CO 80205
    • 25
    Register

    PITCH ACADEMY

    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 RVC meeting you must apply to pitch and be accepted by RVC reviewers.


    • Thursday, August 06, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Dorsey & Whitney - 1400 Wewatta St # 400, Denver, CO 80202
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS

    Thursday, August 6 | 9 am - 5 pm 

    Angel Investing 201

    Intermediate Course on Angel Investing

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

    Participate in the RVC Angel Accelerator and learn how to be a smart Angel. New Angels who don’t take this workshop often spend years and $250,000 or more learning how to do Angel investing. Receive a great return on investment, avoid taxation, learn about leading-edge innovation and meet interesting people!

    The Angel Accelerator Full Day Bootcamp helps Angel Investors learn with a combination of hands-on exercises, experienced angel investor mentors, and solid content + tools that you'll need for successful Angel Investing. Angel 101 is useful to have taken before this class, but it is not a prerequisite; this series does not necessarily need to be taken in order.

    Topics Covered Include:

    • How to Analyze a Proforma Financial Statement and determine whether it is "believable" or not
    • Capitalization tables demystified: how to understand them and work out waterfall distributions
    • 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.
    • 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 SAFEs?
    • Lead Investors: what are the key functions that the Lead Investor plays and what do you have to know before you jump into this role?
    • Board of Directors Angel Responsibilities: how lead investors guide successful angel investments and enhance angel returns through post-investment management

    This is a full-day workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time!

    Registrants receive the full day workshop, a tool-kit full of angel investing resources.

    For your best deal, you should consider ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERSHIP in Rockies Venture Club, Colorado's leading angel network.   That gets you a FREE pass to this workshop, as well as the Angel 501, practicum, and other workshops offered every month.  Active Investor membership also gets you free access to the other 140+ events we do every year including the Angel Capital Summit, Colorado Capital Conference Angel Forums and investor-only events.  


    Active Angel Investor members attend free!

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