Rockies Venture Club


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Upcoming events

    • Monday, January 27, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • TrueSpace - 4600 S Ulster St #1450, Denver, CO 80237
    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

    TrueSpace

    4600 S Ulster St #1450, Denver, CO 80237


    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
    • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Longmont Economic Development Partnership - 1925 Pike Road, Suite 202 Longmont, CO 80501
    • 44
    Register

    St. Vrain 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.

    • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark. 1415 Park Ave. West Denver, CO 80205
    • 18
    Register

    Investor Update w/ EnVision


    This event is available via Livestream

    The purpose of this meeting is to meet face-to-face with the company CEO and leadership in order to get an update on company progress since close. 

    EnVision is bringing the success tool of visualization to the world through an easy to use mobile app. Visualization is a science-backed success practice widely used by business leaders, athletes, entrepreneurs, celebrities and speakers to increase their performance, achieve their goals, make internal changes and create the levels of success they aspire to. EnVision offers 10-minute guided visualizations to help people perform at their best and create the life they truly desire. The audio guided sessions are delivered through a free mobile app that is monetized by paid subscription to unlock premium content.

    The company launched the app in February 2018 and participated in RVC's June 2018 Impact HyperAccelerator program, ultimately raising a seed round with RVC as the lead. Since launching, the company has made great progress growing the number of active and paid users on the platform while developing over 1800+ minutes of content. The team is led by CEO Elliott Lyons who has previously published 4 mobile applications, one of which (Sleep Aid Fan) has over 2 million downloads and generates ~$20K/monthly in passive income while being digitally managed. Join existing investors for an in-person update from Elliott on the company's progress over the past 12 months and see what they have upcoming for 2020 and beyond.

    The Agenda for the company update will be as follows:

    • General deeper update on where EnVision has been, where we are now and where we are going
    • Wins and lessons from the past year - how the business has evolved and what we have doubled down on
    • Moving into the future - Goal tracking, AI content recommendation and creating a success coach in your pocket
    • Kicking off the current fundraising plan and round
    • Open Q/A for investors/potential investors to asks questions similar to a deep dive I would imagine
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    Investor Update with EnVision
    Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm MT
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    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, January 29, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Commons on Champa - 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204
    • 6
    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, January 30, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark. 1415 Park Ave. West. Denver, CO 80205
    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.

    • Friday, January 31, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark, 1415 Park Ave West, Denver, CO 80205
    • 25
    Register

    Investor Deep Dive w/ Wander + Ivy

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    This event is available via Livestream

    The purpose of this meeting is to meet face-to-face with the company CEO and leadership in order to get crucial questions answered.  The Deep Dive will take place in Denver 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 (1 hour)
    Company Product Demo (20 minutes)

    Outstanding Questions w/ Company (10 minutes)
    Optional Investor Only Discussion (~30 minutes)

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    Deep Dive w/ Wander + Ivy
    Date:
    Friday, January 31st
    Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm MT
    Location: Thrive Workplace - Ballpark 
    1415 Park Avenue West
    Denver, CO 80205
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    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, February 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Thrive Ballpark 1415 Park Ave. West Denver, CO 80205
    • 21
    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, February 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, February 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, and one full year of ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERSHIP in Rockies Venture Club, Colorado's leading angel investment group with free access to angel forums across the state, monthly pitch events and conferences!

    • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204
    • 30
    Register

    RVC Aurora Investor Meet & Greet

    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.

    We're creating a new investor forum in Aurora! We invite investors to attend this Meet & Greet before Life Science night to meet the RVC Directors, and other angel investors in the RVC community.

    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, February 11, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204
    Register

    Colorado Life Sciences Night

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    Tuesday, February 11 2020 -- 5:00pm to 8:00pm
    The Commons on Champa
    1245 Champa St, Denver

    Life Sciences Keynote Presentation, Life Sciences Company Pitches, & Networking/Happy Hour


     

    The Life Sciences offer massive market opportunities for entrepreneurs and angel investors alike. BioTech, Healthcare, and Pharma are just a few of the sub-sectors experiencing booms in investment and acquisition activity over the last few years. While development and regulatory hurdles often add a level of complexity in these markets, acquirers are swooping in earlier to use acquisition as their own R&D strategy rather than taking risks in-house. In addition, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and other game changing tech continues to shake up the industry.

    The eighth annual Colorado Life Sciences Night, hosted by Rockies Venture Club (RVC) and the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) will shed light on the latest trends in Life Sciences investing and will showcase a number of local, innovative startups from the industry seeking investment.

    This year's Colorado Life Sciences Night is particularly special because it marks the launch of a collaborative new angel group from RVC and CBSA that will focus exclusively on investing in life science companies. Accredited investors who are interested in joining the life science group should register for both the Colorado Life Sciences Night and the Colorado Life Science Angels kickoff event one hour beforehand at the same location.

    SCHEDULE:

    5:00 - 6:00pm -- Cocktail Reception and Networking. Wine/Beer/Soft Drinks and hot appetizers.

    6:00 – 6:15pm -- Program Kick-off (RVC, CBSA)

    6:15 - 6:45pm -- Keynote Presentation 

    6:45- 7:30pm -- Presentations from Life Sciences Companies

    7:30 - 8:00pm -- Networking with Companies and Speakers

    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Boulder SBDC - 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
    • 28
    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, February 12, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Colorado School of Mines Starzer Hall - 1812 Illinois Street Golden, CO 80401
    • 28
    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, February 13, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Denver Metro SBDC - 1445 Market Street, Denver, CO 80202
    • 27
    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.

    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Denver South EDP - 304 Inverness Way S Ste 315, Englewood, CO 80112
    • 30
    Register

    RVC Denver South 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 and discuss 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, February 19, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Commons on Champa - 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204
    • 18
    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, February 20, 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.

    • Thursday, February 27, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Innosphere - 320 E Vine Dr #101, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • 30
    Register

    RVC 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, 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, March 04, 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, March 05, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Dorsey & Whitney - 1400 Wewatta St # 400, Denver, CO 80202
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS

    Thursday, March 5 | 9 am - 5 pm 

    Angel Investing 301

    Applied Angel Investing Skills


    The purpose of the Angel 301 workshop is to take the principles and concepts learned in Angel 101 and Angel 201 and put them to work in a live due diligence setting. However, Angel 301 can be taken before 101 or 201; 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.

    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • EXDO Event Center - 1399 35th St, Denver, CO 80205
    Register


    Angel Capital Summit
    March 11, 2020


    The Angel Capital Summit is Colorado's largest angel investing event, now in our thirteenth year.  With an audience of 300 investors, entrepreneurs and community members, there are lots of opportunities to network, connect, learn and invest.  Featuring some of Colorado's best startups in a five-minute pitch format, as well as an investor forum to guide investment decisions, the conference brings fantastic opportunities for both investors and entrepreneurs.  

    2020 THEME: COLORADO UNICORNS

    Colorado is having a breakout year, with two unicorns hatching in just the past twelve months. Long known to inhabit only coastal areas, unicorns are now coming to Colorado in what is expected to be an ongoing trend. This year’s Angel Capital Summit celebrates Colorado unicorns and their contributions to the startup community. With deep insights into global economic trends and capital movements, the summit will provide the perfect environment for unicorn expansion. The summit will also feature speakers, pitches from potential future unicorns, and plenty of networking time for angel investors, VCs and entrepreneurs. Join us this March to celebrate Colorado’s addition of two new unicorns to a global population of 428 unicorns, decacorns, and hectocorns in 2019.


    Keystone and Active Angel Investor  members attend free!

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    • Wednesday, March 18, 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, March 19, 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.

    • Wednesday, April 01, 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.


    • Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Boulder SBDC - 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
    • 30
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    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, April 08, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Colorado School of Mines Starzer Hall - 1812 Illinois Street Golden, CO 80401
    • 30
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    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, April 09, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Denver Metro SBDC - 1445 Market Street, 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.

    • Thursday, April 09, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Denver South EDP - 304 Inverness Way S Ste 315, Englewood, CO 80112
    • 30
    Register

    RVC Denver South 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 and discuss 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, April 15, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Longmont Economic Development Partnership - 1925 Pike Road, Suite 202 Longmont, CO 80501
    • 30
    Register

    RVC St.Vrain 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.

    • 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)


    • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    • Thursday, April 30, 2020
    • Hyatt Regency - 7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237

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    The Industry Growth Forum is a one-of-a-kind event in the Cleantech space.

    In its 25th year, the Industry Growth Forum (IGF) is the premier event for Cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, and experts from industry and the public sector to build relationships, showcase innovative technologies, and identify disruptive business solutions.

    The IGF builds on decades of technical expertise and market analysis accumulated by National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with Rockies Venture Club.

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    • Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Innosphere - 320 E Vine Dr #101, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • 30
    Register

    RVC 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, 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, June 10, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Boulder SBDC - 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
    • 30
    Register