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"We Can Do This" - A Note to Entrepreneurs

Startup Colorado

Release Date: 03/24/2020

Save the Businesses, Save the Communities show art Save the Businesses, Save the Communities

Startup Colorado

Many rural, minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses often have trouble accessing traditional funding. Throw in an economic and health crisis, and you've got a lot of businesses struggling to tap into the money they need to stay open. In this episode, we chat with three alternative funds - the First Southwest Community Fund, Greenline Ventures, and the Energize Colorado Gap Fund - about how they're pumping money into rural communities. 

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In Conversation with Brad Feld & Delaney Keating show art In Conversation with Brad Feld & Delaney Keating

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In this special conversation with Techstars Co-Founder Brad Feld and Startup Colorado's Managing Director Delaney Keating, we discuss the importance of ecosystem builders (community champions) for rural startup communities. Plus, we'll hear from the three recipients of the Anchor Point Foundation's Startup Champion Awards. 

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Getting Creative with Virtual Events show art Getting Creative with Virtual Events

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When COVID-19 swept across the nation this Spring, major events were cancelled left and right. Event organizers were asked to decide: do I cancel? Do I postpone? Or do I do something different? In the case of the West Slope Startup Week, they decided to do something different. The second annual startup week is going online. We spoke with event organizers about how they came up with some really creative solutions to convening online that may influence how we organize events in the future. 

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Money Is Still Moving show art Money Is Still Moving

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Finding investors is challenging enough without a pandemic, so we wanted to know how and if money is moving toward rural startups. We chat with Marc Nager with the Greater Colorado Venture Fund, Jay Bockhaus from the CORI Innovation Fund, and Jeffrey Max from Agile Space, a Durango-business that recently received investments from both. We dig into how the health and economic crisis have impacted investors and what they're looking for in a company.

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Trinidad Entices Creatives with Affordable Housing show art Trinidad Entices Creatives with Affordable Housing

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Want to move to Trinidad, Colorado? You might, once you hear about their new affordable housing initiative for creatives. Space to Create will soon make 13 affordable live/work spaces available; plus a commons area for coworking and creative businesses. In September, another 28 apartments will be completed. While Trinidad has suffered economic hardship for years, this new investment in the arts is poised to bring new life, energy, and money to the area. 

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New PPE Marketplace for Businesses show art New PPE Marketplace for Businesses

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Finding Personal Protective Equipment has been yet another headache for business owners. That's why Energize Colorado, a volunteer organization originally tasked with sourcing PPE for healthcare providers, has launched a new marketplace for masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and more. We spoke with Andi Rugg, a volunteer with Energize Colorado, and Ginny Burroughs, the owner of Inn at the Lake, who recently took to the new platform. 

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Phil Weiser Departs SUCO Executive Committee show art Phil Weiser Departs SUCO Executive Committee

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Phil Weiser, the Colorado Attorney General, is stepping down from the Startup Colorado Executive Committee. In this episode, we're recognizing his contribution to our organization, as well as Colorado's startup community as a whole. We speak with Phil about the history of Startup Colorado and his hope for the organization's future. 

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Becoming a Business Owner in a Pandemic show art Becoming a Business Owner in a Pandemic

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Mara and Josh Hardy purchased their new physical therapy business in January. In March, the pandemic hit. We spoke with this husband/wife team about what it was like to be a new business owner navigating an unprecedented crisis. Despite the challenges, Mara and Josh experienced some unexpected silver linings. 

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An Apothecary, an Herbalist, and COVID-19 show art An Apothecary, an Herbalist, and COVID-19

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When Briana Wiles came down with an assumed case of COVID-19, she relied upon her background as an herbalist to cope with the symptoms. She developed new teas and tinctures from roots and herbs at home, then figured out how to make these new blends available to her customers at Rooted Apothecary in Crested Butte and Gunnison. In this episode, we hear about Briana's experience with the virus and how it changed her as a business owner. 

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The Reopening Trail Map show art The Reopening Trail Map

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Eagle County recently received an exemption to the new Safer at Home Order and is laying out a tiered approach to reopening. We chat with the county's emergency manager, as well as business owners who are implementing health and safety protocols to keep their employees and customers safe. For other counties developing their reopening strategies, Eagle County can provide some solid advice. 

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More Episodes

The Startup Colorado team is pivoting in response to the ongoing crisis by providing a new podcast series featuring rural entrepreneurs and community champions who are rising to the occasion. In our first episode, we hear from Colorado's Attorney General Phil Weiser and Startup Colorado's Managing Director Delaney Keating.