Registration is Open for Ignite Colorado Springs Spring 2016!

IgniteWhat if you were only given 5 minutes and 20 slides to make a point? Ignite Colorado Springs is a night of high-energy presentations. Speakers are community members who will teach, enlighten, or inspire – and they have exactly 5 minutes to do so. This is the third Ignite Colorado Springs event and it promises to be a night of high-energy ideas and insights of Colorado’s brightest, most creative, and most influential people.

Check back with us. Speaker information coming soon!

The Spring Ignite Colorado Springs is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. This is an event you won’t want to miss. If you would like to attend, RSVP now.

UCCS Lion’s Den Pitch Night – Collegiate Night

UCCS Lion’s Den Pitch Night – Collegiate Night
Thursday, March 31st
5:00 pm—7:00 pm
Berger Hall at UCCS

Join EPIIC for an event featuring five student team pitching ventures, a lively panel of business-savvy judges, and interactive Q&A with audience members. The top teams will win a $2000 in prizes.

This event will be structured similarly to the popular ABC TV show Shark Tank™. Viewers have enjoyed the lively and interesting format of the show in which entrepreneurs present their business ideas to well-known investors.

This event will follow the TV show’s format, featuring six ventures. The teams will have five minutes to pitch deals to a panel of entrepreneurs/investors. The panel will then provide feedback to presenters, ask tough business questions, and decide who is worthy of the $2000 in prizes.

The event is open to the public. Community members, students, investors and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend.

Want to enter the UCCS Lion’s Den Pitch Night or have questions? Contact Rhea Phaneuf at

Register Now

Entry information:

Collegiate Flyer for Young Entrepreneurs
UCCS Lion’s Den Rules

Get ready for Global Game Jam – January 29th through 31st

GlobalGameJam2013_WelcomeThe El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) will host the 3rd Annual UCCS Global Game Jam at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs January 29 – 31, 2016.


  • Date: Jan 29 – 31
  • Place: UCCS Campus
  • Cost: Free thanks to EPIIC, Register Now!

What is the Global Game Jam? Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the premier annual game creation event that fosters the development of innovative game concepts and promotes international collaboration and teamwork. GGJ brings together thousands of game development enthusiasts participating through many local jams around the world on a single weekend. More information: Time to Innovate! Participants at the UCCS Global Game Jam are encouraged to innovate. Teams can innovate by thinking of new gaming structure or by using themes that haven’t been used in games. This is an opportunity to experiment and to deliver amazing game experiences in a short period of time. To help facilitate this innovation, a brainstorming session will be held on Friday evening. Location? The UCCS Global Game Jam will be hosted on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus. The meet up location for Friday will be provided to registered attendees via email the week prior to the event. What Should I Bring? UCCS will have the BI computer labs available however; we highly encourage participants to bring their own laptop. Wireless internet access will be available during the UCCS Global Game Jam. Who Can Attend? Anyone with an interest in designing games is invited to attend this event. You don’t need to have experience in designing a game before and you don’t need to have programming skills. Teams will need a mix of people with diverse backgrounds and while forming teams we will make sure there is a balance of various skills.

  • Registration is limited to the first 50 registered participants.

Recognition Recognition will be given to teams for your typical and not-so-typical categories on Sunday evening. Schedule The event will run from Friday, January 23rd  at 5pm until Sunday, January 25th at 5 pm. Participants will need to attend the entire duration of this event. The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday January 29th

  • 4-5 pm: Check-in and Registration
  • 6 pm: Group Forming and Dinner
  • 8 pm: Brainstorming
  • 9 pm: Pitching Ideas and Critique

Saturday January 30th

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 11 am: Deadline to Create User Profile and Game Page
  • 1 pm: Lunch
  • 6 pm: Dinner

Sunday January 31st

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 1 pm: Lunch
  • 3 pm: Deadline for Handing in Games
  • 5 pm: Presentations and Recognition

Food & Drinks EPIIC will provide food and drinks during the event as indicated in the schedule. In the vicinity of the location vending options are available for food and drinks. Parking Plenty of parking is available on the UCCS campus. GGJ attendees will not be required to pay for parking. For a map of the parking lots visit Contact Information Angus Chassels, Entrepreneur in Residence and faculty member in the UCCS Bachelor of Innovation program is the organizer of this event. You can contact him with questions by e-mail

Connect with the UCCS Global Game Jam through the Global Game Jam site or through Facebook.