Get Ready for the Global Game Jam – January 20th through 22nd

ggj-logo-webThe El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) will again host the Annual UCCS Global Game Jam at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs January 20-22, 2017.

  • Date: Jan 20-22
  • 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: http://globalgamejam.org

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 20th at 5pm until Sunday, January 22nd at TBD. Participants will need to attend the entire duration of this event. The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday January 20th

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

Saturday January 21st

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

Sunday January 22nd

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 1 pm: Lunch
  • 3 pm: Deadline for Handing in Games
  • TBD: 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 http://www.uccs.edu/~map/

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 achassel@uccs.edu

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

Entrepreneurs Are You Ready for the Lion’s Den?

cropped-mountain-lion-copy.jpgThe Lion’s Den Pitch Night
Presented by EPIIC
Wednesday, October 26th
 5:00 pm—7:00 pm
Berger Hall at UCCS

Join the El Pomar Institute for Innovation & Commercialization (EPIIC) on Wednesday, October 26th, featuring six businesses pitching ventures, a lively panel of business-savvy judges, and interactive Q&A with audience members. The top business pitch will win the 1st place prize of $1000.

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.

The event will follow the TV show’s format, featuring six local ventures. Entrepreneurs 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 which teams are worthy of the $1750 in prize money. (1st Place Prize is $1000, 2nd Place Prize is $750)

The event is open to the community and students, investors and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend.

Click Here to Register for this Event

Would you like to enter the Lion’s Den?
Download PDF File for Rules of Entry

Have questions?
Contact Rhea Phaneuf at rphaneuf@uccs.edu

Get Ready to Ignite Colorado Springs!

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 fall Ignite Colorado Springs is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. This is an event you won’t want to miss. If you would like to attend, RSVP now.

The EPIIC Mashup: Entrepreneurial Funding

Join us for  
The EPIIC Mashup: Entrepreneurial Funding
Thursday, September 1st
5:00 – 7:00 PM
UCCS Campus, Berger Hall

The EPIIC Mashup hosts notable speakers discussing different segments of a common theme. Our next event spotlight is entrepreneurial funding.

Presenters for this event include:

Speaker: John M. Bruck
An Angel’s View of Regional Startup Ecosystems

Mr. Bruck is an award-winning business leader, former corporate executive and angel investor from Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is currently an active member in two funds and advisor to several startup companies.  His recent move to Knoxville, Tennessee gave him the opportunity to study these two regional startup ecosystems and to better understand, analyze, compare and improve regional startup ecosystems.  He will present an overview of angel investment and describe two specific models of regional startup ecosystems along with his experience in each, with the goal of reaching and sustaining the economic potential of each region.

 

Speakers: Mike Slattery and Karl Dakin
Equity Crowdfunding:  The New Alternative to Angel Capital

Recently approved State of Colorado and Federal crowdfunding regulations have opened the door for entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs to gain access to new capital funding opportunities with both accredited and non-accredited investors.  Learn the advantages of each and how they differ from traditional angel investments.  New rules, regulations and online intermediary platforms will be summarized with an example start-up company scenario.

About Our Speakers:

John Bruck is a professional engineer and business leader, who started his career studying water pollution with Procter & Gamble in the 1970’s.  He became a corporate executive with over 35 years of work experience in the environmental and energy-related fields for clients that include many Fortune 100 companies, the US Departments of Defense and Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency. He has received several business awards, including ranking #98 in Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” list (1993), Engineering News Record’s “Top 200” (2002) Zweig White’s “Hot Firms” (2002, 2003) and several “Crescendo “ Awards for regional business growth achievements.   Mr. Bruck has lead several mergers/acquisitions including one IPO, and has been founder and chairman in two startups that had successful exits after 20+ years of profitable operation.  He is currently an investor and active member of Queen City Angels in Cincinnati where he participates in outreach, screening, due-diligence and portfolio company mentorship and management.
Mike Slattery has a true passion for entrepreneurship.  He has 5 successful start-ups under his belt in several different industries over a 30-year career.  As founder and former Chairman/CEO of ConcealFab Corporation, a Colorado Springs manufacturer and world leader of RF-transparent antenna concealment solutions, his innovative US patented materials allow the US Government and commercial wireless carriers with visible antenna systems and SATCOM dishes to “Hide in Plain Sight” from public detection.  Others include local home improvement leader Champion Window of Colorado Springs LLC and national marketing firm Telestar Media LLC/E3 Local Marketing Solutions.  Mike participated on the Colorado Crowdfunding Act rules committee and is on a mission to educate entrepreneurs on the new equity crowdfunding opportunities.
Karl Dakin is President of the Colorado Capital Congress PBC, a public benefit corporation dedicated to improving the capital ecosystem in Colorado and access to local community start-up funding.  He is one of foremost authorities on the Colorado Crowdfunding Act and Limited Registration Offerings, and is in the process of launching several online intermediary platforms and educational programs to accelerate the nascent industry.  Karl is a licensed Colorado attorney and small business advocate engaged in new business start-ups and product development. The State of Colorado relied on his expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to help shape the rules and regulations for the state’s intrastate Crowdfunding Act approved last summer.

RSVP Required – Free and Open to the Public
Refreshment Provided

REGISTER TODAY

Parking instructions will be mailed one week prior to the event. 

This event is sponsored by the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) .  For more information on this event, contact EPIIC Marketing and Events Project Manager, Rhea Phaneuf.

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 rphaneuf@uccs.edu

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: http://globalgamejam.org 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 http://www.uccs.edu/~map/ 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 achassel@uccs.edu

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

EPIIC Nights Speakers Series with Brett Trusko


brett truskoEPIIC Nights Speakers Series with
Brett Trusko
Wednesday, August 26th
UCCS, Berger Hall
 – 5:00pm

Innovation: From Overexposed to Profession

The term “Innovative” has been used to describe everything from phones to fruit, with little regard to the discipline needed to develop and sustain a successful innovation program. Accordingly, we find ourselves playing a game where the rules are poorly defined and success is measured in how frequently and quickly you fail. According to the US P.T.O., 99.3% of active patents that are issued are not commercially viable. In his presentation, Brett Trusko, President of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) will discuss the evolution of the thought in innovation science and how companies who purposely use innovation as a business strategy are able to save billions of dollars by better predicting where, when and how innovation will and will not work. He will discuss the pathways to innovation and innovation science as well as the challenges of creating an agreed upon body of knowledge and mindset for professionalism in innovation. Additionally, he will discuss the necessary requirements of an innovation practitioner, manager and leader with an eye towards innovating under a new mindset, oriented toward degrees of success, versus frequency and speed of failure.

Don’t miss this special event. Register Today!

About this Speaker
A global leader and driver in innovation science, Dr Trusko is founder and Chair of the International Association of Innovation Professionals. He’s authored 6 books – 1 winning the Prose award, others as top sellers in Amazon for their category. He’s a frequent speaker on the global stage and a professor of innovation, of big data, and of bioinformatics, and was recently named on of the 20 most influential professors in informatics. He’s a Master Black Belt Six Sigma. Dr Trusko has driven massive data projects, delivered strategic projects to international governments and global corporations.

Get Ready to Ignite Colorado Springs!

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, May 6th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. This is an event you won’t want to miss. If you would like to attend, RSVP now.

EPIIC Nights Speaker Series with Author T.J. Stiles

EPIIC Nights Speakers Series with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author T.J. Stiles
Tuesday, March 10th
UCCS,
The Lodge – 5:00pm

Can Innovation Survive Success? Sustaining the Individual Spark of Innovation.

Drawing from his look at American history, author T.J. Stiles will discuss how innovation most often comes from individuals who challenge conventional wisdom—and how the large companies arising from successful innovation tend to squash those iconoclastic voices. Often the most important innovations are not technological, but organizational or conceptual. It’s easy for a successful company to adopt a new gadget, but much harder to accept that its entire approach or organization may be wrong. He will also illustrate the talk with episodes from the lives of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, and even George Armstrong Custer, as well as the early railroad, shipping, and telecom industries.

Don’t miss this special event. Register Today!

About T.J. Stiles T.J. Stiles has been recognized internationally as a leading writer and thinker about the making of the modern United States. He received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his most recent book, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His first biography, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, was reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review and was honored with the Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. He was a 2011 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 2004 Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, sits on the board of directors of the Authors Guild, and is an elected member of the Society of American Historians. In 2014 he served on the faculty of the World Economic Forum at its annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, and Tianjin, China. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg, and other publications. His next book, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on November 3.