EPIIC will host the 2015 Global Game Jam at UCCS

GlobalGameJam2013_WelcomeThe El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) will host the UCCS Global Game Jam at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in January 2015.

 

  • Date: Jan 23, 2014 – Jan 25, 2015
  • Place: UCCS Campus
  • Cost: Free thanks to EPIIC

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 23rd

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

Saturday January 24th

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

Sunday January 25th

  • 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

EPIIC Nights presents Ted Sundquist

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An Evening with Ted Sundquist
Tuesday, November 11th
UCCS, Berger Hall
5:00PM

Ted Sundquist was educated at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He played and coached football for the Academy, served as a flight commander in Germany, and went on to become General Manager of the Denver Broncos. In other words, Sundquist has spent his entire adult life building powerful, effective teams that get things done.

In his book,
Taking Your Team to the Top, he describes the fundamentals you need to unlock individuals’ abilities and talents while adding to team synergy to accomplish any business objective, in any business–large or small.

Join us for this special EPIIC Nights presentation with Ted Sundquist, you’ll learn how to accurately evaluate new hires from enormous talent pools, quickly implement them into your organization’s existing team culture, and create a dedicated mission statement to maximize team success.

Don’t miss this powerful EPIIC Nights speaker and the opportunity network with other professionals in Colorado Springs. RSVP is required to attend. Register Today!

 

Entrepreneurs Battle it Out at the Lion’s Den Pitch Night Event!

mountain lion copyThe Lion’s Den Pitch Night
Tuesday, October 27th
5:00 pm—7:00 pm
Berger Hall at UCCS

 

Join EPIIC on Tuesday, October 27th for an event featuring six team pitching ventures, a lively panel of business-savvy judges, and interactive Q&A with audience members. The top team will win a $1000 prize.

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 $1500 in prize.

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

Click Here to Register Now!

Want to enter the UCCS Lion’s Den Pitch Night or have questions? Contact Rhea Phaneuf at rphaneuf@uccs.edu

Entry information:
UCCS Lion’s Den Team Rules 

Entrepreneurs are you ready for the Lion’s Den?

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The Lion’s Den Pitch Night
Presented by EPIIC and Peak Startup

Friday, October 24th
 5:00 pm—7:00 pm
The Lodge at UCCS

 

Join UCCS El Pomar Institute for Innovation & Commercialization (EPIIC) and Peak Startup for a co-sponsored event on Friday, October 24th, 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 prize of up to $1500.

The joint 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 concept of the EPIIC and Startup Pitch Night 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 who is worthy of the $1500 in prizes.

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

Click Here to Register for this Event

Questions? Contact Rhea Phaneuf at rphaneuf@uccs.edu

Get ready to Ignite Colorado Springs with Innovation!

Ignite
What 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. Speakers at the fall Ignite have been chosen to share their ideas on Innovation. Our speakers include:

 

Dave Anderson – The Colorado Springs Public Market
Terry Boult –
EPIIC Chair for Innovation and Security
Frank Frey –
Epicentral Coworking
Dave Khaliqi – Director of Student Sucess and CSTEM Education
John Olson –
EV Studio Planning
Laura Neumann
– City for Champions
Colleen Stiles
– Co-Director of Strategic Alliances, Bachelor of Innovation Degree
Carol Sturman– Sturman Industries
Tom Warda – NRO
Sandy Vanderstoep –
2528 Enterprise Consulting

The Fall Ignite Colorado Springs is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th 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 Vance Brown, Founder and CEO of Cherwell Software

Vance BrownVance currently is co-founder and CEO of Cherwell Software (www.cherwell.com), a company that only started selling a product in 2007 but already is rated in its market segment by industry analysts above such companies as IBM, HP, and CA.
Currently employing over 150 people, Cherwell has been profitable every year since 2008 and has grown, on average, over 100% each year. Cherwell’s customer base includes such organizations as Fed-Ex, Corning, TV Guide, The Weather Channel, Focus on the Family, and UCCS. Starting numerous organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit), Vance has learned many hard yet valuable life-lessons as an entrepreneur. Formerly, Vance was CEO of GoldMine Software, which at the time was ranked as one of the top 100 software companies in the United States. In 2009 Vance was given the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award by Wake Forest University “in recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, achievement and social responsibility.” This year, Vance was named the Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Colorado Springs by Celebrate Technology. Vance graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1985 and The University of North Carolina School of Law with honors in 1988.

Topic summary for this EPIIC Nights event:

Creating a Thriving Organization

Learn from a life-long entrepreneur and discover his insights into building thriving organizations that have the potential to survive the test of time. These are organizations that are built to be profitable while experiencing solid growth. These organizations also are designed to attract the best talent because of the exciting, fun, and noble culture. As an entrepreneur, it is essential to understand the financial components that make an organization attractive to potential future buyers. However, it also important to consider the cultural strategies that allow the heart and soul of
the organization to endure. Learn how to organically fund and grow your business in a way that will fulfill your mission while making the money needed to thrive.

There is no fee to attend this event, but registration is required. Click here to register.

The 2014 UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition

UCCS Sports Business Plan CompetitionWelcome to the 2014 UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition! This competition is open to students teams (graduate or undergraduate) that are developing ventures in the sports/outdoors industries.  The finals for this competition will be held on Thursday, April 24 and Friday April 25, 2014.  Winners will be announced at an awards banquet on Friday evening, April 25.  All of the events will be held on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus.  All competition team members, their spouses or friends, and faculty sponsors will be invited to the Friday evening awards banquet.

For more information, please download the UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition flyer.

For official rules, CLICK HERE.

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Ready for the UCCS Global Game Jam?

GGJ2014The El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) will host the UCCS Global Game Jam at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in January 2014.

  • Date: Jan 24, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014
  • Place: UCCS Campus
  • Cost: Free thanks to EPIIC

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 two 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 24th at 5pm until Sunday, January 26th at 5 pm. Participants will need to attend the entire duration of this event. The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday January 24th

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

Saturday January 25th

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

Sunday January 26th

  • 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

The Lion’s Den Pitch Night is back!

mountain lion copyThe Lion’s Den Pitch Night
Presented by EPIIC and Peak Venture Group

Monday, February 24th
5:30 pm—7:00 pm
The Lodge at UCCS

Join UCCS El Pomar Institute for Innovation & Commercialization (EPIIC) and Peak Venture Group (PVG) for a co-sponsored event on Monday, February 24th, 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 prize of $500.

The joint 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 concept of the EPIIC and PVG Pitch Night event will follow the TV show’s format, featuring six local ventures, including student teams. 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 who is worthy of the $500 prize.

The event is open to the community and students, investors and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend. For more information about this event, download the event flyer.

Click Here to Register.

Questions? Contact Rhea Phaneuf at rphaneuf@uccs.edu