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.

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.

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.

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

Ted Sundquist_small
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!

 

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