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


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.