Chance Meetings: Monday, July 11th! 5-7pm @ the Rose (50 W. Broadway, downtown Jackson)

Theme: Start Up Institute – First Hand Experiences Speakers: Spring 2016 Start Up Institute Graduates Start Up Institute Instructors Sandy Hessler and Liza Millet Come hear about the exciting businesses of the Spring 2016 graduates of the Silicon Couloir/Central Wyoming College Start Up Institute. This aspiring group of entrepreneurs will discuss their businesses and what they’ve learned through the program. The Fall 2016 class will run from Oct 7 – Dec 11. Applications due August 1st! Learn more or apply here (

Your vote matters! Everyday until July 13th.

As we announced on Thursday, Silicon Couloir has been named a finalist in First Western Trust’s #WealthIsAbout Grants Contest. This contest gives us a chance to win $7,000 that we can use to grow our impact on the local entrepreneurial community. Now we need your help! You can vote for us once each day until July 13th. To participate, click here to view the voting page: ( Thank you so much for your support of the work we do in the community.

Welcome Back Nathan Adams! Silicon Couloir Director rejoins the board.

All of us at Silicon Couloir are extremely excited to announce that Nathan Adams has rejoined our Board of Directors! An original member of the Table 14 group that was formed at the first 22 in 21 conference, Nathan played a large role in the formation of Silicon Couloir, the creation of Chance Meetings, and the early Pitch Days. While professional opportunities led him to take some time away from Silicon Couloir, he recently jumped aboard again to come along for the ride (and help steer the ship). Welcome back Nathan! Connect with Nathan on LinkedIn (

Pitch Day is coming! 6 entrepreneurs prepare to hit the stage on Aug 10th.

Save the Date! Thursday, August 10th, from 4 – 7pm Center for the Arts main stage in downtown Jackson. Presentations starting promptly at 4pm. Reception to follow from 6–7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Have you been following the Start Up Institute blog series?

Recent posts: ** Prepping with pivots for the pitch (

In the last several weeks of the Start-Up Institute at Central Wyoming College in Jackson, life turned into a tornado. ** Staying flexible to stretch toward goals when it’s all on the line ( I’m not a physically flexible person. I’m not always mentally flexible. Must be time to stretch. Warm-up stretches for business.

Read Start Up Institute graduate Mark Wilcox’s full articles on his website ( soon to be changed to StartUp Road.

Entrepreneur Spotlight

NOSO Puffy Patches Indiegogo campaign comes to a close SATURDAY

Congratulations to Kelli Jones for successfully launching her new company NOSO and her first product Puffy Patches! Over the last month, Kelli has been carefully managing her first crowdfunding campaign which ends on Saturday, July 2nd. Follow Kelli’s next moves by visiting her website:

Kate’s Real Food Featured in this week’s JH News & Guide

Kate Schade officially started her energy bar company Kate’s Real Food in 2005, but her entrepreneurial journey really began in 1995 when she started making the legendary Tram Bar. Check out the full article here ( . “There were a lot of times when I just have wanted to say, “Screw this,” but you always get through it. It’s perseverance and work ethic. … And for me personally and for everything I do, I want to do it better each time. I think that has made a big difference.” – Kate

Arden Oksanen’s New cooking show “Just Picked” has launched!

Local film maker, entrepreneur, and Start Up Institute graduate, Arden Oksanen, has recently launched a new cooking show focused on community supported agriculture through his company Foodterra. Be sure to watch the first three episodes (one of which features Victor’s Cosmic Apple Garden) and then subscribe to his YouTube channel HERE ( .

Job Board

Garage Grown Gear e-Commerce Manager

Know the meaning of drop ship, COGS and alt text (without Googling it)? If so, we want to hear from you. Garage Grown Gear is hiring a part-time position to manage our e-commerce store. Tasks range from fulfilling orders and handling customer service to keeping track of back-end operations and taking care of administrative odds and ends. You must posses an entrepreneurial mindset and be comfortable navigating fluidly through cloud-based platforms, like Shopify, Basecamp and Hubspot. Experience with e-commerce and/or startups is a major plus. A love for crunching numbers and spreadsheets is even better. The majority of work can be done remotely on your own schedule. However, you’ll need to be available during some daytime hours for team meetings and to respond to customers. You’ll also need to live within driving distance of our Driggs, Idaho office, as we do keep some inventory on hand. Compensation DOE and could include equity. Also, you will get to be part of a fun-loving, hardworking team who knows how to keep it real. And, yes, they have a powder clause. Send a resume and a cover letter to ( . We hate misspellings, but don’t mind getting a taste of your personality. Feel free to break the conventional rules.

Other Upcoming Events

8th Annual Rocky Mountain Economic Summit

An exclusive Economic & Entrepreneurial Conference

Teton Springs Resort and Spa • Victor, Idaho • July 14th – 15th 2016

This has been touted as one of the nation’s top economic events. Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, Reuters, and many others will be covering this event live. There are limited seats available on a first come first serve basis and they are going fast! Mingle with the top economists, business leaders, and policy-makers from around the globe. More details and registration. (