Chance Meetings: Monday, June 6th!

5-7pm @ the Rose (50 W. Broadway, downtown Jackson)

Sometimes all you need is the right connection, and a little inspiration. Well, what are you waiting for? Come find that connection, and grab some inspiration, at our monthly networking event. You never know… Theme: Fundraising Lessons Learned – Why do it and How to do it well? Panelists: Fletcher White, President, Bivvi Bob Fuziak, CEO, Hindsight Industries Steve Sullivan, CEO, Stio Todd Warden, Managing Partner, Lighthouse Capital Marnie Peterson, VP of Drug and Clinical Development, Hennepin Life Sciences Nathan Adams, Start Up Executive with deep private equity experience This month, our theme will be supported by an amazing group of panelists sharing their fundraising experiences (primarily private investment): We are so grateful to have a mix of private investors as well as entrepreneurs who have closed rounds of funding on our panel. You won’t want to miss hearing about their lessons learned! SAVE THE DATE: July Chance Meetings will move to the 11th because of the 4th of July holiday. July 11th Chance Meetings will feature the most recent Start Up Institute graduates.

Final Call for Pitch Day Applications!

Deadline is TOMORROW – June 1st

Are you or someone you know actively raising capital? The window is closing to get applications in so don’t wait any longer! If you have a start up or growth stage company that is actively fundraising, you are invited to apply to pitch. We are looking forward to hearing from the most promising companies and start ups in the area! Email your interest in presenting to Put Pitch Day on your calendar right now! The 5th Annual Pitch Day, presented in partnership with First Western Trust, will be held on August 10th in the main theater of the Center for the Arts from 4 – 7pm.

Leadercast Wrap Up

The Leadercast JH Team! The second annual Leadercast JH was a huge success! On May 6th, 175 people gathered at the National Museum of Wildlife Art to not only listen to some of the most inspiring leaders in the world, but to engage with other local leaders from our community. Save the Date for the 3rd annual Leadercast JH May 5th, 2017

Mini Maker Faire Wrap Up

We had a great turnout for the 1st Annual Youth Innovation Contest at the JH Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 21st. 6 young entrepreneurs came up with a business idea, prepared their presentations, and pitched a packed house for over 2 hours! Over 80 people voted throughout the day to arrive at these results: People’s Choice: 1st Place: Tanner & Charlie’s Math Website 2nd Place: Natasha’s Tablet/phone holder 3rd Place: Wyatt’s app that helps you not forget things Watch their “pitches” at our Silicon Couloir YouTube Channel ( Thanks to Teton Science Schools and Silver Star Communications for co-sponsoring the event with Silicon Couloir!

Have you been following the Start Up Institute blog series? Recent posts: Unlearning to learn; deconstructing to construct my startup ( “So how do you like the Start-Up Institute?” a friend asked. It was the first time I didn’t know how to answer the question. The power of startups networking with startups ( It’s 15 minutes after our 15 hours of class is over for the week, and no one is leaving. Several of us are deep in conversation about naming our companies. Harvard and Wall Street in a community college: The genesis of the Start-Up Institute ( When people say “community college,” it doesn’t usually share a sentence with “Harvard.” Read Start Up Institute student, Mark Wilcox’s full articles on his website ( **

Entrepreneur Spotlight

King Treetop Adventure NOW OPEN! Congratulations to Sue and Christian Santelices! After graduating from the Start Up Institute, and putting in many years of hard work, their dream has come to life. The Treetop Adventure is a place right in the Town of Jackson where people of all abilities can experience the thrill, sense of accomplishment, and connection to nature that feeds the souls of Jackson Hole locals. Built by Sue and Christian, world-class mountain guides, the Treetop Adventure features a series of tree-to-tree aerial challenges like wobbly bridges, climbing walls, zip lines, and Tarzan swings that snake through the pine forest on Snow King Mountain. Teambuilding and leadership development programs are also available, as are private guides.

About Us – T-Shirt Memory Quilts

Full Circle Quilts Has Launched! Kathleen Connor Neiley grew up in the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1978, she moved east to Middlebury College in Vermont to pursue her love of cross country ski racing. After college, she taught school for three years in Wyoming and New York before moving to Denver where she worked as an investment banker until the birth of her second child. She spent the next 20 years on a small horse farm north of Denver raising three daughters. Following a two-year stint in the biotechnology industry, she made the decision to return to Jackson Hole and attend The Startup Institute, an intensive course on entrepreneurship, in order to bring her dream of starting her own business to fruition. Full Circle Quilts provides a way for friends and family to come together to support their loved ones in their time of need. Kathleen and her team create T-shirt quilts from shirts you and your group provide, signed with your words of encouragement and love. We take those shirts and design an heirloom-quality Quilt to remind your loved ones of how much you care.

Other upcoming events


Webinar June 2, from 2-3:00 pm Presented by Wyoming Entrepreneur SBDC, MRC & PTAC

What first impression does your website create? In this webinar, presenter Eric Spellmann will explain the split-second judgments people make about your website when they visit for the first time. What do they see first? What makes a visitor click? What causes visitors to leave? He gives specific recommendations to improve the “stickiness” of your website. If you want your website to generate more sales or leads, you must attend this information-packed presentation on June 2nd from 2-3:00 pm! Registration for the program is $15, and attendees can register at