March 4th Chance Meetings- Financing Your Venture: Options and Opportunities 



Financing Your Venture: Options and Opportunities

Access to capital is often reported as the number one challenge facing business owners. We understand. The topic of our March Chance Meeting is access to capital. We will have a panel of representatives from both private and public funding organizations to discuss various options and opportunities for raising capital.

Gordon Finnegan, Silicon Couloir Board Member and Chair of the Angel Group selection team will discuss the purpose of the group and what traits the team considers when businesses apply to present to Angel Group.

Michael Fry, Rocky Mountain Bank representative, will discuss traditional lending for ventures.

Waldo Smith of the Wyoming Women’s Business Center (WWBC) will share information about WWBC’s microloan and individual saving account programs, which are both excellent options for Wyoming residents.

Rounding out our panel will be Vivian Georgalas, Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator at the Wyoming Business Council (WBC). You may have heard that the WBC has been awarding grants to Wyoming entrepreneurs through the Kickstart Program. Vivian will provide details about how the program works and how you can apply.

Sometimes all you need is the right connection and a little inspiration. Well, what are you waiting for? Come find both at our free monthly networking event. You never know...



Wyoming Business Council's Kickstart Grants Ik'splôr $50K 

 Ik'splôr, a children’s clothing business founded by sisters Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck, won a Kickstart grant from the Wyoming Business Council. The Jackson Hole start-up, which specializes in merino wool layers for little ones, landed $50,000, the highest amount available through the grant program, which was launched last year to aid Wyoming entrepreneurs. “Ik'splôr will use its funding to expand its footprint in Wyoming and hire a part-time employee,” the Business Council said.  Ik'splôr was the 2019 Pitch Day winner of the Bob Ardnt Community Caretaker award and is a current TEAMSventure. 

Start Up Intensive Scholarship Available to Nonprofit 

We are pleased to announce that The Community of Foundation of Jackson Hole and CWC is offering a $2000 scholarship for a local non-profit to attend the spring Start Up Intensive! Apply here.

Spark JH Has a New Conference Room!

The Spark JH conference room build-out is complete!  Not only is the conference room doubled in size, it has been outfitted with state of the art audio/visual equipment for presentations and conferencing. Please visit to learn about becoming a member of this vibrant Cowork space in downtown Jackson. 

Mountainist Launches!

Mountainist—a gear rental and tech company headquartered in Alpine, Wyoming—launched its beta site this week at and is now delivering women-specific snowmobile gear to customers in Jackson and Star Valley.  Mountainist allows women to rent nearly new, high-performance outerwear, protective gear and accessories for adventure sports and hit the trails faster, for less. Mountainist plans to expand its inventory to include women's off-road bike gear and has announced that it will start delivering rentals nationwide this spring. 


As always, please feel free to send news of your company's press, events, successes, and milestones to hello@siliconcouloir.comand we'll do our best to feature them in our newsletters!


Silicon Couloir strengthens our Teton regional community by empowering the entrepreneurial ecosystem. More than just business development, we believe in enriching our community character and enhancing our mountain town culture. Help us support business pioneers in the Tetons by becoming a community caretaker!

To offer your time or talent, please email me at

Jenn Ford
Executive Director

Silicon Couloir