June Newsletter: Chance Meetings-Developing and Retaining Effective Teams


JUNE 3, 2019 - 5-7 pm @ The Rose (50 West Broadway)

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...

There: Developing and Retaining Effective Teams

Teamwork is a vital ingredient of any successful business. How do you get employees, investors, and customers to buy into your vision, product and purpose?  Jake Urban, local entrepreneur and educator will share the techniques and practices that have made his teams so successful.

In Jake’s own words:
“As an undergraduate professor, mountain guide, program director, corporate trainer, Search and Rescue trainer and business owner, I have been teaching, training and leading people in the outdoors for the past 24 years. I founded, own and operate the Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute, Inc., an educational think tank devoted to developing and delivering curriculum in the areas of avalanche education and prehospital emergency medical training in the urban and wilderness environment.”

“In the 90’s I developed techniques and strategies that increased retention and overall job satisfaction at corporate giants such as Deloitte, Cardinal Health, Nantucket Nectars, and IBM. My current philosophies and practices couldn’t be farther from that foundation. Most recently my techniques have helped me successfully develop effective teams in educational, organized rescue, institutional recreation and the oversight of risk management in high-risk environments.



Pitch Day 2019 Venture Application Period Now Open

Mark your calendar for Silicon Couloir’s 8th Annual Pitch Day, our signature event of the year. Held at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming on Thursday, September 5th from 4-7 PM, Pitch Day showcases local entrepreneurs highlighting their businesses to a large and interested audience of over 200 attendees.  Cash prizes will be awarded in a number of categories.

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Free to attend and open to the public, Pitch Day stars a select group of innovative and creative companies developing in the Teton region.  This event supports local entrepreneurs to showcase and promote their business or idea.

Selected entrepreneurs will have three coaching sessions with a team of successful and experienced business experts leading up to the main event.  Coaching is a critical feature of the program, as it helps entrepreneurs hone their delivery and synthesize the information that is most likely to interest attendees.  

Pitch Day is a celebration of the highly successful entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Tetons. We hope to inspire audience members and others in our community to dream up or begin their own entrepreneurial journey.

How to Apply:
The Application Period opens Tuesday, May 29, 2019, and all applications are due by June 21, 2019.

To apply, please submit a venture deck of no more than 8 pages (NO EXCEPTIONS) Please email applications to hello@siliconcouloir.com.

A good deck should include the following (not necessarily in this order):

  • Cover Page – with the company name and contact info

  • The problem your company is solving

  • Your solution to this problem

  • Market size

  • Business model

  • Competition to your business

  • Company team

  • Financial projections or milestones

Due to general solicitation securities rules, we ask that you not end the pitch with an investor ask.

Eligible candidates will be called in to give an 8-minute presentation to the selection committee in late June/early July.  Decisions will be made by no later than July 18.  Between selection and the event, finalists will have three in-person coaching sessions. Entrepreneurs and Ventures from Teton County, Wyoming and Idaho, Sublette County, and Lincoln County are invited to apply.

For questions or more information, please email hello@siliconcouloir.com.

TEAMS Grows with New Ventures and Mentors 

We are proud to report that since the end of the 2018 TEAMS pilot, we have had tremendous growth in the program. In the past 5 months, we have added 9 new ventures for a total of 15 ventures. On the mentoring side, we have recruited 14 new mentors for a total of 33 mentors!

TEAMS brings Teton area ventures together with a group of volunteer mentors for regular mentoring sessions to accelerate the development of entrepreneurs in the Teton region, and further the mission of Silicon Couloir. For more information please visit https://www.siliconcouloir.com/teams-mentoring.


Entrepreneur Care and Feeding: Get a Good Night's Sleep

To register, please send an email to rebecca@siliconcouloir.com.

Another Win for 22 in 21: The State of Our Community


On May 22nd approximately 140 community leaders, stakeholders, and involved citizens gathered for 22 in 21, a deep dive into the future of our community, to learn where we are headed and the challenges we face. By all accounts, it was another successful conference. Gary Trauner, Silicon Couloir ED, lead a panel on Education and Healthcare.

22 in 21 holds a special place in our heart, as it was the event where the concept of Silicon Couloir was conceived eight years ago by a visionary group of people during a breakout session.

Congratulations to Central Wyoming College Graduates!

Central Wyoming College recently graduated a class of students ready to apply their knowledge and skills to new ventures and professions that better themselves and the world. Our own Gary Trauner inspired the graduates with his commencement address in May.

CWC is a valued partner for Silicon Couloir and we appreciate all that they do for our community. 


As always, please feel free to send news of your company's press, events, successes, and milestones to Gary@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 us at Gary@siliconcouloir.com.