MONTHLY CHANCE MEETINGS
JULY 1, 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...
Meet the 11 New Start-Up Intensive Graduates and
Come hear about the exciting new businesses of the Spring 2019 graduates of the Silicon Couloir/Central Wyoming College Start-Up Intensive. This aspiring group of entrepreneurs will introduce their businesses and share what they've learned through the program.
NEWS AND NOTES
Meet the People Who Make Silicon Couloir a Success
A new feature of our monthly newsletter will be to share the stories and impacts Silicon Couloir has in the Teton region entrepreneurial ecosystem. This month, we will featureDavid Hopkins, TEAMS mentor and Trustee, and Bob Fuziak of Arms Reach Essentials, a thriving local company that creates deluxe organizers that securely keeps bedside essentials within arm's reach.
David Hopkins reflects on TEAMS:
"No budding entrepreneur need pine for a bigger stage than the one they have in Jackson, WY. The TEAMS program has attracted an experienced and diverse team of mentors from millennials to retirees and many ages in between. As mentors, we donate the benefit of all our business experiences, and the life lessons we have enjoyed, to the entrepreneurs accepted by the program. Equally important though, are the experiences we gain by listening to the amazing diversity of new business ideas from the entrepreneurs. A win-win for everyone."
David and his wife Debby moved to Jackson Hole from the San Francisco Bay Area in late 2017. Formerly president of a manufacturing firm and a consultant in several industries, David focuses on providing General Management, and Sales and Marketing services to aid firms through market, product, technology, and generational changes. Prior to running his own consulting firm David worked in the high technology and automotive industries, primarily in international marketing, for more than 30 years, and in banking prior to that.
Bob Fuziak on his Silicon Couloir experience:
"Silicon Couloir's programs have been fundamental in helping me develop my businesses. I graduated from The Start-Up Intensive in 2015 and I think it is an amazing program. The course materials can be applied not only the business you are working on during class, but all future projects and to your life."
"I was fortunate to be selected to Pitch Day twice for two different companies; Hind-Sight Industries (2015) and ArmsReach Essentials (2018). Pitch Day coaching sessions are tough. They take place over many weeks and each session has a different panel of experts. Sometimes you get conflicting advice, but it's good to have perspective from all angles. Ultimately it is up to the Founder, CEO, etc. to weigh the opinions and proceed how they think it's best for the company. This is true for the Pitch Day competition and also for the company decisions made after Pitch Day, based on the wealth of knowledge gained during the coaching sessions."
Arm's Reach Essentials has been so successful that they have sold thousands of Night Caddies and in 2018 sold out of stock 3 times in 6 months! Bob is also working with a firm to license Hind-Sight Industries' wearable technology patents.
Save the Date for Pitch Day 2019
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 features local entrepreneurs showcasing their businesses to a large and interested audience of over 250 attendees. Cash prizes will be awarded in a number of categories.
We received 13 very strong applicants, of which 6 will be deemed finalist by the selection committee.
Pitch Day is free to attend and open to the public. More details to follow!
Blockchain 101 Lunch and Learn with Stina Brock
No doubt you've heard of blockchain technology, but what exactly is it? Furthermore, howcan this technology be applied to business? Stina Brock, founder of the Wyoming Blockchain MeetUp group will present the basics of blockchain and answer all of your questions at a Lunch and Learn on Monday, July 15th from noon to 1 at The Cowork Space in downtown Jackson.
Please email Rebecca@SiliconCouloir.com to register.
Angel Group Meeting a Success
Ten investors met with three companies in early June for an Angel Group meeting. The three presenting companies were so impressive that investors formed due diligence groups for pre-investment research.
The purpose of Angel Group is to connect local and regional companies with investors. Silicon Couloir aims to hold regular Angel Group meetings each quarter. Companies interested in applying can find more information here.
As always, please feel free to send news of your company's press, events, successes, and milestones toGary@siliconcouloir.com and we'll do our best to feature them in our newsletters!
ARE YOU A COMMUNITY CARETAKER?
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.