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Thursday, Oct 1
8:00am — 9:30am
Jake Jabs Center at CU Denver - Rm 1800
682 attending

Startups + Grants: Colorado’s Hidden Funding Source

Describe the event:
Every business makes an impact. So does every investment. This panel of foundation impact investment practitioners and field experts looks at the continuum of funding in Colorado and reveals the emerging practice of foundations investing in businesses. You’ll learn how this practice is changing the funding game for businesses in Colorado and across the country, and discover new capital sources for promising social enterprises. Meet the founders of the Colorado Impact Initiative, a three-year strategy to encourage impact investment in Colorado businesses. Its flagship educational program and pitch competition is on March 3-4, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

Who should attend:
Startups and growing businesses interested in new sources of capital;
All startup or growing businesses making positive social or environmental change;
Foundations, investors and wealth advisors interested in impact investing;
Anyone interested in Colorado Impact Day Pitch Competition & , March 3-4, 2016.

Who you’ll meet:
Doug Johnson, Panel Moderator, Chair of Tiger 21 & VP of Capital Access at Innosphere
John Corbett, CEO & Founding President - Awhere
Bob Goodman, President & CEO - RX Assurance
Dr. Stephanie Gripne, Founder - Impact Finance Center & Colorado Impact Initiative and Day
Joanne Kelly, Executive Director - Colorado Association of Funders
Stephan Reckie, Angel Investor - Founding & Managing Member of Angelus Funding
Jesse Wolff, Director of Private Sector Initiatives - The Colorado Health Foundation

What will people learn:
Impact investing on the continuum of capital in Colorado.
How mission- and program-related investments work.
Why and how foundations and philanthropists are investing in startups.
Startups and foundations can work TOGETHER to make positive change.
How to get involved in the Colorado Impact Initiative & Impact Day.

How does it fit into Startup Week:
We’re dishing new information about funding sources to help grow startups. And growing startups is what it’s all about!

Why is it an awesome idea:
Colorado is a leader in sustainable business practices and doing right by one another. But grants in this new form are just emerging as a funding source for growing businesses. We’re sharing information with startups that’s hard to find anywhere elsewhere. And, we’re spreading the word about the Colorado Impact Initiative and Day to help catalyze the flow of another $100 million into the Colorado-based ventures delivering a positive impact to our community.