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Thursday, Sep 15
12:00pm — 1:00pm
Denver Startup Basecamp launched by Chase
320 attending

Bootstrapping without Being Strapped

Wondering how you stretch from this month to the next? Where do you turn when you've tapped all your friends and family? Perhaps you're considering credit or a loan? You are not alone.

Come learn from this entrepreneur about successfully bootstrapping a business and which choices can make all the difference. Learn about the mistakes made and the lessons learn. Learn tips on how to lead your business as an independent financial entity, including building your credit history, understanding your loan options, and using financial business products to leverage cash flow.

Donna Schulte, JPMC
In her role as Area Manager for Northern Colorado at JPMorgan Chase, Donna is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and startup founders better understand issues around financial fitness for their companies.


Tynan Szvetecz, Commerce Kitchen
Tynan is passionate about the future of work. Traditional business practices place profits over prosperity, middle management over autonomy, and assembly-line thinking over holistic thinking. As founder and CEO at Commerce Kitchen, he believes in prosperity, employee autonomy, creative thinking, risk-taking, and the power of open communication. In 2015, Commerce Kitchen was a winner of Colorado Companies to Watch and Best Places to Work, and in 2014 they were chosen for the small business of the year award from the Colorado Women's Chamber. In 2016, Commerce Kitchen was awarded DBJ's Best Places to Work #2 Small Company, and also ranked in the top 10 for Colorado’s Healthiest Employers. In between it all, Tynan tries to find time to put his Personal Chef Certificate to use, further his studies as a candidate for Guild Wine Master Sommelier, and study Flamenco guitar.

Dave Bacon, BWBacon Group
Starting a technical staffing business has evolved into so much more than placing highly technical and creative people. Building software development and web design teams appeal to a certain vocation with Dave as much as off-piste skiing or reading books with his three children, it is simply something he loves to do. Building mobile applications for international causes? Working with innovative startups and helping them grow? Supporting the same client with their evolving technology needs for 15 years? It is all incredibly rewarding; naturally connecting people together has become a tremendous affinity for him – it’s effectively his vocation. He is grateful to find incredible satisfaction through establishing connections with inspiring people and companies he admires.

Mike Freeman, Innosphere
Mike has been the Chief Executive Officer for Innosphere since 2012. Innosphere is Colorado’s leading technology incubator that accelerates the success of high-impact science and technology startups. Innosphere has two physical locations in Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado to support entrepreneurs building potential, high-growth companies in the industries of health innovation, life sciences, software and hardware, and cleantech. Innosphere’s incubation program focuses on ensuring companies are investor ready, connecting them with experienced advisors, and making introductions to corporate partners. Mike is responsible for all Innosphere operations, finances, strategy and execution. Previously, Mike served in several high-level public sector executive roles including CFO, Economic Development Director, and City Manager. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeafreeman