Colorado State University Center for Entrepreneurship, Northern Colorado Idea Lab and Northern Colorado Business Report to Host 2005 Startup Summit

The Colorado State Entrepreneurship Center and the Northern Colorado Idea Lab, or NCIL, will sponsor the 2005 Northern Colorado Startup Summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St. The day-long series of events, organized around the theme, "The Road from Idea to Revenue," will provide Northern Colorado entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn from and network with successful entrepreneurs and business experts.

Colorado State University President Larry Penley and Brian Vogt, acting secretary of Technology and director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, will be keynote speakers for the event. Penley will address "The Role of Colorado State University in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development" while Vogt will speak on "How the State of Colorado Promotes and Supports Entrepreneurship."

The summit focuses on educating participants on many common issues encountered with a startup and connecting entrepreneurs with Northern Colorado resources. It is open to people who have or plan to start their own businesses; Colorado State faculty, researchers, staff and students interested in technology commercialization; service providers to start-ups and entrepreneurs; and small companies thinking about growth.

The event will include interactive panels addressing topics including real-world start-up funding, organizational form, realizing your success and recent success stories. Panel moderators will include Garry Krum, CEO of Krum and Company, a former investment banker and entrepreneurship instructor at Colorado State; Karen Barsch, a partner at Faegre & Benson, LLC; Jeff Johnson, a partner at Myatt, Brandes & Gast, PC; and Paul Hudnut, director of Venture Development at Colorado State and president of EnviroFit.

The summit also will feature a resource fair with displays by entrepreneurs and service providers. Exhibit space is available for $250, which includes an event pass.

Visit to register by March 25. Registration costs $100 and includes morning break refreshments and lunch. Colorado State faculty, researchers and staff may attend for $50, and students pay $25 with a Colorado State ID.

Event sponsors

The event’s sponsors include Holland and Hart; Sequel Venture Partners; Faegre and Benson; Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner & Hottman; S&B Corporate Advisors; City of Fort Collins; Northern Colorado Economic Development Council; Greeley/Weld Economic Development Action Partnership, Inc/Revolving Loan Fund. In-kind sponsors include Shannon Marketing Communications, MIT Alumni Club of Colorado and the Northern Colorado Business Report. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

About the Colorado State University Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center operates out of the College of Business and has a three-part mission: Creating great learning opportunities for entrepreneurs, promoting new ventures development from CSU and building bridges between CSU and the community. The Center provides support to students, faculty and alumni who aspire to be successful entrepreneurs.

About Northern Colorado Idea Lab

NCIL is a non-profit organization that works with start ups and new businesses to help them accelerate their success by matching its clients with specific business experts, funding providers, and highly-skilled employees. NCIL works with businesses that have an abstract, a business plan or a marketing plan, and performs a panel assessment that creates a "success roadmap," which is a list of high-priority recommendations that can quickly take a business to the next level. For more information, call (970) 219 -1952, e-mail, or visit