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    1. Colorado School of Mines gets into the crowdfunding game

      Colorado School of Mines gets into the crowdfunding game

      The Colorado School of Mines in Golden is getting in on the crowdfunding game, launching a platform where students, faculty and staff can share their projects and collect donations. "By showcasing some innovative projects from our talented faculty and students, the Mines community can help them reach their goals," said Brian Winkelbauer, Mines Foundation president and CEO. The website, called "Gold Mine," launched Tuesday...

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    2. Steve Case invests in Colorado ad-tech startup focused on college students

      Steve Case invests in Colorado ad-tech startup focused on college students

      Eight Denver-area startups pitched AOL co-founder Steve Case for a $100,000 investment Tuesday, and the company that won is finding growth serving a wealthy niche in a struggling industry.

      Case, today a billionaire tech startup evangelist, passed through Denver on his five-day, five city "Rise of the Rest" tour visiting companies, meeting local bigwigs and spreading word that Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston aren't where all action is despite those places soaking up 75 percent of U.S. venture…

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    3. Billionaire Steve Case highlights Denver as entrepreneurial boom town

      Billionaire Steve Case highlights Denver as entrepreneurial boom town

      The sun hadn’t risen over downtown Denver buildings and already AOL co-founder Steve Case had delivered his message to Denver TV station reporters: Denver is booming with startups and entrepreneurs creating economic growth, making the thriving city attractive to investors. It’s a theme the billionaire venture capitalist planned to repeat all day Tuesday as part of a weeklong tour of startup hubs away from the U.S. coasts...

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    4. AOL co-founder in Denver to invest in one local startup

      AOL co-founder in Denver to invest in one local startup

      Billionaire investor Steve Case is on a road trip in search of the next big thing.

      Case is best known as co-founder of America Online, or AOL, but in 2005 he co-founded Revolution LLC and serves at its chairman and CEO. Revolution invests in early-stage companies and products in traditional industries, such as transportation, finance and food.

      His October road trip — dubbed the "Rise of the Rest"— covers 2,100 miles in western states and will land him in Denver Oct. 4, when he will hear from…

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    5. Boulder's Foundry Group's newest fund closes at $500M

      Boulder's Foundry Group's newest fund closes at $500M

      Boulder-based Foundry Group said its new fund — Foundry Group Next — has closed at $500 million.

      Foundry Group officials said the new fund, its sixth, will invest in companies outside the company's traditional funding targets.

      "Over the years, we have seen a meaningful number of attractive growth investments that we could not address given our early stage strategy and original Foundry Group Select strategy. By opening our investment activities to include a small number of growth investments…

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    6. Denver Startup Week breaks registration record

      Denver Startup Week breaks registration record

      Registration for free events at 2016 Denver Startup Week, now underway, has broken all previous attendance records since the event was launched in 2012. At the kickoff Monday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he hoped the entrepreneurial event would attract 11,000 people. But event organizers announced Wednesday that 12,500 people have registered for the 300 events across the city. Last year, organizers were thrilled when more than 10,000 people attended events during Denver Startup Week...

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    7. Techstars report: Startup founders laud diversity but downplay impact on bottom line

      Techstars report: Startup founders laud diversity but downplay impact on bottom line

      A new study released Monday shows that startup founders put a high premium on building diversity within their companies, though only 23 percent believe doing so will help their bottom lines.

      Coinciding with Denver Startup Week, Chase bank and Boulder-based Techstars released the study, titled Tech Startups: Diversity & Inclusion...

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    8. Under Armour co-founder advises startups to differentiate their strategy at Denver Startup Week

      Under Armour co-founder advises startups to differentiate their strategy at Denver Startup Week

      Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle. "There's no clocking in and clocking out," said Ryan Wood, co-founder of the $4 billion-a-year Under Amour clothing and footwear store. Wood, who grew up in Colorado, was the keynote speaker Monday at the 2016 Denver Startup Week breakfast where 1,000 entrepreneurs attended. Under Amour is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with corporate offices in Austin, Houston, Denver, New York, Portland and Nashville. Wood has now launched his second startup, beef…

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    9. Software startup lands funding for major downtown Denver expansion

      Software startup lands funding for major downtown Denver expansion

      Denver-based software company GoSpotCheck has raised $16.5 million from investors that will help the startup keep expanding in Denver. The company makes of software primarily used by brands and retailers to ensure store shelves are stocked and displays setup correctly. GoSpotCheck plans to broaden what its software is used for, branching into other industry niches where employers need information about how well far-flung workers are performing the tasks their job requires. The company has grown…

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    10. New Colorado law could boost crowdfunding

      New Colorado law could boost crowdfunding

      A year-old state law probably will make crowdfunding the most popular way to fund small business, according to speakers at a workshop Thursday on entrepreneurial finance at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

      The 2015 legislation along with similar federal rules enacted earlier this year widens fundraising for startups beyond wealthy individuals to a much wider audience of potential investors who may want to back a new business with a few thousand dollars, said Karl Dakin, a Denver-based consultant who heads one of the new platforms Colorado investors can use to seek crowdfunding. He was one of three speakers ...

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    11. Innosphere, Mergelane win $50,000 SBA prizes

      Innosphere, Mergelane win $50,000 SBA prizes

      Business incubator Innosphere in Fort Collins and startup accelerator Mergelane in Boulder are among 68 groups that each have won $50,000 as winners of the Small Business Administration’s third annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

      The winners, in 32 states and the District of Columbia, will receive a total of $3.4 million in prizes to boost the economic impact of accelerators...

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    12. CU Denver business plan competition broadens its scope

      CU Denver business plan competition broadens its scope

      Not being a student at the University of Colorado Denver will no longer automatically exclude entrepreneurs from winning cash (and possibly winning over investors) at the annual Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition. It's the first time in the competition's 15-year history that non-collegiate startups can participate, CU Denver announced. Startups that are part of the "non-collegiate track" will compete against one another at the Oct. 13 "Pitch Night," where they will offer their idea to both the…

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    13. Registration is open for 5th annual Denver Startup Week

      Registration is open for 5th annual Denver Startup Week

      Denver Startup Week organizers have announced their line-up for the fifth annual event, bringing entrepreneurs from the across the country for a week of intense workshops, nitty-gritty talks from CEOs who have been there and details on what it takes for startups to catch the eye of investors. Registration is open f or the more than 200 events scheduled for Sept. 12-16 in downtown Denver, at what organizers call "base camp" at 1515 Araphahoe St....

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