Monday, June 13th, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What Angels Want from Inventors and Founders
Whether you need funding or not you should always have your company and product situated to appear attractive financially for a number of reasons being; ability to raise money if required, better company valuation, managing your company better, to attract better talent for your team, and numerous other reasons.
Paul Neilson is a highly experienced engineer and entrepreneur with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a masters degree in computer science. Paul co-founded Adaptive Instruments Corporation, making the first smart temperature transmitter produced, with many other innovative products that followed-Adaptive Instruments was eventually sold to Accutech Wireless of Schneider Electric. Paul also has been involved in a number of SBIR projects and teaches Engineering Entrepreneurship at the University of Denver. Paul is also an Angel investor that is involved with the Rockies Venture Club. It isn't often we get an Angel investor to spend the time to help inventors to structure themselves to better have the chance to obtain funding, so this is a must attend meeting.
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What it Takes to get a Patent Application Approved
Speaker: Roger Jackson - Patent Attorney
Description: Come learn about the four tests for getting a patent application approved being 1. Statutory Subject Matter, 2. Utility, 3. Novelty, and 4. Non-Obviousness.
Monday, July 11, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Manufacturing Support
Speaker: Steve Mariani of Tread Global
Description: Tread Global is an international product sourcing and development company that helps with product design, product testing, engineering, prototyping, product sourcing, and mass manufacturing.
Monday, August 8, 2016 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What the Patent and Trademark Resource Center at the Denver Public Library has to offer you
Speaker: Steve Schneck of the Denver Public Library
Description: Search training, Appointments, and database resources, with access to the US Patent Office intranet, see the searching section above.
Contact: Phone 720-865-1363
Monday, September 12, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Buying / Selling a Business-What You Need to Know
Speaker: Kevin Cudney of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Description: Finding buyers / deals, Confidentiality, Due Diligence, Term Sheets, The Contract, Closing, Exclusivity, Assets, Valuation, Strategic Deals, Financial Deals, Picking Apart the Buyer / Seller, After Sale Issues, Stock versus Asset Sale, Legal & Accounting, Letter of Intent, Warranties & Representations, Employees / Agreements, and more.
Monday, September 26, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Manufacturing Support for precision machining, plus virtual prototyping support
Speaker: Bob Linden & others of Barber Nichols
Description: Barber Nichols does precision prototype manufacturing and design projects for typically high speed rotating equipment, such as turbines, compressors, pumps, motors, etc.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Lessons Learned from my Startup Experience to date
Speaker: Tony Dobaj, Electrical Engineer, Inventor, Entrepreneur
Description: Tony has invented a new wireless control device to give selectable commands to various devices and will discuss what he has went through so far in getting his product launched.
Contact: Phone 720-277-2052
Monday, November 28, 2016 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Inventor Do's & Don'ts from someone who has been there
Speaker: Abe Martinez
Description: Abe will talk about his past experiences in launching products and what he has learned
Contact: Phone 720-323-1453
Monday, December 12, 2016 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Who Owns an Idea
Speaker: Roger Jackson - Patent Attorney
Description: Come understand what the legal implications are when you have an idea and share it with others.
Contact: Phone 303-271-9468
Note that ProBoPat is rescheduled for May 8, 2017, however, we will have ProBoPat materials available for handout.
Monday, January 9, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Tips and Tools for Starting and Growing a Business
Speaker: Garry Neff Founder and CEO of Hatch Lift
Description: Garry invented a lift door for RV's that makes storage access more convenience and easy, he received a patent on the product and is now selling on Amazon. Garry has extensive knowledge on sales, distribution, and manufacturing.
Contact: Phone 303-901-8150
Monday, January 23, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: My 39 Keys to Business Success
Speaker: Jake Jabs-Founder and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse
Jake Jabs is well known in Colorado for his folksy TV commercials with exotic animals for American Furniture Warehouse, Jake who is a straight talking and hard working everyman that represents the quintessentially rags to riches American success story. After military service Jake started out as a musician playing lead guitar with Marty Robbins then ending up owning a music store in Bozeman, Montana, further expanding to three music stores in Montana. Eventually Jake tired of the major music equipment manufacturers like Gibson Guitars dictating pricing and product strategies which lead to Jake embracing a non-manufacturer controlled free and open retail model that has a product channel direct from the factory to the retailer which the furniture field seemed to best accommodate. Jake moved his major operation to Denver due to various business sale opportunities started American Furniture Warehouse in 1975 growing to 12 stores, almost $400 million in sales, and 2000 employees, being one of the largest privately held businesses in Colorado. Jakes has authored numerous books and given tens of millions of dollars to charity and education.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What Investors are Looking for in a Business
Speaker: Peter Adams-Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club
Peter who is also a co-author of the book "Venture Capital for Dummies" published by John Wiley & Sons in 2013 and is an adjunct professor at Colorado State University where he teaches the Capstone Strategy class for the Executive MBA program; will discuss making your business attractive to investors from the start of your idea to prototyping and actually launching your good / service into the marketplace. Every step of the way is going to require capital in one form or another, so positioning yourself to raise capital is an ever present issue that you need to prepare yourself for.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Progress of the Soap Lounge and other products
Speaker: Len Hierath, Engineer and serial inventor
Description: Len has had successful products and not so successful products, Len will go through what he has learned from his numerous product launches.
Contact: Phone 303-475-7230
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Special Denver Meeting, 9:00AM-11:00AM, Denver Public Library Downtown Branch-4th Floor Rockwell Room
Topic: The Patent Process
Speaker: Respresentatives from the USPTO
Description: Role of the Patent Examiner, Amendments, and Interviews
Contact: Phone 303-297-4600 (Denver Patent Office)
Monday, March 13, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Production logistics for making and selling product once your business gets going
Speaker: Dante Kahn
Description: One you get your patent and start making and selling your product in the hundreds, thousands, and beyond-there are things that need to be taken care of such as ever changing logistics challenges of getting volumes of your product made on time with the right quality and then delivered to your customers, Dante takes you through the process he went through to start to become a real product company.
Contact: Phone 720-369-6130
Monday, March 27, 2017 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: 3D Printing (Plastic & Metal) plus plastics molding issues
Speaker: Bob Olsen from 3D Material Tech
Description: Bob has presented to our group numerous times in the past and has many years experience in 3D printing and molding or parts, so come and ask your questions.
Wednesday & Thursday, April 19 & 20, 2017 - Special Event 9:30AM to 3PM each day at the Colorado Convention Center Hall E1, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Event: AmCon Design and Contract Manuafacturing Trade Show
Friday, April 21, 2017 - Special Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Patent Office
Topic: The Denver Patent Office Introduces Trademarks Seminar
Speaker: Representatives of the Patent & Trademark Office
Contact: Phone 303-297-4600
Monday, April 24, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Denver TIE Rockies Entrepreneur Support Group
Speaker: Rachel Isaman, Executive Director TIE Rockies
Description: What TIE Rockies has to offer inventors.
Contact: Phone 970-279-3464
Tuesday, April 25, 2016 - Special Denver Meeting, 9:00AM-3:00PM, Denver Patent Office
Topic: Design Patent Seminar and Patent Trial and Appeal Board Seminer
Speaker: Various Representatives of the Patent Office
Contact: Phone 303-297-4600
Monday, May 8, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What the Pro Bo Pat can offer you for free help in writing your patent application
Speaker: Jennifer Rothschild
Description: Qualification and requirements.
Contact: Phone 303-539-5643
Special Meeting at the Denver Patent Office (see map link above) starting on Tuesday May 9, 2017 to Thursday May 11, 2017 from 8AM to 5PM daily
Topic: In Depth Class on the Patent Process for the above three consecutive days
Detail: This is a free event open to the public, however, as space is limited you must register here and be approved to attend. You cannot at this class discuss your specific invention or your specific pending patent application with anyone at the Denver Patent Office. As this event is at a Federal Building you must have a photo ID (drivers license or passport) and allow time for airport type security checks.
Monday, May 22, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Crowd Funding Legal Update
Speaker: Gil Sellinger from Fairfield & Woods
Description: Come learn the latest status on equity crowd funding and its interaction with the Securities and Exchange Commission, both on a national and state level, equity crowd funding is actually getting investors online, as opposed to merely product selling that sites like Kick Starter do.
Contact: Phone 303-830-2400
Monday, June 12, 2017 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Using Social Media to promote your business, especially with YouTube
Speaker: Anthony Pritchard
Overview of Google, the spider and the app switcher.
What's new with YouTube?
Create a live :30 second video about the groups mission and vision.
Upload and index the video live on the big screen.
Press publish and pray that it shows up on the 1st page of Google
Anthony's contact info:
Anthony Prichard is a product of the 1st generation of the internet educated student. Graduating High School in 97' the same year that widespread internet use started in earnest. Business Management was his major and as a student athlete Anthony was in the 2002 NFL draft as a punter and kick off specialist. Being raised from a family of sales professionals Anthony went right into Telecom because he was taught that he would never be out of a job if he could generate interest and conduct a sales transaction. Because, there is no "business" without a sale.
He started his own General Construction company in 2005 and stayed up late at night teaching himself how to use the internet to market himself and get found. "Triage Remodeling" unfortunately closed for business in 2009 with the real estate crash but not because people didn't know who he was. Anthony was one of the 1st businesses to post before during and after videos of the remodeling process on YouTube.
The largest group of foundation repair contractors in America hired Anthony to be a direct in-home design specialist and with the help of amazing leadership and training videos for every step of their business process Anthony elevated his video and internet education even more. Naturally being drawn to the fastest moving parts of business Anthony was still in awe with all of the emerging internet technology while some of his superiors were quick to ignore the fast moving changes happening on the internet.
He decided to follow his passion for internet technology and struck out on his own to help other small businesses realize the power of video on the internet and since then has been a Google expert. Now with the ability to market and sell using the internet Globally Anthony teaches groups of business people how to understand and apply the basics of internet SEO.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - Special Denver Meeting, 11:30AM-12:30PM, Denver Patent Office on the 14th Floor
Topic: Trademarks quarterly meeting-focus in on trademark searching
Speaker: Respresentatives of the Trademark Office wil discuss how to search for trademarks plus have a general trademark Q & A session. This meeting is free and open to the public and is at a federal building that requires photo ID and airport type security checks. Register here
Monday, June 26, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What I learned from my inventing process so far
Speaker: John Threlfall
Description: John is the inventor of an exo-skeleton apparatus to assist disabled people is being more mobile, John has make numerous prototypes (of which he will have one at the meeting to demo) has received a patent-with other patents pending domestic and international. John has also had extensive experience in attending industry specific trade shows and proposing licensing deals. John will discuss his trials and tribulations throught this process.
Monday, July 10, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: SEO Optimization and all other things Internet that are good to know for inventors
Speaker: Peter Kent
Description: Peter Kent is the author of SEO for Dummies published by John Wiley in 2010, 2012, & 2016, Also the book Pay Per Click for Dummies and How to make Money On-Line, plus many other books available on Amazon. Peter Kent has been an e-commerce consultant sine the early days of the internet, as Peter started on-line in 1983 and with the internet in 1994 and has worked with Amazon, Zillow, AVVO, and many others to help them succeed on-line
Monday, July 24, 2017 - Regular Denver Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Speaker: Michael Messaros of Applied Design Corporation
Topic: Product Development, Management, and Staffing
As founder and CEO of Applied Design Corporation and being an experienced project manager, Michael will give his insights on the building of a business from a concept to having an ongoing business. Applied Design is a Boulder firm that has been in business for 16 years. Applied Design provides a unique combination of engineering R&D and product development expertise coupled with the management skills needed to assist clients in the commercialization process. Michael will provide an overview of his experiences with various projects, both good and bad. These case studies will help to provide some key points to keep in mind as you consider your own venture. Topics touched on will include:
The technical development process
The business development process
Essential inventor/champion qualities
Monday, August 14, 2017 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Global Dossier
Speaker: Steve Schneck and others from the Denver Public Library
Description: Global Dossier is an international patent search enhancement that allows electronic file access to patent cases world-wide, much the same as the PAIR system does for US patent and patent application searching. Thus you can see whats filed, how the particular Patent Office searched the subject matter, how they evaluated the patentability, plus the Applicants responses, for a case close to yours-which can be very helpful to the inventor.
Monday, August 28, 2017 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: How to Make Your Website Sell Your Product Better
Speaker: B. Hopkins of Psiphon Consulting, Inc.
Description: B. Hopkins is the founder of Psiphon Consulting, Inc., and holds a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked at Lucent Technologies developing circuit boards, firmware, and software. B. became interested in the internets early days in 1997 and seeing the internets future potential has helped many businesses use the internet better to their advantage being a very dynamic challenge as the internet is constantly demanding new methods of success over time.
Monday, September 11, 2017 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What I have learned being an Angel Investor and working in a startup business
Speaker: Mark Vappi
Description: Mark will discuss his experiences from being an angel investor and helping a startup business get off of the ground with some lessons learned and what he would do differently.
The location for the Colorado Springs area meetings is 10605 Green Mountain Falls Road, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819