Recipe for Innovation: 1-1/2 cups creativity, 1/3 cup disruption, 1/3 cup global insight

By: Lee Porter Thursday October 17, 2013 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Brad Feld, Carrie Van Heyst, Van Heyst Group


Last year, Carrie Van Heyst and her friend, Brad Feld, got to talking about startup communities--he had recently written his books about the Boulder Thesis and how communities can create dynamic places where startups can thrive.

Carrie's company, the Van Heyst Group, puts together events that create strategically aligned experiences for companies and organizations.

startup phenomenon logoTogether, they came up with the idea for an event that would bring together some of the best minds in innovation from throughout the world -- voila, Startup Phenomenon 13.  Its trial run was the successful Startup Phenomenon Women in September, reported here.

Startup Phenomenon 2013 has plans to rock the world with an all-star lineup of topics and speakers at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder, Nov. 13-15.

SP13 will take a deep dive into what will make a startup successful, from tools to finance to culture.  Both nationally and locally recognized speakers will provoke thought and action and my favorite topic -- attracting money -- is front and center.

Large companies' perspectives as well as small will be featured in a combination of full sessions, networking opportunities, breakouts and 5-minute presentations.

Disruption is another theme for the event--not only the kind that is created by crazy inventions changing our lives and resetting our expectations, but also the social disruption created when communities collaborate instead of compete.

Innovation is the underlying context for SP13--the kind that happens both in garages and in boardrooms. Case studies from throughout the world will shed light on why innovation and reinvention coalesce in certain locations and why those places have an outsized impact on global innovation ecosystems.

We think of Colorado as being one of those ecosystems--a place where innovation flourishes and disruption, well, disrupts.

SP13 strives, according to John  Snyder of Van Heyst Group, "not to be a prescription, but to bring lots of tools--bottom up efforts that model communities getting started."

"We've invited people from all over the world. There are 50 speakers including both investors and entrepreneurs," Snyder says. Listed speakers also include Daniella Ballou-Aares, senior development advisor from the State Department, and Jim Collins, author of Built to Last, Good to Great, and others.

The St. Julien venue is small--attendance has been capped at 300 for the conference.

Check out the website for more information startupphenomenon.com/2013/ and join me at the event.
Lee Porter

About the Author: Lee Porter

Lee Porter is the publisher of InnovatioNews. She has extensive media and marketing experience--local, business and national.