Colorado Venture Summit set for June 19 will convene venture-backed tech CEOs, investors

By: InnovatioNews Wednesday April 30, 2014 0 comments Tags: David Gold, Denver, Dick Williams, John Levisay, Sovm, Sympoz, Walter Knapp, Webroot

DENVER - A celebration of Colorado's growing technology potential will be held June 19 at the inaugural Colorado Venture Summit, an invitation-only event in Denver.

The conference will convene CEOs of Colorado venture-backed companies with out-of-region and local venture capitalists at a day-long event featuring content about the state's technology economy, overviews of successful venture-backed companies and panel discussions on the benefits of the local environment for young tech companies, event organizers said.

Colorado Venture Summit will be held at Coors Field in downtown Denver with a private dinner and followed by an evening event open to all of Colorado's technology company founders and CEOs.

The summit is expected to attract about 100 of the area's top CEOs and founders, along with local and out-of-state venture investors.

"The Colorado Venture Summit will be the first time that most of Colorado's venture-backed founder and CEOs will be found at the same event, and this will be a magnet for venture investors," said David Gold, chair of the summit and a managing director at Access Venture Partners.

"Since 2008, over $3.5 billion has been invested by venture firms in Colorado technology companies, and the state has emerged as the top generator of technology innovation between the coasts, raking in the third-most venture capital per capita of any state."

A highlight of the event will be panel discussions offering differing perspectives on the burgeoning tech scene in Colorado. Jeff Diehl, managing director for Adams Street Partners from Chicago, and Mike Majors, managing director for Siemens Venture Capital from Boston, will discuss how the industry outside Colorado views companies and opportunities in the region.

In another panel, local tech exec John Levisay, CEO of Sympoz, Walter Knapp, CEO for Sovm, and Dick Williams, CEO for Webroot, will discuss the advantages of building a company in Colorado.

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