Fort Collins Startup Week gains traction with funding from Brad Feld, Cooley, Van Heyst Group

By: Steve Monday February 17, 2014 0 comments Tags: Amy Batchelor, Anchor Point Fund, Brad Feld, Chris J Snook, Cooley LLP, Fort Collins, Phil Weiser, Startup Colorado, Van Heyst Group

By Steve Porter


FORT COLLINS - Boulder venture capitalist Brad Feld and his wife, Amy Batchelor, have provided a $10,000 matching grant to help fund expenses for Fort Collins Startup Week set for May 20-25.

Feld and Batchelor are making the donation through their foundation, Anchor Point Fund.

The first Feld Startup Community Catalyst matching donation of $1,000 comes from Boulder-based Van Heyst Group.

Van Heyst, which produces workshops and large-scale conferences such as Startup Phenomenon held in Boulder last November, will also host a three-hour, high-impact workshop on the "Internet of Things for Agriculture" on May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Feld, along with Phil Weiser and others from Startup Colorado, will also provide content on May 21 with a presentation on "Startup Communities."

"We are more than honored by the overwhelming early support FCSW has received from Brad and Amy and the Van Heyst Group, along with Startup Colorado members and Cooley LLP, who have all jumped in with financial support in the last 48 hours," said Chris J Snook, FCSW organizing chair.

"It is one more testament to how collaborative and committed the other nodes of Colorado's startup system are to watching the Fort Collins entrepreneurial community continue to amplify into its full contributory potential."

The first-ever Fort Collins Startup Week will include panel discussions, keynote speakers, demonstrations, music, happy hour networking leading up to the $250,000 Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge business pitch competition on May 23-24.

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