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Entrepreneurial speakers share at Longmont Startup Week

Posted on: Jul 23rd 2021 06:06 PM


Some of Longmont’s most influential and passionate entrepreneurs, investment advisors, and business leaders will be presenting at this year’s Longmont Startup Week. The speaker lineup and session schedule went live today. 

The virtual event’s theme is Re(Vision) and will take place on July 26th -  30th, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.

This year’s panels and speakers -- filling out the daily themes of Re(Fresh), Re(Calibrate), Re(Imagine), Re(Design), and Re(Vitalize) that focus on topics such as innovation, operations, leadership, creativity, and capital -- include:

  • Brandon Knudson, founder of Ziggi’s Coffee: A fireside chat discussing ways he has navigated change through innovation.
  • Seth Levine of the Foundry Group and author Elizabeth McBride: Developing an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Community.
  • Chris Pearson, CEO of Roccor; Will Francis, chief products officer at Roccor; and Doug Campbell, Roccor’s chairman of the board and founder of Solid Power: From Garage to Acquisition.
  • Murdoc Khaleghi of HealthTech Ventures, Peter Adams of the Pandemic Impact Fund and the Rockies Venture Club, and Judd MacRae from Stateless: How Investors Think, How to Present Yourself and Talk About Your Business, and What Not to Put in a Pitch Deck.
  • Bold Marketing with Lori Jones, president and CEO, Avocet Communications.

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In addition to the remote presentations throughout the week, Startup Week attendees can choose to gather in person to view sessions and network in a “Zoom Room” housed at the Advance Longmont Center at 1925 Pike Road, Suite 202, in Longmont. This is the perfect opportunity to reenter the social world in a safe and fun way, all while gathering new ideas and strategies for your business.

The Times Collaborative, a coworking space located at 338 Main Street, will also host attendees on a drop-in basis to watch presentations and network, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., each day.

There will also be live in-person, end-of-day social events each evening Monday, July 26th through Friday, July 30th.

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Posted on: Jul 16th 2021 05:48 PM



Stephanie Pitts-Noggle is the interim CEO of Innovate Longmont and an Economic Development Specialist at the Longmont Economic Development Partnership. She joined the show to help promote Longmont Startup Week, along with the Innovate Longmont Business Accelerator program. Listen in as she gives tips to entrepreneurs about accessing funding and how medium-sized cities can encourage economic development. This continues our #OneGiantCommunity series about how people are creating opportunities in their communities.


Posted on: Jul 16th 2021 05:45 PM


ll around Longmont…and even the world, perhaps…there is an audible sigh of relief, a relaxing of the shoulders. It’s been a long time coming, and now that the COVID pandemic seems to be mostly behind us, our spirits are brightening, and positivity is returning to our community…and to Longmont Startup Week!

After enduring one of the most challenging years anyone can remember, entrepreneurs, startups, and businesses are ready to be inspired and to return to the New Normal. Embracing an “open for business” optimism, Longmont Startup Week, July 26th – 30th, has an inspiring — completely virtual — lineup of programming and speakers.

In addition to the online sessions, attendees can choose to gather in person to view sessions and network in a “Zoom room” housed at Longmont Economic Development Partnership at 1925 Pike Road, Suite 202, in Longmont.

There will also be live in-person, end-of-day social events each evening Monday, July 26th through Friday, July 30th.

With a nod toward the tumultuous year that was 2020 and to the hopefulness we feel for 2021 and beyond, this year’s theme is Re(Vision). There are five “tracks” covering a variety of topics of interest to entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, marketers, investors, and innovators:

  • MONDAY, July 26th: Re(Fresh)…focusing on innovation
  • TUESDAY, July 27th: Re(Calibrate)…focusing on operations
  • WEDNESDAY, July 28th: Re(Imagine)…focusing on leadership
  • THURSDAY, July 29th: Re(Design)…focusing on creativity
  • FRIDAY, July 30th: Re(Vitalize)…focusing on capital

This year’s panels and speakers come from a wide array of industries and represent some of Longmont’s, and Colorado’s, most inspirational leaders, such as Jill Preston from Left Hand Brewing, Brian Ormsby from Boulder SBDC, Beth Smith from Sticker Giant, and Mark Ward of Ward Electric. A sampling of presentations and panels we have in store include:

  • Three Secrets for Strategic High Growth Without Giving Away Equity: Lorne Noble, principal and co-founder of Simple Startup
  • From Beginning to Buy-Out: Maintaining an Employee-Owned Mind Set: Panel discussion featuring Chris Pearson, CEO of Roccor; Will Francis, chief products officer at Roccor; and Doug Campbell, Roccor’s chairman of the board
  • Talent Management: talent experience architect Angela Heyroth
  • Introduction to Employee Ownership: Ashley Ortiz, RMEOC
  • Customer Acquisition and Customer Retention – Theory versus Practical Reality: Erik Host-Steen founder of SMP Alignment
  • Leveraging State and Federal Funding Resources: Panel discussion featuring Kate Woslager (Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade), Suzette Nickle (U.S. Commercial Service), and Patricia Brewer (U.S. Small Business Administration)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: Panel discussion with Beth Smith, Sticker Giant; Mardi Moore, OUT Boulder; and Amy Zuckerman, Seagate
  • Bold Marketing: Lori Jones, president and CEO, Avocet Communications

Platinum sponsors of this year’s event include Ward Electric, Arc Thrift Stores, Avocet Communications,  and Longmont Economic Development Partnership. Other sponsors include Xilinx, UCHealth – Longs Peak Hospital, High Plains Bank, EforAll, Docketly, and Sticker Giant, as well as Innovate Longmont, and the Longmont Downtown Development Authority

Longmont Startup Week – a collaborative annual gathering for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, investors, and talent that invigorates and nurtures Longmont’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by leveraging the city’s unique human, social, and physical assets – will be entirely virtual and take place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day.

In addition to the online sessions, attendees can choose to gather in person to view sessions and network in a “Zoom room” housed at Longmont Economic Development Partnership at 1925 Pike Road, Suite 202, in Longmont.

All Longmont Startup Week events are free to attend and open to the public. Visit the website more information or contact Colin Argys at to sign up.

About Longmont Startup Week: Longmont Startup Week is a week for Colorado startups and upstarts. Since 2014, this extraordinary event, held every summer in the last week of July, has brought together entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, investors, and talent to invigorates and nurtures Longmont’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. By leveraging Longmont’s innovative human and social capital, and infrastructure, Longmont Startup Week gives attendees real-world tools and knowledge to launch, expand, and grow their ventures. Events and content throughout the week focus on creators, commerce, capital, and community and highlight Longmont as an entrepreneurial ecosystem for civic innovation.

Human Services Agency Funding Available

Posted on: Jul 16th 2021 02:28 PM


The City of Longmont is seeking applications for Human Services Agency Funding from private, public, nonprofit, for-profit, nongovernmental and governmental agencies that serve Longmont residents.

Eligible agencies must be legally incorporated entities in good standing and serve primarily low- and moderate-income Longmont residents. All agencies must be able to document that their services benefit a significant number of Longmont residents. Agencies that operate on a countywide or regional basis must also demonstrate how they successfully involve the Longmont community in planning and program development to most effectively address the needs of Longmont residents.

City of Longmont funding is intended to support direct service nonsectarian programs. City Human Services funding does not provide start-up money to establish a new human services agency or program, or for major capital purchases or facility improvements.

Proposed programs must fall under one of six impact areas:

  • Housing Stability
  • Self-sufficiency and Resilience
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health and Well-being
  • Education and Skill Building
  • Safety and Justice

Applications must be submitted online using the City’s grant management system,, which is a collaborative grant management system shared with the City of Boulder and Boulder County. All applications are due by 4 pm on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

To register and to learn more, visit the City’s Human Service Agency Funding Program webpage or email Eliberto Mendoza or call 303-774-3511.

The City of Boulder is hosting an informational webinar on July 23 about the 2022 application process. Agencies interested in participating can contact Ana Silvia Avendaño-Curiel at for more information.

Apply Now

Posted on: Jul 16th 2021 02:25 PM


Longmont, Colo.: Innovate Longmont, a startup platform for entrepreneurs with innovative and transformative ideas, announced today that its Innovate Accelerator program is now accepting applications from local entrepreneurs for its fall 2021 cohort. 

The application deadline to be considered for the Innovate Accelerator is Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm.  

The Innovate Accelerator is a personalized startup accelerator program for early stage innovative startups, helping entrepreneurs transform vision and passion into successful, scalable ventures. The Innovate accelerator provides Longmont entrepreneurs with a unique curriculum, mentors, connections, and support, to help build, launch and grow their startup.

The accelerator program focuses on four strategies including training, mentoring, exposure, funding, and growth. Innovate Accelerator participants will be connected to resources to improve their business skills through training and support in leadership, product development, financial modeling, branding and marketing, systems, and infrastructure. They will be provided access to industry experts for personalized coaching and mentoring sessions focused on filling gaps and achieving goals.

The Innovate Accelerator program starts on August 30, 2021 and ends on November 22, 2021.

Entrepreneurs interested in applying for the accelerator program may do so by visiting the Innovate Longmont website at


Posted on: Jul 16th 2021 02:22 PM


LONGMONT, CO (July 7, 2021) – Longmont Economic Development Partnership (Longmont EDP) has released the 2021 Workforce Perceptions Study to gauge how Longmont-based residents, workers, and business owners view living and working in Longmont.

“The survey highlights the deep appreciation residents have for this community, and the active choice people make to live and work here,” said Jessica Erickson, CEO of Longmont Economic Development Partnership. “Longmont has a vibrant economy, it’s full of energy, it’s a great place to work, and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.”

Key takeaways include:

  • Over half of respondents said that Longmont offers “the perfect work/life balance.”
  • 50% described businesses located in Longmont as “innovative.”
  • More than half rated the schools in Longmont as “good” to “excellent.”
  • Over half of respondents describe Longmont as safe, welcoming and respectful.

The survey posed questions that asked for respondents’ rankings in several categories including safety, cost of living, access to entertainment and restaurants, access to outdoor recreation activities, the quality of the schools, and workplace advancement opportunities.

“Affordable housing,” “access to housing,” and “cost of living” were ranked as very to extremely important to respondents and that Longmont had shortcomings in these areas specifically. Longmont EDP is working with elected leadership, the development community, and industry leaders to tackle these issues.

“Despite the uncertainty of last year, we continue to see growth and expansion in Longmont,” Erickson added. “Businesses move or expand here because of the availability of local talent, support they receive, and the opportunity to build and grow. People choose to work here because of the work-life balance, innovative companies, and strong business community. People live here for access to recreation, top-notch schools, as well as a feeling that Longmont offers a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment.”

Put Your Website on the Firing Line

Posted on: Jul 16th 2021 02:18 PM


Innovate Longmont is launching a new event series titled Firing Line.

Put your website on the “Firing Line” and get invaluable complimentary feedback, tips and recommendations from our panel of experts. No preparation or presentation needed, the panel will review your website live and provide rapid fire brainstorming on what they like and what they don’t like. Take it or leave it, scrap it or grow it, but don’t miss out on the fantastic opportunity for personalized feedback to move your business forward.

To sign up for the firing line, please visit: