Rockies Venture Club Expands Educational Reach, Certifies 4 Trainers

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Fort Collins-based Trainers Offer Pitch Academy to Northern Colorado Entrepreneurs and Beyond

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Rockies Venture Club today announced the expansion of its educational program. RVC has added an internal team of four certified instructors. Entrepreneurs and seed-stage investors in Northern Colorado – and potentially beyond – now have increased access to RVC’s education, events and execution.

Rockies Venture Club (RVC) today announced the expansion of its educational program. RVC has added an internal team of four certified instructors. Entrepreneurs and seed-stage investors in Northern Colorado – and potentially beyond – now have increased access to RVC’s education, events and execution. Four subject-matter experts from the Fort Collins area have been certified as instructors of RVC’s most popular course, The Pitch Academy, which helps entrepreneurs structure an investor pitch to better position themselves to effectively raise money for their ventures. The recently certified instructors - who are in the midst of training for all 15 of RVC’s core educational courses - include Michael Bennett, Bill Dieterich, Denichiro “Denny” Otsuga, and Cindy Skalicky. The training was partially funded by a Cluster Grant from the City of Fort Collins.

"We're excited to have four great certified RVC trainers in Fort Collins who will give local companies an edge when pitching against companies from other communities,” said Peter Adams, Executive Director at Rockies Venture Club. “Having the ability to provide training locally helps Rockies Venture Club scale its efforts and for Fort Collins to continue to foster an environment of startup success."

The Pitch Academy is a full-day workshop designed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of pitching to investors. The course covers venture capital readiness, types of materials investors expect to review during the pitch and due diligence process, preparing the pitch deck and presenting the pitch to audiences large or small. The course ends with the opportunity for entrepreneurs to rehearse their pitches and receive valuable feedback from investors, coaches and other start-up founders.

“I am excited to continue my service to the venture community in Northern Colorado with other highly respected entrepreneurship community leaders. Being connected to RVC with its network of over 200 angel investors and attending the events RVC hosts to actively make connections between fund-seeking venture founders and angel investors is critical but not sufficient. Just like the oil in an engine, education is a necessary component to reduce the friction between entrepreneurs and investors to execute a deal. I am confident that this effort will increase the number of companies funded in the community; we have already seen 2 receive backing from RVC in the last 12 months.”

About Rockies Venture Club:
The Rockies Venture Club is an angel investing group dedicated to accelerating economic development by educating and connecting investors and entrepreneurs. Cindy Skalicky and Denny Otsuga will co-present the next RVC Pitch Academy on October 23 from 12:30-5:30pm at Innosphere (320 Vine Drive in Fort Collins). Discounts are available for Fort Collins residents and Fort Collins-based companies. To register, visit https://rockiesvc.org/event-3064945.

RVC’s 30th annual Colorado Capital Conference takes place November 13-14 in Denver. The application window closes October 1. To apply, visit https://gust.com/organizations/colorado-capital-conference-2018.

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