Esprit Entrepreneur 2017

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Name: Esprit Entrepreneur 2017
Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM MDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
**Please note - important information for tonight's event: All attendees must bring a photo ID to enter event. Attendees will be receiving an email today from with a unique link to vote for the Esprit Venture Challenge finalists. Voting via this link goes live at tonight's event.

When: October 25, 2017, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (full agenda below)
Where: CU Boulder UMC Glen Miller Ballroom, 1669 Euclid Avenue

Dress is business casual. Drinks and dinner will be provided to all attendees (all food is gluten and dairy free). 

Parking Information
View Parking Map here. Euclid Auto Lot is open and charges $1.00 per hour after 5pm via payment machines or the ParkMobile app. Note from venue: The Euclid Machine is on all the time now, only lot 204 and 208 are turned off before 5pm.

We are thrilled to host the annual Esprit Entrepreneur event, celebrating Boulder's entrepreneurial spirit.

In celebrating Boulder's entrepreneurs, we will also recognize one outstanding business leader in the community. This year's Entrepreneur of the Year is Dan Caruso, Founder and CEO of Zayo Group.

This year's program will feature a keynote on Boulder's Innovation Ecosystem by Rich Wobbekind, Executive Director, Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder, and Dave DuPont, CEO at TeamSnap.

In addition to dinner, drinks and scintillating conversation, the finalists of our Esprit Venture Challenge, presented by Colorado PERA, will be presenting their ideas for a chance at a cash prizes. After they pitch their business ideas, the audience will live vote for the winner of the grand prize. 

This year's Esprit Venture Challenge Finalists are:

Give and Go Film, Khala Cloths and Dance To Be Free

The Esprit Venture Challenge Judges are:

Jose Vieitez, Co-founder and Co-director at Boomtown Accelerator, Terri Fiez, Vice Chancelor for Research at CU Boulder, and Amy McGarrity, Chief Investment Officer at Colorado PERA.

$65 Members
$95 Non Members

5:00 p.m.  Networking Reception

6:15 p.m.  Welcome to Esprit 

      John Tayer, President and CEO • Boulder Chamber

Keynote Presentation: Boulder’s Innovation Ecosystem
      Richard Wobbekind, Executive Director, Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business • CU Boulder 

      Dave DuPont, CEO • TeamSnap

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Presentation

Esprit Venture Challenge Introduction
       Frances Draper, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Relations • University of Colorado Boulder

 Esprit Venture Challenge Contestants
      Dance to Be Free
       Give & Go Video
       Khala Cloths

Live Voting

8:15 p.m.  Announce Esprit Venture Challenge Winner

View Past Honorees of Entrepreneur of the Year

Esprit Entrepreneur Presenting Sponsor


PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: By attending this event, photographs and videos of the event and individuals will be public and possibly used on future marketing for the Boulder Chamber and its associates.
NOTE: The opinions and information provided by Chamber event speakers are strictly those of the speakers. The Boulder Chamber does not necessarily endorse their opinions and has not independently verified the information presented. 
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Esprit Venture Challenge Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Benefits Sponsor

Community Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Media Sponsor

University Memorial Center
CU Boulder
1669 Euclid Avenue (corner of Broadway and Euclid Avenue)
Boulder, CO 80309
Date/Time Information:
October 25, 2017
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$65 for Boulder Chamber members
$95 for nonmembers
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