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Two student teams present ventures at NoCo Entrepreneurs Meetup

March 13, 2009

Two student teams from Colorado State University will present their new ventures Monday, March 16 at the Northern Colorado Entrepreneurs Meetup. More than 80 local professionals, entrepreneurs, and students are expected to attend, listen to the business plans, and help students put their ideas into action.

College of Business student Mitesh Gala will present Small Engines for Economic Development (SEED), a start up focused on developing and selling clean burning and affordable small engines for irrigation in developing countries.

Amanda Latham-Frisbie will present The Organic Box House, a venture which will deliver healthy organic breakfast and lunch to working professionals in Denver.

Other entrepreneurs presenting at the meeting include TapTap Cards and Adaptive Interfaces.

The Northern Colorado Entrepreneurs Meetup is designed to enhance the regional entrepreneurial community through networking and mentoring programs. The business plans were initially developed within the College of Business’ programs in Entrepreneurship, and Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise.

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Colorado State University develops programs and offers curriculum to help student entrepreneurs learn about the process of new venture creation. The Center will also host Venture Adventure, a national student business plan competition, in April. The Master’s of Business program in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise educates students to develop enterprise solutions to social and sustainability challenges.

Special thanks to the Neenan Company for hosting the event.

All are welcome to attend.

Northern Colorado Entrepreneurs Network Monthly Meeting

Date:              Monday, March 16
Time:             Registration 5:30 p.m., meeting 6-9 p.m.
Place:            Neenan Company
                      2620 E Prospect Rd # 100
                      Fort Collins, Colo.
Cost:             Free
Information: Call (970) 231-1841

Company: Organic Box House
Product: We as a group have found a niche in downtown Denver that is unfulfilled. We want to prepare healthy, organic breakfast and lunch and have it available via our on-line ordering system, for customers at the convenience of their desk.

Company: SEED
Product: Small Engines for Economic Development is a start-up, for-profit enterprise in the business of developing and selling clean burning, fuel efficient and affordable small STW1 engines to small landholder farmers in the developing world for irrigation applications. Presently, 600 million small landholding farmers living on $2/day lack access to affordable and efficient irrigation facilities.

Company: TapTapCards
Product: A beta of an online service for iPhone users to send hardcopy post cards of the pictures they snap at home or during their travels from an environmentally conscience firm

Company: Adaptive Interfaces
Product: Products for monitoring aircraft and engine parameters.- Individual, 2 1/4 Inch Instruments for the experimental and home built aircraft market: Altimeter and Mode C Encoder, Mode C Decoder , Electrical System, Engine Performance, Fuel System, Engine Temperature and Oil System Monitors.

The Northern Colorado Entrepreneurs Network, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, is a mutually supportive community initiative designed to accelerate entrepreneurship, and bridge institutional and geographical barriers between business, educational and government entities. It is an environment where new models for catalyzing the rapid emergence and advancement of new businesses can be explored.

The group, launched in April, 2008, includes over 480 members, and holds monthly “Meetups” in Fort Collins. Mark Benjamin, founder of Crown Jade Design and Engineering, says, “ This group looks like the movers and shakers of the Ft. Collins business community. I would recommend anybody who wants to grow a business get involved. ”

NoCoEntre.Net supporters include the Neenan Company, Colorado State University College of Business, Rocky Mountain Thorson, Texas Instruments, and the Business & Enterprise Program of the Larimer County Workforce Center.

Contact: Deborah Booker
Phone: (970) 491-7221