Brews & Geeks: A Tale of Two Entrepreneurship Scenes

download Get ready for what might be one of the most interesting events of the summer. Silicon Flatirons has put together “Brews & Geeks: A Tale of Two Entrepreneurship Scenes” which will feature panel conversations with leaders in both tech and craft brewing.

With approximately 160 breweries currently fermenting (12 of which are in Boulder), Colorado boasts one of the best (if not the best) craft brewing scenes in the country. This network of breweries, like the multitude of tech companies that call Colorado home, make up a unique community with its own history, customs, ethos, and culture. However, though many in the tech community, including those at Silicon Flatirons, may enjoy a beer after a hard day of work, the interesting stories of the craft brewing scene are largely left outside (the tech) network.

Join Silicon Flatirons on June 20 for Brews & Geeks: A Tale of Two Entrepreneurship Scenes. This event will provide perspective about the origins and key moments of the software and craft brewing histories in the area. Moreover, it will compare and contrast norms and key ingredients of the software and craft brewing scenes in the Front Range today (e.g., What is the role of information sharing? How competitive are companies within the scene? Who are the leaders and what are their roles?). And finally, the event will compare and contrast what it takes to start and run a brewery versus what it takes to run a tech startup, including consideration of the process of creation and innovation in software and craft brewing.

The event will take place next Thursday, June 20th from 5:15 to 8pm in Boulder at the University of Colorado Law School. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Register now – there will be nerdery and beer!

Event Schedule:

Welcome & Introductions 5:15pm – 5:30pm

Brad Bernthal, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado, Entrepreneurship Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons Center

A Brief History of Beer & Tech 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Presenters

John Carlson, Executive Director, Colorado Brewers Guild

Jim Deters, Managing Director and Founder, Galvanize

Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director, Brewers Association

Kirk Holland, Managing Director, Access Venture Partners

Panel: Comparing the Ecosystems as they relate to a Startup’s Needs 6:30pm – 7:15pm

Ingrid Alongi, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Quick Left

Linsey Cornish, Brewer, Odell Brewing Company

Matt Cutter, Founder, Upslope Brewing Company

John Eckstein, Director, Fairfield and Woods, P.C.

Anda Lincoln, Co-Founder, Funkwerks Brewery

Moderator

Brad Bernthal, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado, Entrepreneurship Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons Center

Reception and Networking 7:15pm – 8:00pm

About Joni Klippert


Lover of all things Boulder... food and wine, entertaining and our awesome startup scene! Also, Nerd.