DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Colorado technology community will celebrate the region’s technology company success at the second annual Colorado Venture Summit, an invitation-only event in Denver on June 11, 2015. The exclusive event unites CEOs and founders of Colorado’s venture-backed tech companies with venture capital investors.
Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, co-founder and chairman for Wayin and co-founder and board member of Curriki, joins the conference this year as keynote speaker. “I started my current venture, Wayin, here because of my amazing experience with the Sun Microsystems campus between Denver and Boulder, where we had over 4,000 employees,” said McNealy. “With the well educated talent pool and supportive engaged government, the benefits of founding companies and investing in Colorado has never been better. It’s easy to draw talent to Colorado with the lower cost of living, great weather, active lifestyle, amazing schools and a commitment to work/life balance that isn’t all talk.”
This conference is set to convene CEOs of Colorado venture-backed companies with out-of-region and local venture capitalists at a day-long event featuring content about the technology economy here, overviews of successful venture-backed companies and panel discussions on the benefits of the local environment for young tech companies. Last year’s event sold out in advance, and included more than half of the investors coming in from out of state.
The conference will be held at Coors Field in downtown Denver with a private dinner followed by an evening event open to all of Colorado’s technology company founders and CEOs. The Summit is expected to be limited to about 130 of the area’s top CEOs and founders, as well as local and out-of-region venture investors.
“According to Forbes, Denver was the second best place to launch a startup in the U.S. in 2014, and Downtown Denver is home to over 350 startups employing 3,000 plus employees,” said David Gold, chair of the Summit and a managing director at Access Venture Partners. “This high-caliber networking event in Colorado attracts top venture investors and successful start-up CEOs, the key players to help grow the local startup community.”
The highlight of the Summit will be panel discussions offering different perspectives on the burgeoning tech scene in Colorado. In addition to the keynote, the event will offer engaging discussions, including a panel of CEOs of Colorado's largest venture-backed exits over the past few years, featuring Dan Caruso, CEO Zayo Group, Eric Roza, CEO Datalogix and Tim Miller, CEO Rally Software, along with a panel of corporate development executives from large technology companies.
Liberal structured and unstructured networking time will be available to meet and interact with the event's high-quality attendees. Following the event at Coors Field will be a private dinner open to event attendees only.
Additionally, Friday, June 12 will feature individually scheduled site visits at Colorado venture-backed companies. Scheduling and sign-ups will be available before and during the event.
More information on the Colorado Venture Summit can be found at www.coloradoventuresummit.com.