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CTA Public Policy Forum: Presents Senator Bennet on "How to Use Crowdfunding to Raise Capital"
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Colorado Technology Association is honored to present Senator Bennet at our next Public Policy Forum on "How to Use Crowdfunding to Raise Capital" on June 8th at the CU Denver Campus. There will be two panel discussions from legal experts, VC's, banks and entrepreneurs on how your business can prepare to take advantage of this new legislation.

When: Friday, June 8, 2012 (this is a free event)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: University of Colorado - Denver
1380 Lawrence Street, 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado  80204
United States
Contact: Maggie Reber-Wynn

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Find out how you can take a great idea and build a business or take your start-up to the next level.

CTA has partnered with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet for our next Public Policy Forum on Crowdfunding, which will be held at the University of Colorado at Denver, as part of a series of seminars across the state focused on small and start-up business owners and entrepreneurs looking to raise early stage capital.

Learn how crowdfunding works, how to prepare your company to receive crowdfunding and get perspectives from a panel of legal experts, venture capitalist, bankers as well as entrepreneurs who have significant knowledge in this area, along with the bills biggest proponent - Senator Bennet.

"Many small businesses, young businesses and start-ups face challenges raising capital,” Bennet said. "Crowdfunding is great tool to access new investment, drive innovation, promote job growth and support small businesses in a way we have not seen before. These sessions will offer important information about crowdfunding and how it can help Colorado businesses harness capital.”

In addition to learning about crowdfunding, participants will have an opportunity to weigh in on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rulemaking process and offer key input for the commission to keep in mind as it develops specific regulations.

Thank you to our sponsors!


Introduction: Steve Foster, CEO and President of Colorado Technology Association

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - U.S. Senator Bennet and Public Q&A

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM - Panel 1:Entrepreneur and Legal Perspective of Potential Crowdfunding Opportunities moderated by Bill Soards, President - Colorado, AT&T

Jonathan Beninson, CEO, FirstFunder
Dave Elchoness, Co-founder and CEO, Tagwhat
Steve Katsaros, Inventor, Co-founder and CEO, Nokero
Noah Pittard, Venture Capital/Emerging Company Attorney at Cooley

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM - Panel 2: Crowdfunding 101 from a financing perspective moderated by Bryn Weaver, Associate with Cooley, LLP

Cecilia Prinster, President and CEO, Colorado Enterprise Fund
Kevin Laws, Board Member, Investor/VC, AngelList
Joe Coleman, SVP, Chase
Jim Deters entrepreneur and founder of Galvanize


Michael F. Bennet was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2010. A newcomer to politics with experience in business and public service, he is widely-recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation.

A Lifetime Outside of Politics

Before his appointment to the Senate in 2009 and subsequent election to a full six year term in 2010, Michael served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools where he led a bold and inclusive reform effort that improved student achievement, helped turn around failing schools, and brought a halt to a seemingly endless cycle of annual budget cuts.

Prior to his time at the Denver Public Schools, Michael was widely credited with balancing a historic budget deficit and implementing innovative reforms as Chief of Staff to then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. In that role, he also implemented innovative reforms that made city government more responsive to the needs and concerns of the greater Denver community.

Michael’s experience saving jobs and turning around failing companies has also served him well in the U.S. Senate. As Managing Director at the Anschutz Investment Company, Michael managed the successful restructuring of more than $3 billion in corporate debt.

Michael earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Wesleyan University and his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Yale Law Journal.

Michael married Susan Daggett, a successful natural resources lawyer, in 1997. Michael and Susan are the proud parents of three daughters: Caroline, Halina and Anne.

Results for Colorado

Since arriving in Washington, Michael hasn’t wasted a moment. In his unrelenting fight to create good-paying jobs for Coloradans and restore fiscal responsibility to Washington, Michael has emerged as an effective leader with a proven record of bringing people together to deliver results for working families.

A former businessman, Michael has led the fight in Washington to create jobs, support middle-class families and grow our economy. A champion for small business, Michael led the fight in the Senate to pass a bill that boosted small business investments and provided more than $12 billion in targeted tax relief for Colorado job creators.

As the father of three young girls, Michael has made reducing the deficits and debt that threaten our economic future a top priority. He has successfully fought to end the big bank bailouts, introduced a bill to rein in spending and ensure Congress lives within its means, and led a bipartisan group of 64 senators calling for a comprehensive plan for deficit reduction.

As a former school superintendent and a member of the Senate Education Committee, Michael is pushing for bold reforms that support great teaching, cut needless red tape and bureaucracy, and incentivize innovative efforts at the state and local level that drive student achievement and help prepare our kids to compete in the new economy.
As Colorado’s U.S. Senator, Michael has pushed for investments in clean energy that create jobs and help break our reliance on overseas oil; fought to uphold our commitment to Colorado’s veterans and military families; and fought to preserve Colorado’s rich agricultural tradition underpinned by our family farmers and ranchers.
Michael is a member of the Senate committees on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.

Legal Panel: Noah Pittard practices in the Securities group within the Cooley Business department. He joined the Firm in 2001 and practices out of the Colorado and Washington, DC offices.

His practice focuses on the representation of issuers and investors in the formation and financing of emerging technology companies, as well as counseling emerging companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions, strategic relationships, recapitalizations and general corporate matters.

Mr. Pittard received a J.D. in 2001 from UC, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law where he was a member of the California Law Review. Mr. Pittard completed his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia, where he received his A.B. in Philosophy in 1997.

Before attending law school, Mr. Pittard was an active entrepreneur, starting and managing several small businesses, including a multiple-location Christmas tree company in Atlanta, Georgia and a coffee and dessert restaurant in Athens, Georgia.

Mr. Pittard is a member of the State Bar of California, the Colorado Bar Association, the State Bar of Virginia and the District of Columbia Bar.

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