SIM and CTA make a splash at SIMTank – Colorado Technology Association
August 22, 2013
Contact: Stacey Alexander; SIM Director of Marketing
(Denver) In a flagship strategic collaboration between the Colorado Chapter of The Society for Information Management (SIM) and Colorado Technology Association (CTA), the two groups delivered an engaging and successful fundraising event, raising over $20,000 for Denver-based, KidsTek. During this event, SIM also presented a gift of $2,500 to a local startup, after winning “in the tank”.
With the SIM and CTA collaboration “SIM Tank” was created. The SIM Tank concept was developed by SIM Program Chair, Jon Naiman. Naiman explained, “The event is based on the popular ABC “Shark Tank” program featuring entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to potential investors. Thus four Denver area startups pitched their ideas to four of the top local venture capital investors.” The presenting startups received personal feedback and trusted advice from the well-known and respected venture capital investors including, Chris Onan from Appian Ventures and Galvanize, Frank Medicino with Access Venture Partners and Steve Halstedt representing Centennial Ventures.
The 100 plus audience of local technology leaders and experts from Denver’s prominent companies were treated to a mobile application developed specifically for the evening. Mark Buttice, CIO of Mountain States Employers Council and President of SIM-Colorado remarked, “The application was certainly easy to use and made for an interactive and engaging event for everyone involved.” DJ Wardynski, the President of Brainspire Solutions and the developer of the application said, “It was fun and allowed audience members to make comments and suggestions in order to help improve each startup’s go-to market approach.
The mock investments clearly revealed the most popular presenter was Brandfolder, a recent graduate of the Techstars accelerator program. Brandfolder (https://brandfolder.com/) ensures consistent brand representation by providing companies with a simple, visual brand asset sharing platform. Brian Parks, Founder and CEO, of Brandfolder said, “Presenting to the state’s top venture investors and an audience of executives from the leading technology companies was an amazing opportunity for us. And, the check, well that was incredibly generous and I’m thankful to SIM and everyone.”
The main event of the evening was the hefty and surprising check for KidsTek, a local non-profit organization. Although they knew SIM and CTA were supporting KidsTek, they did not realize the extent of that support. The CEO, Richard Liner told the community, KidsTek is so proud to be a part of the SIM community and its technology leaders who really understand the value of the work we do to give the under-served youth of Colorado a path to professional careers in technology related industries. Your generosity, both financially and spiritually, is much appreciated by all of us at KidsTek – especially the 800 students and their families that we currently serve in Denver and Arapahoe County.”
Erik Mitisek, the CEO of the Colorado Technology Association, ended the evening thanking everyone and commented, “This has been an amazing process and event. We will continue to grow and leverage strategic partners like SIM and Galvanize in order to give-back to our incredible community here in Colorado.” Naiman added, “Our Premier sponsor, Clear Peak was tremendously valuable in fundraising and everyone really came together to make this happen. This was just the beginning!”
The Society for Information Management (SIM) is a not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIO’s, CTO’s and emerging IT leaders, as well as key professionals within the IT community, such as academicians and consultants. SIM’s mission is to support IT leaders in the greater Colorado area by increasing the knowledge base of members, giving back to local communities, increasing awareness on issues of importance to our local community, developing the next generation of effective IT leaders and establishing a forum to bring together IT professionals across industries. For more information visit www.sim-colorado.org.
About Colorado Technology Association (CTA)
The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) represents Colorado’s $49.6 billion technology industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the state. Colorado ranked second for its high-tech business concentration and the nine-county metro region ranked tenth out of the 50 largest metro areas in software employment concentration.Since 1994, Colorado Technology Association has provided a voice for technology professionals in legislative issues and public policy. The Association provides more than 50 programs, events and connections to support the industry. CTA’s membership includes 500 Colorado companies from startup to enterprise.For more information visit ColoradoTechnology.org.
About Brainspire Solutions
Brainspire Solutions is a Denver-based custom software development consulting firm. By hiring select talent and investing in the skills and career development of our team members, Brainspire is able to help clients address their most challenging technology initiatives. Project successes include web-based applications, data and business intelligence / dashboard solutions, portals, social collaboration solutions, workflow and integration solutions, and mobile applications leveraging the Agile methodology for iterative progress and successful results. For more information, visit www.brainspire.com.