Solutions for launching and funding your digital entertainment startup, innovation and creative project.

 A panel discussion that will address: 

  • Lessons learned from startup accelerators like Tech Stars and Boom Startup;
  • What VC’s are really looking for and their specific issues with funding digital entertainment innovations;
  • Tips and advice for tapping into a range of resources including angel investors, venture debt, venture capital and strategic partnerships;
  • How to present a compelling pitch;
  • Resources in Utah that can help.


An expert panel will present their thoughts on these topics including lessons they have learned along the way. Panelists include:



Curt Roberts

Partner, KickStart Seed Fund

Curt is a seasoned operating executive with experience from start-ups through Fortune 100 companies, such as Nike, where he was Vice President of Global Strategy. Curt’s team, together with the iPod team at Apple, ideated, developed and launched Nike Plus, the company’s initiative to bridge the world between sports and the digital experience. Curt has been an active angel investor and board member for several Utah-based start-ups and now at Kickstart, Curt has served on the investment committee since 2011, joining the team full-time as a venture partner in 2015.



Beth Colosimo

Executive Director Business Development Resources Salt Lake Community College

Beth oversees various small business programs including the Business Resource Center, the Innovation Center (Incubator), the Conference Center, the Export Assistance office, the refugee leadership training program, as well as the Small Business Development Center and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.



John Perkins

Head of Product, Innervate

Innervate, an SAAS based service designed to help gaming companies create on-line communities, is a recent Tech Stars graduate from the Seattle cohort. An entrepreneur at heart, John is a well-rounded collaborator and problem solver who has experience managing teams, developing business models and raising capital.



Mike Winder

Vice President of Community Relations and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, Zions Bank

During Mike's career, he has been a business development manager, a City Council member, and mayor of West Valley City, Utah's second-largest city. He has been vice president of Marketing for Winder Farms, director of Public Affairs for Summit Group Communications, and executive director of a national Super PAC, Friends of Traditional Banking.



Joe Albrethsen

Founder, MURA Interactive

MURA is a Utah start up that has recently expanded internationally with the help of key strategic partners. MURA created DubWars, an innovative, multiple award-winning game that takes your love of music and combines it with the simple mechanics of a top-down shooter; capturing the intensity, anticipation and insanity of Dubstep! Your weapons are synced to the music and fire to the beat. Each level is custom built to bring a new fun and exciting experience.



Jon Beutler

Alumni Manager, Salt Lake Community College

With over 25 years experience in business development, marketing, and project management, Jon Beutler has managed all phases of corporate operations. As an entrepreneur, Jon has extensive experience in technology start-ups, as well as new product development for existing companies. Currently as the Director of the Park City Business Resource Center, Jon engages with small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop growth opportunities through capital acquisitions and business plans, and conducts one-on-one mentoring sessions.



Craig Bott

Co-founder, President and CEO, Grow Utah (moderator)

Over an impressive career, Craig has launched and managed five of his own companies in the fields of software technology, consumer electronics, digital media, broadband services and professional services. He has helped numerous businesses raise angel and venture capital, design product and operational strategies and implement successful marketing and sales campaigns.
Craig directly mentors and advises numerous early stage companies, is an author on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and is a frequent speaker on the topic of entrepreneurial development and industry acceleration. Craig has provided senior level management advice and council on strategy, marketing and management to hundreds of emerging and expanding businesses throughout the western United States. He has served in a variety of senior operational positions at such companies as Franklin Covey, MarketStar as well as the Utah Governor’s Office.


July 27, 2016 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Zions Bank - Founders Room
1 Main St
Salt Lake City, UT 84133
United States
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