RMEOC’s Top 5 Picks for Denver Startup Week

Denver Startup Week is just around the corner, offering insightful workshops and networking opportunities for MBA grads and veteran business owners alike. We work with many founders who have thoughtfully considered their company’s social impact and work culture. They are aware that sharing profits and equity with employees can lead to greater growth, but they aren’t always sure how to begin the process. We’ve picked five sessions that are most likely to help owners transition to employee ownership or that will inspire entrepreneurs to create employee-owned, social-impact businesses.

Death, Divorce, and Disaster
Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St
Monday 9/12, 10:30-11:30 AM

What do you do when the worst happens? You can’t plan for every emergency, but setting planning into place will only help you. We’ve seen many businesses continue to operate and grow after their founder’s passing by transitioning into employee ownership, and we’re curious to hear if this panel—hosted by mcSquares and Talking Offline—will suggest ESOPs as one tax-advantaged strategy.  

Artist as Entrepreneur featuring Meow Wolf
The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St.
Monday 9/12, 12-2 pm

Meow Wolf is an arts production company in Santa Fe partially funded by George RR Martin, whose House of Eternal Return has rightly earned a reputation for innovation and delight (Should we expect anything less from the land of enchantment?). We’re intrigued to hear Nico Salazar chat alongside Denver artists Justin Gitlin and Katie Watson about creative entrepreneurship. Is it a far stretch to imagine today’s artist entrepreneurs combining creative forces and capital in worker cooperatives?

Building Your Exit Strategy
Denver Startup Basecamp launched by Chase, 1515 Arapahoe St.
Monday 9/12, 2-3 pm

An impressive suite of panelists—including Michael Sullivan of Ping Identity, Dave Wright of SolidFire, Koel Thomae of noosa yoghurt, and Chris Jensen of JPMorgan Chase—convene to discuss how to sell your business. With Chobani’s recent employee stock-sharing making waves in the yoghurt industry, we look forward to hearing if employee ownership will be on the table.

Beginning with the End in Mind: Set your Business Up for a Successful Exit from Day One
Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln St #2500
Friday 9/16, 8-9:30 am

For those interested in the legal aspects of business succession and exit strategies, this workshop will prove insightful (and it’s just across the street from our office—come say hello!). Al Fialkovich of Transworld Business Advisors of Denver and Stan Doida, Jr of Doida Law Group LLC (a Leadership Denver alum) will discuss acquisitions and mergers and more. If you’d like them to address a specific business succession question, send them an anonymous question using this form before the workshop.

Innovation + Impact 101: How Your Business Can be a Force for Good – and Win!
Moye White, 1400 16th St.
Friday 9/16, 12-1:30pm

RMEOC is one of B Corp’s partners, and we’re thrilled about this workshop. It’s no accident that many Certified B Corp businesses are also Certified Employee Owned—when business owners factor in community impact they also tend to include their employees as part of the community. This workshop promises to be a fruitful deep dive into the legal, financial, and philosophical dynamics behind B corps. We’re looking forward to hearing from social-impact leaders of three Certified B Corps—Seth Levine of Foundry Group, Kyle Garner of Organic India, and Trish Rogers of Moye White—as well as the advice of social enterprise expert Beth Prendergast of E.A. Prendergast P.C.

There are many more exciting workshops. We hope to see you there!

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