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New! Free 1-Hour Denver IDEA Cafe Discussion Group.


Starting Friday, Sept 13 this Friday meeting will be a group with more open discussion. We get startup help as we give it to others. Try it!

Real help from real people. We share startup experience, brainstorm and share information.

Free, join us when you aren't sure what you are going to do Monday morning. We just ask that you bring your brain for the brainstorming, what you share will help us. Life's to short for any of us to learn from just our own experience.

No RSVP is required, walk-ins are welcome. But if you RSVP here we save a seat for you until 2:30 p.m. at the table so your guaranteed to have a seat if you come on time, but it's ok to just show up, we understand it's sometime hard to schedule.

Our business meeting,is held at 3:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month to discuss changes in the meeting format, special projects, volunteer opportunities,, and announcements about new IDEA Startup Workshops, Franklin Circles, and Go+Groups that are starting. There is also a monthly report on the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc and progress towards forming a board of directors, adopting bylaws, and registering with the IRS as we begin to accept contributions and do national advertising.

Our monthly business meeting for now is an open meeting, everyone is encouraged to attend. Some of us stay after the meeting for our metro-Denver social hour at 5 p.m. (no RSVP, everyone is welcome) to talk informally and to share a meal or a drink.

What is the IDEA?

Since 1994, IDEA Startup Workshops have helped people who are starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business.

We take our name from our 4-step entrepreneurship model: I- Inspiration; D- Develop Alternatives; E- Evaluate the Alternatives; and A- Take Action! Once we take action we get new information and we go through the process again. This is very similar to the heavily researched Babson College startup cycle of acting/learning/building/and- acting again described by the new book Just Start ( (click).

How do we help?

Those who attend (including you, we've all started something) share startup experience, we brainstorm, and we share information about upcoming events, new books, magazine articles, and useful new websites and apps as we share around the table in final words before we adjourn the formal part of the meeting.

Sometimes the most valuable part of the session is the meeting after the meeting when discussion continues between new friends.

“ What a great concept, and it created a lovely opportunity to meet with other people in the community. Starting a business can be a lonely venture; I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking to break that cycle. ” Megan Tackett

“ This was a good experience for me. I enjoyed the people and the brainstorming. Since we all face challenges of some type, I would heartily recommend it to anyone involved in a startup activity." Jack Rouff

“ Great format, small group works best for this. I encourage everyone to try this group if you want some help getting started. ” Anthony Sanchez

Meetings are free and open to everyone, we just ask that you bring your brain for the brainstorming!

Who should attend?

Anyone who is starting a new direction with their work, starting a new career, new project or campaign, or starting a new business is invited to join us for a boost at the end of the week, and we especially encourage members of local chambers who are interested in helping their local chamber to provide more help to startups.

Join us any Friday when you are headed in a new direction with your work and need a boost at the end of a long week, or when you are willing to share your startup experience.

If you have any questions, contact John Wren at [masked] or [masked]

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