Digital Den is a startup program designed to help new startups achieve success. We help founders solve problems typically associated with creating a startup by providing technological support, funding, mentoring, and training.
The Digital Den concept is designed as a starting point for commercial ideas of innovation, and staffing for the IT industry and beyond. DD is a place to set up, anticipate and respond quickly to all market turbulence and demands for startups.
Economic Development at Arizona State University
Aric H. Bopp is an executive director of Economic Development at Arizona State University. Leads the economic development and Innovation Zones objectives for ASU, the Phoenix/Mesa Metro Region, and Arizona. With his creativity, productivity and 15+ years experience in business development he will take an active role in mentoring and supporting startups from DD portfolio.
Rockies Venture Fund
Peter Adams is a Colorado-based author, investor, speaker, educator and community leader. He is the Managing Director of the Rockies Venture Fund, a venture fund supporting high growth early stage companies in technology, healthcare, and life sciences. He is also the Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club, one of the longest established angel investing organizations in the U.S.
Kathryn McManus is a founder of CNN Japan and co-founder of EducatioGlobal. She brings world-class business development, leadership, operations, innovation, marketing, and communications expertise. She also has built and led teams consisting of MBAs, Ph. D.s, and renowned thought leaders. She has a world-class experience in business development, leadership, operations, innovation, marketing, and communications.
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Louis Libin is Vice President for Spectrum Engineering and Strategies at Sinclair Broadcast Group (largest owner of stations affiliated with Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC). He is also a Founder and President of Broad Comm, Inc. At Sinclair, Mr. Libin is responsible for spectrum issues and development and deployment of Single Frequency networks. He also has extensive planning and operational experience in Broadcasting and Satellite as well as Special Event Planning.
John Zozzaro is a president and founder of MediaTech Ventures - a VC that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, companies, and mentors to foster and accelerate innovation in media. Mr. Zozzaro has 13+ years experience in in entrepreneurship, innovation, music, sales and marketing. Besides, he launched above mentioned MediaTech Ventures, also developed and launched Collective - a media technology focused incubator as well as Future Maker Studios to engage and empower tomorrow's innovators.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the City and County of Denver, Colorado
Mr. Bevis, a representative of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the City and County of Denver, is working with all sizes and shapes, from concept to fortune 500. He is also a founder of KoolSkinz - a premium pet performance-wear brand that develops products to help your dog stay relaxed and comfortable during the activities they love.
Maine Center for Entrepreneurs
Mr. Rainey is the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs executive director, which offers entrepreneurship training, business mentoring, pitch coaching, and several industry-specific accelerator programs focused on bioscience/healthcare, outdoor recreation, and food & beverage businesses. He is also a business and economic development strategist, civic leader, and investor.
Calvin Mays is a principal at Qubicle Design - an innovation service design studio that helps teams create alignment and develop valuable problem-solving skills. Mr. Mays is a curious problem-finder with a voracious appetite for human-centered exploration and designing for unmet needs.
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Thomas Maynard is a Senior Vice President at Greater Phoenix Economic Council, one of the top economic development organizations. He is an economic developer whose primary goal is to help companies to grow and expand to the Greater Phoenix region. He also specializes in assisting corporate clients to evaluate expansion opportunities in the area by providing data/support and connecting clients to crucial resources in the market.
Secfix and UN1QUELY
Branko Džakula is an Entrepreneur and Information Security Executive, who specializes in developing and implementing comprehensive Information Security Management Systems for companies through his startups Secfix and UN1QUELY. He brings over a decade of experience in various information security and business management practices.