Our community has come together and created an incredible opportunity to help you  prepare for Boulder Startup Week Pitch Challenge. Over the next few months we will be offering free sessions that will cover a range of topics that can give you the tools to help your idea/business.

Space is limited so please RSVP to [email protected] (or if form on page we can just say RVSP below). We will have a wait list so if you have a spot and find out you are unable to attend please let us know so someone else can join. If you have any questions, contact us at  [email protected].  These events are open for 8th-12th graders, faculty and staff.

Ideas to Reality

Sunday, February 9th
Louisville Library
951 Spruce St, Louisville, CO 80027

You Have a Great Idea! Now What?

Coming up with an innovative idea for a new product or service is a pretty exciting first step to launching a new company. But how do you turn that idea into reality? How do you know if your idea is interesting to others? How do you know if people would pay for your proposed product or service? This work session will explore the steps to test your idea and create a simple business plan to get you started.

Jennifer LarsonJennifer C. Larson

Jennifer is a technology entrepreneur, charter public school founder and mother of four children. She is the visionary force behind Hive Digital Minds and passionate about finding innovative ways to engage parents and supporters in their child’s learning journey. Her company’s flagship product SchoolBzz is the culmination of Jennifer’s 15 years in education – working with thousands of educators and parents on their communication and engagement strategies.

Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from UC Santa Barbara and her Executive MBA from the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. She enjoys speaking on the topics entrepreneurship, parent engagement and the future of work and frequently volunteers at schools in her local community.

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It’s the Name Game

Date and Location TBD

Join as Kristina Deherrera and Molly Kocialski share need to know information about starting a business. Some of the areas they will cover are patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and IP protection.

Space is limited so please RSVP to [email protected] We will have a waitlist so if you have a spot and find out you are unable to attend please let us know so someone else can join. If you have any questions, contact us at  [email protected] These events are free and open for 8th-12th graders faculty and staff.

You have an invention!

Is it protected?

The United States Patent and Trademark’s Rocky Mountain Regional Director Molly Kocialski and Primary Patent Examiner Kristina DeHerrera will provide an interactive and engaging discussion about the different types of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets), basic awareness about IP protection, the importance and benefits of being STEM-focused, and USPTO tools and resources that will help students gain experience with the creative process of invention and innovation. A limited number of 10-minute individual sessions will be available from 6:30 to 7 pm.

Allison BourkeAllison Bourke
Supervisory Patent Examiner | USPTO, Rocky Mountain Regional Office (RMRO)

Allison joined the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia in 2009 and works in photovoltaics and thermoelectrics technology. In 2015, she transferred to the Rocky Mountain Regional Office. Over the years at the USPTO Allison has been involved in training and mentoring new patent examiners, training new externs and assisting with the Rocky Mountain region outreach to stakeholders such as K-12 students, attorneys, and inventors. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Molly KocialskiMolly Kocialski
Director | Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office

As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Ms. Kocialski brings more than 20 years of intellectual property experience to the USPTO. Most recently, Ms. Kocialski was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc., where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for all of the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. Prior to Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket. 

Ms. Kocialski is a recognized IP leader in the Rocky Mountain region. Ms. Kocialski currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee. Ms. Kocialski is the President of the Colorado IP Inn of Court and was previously the Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Further, Ms. Kocialski is a member of the Planning Committee for the Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, an annual two-day conference on intellectual property that attracts over 500 attendees. She was the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Ms. Kocialski served as the head of the IP Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and served on the National IP Committee of the Association of the Corporate Counsel. In 2015, Ms. Kocialski was recognized by ManagingIP magazine as one of its North America Corporate IP Stars. 

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