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DAM seeks input from local creatives for 2016 programming

On Nov. 20, the the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will host Meet Here: An Evening of Idea Brewing and Creative Criss-Cross." The meeting is intended to bring together creatives from various disciplines to help develop ideas for DAM's programs in 2016. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. The museum is welcoming all sorts of people in the creative community from chefs to dancers, crafters, musicians and artists.

The brainstorming session will help the museum plan out its Untitled Final Fridays, a series of events that the museum offers on the final Friday of every month except November and December. "This program offers a unique museum experience with unconventional art encounters, new insight into the DAM collections, artmaking activities and more," DAM explained in a release. "At each Untitled event, the museum highlights a specific theme with exhibition-related activities and community collaborations."

In addition to the Untitled series, attendees will also be able to give input and insight into museum residencies and outdoor installations. This year, museum officials are particularly focused on dance and it wants to have outdoor dance programs in summer 2016.

While the Nov. 20 session is designed to help the museum create relevant events tailored to its community, it already has some broad themes planned for each date. ere's a list of the date and proposed themes for each event:

  • Jan. 29: Family Matters  
  • Feb. 26: Homegrown
  • March 25: Risky Business
  • April 29: Show Down
  • May 27: Rising Sun
  • June 24: Power House
  • July 29: In-Sync
  • Aug. 26: Center Stage
  • Sep. 30: Stop Motion
  • Oct. 28: Glory Days

RSVP here.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


Denver 8 launches new brand, shows

The municipal TV station, Denver 8, recently launched a new brand identity and advertising campaign, "It's All About Denver," aimed at meeting the changing needs of the city. The new campaign is designed to showcase the station's award-winning and new, exclusive programming.

The new campaign includes a new logo, website, outdoor billboards and television as well as newspaper ads. To launch the new campaign Mayor Michael Hancock, local musicians and Executive Chef Troy Guard are appearing in the campaign touting the slogan: "Denver 8, It's All About Denver."

"Denver 8 is leading the way in dynamic and cutting edge municipal TV programming," asserts Denver Media Services Director Julie Martinez. "We want the community to know about our Emmy Award-winning programming and the special coverage we provide for everything from new local music, to the visual arts." This year, the station's lifestyle show, Dtown, won a Heartland Emmy Award, for instance.

The campaign focuses on programming like Dtown as well as its local music shows including Denver Loft Sessions and Red Rocks Premieres, both of which premiered over the past year. It's also focussing on the station's upcoming shows, including ArtScene and a new collaboration with Mile High Sports Magazine to introduce a sports talk show.

The station is attempting to gain new viewers with the campaign and educate them about the information and shows that Denver 8 offers to residents. The station is available on Comcast and Century Link on channel 8 and in HD on channel 880.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Alchemy Strategy Group uses visual mapping to spur organizational success

Alchemy Strategy Group has launched in Denver to help companies up their game with visual mapping and other tools. The consulting firm likens its services to success insurance.

"Healthcare, government, nonprofit and private-sectors deal with complex problems and challenges every day, and it's harder and harder for them to prioritize -- especially as they are asked to do more with less," says CEO Lois Todd. She explains using stories and maps to communicate a business plan can make it easier to explain the strategy than normal business plans. "People need maps to understand where they are going, so why not 'strategic maps' for businesses?"

The visual mapping service offers companies a different way to encapsulate their growth plans and strategies internally and to clients and investors. "We find that organizations are searching for more meaningful and creative way to articulate their vision and strategies, and we never lose sight of the importance of aligning and connecting people," explains Todd. "Visuals, as well as the metaphors we use to assist in telling a company's story, cause an emotional connection to a company's reason for being -- and that translates into higher employee engagement and productivity, because people are psyched to work at a place that knows where they are going and has a plan to get there."

Clients include the State of Colorado, the City and County of Denver, Children's Hospital, Galvanize and Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Pettag+ launches Kickstarter to develop connected pet tracker

Denver's Pettag+ recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to introduce a connected pet tag. Essentially the tag connects with an app, already available for iOS devices and soon available on Android devices, to track dogs and cats and lets their owners monitor their activities and basic health.

"We have applied the same on-the-go connectedness that humans enjoy today with the pet world," says Shahir Ahmed, founder and CEO of Pet Tag Plus. "We want to focus on ease of use and affordability for pet owners to make their lives easier. Pettag+ brings the power of the cloud to the pet world, for the first time."

The device fits on a pet collar and has a Bluetooth chip with a 150-foot range allowing owners to track a pet nearby. It also uses crowdsourced GPS to track a pet's location in case they get lost. If they do get lost the fob has a QR code that allows a person who finds a lost dog or cat with the tag to scan it and notify the owner and can contact the 24/7 800 number to notify the PetHub network behind the connected device. Since the device can connect to up to seven people it can be useful even if the owner is away and the pet is being watched by a friend or pet-sitter.

For night walks and to confirm which buttons were pressed the device also features LED lights, is waterproof to 20 feet and designed for what dogs can dish out. It operates on a watch battery that typically lasts for a year.

Pettag+ comes with basic access to the PetHub network and users can upgrade to a premium version of the network if they choose to do so. Owners can create a profile for the pet, which includes information about its health and goals. Its accelerometer, allows pet owners to track their pet's activities and how much exercise it's getting.

The device is priced affordably. "It has become very apparent that the average consumer doesn't want to spend the $100 to $200 price of other connected pet products, so we have developed our unique solution to the connected pet with a simple lost and found feature that actually is proven to work," Ahmed said. The device is $65 and people can purchase it for $25 via Kickstarter.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


Entrepreneurs assemble: Denver Startup Week passes 10,000 attendees

Denver Startup Week surpassed more than 10,000 registered attendees this week. That’s roughly triple the amount of people who registered for the first startup week in 2012. It also makes it the largest free entrepreneurial event in the country.

The event has proven more popular every year, drawing not only more attendees but also more sessions and bigger names. This year the entrepreneur’s festival had more than 230 separate events. That's up from 70 in its first year.

But if you’re worried the action stops with the end of Denver Startup Week today, don’t. On Oct. 9 next week the the Colorado chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization is hosting the Rocky Mountain Entrepreneurial Summit at the Hyatt Regency by the Convention Center. This event, however, isn't free. Tickets are $395 a pop, which includes four tickets to The Motet and Flobots at a private show at Red Rocks.

This summit features Lance Armstrong, Aron Ralston, Amy Van Dyken, John Jacobs, Brad Feld and other local and national business leaders. It's a long day of sessions, too, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. at Red Rocks.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Guerrilla Gravity wins $30K JumpStart BizPlan award

Denver-based mountain bike fabricator Guerrilla Gravity took home the top JumpStart BizPlan Award from the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED). The company won $30,000 and consulting services aimed at helping the company grow

"Denver has become a mecca for innovation, where the next generation of startups are growing and reaching new heights here each and every day," says Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "We're proud to celebrate the best and brightest business ideas emerging out of Denver, and to shine a spotlight on the importance of our small business community."

Guerrilla Gravity, which manufactures at its retail bike shop, offers customized mountain bikes in a direct to consumer business model. The OED says that a wide variety of companies applied to the JumpStart competition, Among them were companies involved in healthcare, manufacturing, technology and consumer electronics, apparel, as well as retailers and restaurants.

Guerrilla Gravity competed with finalists Arthroventions and Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag for the award and additional services as part of Denver Startup Week events. Each of the three businesses presented their business plans and answered questions before a panel of business experts. The event was presented by Deloitte and U.S. Bank. In addition to the cash prize Guerrilla Gravity will receive legal counsel from Polsinelli, strategic marketing services from dovetail solutions, and entrepreneurship mentoring from TiE Rockies and Rockies Venture Club.

In addition to the JumpStart awards, OED and its partners also hosted a junior entrepreneurs. Sport Cabanas, a startup created by Chris Cordova and Janeth Mancha, won the TeenBiz Plan Award. The company offers tent rentals and setups for youth sporting events. The co-owners won a $5,000 cash prize.

"Today's event is proof positive that there is no shortage of great entrepreneurial ideas sprouting from Denver's youth," asserts OED Executive Director Paul Washington. "The future of our small business market is sure to remain strong thanks to the  healthy pipeline of ideas and innovations sparking across generations."

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


High-growth Denver Gazelles honored by city

On Sept. 28, the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) named its Denver Gazelles,  successful, high-growth companies with the potential for more growth. All of the honorees, Altitude Digital, Four Winds Interactive, ProtectWise and Wayin, are tech companies. It's both the fourth year for Denver Startup Week and Denver Gazelles.

 
"We want the venture capital community to recognize that something special is happening in Denver," explains Paul Washington, OED executive director. "We're proud to celebrate entrepreneurism through the Denver Gazelles. These firms are widely recognized as companies on a path of growth and each will have a remarkable exit strategy."

The oldest of the awardees, Four Winds Interactive, is  10 years old. That company, which offers digital interactive communications services and software, has 325 employees in Denver and more than 5,000 clients across the world ranging from hospitals to stadiums.

The youngest of the companies honored this year, ProtectWise, was founded in April 2013. That company is a network security firm offering the Cloud Network DVR, a tool that records network information with what it calls a virtual camera. it allows its users see threats in real time and go review the traffic to discover any previously unknown threats. The company has raised more than $17 million is led by former employees of McAfee, IBM, Mandiant and Proofpoint. It's been named to Network World's list of "10 Security Start-Ups to Watch" and a 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Security Services.

Altitude Digital, a digital media company, is a bootstrapping success story. Founder Jeremy Ostermiller started the company in 2009 with just $500. Now it has 90 employees and is recognized as one of the fastest growing video advertising technology companies in the world. For the past four years it's been one of Inc.'s 500|5000 Top Private Companies in America and received other awards.

The fourth company recognized as a Denver Gazelle this year is Wayin, another digital marketing company that's focused on integrating social media with marketing. The Denver-based company was founded in 2010 and has 61 employees.

The office will celebrate the 2015 awardees and host a panel discussion with them and former awardees at Denver Startup Week's Basecamp on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. It also produced a video featuring interviews with the current and past honorees.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

 


Multiple events at Denver Startup Week drawing more than 500 attendees

If anything shows the popularity of entrepreneurship and innovation in Denver it’s Denver Startup Week, which will draw thousands of people to events Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. A full 10 of the more than 230 events are set to draw more more than 500 people -- and not just the parties!

What’s likely to be the most attended session is the Startup Job Fair being held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 29. Nearly 800 people have registered to attend the event. The job fair will feature local startups in hiring mode seeking the best candidates. It’s a job-seeker's paradise.

The kick-off breakfast in the Seawall Ballroom on Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. is expected to draw more than 750 people as well, according to Brea Olson, a spokesperson for event co-coordinator Denver Downtown Partnership. The breakfast is a free (but ticketed) event and will feature Senior Vice President of Oracle Data Cloud Eric Roza as its keynote speaker. He led the transformation of Datalogix into the big data company that Oracle purchased earlier this year.

Other speakers at the breakfast will include: Galvanize Founder and CEO Jim Deters, Revolar CEO and Founder Jacqueline Ros and Artifact Uprising co-founders Jenna Walker and Katie Thurmes.

The Women Who Startup Summit, hosted by more than 1,000-strong group Women Who Startup, also is expected draw more than 750 attendees. The summit will occur Sept. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Galvanize in the Golden Triangle. That event will include many angel investors and CEOs of women-led companies. Among them are Silvia Travesani, co-founder of Be Visible and Alicia Robb, a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Other events expected to draw big crowds, according to Olson. They include:

  • TechCrunch Denver Meetup + Pitch Off on Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Galvanize LoDo.
  • Bootstrapping a company from $0 to $1 Million/yr in Revenue being held Sept. 29 at the  Jake Jabs Center at CU Denver from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • SEO, PPC, and Social Media: The trifecta of digital strategy, take 2 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at The Commons on Champa.
  • Becoming an Influencer being held at Galvanize LoDo from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 30.
  • Women Who Launch on Sept. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Galvanize LoDo.
  • How to Write Killer Copy and Connect with Customers at Galvanize LoDo on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Structuring Equity Compensation for Founders and Employees at Otten Johnson from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Those are just the top 10 events -- there are more than 220 others.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


Basecamp: Hub of Denver Startup Week

Like any good journey you need a base to start from. Denver Startup Week has that in its Basecamp. It's one of the more central elements of the week and is at 1515 Arapahoe St. at Ashford University's Denver Online Center.

Basecamp is drawing some big names in 2015. For instance, Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and host of CNBC's The Profit will deliver a keynote on the opening day of startup week focusing on people, process and products.

The hub will host more than 20 events during the week. But some of the more notable events are: "Entrepreneurial Veterans," a "Startup Farmers Market" and "This Way For The Exit (Or IPO)." The first, held on Sept. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. brings The Veterans Administration's Center for Innovation, Patriot Bootcamp and Skill Distillery together to discuss how they are helping veterans become better entrepreneurs by using the skills they have and preparing them with tools they need to launch successful businesses.

"This Way For The Exit (Or IPO)" will help young companies get a better grasp on what comes next -- particularly for an entrepreneur that wants to move on to the next project. The event on Oct. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. will focus on how leaders have helped transition their companies to a new leadership team or moved forward to an IPO.

The Startup Farmers Market on Oct. 2 will feature local craft food makers. It serve as kind of a closing taste of Denver Startup Week, reminding attendees that startups aren't just in IT, but also in foods. After all, a number of national fast casual restaurants got their start in Colorado.

 In addition to the large presentations and events, it also offers one-on-one mentor sessions with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and developers. This year more than 60 mentors will be available to attendees.

Basecamp is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the week. Attendees can see which mentors are available on which day by clicking here. After having a mentor session attendees might want to stick around for a daily happy hour.

All of these events -- and more -- are at the Basecamp, which again sponsored by Chase Bank.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Larimer Square hosting "Investing in Main Street" panel

Denver's iconic skyline might be full of tall buildings like Wells Fargo's "Cash Register," but its most famous block is likely its oldest: Larimer Square.

This year, during Denver Startup Week, businesses in the picturesque block are coming together to discuss how the square was preserved 50 years ago -- becoming Denver's first historic district -- as skyscrapers threatened to scrape the historic face off of Denver's downtown in a panel called "Investing in Main Street."
 

On Sept. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver, a restaurateur-heavy panel of speakers, moderated by CBS4 Morning Anchor Britt Moreno, will discuss how entrepreneurs have launched businesses on Main Streets throughout the U.S. and how Larimer Square is a model of success for such entrepreneurialism. The event, aside from being part of Denver Startup Week, also is the final panel of Larimer Square's five-part speaker series called "Stories from the Square."

The panelists will include:

  • Jeff Hermanson: CEO and President, Larimer Associates
  • Troy Guard: Chef/Owner, TAG Restaurant Group
  • Chad McWhinney: CEO & Co-Founder, McWhinney
  • Beth Gruitch: General Manager/Proprietor, Crafted Concepts
  • Jennifer Jasinski, Executive Chef/Owner, Crafted Concepts
  • Jackson Lamb, MSU, Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Beyond restaurateurs, who operate many of the businesses on Larimer Square's ground floor, developers will also discuss their role in investing in Main Street, USA. "Today, through the vision and commitment from civic-minded investors, locally-spawned retailers, chefs and restaurateurs, Main Street is emerging and is stronger than ever from a generational pattern of boom and bust," the organizers say.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


Denver Startup Week to announce $150K in awards for digital health innovations

During Denver Startup Week later this month, the Prime Health Digital Health Challenge will announce winners of the three-month program which will allow the winners to obtain a portion of the up to $150,000 in award monies to pilot their projects. It's the second year for the challenge.

Health care and digital health care, particularly, is one of the greatest opportunities for entrepreneurs today. With the influx of smart devices and a more connected health care system, opportunities are rampant to serve all communities with new innovations, from developing apps to developing better ways to deliver care. Colorado already has more than 125 digital health startups, according to Prime Health.

The competition will help some of the most advanced test their projects or move them to the next stage in business development. The winners will have a focus on improving patient experience and population health while lower costs of health care.

Last year four finalists, Caring in Place, Cirrus MD, RxRevu and Telespine shared $100,000 in funding. Two other companies received funding through the program. Additionally Telespine and Rx Assurance each received $500,000 investments from The Colorado Health Foundation.

This year, out of the 21 applications 11 were selected as finalists. That number is whittled down to eight. Just before Denver Startup Week (Sept. 24) the finalists will have an opportunity to 'speed date' with health care institutions.

The challenge will culminate During Denver Startup Week on Sept. 30, at the Denver Art Museum, when the eight finalists will pitch live to an institution panel. The winners will receive a portion of $150,000 to pilot their product or projects.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


The Commons on Champa to dive into Denver Startup Week with extended services, events

In coordination with Denver Startup Week from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, The Commons on Champa is extending its free advisory services and other resources for startups and entrepreneurs. The Commons also will host four different events in downtown Denver during the week.

The Commons on Champa, a public-private collaboration between the City of Denver, the Colorado Technology Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership, launched earlier this year to make more public resources available to the startup community. It's sort of a startup university where the community can learn and share ideas.

During Startup Week OED will offer free business and entrepreneur consultations at its extension office, OED@Commons on the second floor of the building. The consultations will be available both by appointment and on a walk-in basis. The Commons says that representatives from the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, KivaZip, the Denver Public Library and now, Innosphere will be available to offer advisory services.

Perhaps most exciting for entrepreneurs will be the 2015 JumpStart BizPlan Finals. The competition is being held on Sept. 28 helping to kick off Startup Week with a $30,000 pot for the winner. Three finalists will compete for the award. The event also will include an award offered by Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., the Teen BizPlan Award.

The Commons also will host a number of off-campus events, including the Denver Business Expo on Sept. 29 at the Wellington Webb Building atrium on 201 W. Colfax. The expo will host city agencies, local business support groups, nonprofits and banks. Based on Colorado and Denver's active lifestyle, The Commons is hosting the Building the Active Lifestyle Industry segment of Startup Week on Sept. 29 at Ink Monstr's office at 2721 W. Holden Pl. The event will feature Mike Maloney (KOTA Longboards), Will Montague (Guerilla Gravity) and others.

On Oct. 1, The Commons will host Get Engaged! Civic Involvement for Small Companies as the Wellington Web building. The event will focus on how startups can engage in community-building while building their brand locally.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


MSU Denver, Colorado Heights University partner to create multi-campus university

Under a new partnership between Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) and Colorado Heights University (CHU), MSU will acquire significant portions of the historical Loretto Heights campus in southwest Denver from Colorado Heights University. The partnership will help position MSU Denver for challenges in the future and renew its focus on international education and serving underrepresented students.

"This was a values-based decision for CHU," explains MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. "Our two institutions have a mutual respect for each other's role and mission. CHU was especially supportive of our 2012 decision to offer a special tuition rate for undocumented students. We are extremely grateful and honored to have been selected by CHU for this remarkable opportunity and collaboration."

Under the partnership CHU will continue to offer its programs and expand them to help bring more international students into MSU Denver. CHU also will become an exclusive ESL provider for MSU Denver to help attract more international students.

The universities will strive to fulfill CHU's and Loretto Heights' missions to educate a globally diverse student population and local residents. As such they will explore options for developing 18 acres of the campus as an international business park that would be an experiential learning site for students. They also plan develop an alliance of international universities.

"It is only fitting that in the University's 50th year, and a few months after the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, that we begin taking steps to chart our future," Jordan says. "This partnership with CHU is a significant way for MSU Denver to firmly plant one foot in our heritage and the other in our future."

The transaction is expected to close with MSU Denver taking ownership of the property by July 1, 2016. It anticipates offering some MSU classes there as early as fall 2016.


Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


fishpond becomes B Corp

Denver's fishpond recently became a B Corporation. The company designs fly fishing, outdoor adventure packs, vests, gear bags, luggage and other accessories. Among other innovations, the company has created Cyclepond, a fabric made from recycling commercial fishing nets.

As a B Corp, fishpond is required to meet certain social and environmental standards. This includes considering the impacts of the company's decisions on employees, suppliers, communities, consumers and the environment. While becoming a B Corp or Beneficial Corporation is a voluntary act for a for-profit company, it ensures that the company meets these standards by including the requirements in its bylaws.

"As a small fly fishing focused brand, it is very important to communicate to our employees, consumers and industry that our business is dedicated to making sustainable decisions affecting everyone involved," explains co-owner Ben Kurtz. "Joining Patagonia in the fly fishing industry as the only other manufacturer with this certification means a great deal to us and will undoubtedly mean more to our loyal consumers."

Among the factors cited in allowing fishpond to become a B Corp, the certifying organization noted Cyclepond, the company's advocacy in Washington, D.C., to protect water and sustainable fishing practices and its donations to non-profits through partnerships and product sales.

"Since fishpond's inception, we have strived to be leaders in sustainable practices and creating a workplace in which our employees can thrive," says John Le Coq, fishpond founder and lead designer. "Becoming a certified B Corp tells our industry and our consumers that they are aiding a company that deeply cares about the environment and social responsibility on a large scale."

In becoming a B Corp it joins more than 50 other companies in Colorado that have become B Corps. The certification, according to the company, will also allow it access to a like-minded community of business owners to continually drive positive progress.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


Denver sticker giant Ink Monstr to host Sticky Situation Denver 2015

On Sat. Aug. 29, the stickerheads behind Ink Monstr, which can print multi-story-tall stickers, are hosting the Sticky Situation contest on Sat. Aug. 29 at Stoney's Bar & Grill. The event will showcase artists who work with the company by taking one of their pieces of art and transforming it into a giant sticker that will be applied on Stoney’s walls for one night only. In addition, the artists will compete for a $1,000 grand prize.

Ink Monstr says that attendees of the event will have until 10:30 p.m. to vote on their favorite pieces at the show. Artists participating will include Binx, Sandi Calistro, Michael Coriano, Delton Demarest, GAMMA, Mike Graves, Naomi Haverland, Andrew Hoffman, Nick Hughes, Scot LeFavor, Joseph Martinez, Jaime Molina, Claw Money, Angel Once and Kal Urso.

Mike Graves, GAMMA and Binx will paint at the event and DJs Low Key and Gyp DaHip will perform sets during the party. Drinks will be provided by Breckenridge Brewery, Deep Eddy Vodka, Red Bull, Blue Chair Bay Rum and Dulce Vida Tequila.

The event is being held at Stoney's Bar & Grill at 1111 Lincoln St.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

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