Taylor (Sanders) Grandetaylor.email@example.com
Western Slope Regional Director
Purpose: Creating Trust
After relocating from the Front Range to Durango, Taylor looks forward to bringing the communities of the Western Slope together to ensure startups have the resources they need to succeed. She comes with extensive experience on an international level from her time overseeing Global Partnerships with GAN, a highly curated network of the top accelerators from around the globe. Taylor looks forward to now being able to focus on the communities that she calls home as the Regional Director for Colorado’s Western Slope.
Events & Communications Manager
Purpose: Exploring the way
Before relocating to the Front Range, Margaret managed the marketing and events programs for several independent businesses and startups in Durango, CO. She specializes in developing strong community initiatives to not only support business growth, but also foster creative connections and opportunities. In 2016, she conceptualized and created the annual Women Outside Adventure Forum and Colorado Trail Days festival. She is also a writer of creative non-fiction, screenplays, and the odd bit of fiction. Margaret recently earned her MA from the University of East Anglia in England. Originally from rural New Mexico, she considers the empty, quiet places of Colorado home.
Purpose: Seeing the Possibilities
As a Colorado native and rural resident, Delaney is honored to steward the inherent genius she believes exists because of living farther off the beaten path. Delaney is a seasoned creative, entrepreneur, and change agent. She successfully owned, operated, and exited her first company and has since been dedicated to fostering ingrained cultural values for art and innovation. As Executive Director of Startup Colorado, her mission is to drive greater coordination within the entrepreneurial ecosystem on behalf of rural entrepreneurs and the communities they call home. She is an unwavering believer in the potential of ideas, the people behind them, and the places they create.
Eastern Regional Director
Purpose: Awakening Spirit
Stan attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. He then graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas. Following college, he entered the corporate world, working for three fortune 50 companies in a row. After ten years with Apple Computer, he moved the family back to northeast Colorado. Here, his entrepreneurial spirit took over and he started three separate successful businesses. With first-hand knowledge of the hurdles that challenge the startup entrepreneur, he is excited to bring his own experience in small business and corporate leadership to Startup Colorado.
Having lived in multiple rural communities in Colorado, Erin developed a deep appreciation for the colorful and creative innovators that keep small town Colorado alive. Erin has focused her career on community and ecosystem building in the media and music industries, and has a passion for connecting people to the resources they need to succeed. She is a musician and entrepreneur, fronting the rock band Porlolo and managing a workforce training program called Audiovore, which provides training in audio and video production to women and people of color. Erin looks forward to supporting the creative and diverse entrepreneurs throughout rural Colorado.
Originally from Wisconsin, Susan has lived the last ten years in New York City working in the design, retail, and fitness industries. She has a passion for the startup culture as she successfully ran her own personal training business and started a few other side businesses while in New York. Susan moved to Colorado in the summer of 2019 to pursue her MBA at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship. She is excited to be working with the Startup Colorado team and help facilitate startup ecosystems across rural Colorado.
Amie Stepanovich, Silicon Flatirons - Executive Director
Amie Stepanovich is the Executive Director at Silicon Flatirons. She is a national recognized expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law.
Brad Bernthal, Executive Comittee Chair
Associate Professor of Law, CU Law School and Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative for the Silicon Flatirons Center
Phil Weiser, Ex officio
Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Founder, Silicon Flatirons; Colorado Attorney General
Brad Feld, Ex officio
Co-founder, Foundry Group; Co-founder, Techstars
CEO, Governance Project and Partner, Four Points Funding
CEO, Telluride Foundation
Southeast Regional Manager, Department of Local Affairs
Co-founder, Foundry Group
Associate Director, Zoma Capital
Division Director, Business Funding & Incentives, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
Managing Director at Pioneer Fund
CEO, Incredible, a regenerative innovation™ studio