United States Air Force Academy
Colorado Spring, CO

DEF is coming to Colorado Springs in August! #DEFxColorado

Colorado is home to numerous military bases and startup communities; DEFxColorado will leverage the strengths of both groups to create [email protected] within the defense community. DEFxColorado will be held in Colorado Springs – our Nation’s national security capital of the West – home of the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, and Schriever AFB, with Buckley AFB just down the road. Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs all have active ROTC programs and boast growing startup scenes with innovative companies.

Building on the success of the monthly Colorado Springs Drink & Think meet ups, we’re hosting a day long DEFxColorado to tackle issues at a deeper level. We will begin the day with TED talk-style speakers and a panel of successful innovators. We’ll then learn the Lean Startup process and Influence Strategies to develop real solutions and strategies to effect change and pitch those ideas to a Shark Tank of senior military leaders and experienced venture capital investors.

DEFxColorado is an event organized by the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization disrupting the status quo by inspiring, connecting, and empowering leaders to create a culture of innovation in the defense community. As with all DEF events, uniforms and ties can be left at home - come casually dressed.

Innovation @ Elevation

Join us for a day of TED talk-style conversations to candidly discuss military innovation while leaving rank and ties at the door.  We’ll tackle issues like talent management, acquisition reform and emerging threats through panels and a keynote address by an established innovator. Throughout the day and during the happy hours, you’ll have a chance to meet with attendees and speakers.

Confirmed Speakers

  • BG Andrew Armacost (USAFA Dean)
  • MAJ Matt Cavanaugh
  • LTC Aaron Roof (PMS at CU Boulder, USASOC experience)
  • MAJ Joe Byerly

Email: [email protected] for more info, to join the event team, or to nominate speakers.

Tickets will be available via Eventbrite in starting May 23rd!