July 24


06:00 pm - 08:30 pm

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Defense Entrepreneurs Forum


Our next DEF Denver Drink & Think will take place on Wedneday, July 24th at 6:00 PM at the Launch Pad Brewery in AuroraWe’ll be hearing from Sid Saleh from Colorado School of Mines. Sid was the lead for the School of Mines’ Hacking for Defense program and has a fascinating background (below). Come join us for an awesome evening of connecting intrapreneurs in government with likeminded folks from around the Denver area – you don’t want to miss out!

Sid Saleh is a faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines Division of Economics and Business. He also serves as associate director of academics at the Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation where he develops programs and curricula in collaborative creativity, entrepreneurship and leading innovation. He frequently assists in translating research into viable business solutions. Sid is a management researcher and educator who examines how individuals collaborate to develop novel ideas and creative solutions for complex challenges in spite of the constraints they face in organizations, startups and partnerships. Specifically, his research explores collaborative creativity, properties of constraints, and collective choice in the context of entrepreneurship, innovation and talent retention. His research goal is to boost organizational innovation. A former Apple product manager and entrepreneur, Sid’s practical experience enriches his teaching and informs his research. He is a versatile and innovative educator. His graduate product management course produced the first and third place winners of the 2019 Wright Outdoor Challenge.

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) exists to promote a culture of innovation in the national security community. The mission of DEF is to “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events in different regions, a national conference each year, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn. Our national programs include fellowship opportunties, writing initiativies and an internal think tank in which all members are welcome to participate. Drink & Think events are a foundational way of connecting the national security innovation community. 

Interested in an external perspective of DEF? Check out this War on the Rocks article. Want to get involved? Anyone can join at to get free access to our online communities, national programs and more.


Why should I register? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF  team to better prepare the space for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options? Parking is available at the venue. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to message DEF any questions you may have on Facebook in advance, or shoot us an email. We don’t like spam, but are interested in just about anything else that falls into DEF lanes, so, when in doubt, reach out! We are, after all, about connecting people.