Craft experiences made easy.

 

There should be a better way to modern events. Our craft event experiences help you make the right connections and gain industry-tested insights from leaders to get ahead.

 
 
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Pioneering Denver

Our award-winning flagship event experience takes you behind the scenes with the local leaders and their stories of building a more inclusive, authentic and vibrant Mile High City. Pioneering Denver is your opportunity to hear first-hand the stories of Denver's emerging and established leaders.


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Pioneering Adventures

Go Explore Denver! Experience the best of the Mile High City and get introduced to the people, places and pioneers that are transforming Denver into a thriving hot-spot—all the while supporting great causes!


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Blood, Sweat & Beers

Blood, Sweat and Beers is a social celebration of doers of Denver who believe in finding a way and making a way. With over 20 DU alumni owned breweries and distilleries in the metro area, we provide you with exclusive access to the leaders of Denver’s craft brewing scene.


 

PIONEER STRONG

With over 50,000 local alumni and a $1B+ annual economic impact on the city, DU’s impact on the city’s rapid growth is everywhere


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“Each and every day I'm inspired by the courage and leadership of our amazing community of pioneers in Denver and around the world.”
—BRIAN J. ELIZARDI
Founder & Creator of Pioneering Denver


 

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Forging the future of Denver.

Season 1: Teams

 
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Echo Mountain

November 13, 2017

Peter Burwell (BSBA ’11), CEO Burwell Enterprises, Inc. and Fred Klaas (BSBA ’11), GM of Echo Mountain joined Chancellor Rebecca Chopp at Galvanize for the inaugural Pioneering Denver experience to discuss their audacious plot to turn a once-struggling resort into Denver's own skiing destination.

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Prodigy Coffeehouse

March 14, 2018

Prodigy Coffeehouse founders Steph and Hillary Frances (MA '09) shared the stage with Graduate School of Social Work Dean Amanda Moore McBride to explore how their small but mighty coffee shop is transforming the lives of Denver's young professionals—all while making a delicious cup of craft coffee.

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Re:Vision

April 9, 2018

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp led us once again with founders Eric Kornacki (BA ’07) and Joseph Teipel (BA ’07) and their mission to reimagine community development and transform the lives of one of Denver’s most economically marginalized neighborhoods into a flourishing and strong community.

 

Season 2: Titans of Denver

 
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Denver Startup Week

September 5, 2018

Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science Dean JB Holston led us into season 2 with the team of Erik Mitisek (BS ’99), Ben Deda (MBA ’11) and Tami Door that joined forces to build the largest free entrepreneurial event in the world right here in Denver.

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Stanley Marketplace

April 17, 2019

Scott McLagan led us on a journey with Mark Shaker (MBA ‘11) and his inspiring story of leading a community of small business innovators and entrepreneurs to create a community-focused marketplace at Stanley Marketplace.