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WAYNE HEILMAN Updated: March 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

The Colorado Springs Technology Incubator and Colorado College will co-sponsor a panel discussion next week on what it takes to secure funding for startup companies.

Panelists including angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs will share their perspectives on how entrepreneurs attract investors and secure funding and will hear pitches from two startup companies, giving them candid reactions afterwards. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday in the college’s Jerome P. McHugh Student Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. Parking is available in the college’s W2 and W3 parking lots near the commons. Space is limited; RSVP to mary.fox@cstionline.org.

Stephen Kaczmarek, owner of a new mountain bike company called Fatbike and coordinator of innovation and incubation at Colorado College, and Ric Denton, the incubator’s CEO, will be moderators for the panel, which includes Chris Marks, a partner at Boulder-based private equity investment firm Tango and High Country Venture LLC; Bill Miller, managing partner of PV Strategies LLC and PV Ventures LLC; Peter Adams, executive director of the Denver-based Rockies Venture Club, and Chris Bless, CEO of the BiggsKofford accounting firm.

The college also is hosting a Pitch Night competition April 4 for five student teams to present business ideas to panel of judges — which include the CEOs of credit report giant Experian and commodities and energy information provider Genscape — that will select a winner or winners for $50,000 in funding. The five teams will be selected March 28 from 28 teams that entered the competition.

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