LaunchNo.CO began as a MeetUp group on March 1, 2012 and went on to established the first Fort Collins Startup Week. As the group got larger and began to formalize, Executive Director Jana Sanchez spent 2016 talking to people to see what the entrepreneurship and small business community needed to thrive in Northern Colorado. LaunchNo.CO, the nonprofit, was born out of those conversations.
In early 2017, LaunchNo.CO received its first grant funding and brought together the incredibly dedicated team you see below.
Jana Sanchez: Executive Director
Jana Knapp Sanchez has been telling stories that get results for more than 20 years. With an extensive background in both fundraising and marketing, she’s had opportunity to dive deeply into how crafting effective messages, rooted in honest emotion, and built around clear action attract both people and dollars. When not leading LaunchNo.CO, she works as the Marketing Director of Trebuchet Group, a collaborative consulting firm in Fort Collins. She also owns her own company, Alchemy With Words, where she works with CEOs and Founders to develop pitch decks, keynotes, and sales pitches that achieve their goals. Her book around the Neuroscience of Making Memorable Messages may get finished in 2018.
Chris Radliff: Director of Operations
Chris has more than 20 years experience Assembling and leading design teams, designing and developing multimedia projects, and creating strategies for business.
He has taught multimedia authoring techniques at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, developed interactive courseware for the Program for Management Development at The Harvard Business School, and as Director of Marketing helped launch Bare Bones Software from a freeware product to a multi-million dollar software company.
Jennifer Markiewicz: Director of Communications
Jennifer Markiewicz has over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience in Larimer and Weld Counties. She has completed two capital campaigns including a $6.1 million campaign to build a replicable, state-of-the-art domestic violence shelter; coordinated a city-wide campaign that brought attention from the White House; and overhauled a county-wide affordable housing program featured in Vice President Biden’s report 100 Recovery Act Grants Changing America. Jennifer’s strengths include major fundraising events, grant writing and reporting, and private donor cultivation. Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Business Administration at Colorado State University.
President: Doug Cannon, Larimer County Economic Development
Doug Cannon is a Specialist with Larimer County Economic Development Department. He is responsible for Community outreach ensuring the citizens of Larimer County know about are resources. Doug is also responsible for leading the county’s Business Retention and Expansion efforts. His education and varied experiences contribute to his success in this role.Doug has decades of experience in the culinary field. He worked as Chef in Chicago concentrating on global cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. Focusing on cost control, operations, human capital and negotiations, Doug led many successful and profitable restaurants and helped to train generations of new chefs. Also notable as a key accomplishment, Doug developed and implemented a Marketing and Customer Development Program which received the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Program Excellence Award.
Treasurer: Jes Rawley, FVC Mesh
Jessica Rawley started her career working for several small non-profits and business start-ups to establish operating systems, business development strategies, and marketing plans. After doing Fund Development and Public Relations for Habitat for Humanity, Jessica joined the Peace Corps and served as a Small Enterprise Development Advisor in Kenya. Placed with a national conservation organization, she worked closely with community groups to improve and market conservation-based enterprises, namely eco-tourism ventures. This experience prompted her to pursue her MBA in Social Enterprise and understand how entrepreneurship can be used as a tool for sustainable community development. During her MBA, Jessica co-founded Taka Energy, which develops community-scale waste-to-energy facilities that generate renewable energy assets from otherwise useless waste streams. After graduation, she served as a Program Manager for the Global, Social, Sustainable Enterprise MBA program working with students to develop business ventures that addressed the world’s most pressing problems. She then transferred to be the Assistant Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship developing and implementing programs and events that educate students in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Secretary: Rob Phillips, Rocky Mountain Business Advocate Group
Rob is a Fort Collins native who returned to his hometown after working as in-house counsel for several multinational corporations. Since returning to Colorado Rob founded the RMBA Group, a law firm that specializes in provides In-House Counsel-as-a Service advisory guidance to high potential growth and emerging growth technology businesses. Rob provides the legal guidance startups, and established entrepreneurs, need to mitigate their risks, all the while focusing on strategic growth and underlying business objectives. Rob provides all the legal services your business may need from formation through successful exit strategy implementation.
Allen Duck, Acorn Capital
Allen has been involved in technology manufacturing and finance for over 25 years, has been a founder of two small business both positive exits and involved as advisor to multiple others.
Starting his career in the UK Allen’s experience in business management covers the USA, Europe and Asia, working for large public companies and startups. He has held executive level positions in Operations, Sales and Marketing.
He has a global outlook, a straightforward style and a proven capacity for innovating solutions to seemingly extraordinary problems. He is the holder of 3 US patents and Author of 4 “Quick Read” business books.
Today Allen is a serving as the VP Sales and Marketing for a Engineering Group based in Singapore with responsibility for Global revenue growth, Product positioning and Sector expansion.
Dave Harris, Rockies Venture Club
Dave Harris is the Director of Operations for Rockies Venture Club (RVC), the longest running angel investor group in the US. Rockies Venture Club a non-profit organization furthering economic development in Colorado by connecting investors and entrepreneurs through conferences (Angel Capital Summit, Colorado Capital Conference, and more), networking events, educational offerings and facilitation of Colorado’s largest angel investor groups. Dave is also a General Partner with Rockies Venture Fund (RVF), a new venture fund focused on Colorado based start-ups.
Prior to joining RVC, Dave worked as a collaborative start-up consultant specializing in strategy, business development, and project management. He also has 7+ years experience in international finance and content management at Thomson Reuters and Lipper, covering the financial markets for Latin America, Europe, and Canada.
Dave is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he enjoys climbing 14ers, backpacking, fishing, and cooking; often all simultaneously, while still answering RVC emails.
Andrew Schneider, Create Places
After 14 years away, Andrew moved back to Fort Collins in 2008 to escape the saturated creative market of Los Angeles. Filling his time with live music, art, culture, and bicycling, he has worked on new and traditional media products with a focus on fostering community and fueling passion. Schneider founded and leads Create Places, an economic and workforce development nonprofit that provides support to increase creative and arts-related employment in Northern Colorado. In the short span of two years he has transitioned from a creative entrepreneur with a passion for community development to a full time organizer and evangelist for the power of arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interests. His work has earned him distinction as one of BizWest’s 2016 40 Under Forty rising regional leaders, as well as the attention of the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade—giving him a seat at the Colorado Change Leader Institute.