Founded: August 2011
City Director: James Capps

Times: Sessions occur from about 6:30 – 9:45PM. It’s helpful to arrive about 10 minutes early.

House of Genius Denver was founded in 2010 to enable the entrepreneurial spirit of the community and make it a more vibrant place to live, work and play. It’s a way for our city’s boldest companies, innovators, creators and inventors to work with community members to overcome the barriers to success.

Denver continues to be at the center of innovation and creative thinking in Colorado.  If you’re living in the Denver or the surrounding areas – get involved and be part of the excitement.

Denver sessions happen on the last Wednesday of every month unless noted otherwise. Locations vary to take advantage of the exciting spaces and venues available throughout the Mile High City.

Don’t forget, anyone can apply to present a business challenge or to contribute to the discussion, but we curate the room carefully and you must be invited. Please apply to queue for an upcoming session.


DSC_0066.NEF copyJames Capps, City Director
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James is a Denver native passionate about everything Colorado. With advanced degrees from DU and CU Boulder, James seeks to foster the entrepreneurial community in Denver as a source of economic and social innovation. His experience as a technology leader with local startups and fortune 100 companies has given him experience and energy he enjoys sharing with others.  He is a fan of backpacking, mountain biking and his two young sons – none of which get the attention they deserve.


Dan Richardson, Moderator
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Dan has always been drawn toward the discovery of new perspectives as well as the aesthetics and practicalities of design. At an early age he became fascinated by the intersections and contrasts that occur between the natural world and the built environment. Studying environmental design and architecture gave structure and formal process to Dan’s creative thinking. This structure enabled Dan to apply his creativity to generate complex and strategic solutions for business.

Dan became a professional creative in the advertising industry where he worked on launching and maintaining global brands. His art direction and design work won international awards and recognition. Dan’s focus has since been drawn to other mediums. He has worked and consulted for the publishing, packaged goods, mobile, medical, and action-sports industries. In addition, Dan has founded, helped launch, and managed start-up businesses. Still appreciating the nuances of applied aesthetics and social artifacts, Dan is focused on user experience and digital communication. Currently, Dan is collaborating on his third software business. He is always thinking about the next new idea.

Coree Bio2Coree Schmitz
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Coree hails from the Mountain West and, having worked for both Fortune 500 companies and fledgling startups, has developed a strong passion for strategy and solutions.  After traveling abroad with the Fulbright Commission and receiving an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, Coree moved back to the United States to join the bustling entrepreneurial scene.

With a focus in operations and supply chain analytics in the oil and gas industry as well as business development and operations for film and media production – Coree’s diverse background keeps her professional life both interesting and entertaining.  Nearly immediately upon her arrival in Mile High City in February of 2011, Coree presented at the 7th House of Genius Denver session and has been a strong supporter of the organization ever since.  She is most recently working as the Director of Operations for Engine7 Media as well as moonlighting at the Truffle Cheese Shop where she is an amateur cheesemonger.  When not working she can be found booking a plane ticket to a far off destination and headed out on a new adventure.





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Apply For ‘Genius Denver


Our venues change from time to time. Your invitation will include all event details.

Our venues include: Battery 621Shift Workspaces, Galvanize

Write to us about hosting a House of Genius session!

Session Dates

Last Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. Sessions are by invitation only and all details are provided with your invitation. Anyone can apply for a future session.