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MSU Denver Rocks with Music, Fashion and Dance on Sept. 4

Center for Innovation “Own It” Free Community Festival Promotes Student Entrepreneurship

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: August 7, 2013

WHAT: MSU Denver’s Center for Innovation is hosting “Own It,” a free community festival to showcase student entrepreneurs, local businesses and performing artists. The all-day outdoor event includes performances by notable local bands, an evening fashion show, dance performances, student businesses and sponsor merchant tables. The festival will showcase creative businesses launched by Center for Innovation students such as Driftin’ Suns band manager Angela Kerr, Luna Cash’s Tetra Incendia theatrical fire-and-dance troupe, and the 2013 Student Entrepreneur of the Year Adrian Barragan and his Denver Fashion Truck.   

WHY:   The Center for Innovation organized this free community event in partnership with Colorado Music Buzz Magazine to support professional development opportunities for local entrepreneurs including MSU Denver student- and alumni-run businesses. One of the center’s goals is to advise creative professionals in launching and promoting their businesses to achieve entrepreneurial success. The event generates awareness and support for Center for Innovation community-focused programs such as CREATE MSU Denver and the Franchise Ownership Program.


WHERE:  Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013(4-10 p.m.)

MSU Denver Student Success Building courtyard - Auraria Campus

(890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204)

The festival features a student and sponsor showcase throughout the day starting at 10:30 a.m. with multiple food and retail trucks on site from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Public entertainment starts at 4 p.m.


Estimated Entertainment Performance Schedule


Lisa Ramfjord Elstun, CEO of LRE Couture (fashion emcee)


Denver Fashion Truck (student business)         

4-4:15 p.m.

Brett Finn, Colorado Music Buzz Magazine (music emcee)

4:15-4:30 p.m.

PAER (band)   

4:30-5:15 p.m.

Stephanie O. (fashion designer)           

5:15-5:30 p.m.

Driftin' Suns (student-managed band)   

5:30-6:15 p.m.

Imminent Rise and Native Clutter (fashion designer)   

6:15-6:30 p.m.

James And The Devil (alumni band – 2013 Westword Music Showcase winner)

6:30-7:15 p.m.

Equillibrium (fashion designer)

7:15-7:30 p.m.

Vices I Admire  (band – 2013 Westword Music Showcase winner)

7:30-8:15 p.m.

Tetra Incendia student theatrical fire and-dance troupe)

8:15-8:30 p.m.

The Bunny Gang feat. Nathen Maxwell from Flogging Molly (Band)

8:30-9:15 p.m.



About the Center for Innovation

The Center for Innovation at Metropolitan State University of Denver supports all types of businesses with nearly 40 different academic majors represented in the program. Students can earn a minor in entrepreneurship or a certificate in entrepreneurship that goes beyond mainstream business curriculum. Coursework is taught by MSU Denver affiliate faculty, providing real-world experience from relationships with businesses and organizations. The center offers $2,500 micro-loans and coaching for students and community members working to grow small businesses. For more information visit

About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has 23,000 students and offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 74,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.