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At Wampum we believe that eCommerce technologies should be available to anyone doing legitimate business.  We help our customers accept Bitcoin payments with or without the use of a local bank.

Our software, Wampum Register© allows our customers to:

* Accept cryptocurrency directly - with or without a bank
* Get access to funds within hours of acceptance
* Save money due to lower fees than banks.
* Reduce effort handling large quantities of cash
* Decrease the risks associated with deliveries
* Provide pre-payment and online ordering options
* Avoid the expenses associated with managing, securing and transporting cash

With Wampum your money is always in your complete control.

Founders of Wampum

Russell Castagnaro is an eCommerce Revolutionary and the CEO of Wampum, LLC a company dedicated to bringing eCommerce to anyone doing legitimate business, with or without a bank.

He implemented some of the first US eCommerce applications in the 1990's and led teams implementing eCommerce and ePhilanthropy solutions from 1997 through 2003. At that point, he realized more good for more people could come from sane eGovernment applications. In most cases, these services included eCommerce, access to information and all sorts of other Internet technologies. Starting in 2003 through 2016 Russell led the Hawaii Information Consortium/ They provided electronic government solutions to any government agency working in Hawaii (Federal, State or Local). 

Russell's experience with eCommerce convinced him that the accelerating trend of privatization of commerce by large banks and credit card merchants was inefficient, insecure and unwise for the world economy.  Cryptocurrency technology like Bitcoin and Ethereum are the world's best bet for the return of sane commerce directly between parties, and he has placed himself at dead-center in this upheaval.

Matt is the CTO for Wampum and the principal developer of Wampum Register© and other software products.  His understanding of enterprise software, Amazon Web Services, and Cryptocurrency is astounding.  His ability to develop straightforward code to solve problems resulted in an MVP launch in March and Beta in June.  We will officially launch Wampum Register© in November.


Nuorikko is embracing technology, evolving the bridal gown, and empowering brides to create their own experience. Not just another bridal brand, they are passionate about modernizing sales and manufacturing, and updating a stagnant industry.

Nuorikko's concept effectively reduces or eliminates the common frustrations and fit issues that affectevery bride. The line has over 8000 possible combinations, giving each bride the opportunity to create their own unique, individual style. Nuorikko is the first bridal brand to combine a customizable product with augmented reality. This concept goes beyond just a style update, and is taking the guesswork out of the shopping experience by allowing brides to virtually try on looks as they shop, both online and in store. Each piece is made-to-order in the U.S. using mass customization, a method of sustainable manufacturing that is delivered in less than half the time it takes other brands to deliver a standard gown.

Founder of Nuorikko

Kaitlyn Thomas is Nuorikko’s Founder, CEO, and a former frustrated bride. She ended up making her own wedding gown, disappointed with the lack of options available and unable to find anything that matched her personal style. Kaitlyn decided to take action in updating the stagnant bridal market, and Nuorikko was born. 

Customization as a future-facing business strategy is as old as the apparel industry itself, but in the past it has been both expensive and difficult to achieve. Now, technology-based, sustainable production methods are more accessible than ever, meaning that buying a customized product is no longer exclusively a luxury experience. With over 15 years’ experience in clothing design and manufacturing, including the use of technology in sales & production, Kaitlyn knows the ins-and-outs of the apparel industry, and is perfectly suited to bring a customizable product to the mass market.


Wander + Ivy is revolutionizing the single-serve wine market.
Our award-winning wines are made from organic grapes, sourced from family-owned vineyards around the world + served in custom 6-ounce glass bottles that are sleek + Eco-friendly. You can now enjoy a high quality glass of wine without the worry of wasting a bottle + without the harmful chemicals + additives that are often used in the wine-making process. 

Founder of Wander + Ivy

A health nut with a passion for wine and a background in finance.

-Certified Sommelier
-Certified Yoga Instructor
-Former Collegiate Dancer, Alvin Ailey, New York City
-Economics + Business Administration BA, Fordham University
-Former Vice President, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Food + Beverage Practice-
-Volunteer, Denver Food Rescue
-Associate Board, ACE Scholarships
-Resident in the Denver Highlands with Husband + Boxer Puppy

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Instagram: @wanderandivy 


PB Love was founded in Denver, Colorado in April, 2015 as an online company. We produce handcrafted, artisan nut butters using only all-natural, high quality, real-food ingredients. We create a unique food product that delivers a ridiculous eating experience! PB Love's purpose is to feed people real, delicious food and make them happy - simple and honest. We sell direct at farmers markets, online, and special events. We also sale B2B: wholesale food-service & boutique retail, bulk buying program for businesses who are not retailers, and currently creating/testing a private/white label programPB Love's main focus is still getting as many people as possible to learn about us and taste our nuts! We have a team of 2 and are looking forward to expanding that team with other willing, dedicated, and motivated team-members in the near future.

Founder of PB Love Company

Mario was born in Amarillo, TX in 1984 and moved to Dallas, TX in August of 2003. After losing nearly 100 pounds and changing his entire lifestyle to become healthier, he started his first business in health/wellness called The North Dallas Bootcamp in 2006, and it was then Mario made his first batch of almond butter. Mario moved to Denver in August of 2010 after closing shop in Dallas. He has almost 20 years of experience in the hospitality/food & beverage industry and has had great success working for popular Denver eateries like Snooze, Stuebens, and Work & Class. Mario currently works a full-time schedule running and growing PB Love Co. He studies leadership development, food manufacturing, movement, and continues to live a healthier, happier lifestyle fulfilling his purpose of feeding people and making them happy!


 Register to Attend the Trout Tank 

December 7th, 2017 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Networking and Demo Day to follow

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

1445 Market St

Denver, CO 80202



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