LODE—Diversifying Wyoming’s Economy

Our Mission

At LODE, our mission is to develop a repeatable methodology for building successful innovative technology startups. Our studio brings ideas to life as standalone companies that we want to scale. Our culture comprises passion for people with enriching mentorship, while driving economic growth by creating meaningful jobs in Wyoming. We’re a Laramie-based startup revolutionizing business creation through the power of our startup studio business model.

We’re experienced entrepreneurs looking to build amazing startups with our product & engineering teams to bring our visions to life. We iterate quickly with a bias towards action, the ability to think in first principles, and the drive needed to excel in a startup environment.

“We’re creating new tech jobs in Wyoming. Building out the ecosystem, attracting follow-on capital, that’s what LODE is doing.”

— Rich Kopcho, Managing Director


What We’re Achieving

  • Implemented apprenticeship program within UWYO to train students in startup methods.
  • Producing the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede aimed at diversifying the economy in Wyoming.
  • Engaged DOE participation in Stampede.
  • Drawing new follow-on capital to the state with partner VC firms interested in the tech sector.

  • Cohort 1 are learning to build a software business. (5 UWYO S.N.A.P. and 2 CU Boulder apprentices)
  • Working with DOE TTO to secure new startup opportunities for Wyoming.
  • Stood up BitAngels chapter in WY as a follow-on capital source.
  • Developing the quantum corridor with partners.