Launch a Business in 54 Hours

In just 54 hours, you can turn your idea into a business. That might seem crazy but several Summit County businesses have already been launched in one weekend.

How? It’s called Startup Weekend and was launched in Colorado to give entrepreneurs the motivation, the support and the resources to take their business from idea to prototype to full business plan in 54 hours.

Now, it’s your chance. Summit County Startup Weekend returns Nov. 13-15 to Frisco, Colo. and will be based out of ELEVATE coSPACE and Evo3 Workspace, two coworking spaces in downtown Frisco.

“So many times people have ideas but are too afraid to share it … As you learn in Start-up weekend, ideas are plentiful, implementation and taking action is a whole lot more work,” says Shawna Henderson, founder of Adrenaline Escapes, who won last spring’s Startup Weekend. “If there is something inside of you that you can not get out of your head, take the first step and pitch it.  You never know where that will lead.”

Henderson was one of the five teams who pitched at the April Summit County Startup Weekend. All five teams are still working on their businesses and projects.

“We’re helping to build a launch businesses and ideas in Summit County,” said Larry Sullivan, lead organizer for Summit County Startup Weekend. “We had a 100 percent success rate of Startup Weekend teams. That’s an unusually high number and speaks volumes about the passion, tenacity and drive of our community.”

Startup Weekend gives anyone –- like Shawna and her team – the opportunity to pitch an idea on Friday night in 60 seconds or less to a group of local executives, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, founders, startups, digital experts and students.

After a vote, teams form around the top ideas and then they launch into 54 hours of creating, designing, researching, analyzing, developing, coding and teamwork all to present to a panel of expert judges and local startup veterans. Prizes will be awarded to help the teams put their ideas into action and build a startup.

Even if you don’t have an idea or don’t want to pitch, come, says Sullivan. If you’re intrigued with the idea of a startup or want to support a startup idea, this is the right event for you to attend.

According to Sullivan, Friday night and Sunday night are the perfect time and opportunity to find out more. “Who knows,” he says, “you might come on Friday night and get inspired to pitch an idea or join a team.”

Summit County Startup Weekend starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 in Frisco at ELEVATE coSPACE and evo3 Workspace. Visit summitstartup.org for more information.

Or connect on social at www.facebook.com/summitcountystartupweekend or on twitter @summitcountySW.








The Internet of Things Startup Weekend Sponsors

 

logoOn Friday May 29th, entrepreneurs will gather at Galvanize’s new Platte location for a special Startup Weekend event focused on creating the next generation of Internet of Things companies. In just 54 hours, teams will form, ideas will be discussed, prototypes will be built, markets will be analyzed, and companies will be pitched.

Startup Weekend is one of the largest communities of passionate entrepreneurs, hosting over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world. It’s an amazing organization that has brought thousands of entrepreneurs together with their unique event format.

The upcoming IoT-focused Startup Weekend event is especially exciting because teams will develop their ideas for Internet connected devices and create hardware prototypes. The Internet of Things is an emerging market and presents a massive opportunity for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

If launching an IoT-company in a weekend isn’t enough to get you excited, just wait … there’s more! An incredible group of companies have graciously donated to make this event possible, and their contributions are all to help the Startup Weekend participants succeed. Let’s go through the sponsors so far and see how they’ll make the weekend awesome, and how they’ll help set your company up for success after the event.

Support During the Event

Particle Cores

Particle (until most recently known as Spark) has a really cool hardware product that makes creating an Internet connected device a snap. Getting a small microcontroller-powered device on the Internet used to be a huge challenge. Now, with the Particle Core, it takes about five minutes. It’s technology like this that really expands the realm of possibility.

Particle has graciously donated 15 of their Maker Kits, which come complete with a Core + lots of sensors and other goodies. It includes everything you need to get started with building simple Internet connected devices. Each team will get a Maker Kit so they can prototype their idea over the weekend.

 

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Temboo

Once you get your Particle Core connected to the Internet, now what? One thing you may want to do is integrate a popular web service, like Twitter or Google Drive or Twilio. Temboo provides easy integration with over 100 different APIs so you can program your application lightning fast.

All participants will get free Temboo accounts with three free months of access, so you’ll have a head start on getting your company off the ground.

 

FunGram Workshop

While getting started with the Particle Core is fairly straightforward, there still are some challenges involved if you’ve never worked with embedded devices. To help get you started, FunGram has offered to run an introductory workshop on Wednesday May 27th. This workshop will give you an overview of the Particle Core devices, what they are capable of, and how to create a simple IoT device.

 

Ubidots

Let’s say you’ve wired up your Particle Core with some sensors and you’re able to access that data via the Internet. Awesome. But where does that data go? What does it do? That’s where Ubidots comes in. Ubidots provides the infrastructure to make sense of your sensor data. You can watch your data stream in on a real time dashboard, or trigger actions when the sensor value hits a threshold.

Ubidots will provide high usage accounts for all participants during the event, and the three winning teams will each get free starter plan subscriptions for 1 year.

Support After the Event

Galvanize

Galvanize has recently opened up their newest Platte location in Denver, and it’s a great space in a cool location. Not only are they providing the space for this event to take place, but they are also offering a one-month free membership to the winning team. So you get to stick around and keep working on your company!

 

Chromedia

Chromedia is a web development shop focused on getting startups to launch quickly and smartly. They specialize in turning rough ideas into polished websites, which sounds perfect for Startup Weekend companies! For the winning team, Chromedia will donate 20 hours of website development time so you can share your idea with the world.

 

Modus Law

Modus Law is the entrepreneurs law firm. They specialize in helping young companies with formation, IP, M&A, general council, litigation, and all the other complicated law-related activities that are best left to the experts. Modus Law will help the winning team with their company formation documents so they structure their company for success.

 

Boomtown

After Startup Weekend, your team’s idea will likely need some work to take it to the next level. That’s where Boomtown can help. With a 12-week accelerator program in Boulder, Boomtown will help turn your idea into a real company with seed funding, mentors, and experts in design and marketing. The top two teams from the IoT Startup Weekend will receive fast track status for Boomtown’s accelerator program in either the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 classes!

Are You Ready?

The Internet of Things Startup Weekend event is quickly approaching. Are you ready to take your ideas and create an IoT company in just 54 hours? The emerging IoT market is a HUGE opportunity for the coming years, and one of the best ways to get involved is to dive in head first with your own company.

Even if you don’t continue on with your idea and create the next Nest, the experiences you have and the connections you’ll make are invaluable.

If you haven’t yet signed up, you can still register for the event and purchase tickets.

 

 








Pre-Event Prototyping Workshop

Title: SWIoT Prototyping Workshop

Summary: A pre-event workshop where attendees will build a connected smart home device with a web app in 3 hours.

Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2015  5:30pm – 8:30pm

Location:  Galvanize – Denver – Platte 1644 Platte Street  Denver, CO 80202

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Course Details:  In 3 hours, participants will learn everything they need to get started building working IoT prototypes.  By the end of the course, participants will have built functional prototypes and web apps that will take and display temperature measurements, as well as control lights in real-time.  We will be using Particle Core boards and prototyping equipment provided by Hackster.io.  

  • Introduction to embedded concepts (ex: Interrupts, debugging, logging, memory).
  • Hands on examples where participants can read sensors and control an actuator using the Cloud interface provided by Spark Core.

Instructors: The workshop will be lead by the experienced instructors of Fungram.  Check out their bios below and learn more by following this link to their website.

Sasi

Sasi Movva: Entrepreneur currently building a startup in the Internet of Things domain. Masters (S/W Engg) from CMU, Pittsburgh and MBA(Leeds School of Business), CU Boulder.  Extensive software programming experience including embedded software seen in most mobile phones.  Loves hiking, biking and camping with his wife and 2 boys.

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Shashank Shekhar – 4 years of experience as a startup co-founder.  Masters (CS) from CU, Boulder and B.Tech. (EE) from IIT Kanpur, INDIA.  Expert at hardware chip design (VLSI).  Software development experience ranging from websites (RoR) to embedded software (C).  Loves golfing and is working on getting his wife and 2 boys into it.

Requirements & Experience:

  • This event is open to Startup Weekend IoT attendees only.  If you haven’t signed up yet, do so at bit.do/swiot15
  • Attendees will need to bring a Windows PC or Mac laptop, we will supply all prototyping gear thanks to Particle.io and Hackster.io, two of our sponsors.
  • Some prior programming experience is required.  Non-programmers may attend if they can find a programmer buddy who would let them watch over their shoulders.  No prior familiarity/experience with Spark Core or electronics prototyping is required.

Preparation:

RSVP:  This event is limited to 15 attendees only.  Attendees must also be registered for Startup Weekend IoT before the workshop.  RSVP for the workshop by following this link.  See you there!








Female adventure travel startup team wins Summit County Startup

History repeated itself this weekend in Summit County. The winning team of Startup Weekend – Adrenaline Escapes – came from behind to win the business event. The same scenario happened last year for Gr8tful Giveback, the winning team of the first Startup Weekend.

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Shawna Henderson from Adrenaline Escapes puts the finishing touches on her pitch for the Sunday night judging event at Summit County Startup Weekend

Shawna Henderson, the visionary behind Adrenaline Escapes, pitched her idea on Friday. She wasn’t voted into the top six ideas in the first round. But, like a true entrepreneur, she heard “no,” persisted and morphed her idea with the help of her fiery teammate and now CFO Kimberly Swank. The two of them spent all weekend working alongside four other teams to emerge as the winner of the final pitch on Sunday night.

Startup Weekend is an event designed to help entrepreneurs, visionaries and dreamers bring their ideas to life and launch a business in a weekend. Summit County Startup Weekend was hosted from April 10 to 12 at two new coworking spaces in Frisco – ELEVATE coSPACE and evo3 Workspace – and attracted about 50 people. The weekend helped to launch five new business ideas.

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Photo by Amy Kemp

All five of the teams are planning to continue their work, said Larry Sullivan, lead organizer. According to Sullivan, all five of the teams had viable ideas and businesses. Needless to say, it was a difficult decision for the judges.

The winners – selected for customer validation, business model and execution/design – of Summit County Startup Weekend were:

1st place: Adrenaline Escapes with Shawna Henderson and Kimberly Swank

An app to connect adventure travel visitors to local guides to help them push their limits, find the local stashes and elevate their trip

2nd place: Malaria Detection Systems led by Scott Byker

A software system that connects with a digital microscope to detect malaria in blood samples much faster and much more accurately to help prevent malaria deaths

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Merrily Talbott from Team Savvy pitches to the judges on Sunday night during Summit County Startup Weekend.

3rd place: Savvy led by Merrily Talbott

A counseling program to help college-age students (and other young adults) get real-time advice and support from trained counselors through text messages and phone calls

The other teams who will continue pursuing their businesses are:

Eazy Shade led by Bobby Gibbs

A retractable sun shade that easily mounts to your windshield and can be printed/branded with company or sports team logos

Skillit led by Michael Lazarus

An app geared toward young men who don’t know how to cook. The app offers step-by-step professionally produced videos of specific recipes, a recipe finder and how to videos

Congrats to all of the teams. For more information about Startup Weekend, follow us on social: https://www.facebook.com/SummitCountyStartupWeekend or @summitcountysw.

 








Five Teams Vying to Win Summit County Startup Weekend

It took 60 seconds to pitch their idea. With voices wavering, a few “ums” and a lot of passion and hands waving in the air, more than a dozen ideas were pitched on Friday night for the kickoff of Summit County Startup Weekend at ELEVATE coSPACE in Frisco.

From those pitches, six ideas were voted through and the teams lobbied for others to join. Five teams emerged from those original six ideas.

Here the five teams who will be pitching on Sunday night at evo3 Workspace in Frisco:

  • Malaria Detection Services
  • Adrenaline Escapes
  • Skill-it
  • Eazy Shade
  • Savvy

Tickets are $25 for the Sunday night final presentations and include dinner: http://bit.ly/1O9UUcD

 

 








Amazing Prizes Lined up for Startup Weekend Participants

The participants of Summit County Startup Weekend can look forward to receiving coaching from experts, as well as constructive feedback from the judges. In addition, there will be prizes and giveaways that are worth thousands of dollars.

Here’s a list of just some of the prizes and giveaways:

  • $1,500 in marketing services from Imagine That!
  • 2 Lift tickets to Arapahoe Basin
  • Website Hosting services
  • Google for Entrepreneurs resources
  • SEO and designer services from KL & Design
  • 1-month coworking at evo3 Workspace and 1-month of coworking at ELEVATE coSPACE (total of 2 months of coworking)
  • And more!







Summit County Startup Weekend Brings Top Talent to Judging Panel for Startup Pitches

The lineup of coaches and judges keeps growing for Summit County Startup Weekend.

The April 10-12 event is the second Startup Weekend in Summit County and the first time the event will be hosted in Frisco at two coworking spaces – ELEVATE coSPACE and evo3 workspace.

An impressive panel of judges are lined up:

Jeff Schell, founder of Rocky Mountain Patent and Quandary Group

Ross Iverson, CEO of Vail Leadership Institute

Ryan Sullivan, CEO and founder of Parkifi

With about a half-dozen local coaches and mentors. Register today for the Friday night pitches: https://summitstartup15.eventbrite.com/








Course Credit for DU Students

Startup Weekend DU is an incredible opportunity for students of different disciplines to join forces and turn ideas into tangible businesses, apps, websites, through real world entrepreneurial experience. Two departments at DU have recognized the value that students get from participating in this 54-hour intensive event and have offered course credit for DU attendees.

Note: All add/drop slips will be collected on Sunday afternoon before final pitches occur. The organizers will make an announcement and will have extra forms for students who didn’t fill them out before the event. 

 

Business elective (2 credits): 

Starting a company requires a vision, energy, the ability and willingness to adapt based on feedback, and the ability to present your work in an appealing manor to prospective customers, clients, and investors. By going through Startup Weekend’s curriculum, you will accomplish much of the initial stages of starting a company, and paired with Startup Weekend’s resources, you’ll likely be able to get further than you could on your own. To receive credit, you need to bring a copy of your ticket to Startup Weekend and a course add/drop slip to Dr. Stephen Haag in the Daniels College of Business, who will help you fill out the course information, or you can do this during the event on Sunday afternoon. At the end of the weekend, you will write a 2-3 page reflection of what you set out to do, how you did or didn’t accomplish your initial goals, and what changed along the way. (If nothing changed along the way you did something wrong – how did you incorporate customer feedback? etc.) Submit this paper to Dr. Stephen Haag within 1 week of completing the event (Sunday, March 19th) so that the experience will be fresh in your head.

Continuation of the Business elective (additional 2 credits):

You’ve completed a Startup Weekend! You’re now part of a global network of hundreds of thousands of Startup Weekend alumni! The question every attendee asks their team after the event ends on Sunday night is “So… Now what?” Startup Weekend is a great platform to enable its attendees to develop ideas into the foundation of a company. The next step in the entrepreneur’s journey is continuing to expand on your work from the weekend and set some goals for your new company, take it further than you could in a weekend and run your tests, mockups, adaptations, and iterations on a larger timeline. The second part of this course is structured more as an independent study: at the end of the weekend, decide who on your team is interested in continuing to work on your company, and create a list of goals that you want to accomplish in 5 weeks (or longer!). Bring a 1-2 page outline of how you and your team wish to continue working on your company, what obstacles you encountered over the weekend and how you anticipate overcoming those or other foreseen problems down the road. Describe what you want your company to look like long term (you can use lean canvas to help), then based on your long-term vision, describe where you hope to be in 5 weeks and how you will get there. On May 15th the organizers will host another meetup on campus for the teams that continue, with a couple mentors and/or judges from the event, and we’ll have another round of pitches followed by questions from the audience. If you decide to continue with your idea, you may do 1 of 2 things for written submission: 1) Write a 2-3 page paper after the weekend (as mentioned above), then a second 3-4 page paper describing your continued experience building your company, or 2) Do not write a paper immediately after the weekend, but instead write a 7-8 page paper describing your entire entrepreneurial journey from Startup Weekend to the pitches 5 weeks later. This shall be submitted to Dr. Stephen Haag on Friday, May 22nd.

 

Computer Science elective (2 credits):

Starting a company requires a vision, energy, the ability and willingness to adapt based on feedback, and the ability to present your work in an appealing manor to prospective customers, clients, and investors. By going through Startup Weekend’s curriculum, you will accomplish much of the initial stages of starting a company, and paired with Startup Weekend’s resources, you’ll likely be able to get further than you could on your own. To receive credit, you need to bring a copy of your ticket to Startup Weekend and a course add/drop slip to Professor Ramki Thurimella, chair of the computer science department, who will help you fill out the course information, or you can do this during the event on Sunday afternoon. To receive credit, you must have created a software prototype of your idea during the weekend. This may be in a variety of forms – and doesn’t have to be perfectly functioning code, but in order to receive full credit, you must comment your code appropriately and have a functioning end product. If your team pivots (changes ideas partially or entirely), KEEP YOUR OLD CODE!! At the end of the weekend you will write a 1-2 page analysis of how you implemented your idea into code, your challenges and successes, and how you were able to implement changes to your product through feedback gathered over the weekend. All project files and the paper should be compressed into a .zip file and submitted to Professor Ramki Thurimella by Sunday, March 17th.

Continuation of Computer Science elective (additional 2 credits):

You’ve completed a Startup Weekend! You’re now part of a global network of hundreds of thousands of Startup Weekend alumni! The question every attendee asks their team after the event ends on Sunday night is “So… Now what?” Startup Weekend is a great platform to enable its attendees to develop ideas into the foundation of a company. The next step in the entrepreneur’s journey is continuing to expand on your work from the weekend and set some goals for your new company, take it further than you could in a weekend and run your tests, mockups, adaptations, and iterations on a larger timeline. The second part of this course is structured more as an independent study: at the end of the weekend, decide who on your team is interested in continuing to work on your company, and create a list of goals that you want to accomplish in 5 weeks (or longer!). Bring a 1-2 page outline of how you and your team wish to continue working on your company, what obstacles you encountered over the weekend and how you anticipate overcoming those or other foreseen problems down the road. Describe what you want your company to look like long term (you can use lean canvas to help), then based on your long-term vision, describe where you hope to be in 5 weeks and how you will get there. If you’re working with a business student, you may use the same plan, but add technical goals for yourself – how will your product manifest the business’s goals? On May 15th the organizers will host another meetup on campus for the teams that continue, with a couple mentors and/or judges from the event, and we’ll have another round of pitches followed by questions from the audience. This round of pitching will include a LIVE DEMO where you can show off your work! You will get a couple minutes during the pitch to talk about the technical aspect of your company, summarizing your challenges and successes during the life of your product. Write a 1 page summary of your developing process, your challenges and iterations, how you incorporated feedback from customers/clients, and how your goals influenced your work style. If you’re working with a business student you can add this to their final report. Please submit your functioning project and final summary to Professor Ramki Thurimella in a .zip file no later than Friday, May 22nd.








New name & new location announced for 2015 Summit County Startup Weekend

Calling all Entrepreneurs, Startups and Innovators:  Mark Your Calendar for Summit County Startup Weekend April 10-12

Fifty-four hours, dozens of people, hundreds of great ideas and 60 seconds, all for the opportunity to change your life and start something amazing, meaningful or just downright cool.

startup200115_zesp0135 (x6)Summit County organizers announced a new name and new dates for the 2015 Startup Weekend.

“Mark your calendar for April 10-12, 2015 for Summit County Startup Weekend,” says Larry Sullivan, lead organizer of the Summit County event. “We had a phenomenal level of enthusiasm and participation for our first Startup Weekend in August in Breckenridge that we knew we needed to host another one and expand the scope to all of Summit County and beyond.”

Winners of that first Startup Weekend Kyle DeFrew, Lindsay Balgooyen and Dan Balgooyen have launched their idea – Gr8tful Giveback – to connect corporations and business contributors to nonprofits and charities. Their goal is to revolutionize cause marketing.

“Startup weekend was more beneficial to us than we could of ever hoped for,” says Lindsay “All of the coaches and mentors were extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and volunteered their entire weekend to help us in any way they could.”

Since startup weekend, Gr8tful Giveback has been working on their website and app and plan to beta test both this winter. They’re already hiring a tech position and this spring will be applying for the Boomtown Accelerator program.

Startup Weekend gives anyone –- like Lindsay and her team — the opportunity to pitch an idea on Friday night in 60 seconds or less to a group of local executives, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, founders, startups, digital experts and students.

After a vote, teams form around the top ideas and then they launch into 54 hours of creating, designing, researching, analyzing, developing, coding and teamwork all to present to a panel of expert judges and local startup veterans. Prizes will be awarded to help the teams put their ideas into action and build a startup.

Startup Weekend 2014. Photo by Amy Kemp
Startup Weekend 2014. Photo by Amy Kemp

“The phrase that “It takes a village” is true when creating your own startup or even a startup community,” says Sullivan. “Summit County has caught the startup bug. Two new coworking spaces ELEVATE coSPACE and evo3 Workspace are examples of the infrastructure that has been built recently that plays an important role in creating the ecosystem for a healthy startup community. Many talented individuals and companies from the county are actively involved in building the buzz and the support network young entrepreneurs need to succeed.”

Even if you don’t have an idea or don’t want to pitch, come, says Sullivan. If you’re intrigued with the idea of a startup or want to support a startup idea, this is the right event for you to attend.

According to Sullivan, Friday night is the perfect time and opportunity to find out more. “Who knows,” he says, “you might get inspired to pitch an idea or join a team.”

Summit County Startup Weekend starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 10 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, April 12 in Frisco. Visit www.bit.ly/summitcountysw for more information.

Or connect on social at www.facebook.com/summitcountystartupweekend or on twitter @summitcountySW.

 

 








Startup Weekend Vail! Innovation at 8150 feet!

Startup Weekend Vail
March 27th, 2015

This is the first Startup Weekend in Vail. Everything is bigger up here. Tech has always been thought of as a front-range commodity. We want to show everyone that the startup entrepreneur scene is thriving in the high rockies.

The area attracts those who seek for adventure and the best skiing on earth. We have more collective talent than most major cities. What we lack in mass-transit and hipster slam poetry bars we make up for with the hardiest and more rugged group of Entrepreneurs you’ll ever meet.

We hope to see a diverse collective of talented individuals from all over the region. Come a day early or stay a few days later and get in some amazing skiing or riding. We’ll have discounted lodging and you may win some free lift tickets that we’ll be giving away all day on saturday.

We expect to sell out quickly so register now and get up to 25% off during our early bird discounts.