Six Businesses Launched In Summit County

What did you do this weekend? About 20 people spent their weekend in Frisco, Colo. launching six new business ideas. They pitched their ideas formed teams, validated ideas, crunched numbers, conducted market research and then presented 54 hours later to a panel of judges including leaders from IBM, COIN (Colorado Innovation Network) and successful Colorado startups.

“It’s an intense weekend,” says Larry Sullivan, lead organizer for Summit County Startup Weekend. “We had 15 ideas pitched on Friday night. From there, six teams were formed and in typical entrepreneurial style, things shifted and pivoted. One team switched ideas. All of the teams learned a tremendous amount. It’s a crash course in entrepreneurship.”

Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon with 2,900 events hosted in 150 countries. Summit County’s third Startup Weekend was held Nov. 13-15 at ELEVATE coSPACE and EVO3 Workspace – two coworking spaces in Frisco, Colo. – and was part of Global Startup Battle, the largest startup competition in the universe. More than 70 people attended the public pitch events on Friday and Sunday nights in Frisco, Colo. for Summit County Startup Weekend.

The winners were:

  1. Native X, a travel itinerary planning app using artificial intelligence, won first place for Summit County Startup Weekend. The team was comprised of Brenden Coleman, Bonnie Spalding and Patrick Mackintosh.
  2. Elite Altitude Performance, a business that will provide high-altitude triathlon and cycling training camps, took second place lead by elite athletes Nadiya Mitelman and Nick Frey.
  3. Fish Conserve, a program that uses crowd-sourced data for fish and river conservation captured third place. Shamus Lahman and Katherine Roth were the Fish Conserve team.

Elite Altitude Performance also won the crowd favorite award. All three teams are entered into the Global Startup Battle and will compete with other newly launched startups and businesses around the world.

According to IBM’s Alisa DeMartino, one of the judges, it was a tough decision. She felt as all three of the top teams had disruptive ideas. NativX stood out because they had a strong management team with vision, a disruptive product and a solid, strong business model and financial plan.

“The spirit of startups is strong here,” DeMartino says. “We’ll see a ton more out of the mountains as innovators have an incubator environment to thrive. It’s a work/life balance, innovators are starting to see they can be in Summit!’

Startup Weekend was launched right here 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.

The Startup Weekend organizing team is planning another event in 2016. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact: summitcounty@startupweekend.org.

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




Six teams. 1 weekend. 9,100 feet.

A packed house kicked off Summit County Startup Weekend on Friday the 13th in Frisco, Colo.

Six teams formed to tackle issues such as trip planning, triathlon training, customer support, reusing skis, life coaching and fish conservation. The teams are:

  • Remakers Space
  • Elite Altitude Performance
  • Nativ X
  • Support Buffer
  • ULifeCoach
  • Fish Conserve

The teams are working to validate their ideas, build their business model and create their business plans. They’ll pitch to a panel of judges on Sunday night. And the top three winners will be entered into the Global Startup Battle champions track.

Get your tickets for the Sunday night pitch event: http://www.up.co/communities/usa/summit-county/startup-weekend/7117




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.




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/




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.

 

 




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