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Hi everyone, my name is Marc. I recently moved to Telluride this year and have been doing as much as I can in my spare time to help build the startup community here. It continues to amaze me how many amazingly talented people are working on great things here already…. and no one ever knew it! It turns out you can live in a small mountain town, enjoy the amazing quality of life it offers, and solve real problems in the world!

I’m teaming up with Scot Ennis, another recent transplant to put on Startup Next. This is a “pre accelerator” program that I helped create about 4 years ago, and has been hosted over 120 times over 40 cities around the world. We believe that this program will be an amazing complement to the Telluride Venture Accelerator program and will target companies that might be slightly earlier stage.

We’re in the process of assembling a world class mentor list and recruiting some great teams. If you join us, we’ll build an incredible cohort of teams working on companies based in Telluride (that serve markets beyond just our amazing little box canyon).

If you’re working on something cool and could use a little help or know someone who is, have them apply now! Please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask any questions or join us at the upcoming Telluride Entrepreneurs Meetup on December 10th at the Hub…. oh yeah, check out the Telluride.me site too and give us any feedback!

Marc Nager Marc Nager
(@marcnager) Startups, everything outdoors, and Chief Community Officer at Techstars.