This Friday Night! Meet Breckenridge Business Leaders and Local Entrepreneurs

We’re just days away from the inaugural Breckenridge Startup Weekend and basically: We’re psyched! We can’t wait to meet everyone, network, and work together to push a few ideas a lot closer toward becoming a reality.

We’re so thankful to everyone that has helped us put together our own Startup Weekend, and where better than at 9,600-feet in the comfortably lush and beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. This is your chance to connect with mentors, coaches, and speakers that can help you grow your idea, and your life.

Here’s a closer look at who you’ll meet:

ybYvonne Bryant 

Yvonne Bryant is on a mission to help entrepreneurs build and grow profitable businesses. Trained as an architect, she has a unique 20 year background in communications, elegant leadership, project management on multimillion dollar development projects, computer systems, strategic planning, and business development which provides her clients with unique advantages. She helped a professional services company develop a new department that began billing $240,000 in services within three years with one staff member. She helped another company increase sales an additional $70,000 within 6 months by bridging the company’s products and services into a complimentary market.

klgKristy Lee Gogolen

Kristy Lee Gogolen founded KL Creative Design, a web and mobile technology group, in 2005. With a love of all things binary and a keen eye for design, she makes websites pretty-inside and out. In 2011, she founded LadyBits Dev, the mobile division of KL Creative Design, and released an iPhone altimeter app, Explore More.


kgKathryn Grohusky

Kathryn Grohusky specializes in coaching athletes and entrepreneurial leaders ways to bust through internal blocks to “get unstuck already!” and reach their potential in sports and business because she loves exploring the achievement of audacious athletic and business goals. Her experience includes the business start-up phase of community not-for-profits and creative board development. She currently serves international clients as their business and “inner workout” coach and focuses the rest of her time on growing her own start up – CoachGro LLC.

mkMichele Knight 

Michele Knight, CPA and QuickBooks Pro Advisor, is President of Knight Accounting & Technology, which focuses on helping small businesses and non-profits with their bookkeeping, payroll, and tax needs. With 10 years of experience Michele has a very hands on approach, and enjoys helping small business owners and non-profit executives fully understand their unique accounting and tax situations.

tkToby Krout 

An active participant in two dozen Colorado startups since 1995, Toby has a passion for entrepreneurship and startup communities. He is currently Co-Director of Boomtown, a boulder-based technology accelerator, Managing Director of Atomic20, Co-Founder of Scrib, and Project Director for the Colorado state branding project.


elElizabeth Lewis 

Elizabeth Lewis owns the Law Office of E.C. Lewis, P.C. where she works with businesses on issues ranging from start-up help to dissolution. Working with small businesses and their owners, she helps clients with a variety of contracts including initial organization agreements, client agreements, employment contracts, leases, online marketing law, software agreements, and web-development contracts. In addition to working directly with clients, Elizabeth teaches classes at locations throughout the Denver Metro Area and beyond, including several focused on online marketing law.


bmcBrian McLaughlin 

Brian A. McLaughlin Mr. McLaughlin has been Chairman, CEO and/or President of numerous companies involved in the development and operations of large-scale (400 to 13,000 acres) resort and recreational communities for over thirty years. He has had a special focus on the turn-around and disposition of financially distressed properties. He has directly managed 20 of these large-scale community developments, 27 individual residential projects, 7 hotel and timeshare properties, 15 dining and restaurant operations, 7 residential rental property operations, 5 large commercial centers, and 13 individual commercial properties.

Breckenridge Startup Weekend starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. For more information or tickets, visit

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What's the BIG Idea?

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Beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado hosts Startup Weekend Aug. 15-17.
What’s Your BIG Idea?

If you’ve been thinking about the next best thing, or thinking that “there outta be this,” or “there outta be that,” then your weekend is coming up! Breckenridge Startup Weekend (happening Aug. 15-17) gives anyone the opportunity to pitch an idea to a group of local executives and entrepreneurs and ultimately receive their expert advice and help in creating a winning business plan.

So if you’ve been waiting for your time to shine, this just might be your moment. But don’t take our word for it. Here is an excerpt from “Educator Turned Entrepreneur- How I Found my Entrepreneurial Spark”a blog post written by teacher-slash-entrepreneur Maggie Croushore, who is now the founder of KidFit Academy, thanks to her own Startup Weekend experience.

“Three years ago, an educator and graduate student blissfully unaware of the language and philosophies of entrepreneurship, I went to a Startup Weekend Education in Washington, DC.  My intention was to observe and see what this whole “startup weekend” madness was about; I figured that I might meet some cool people and, if nothing else, get a free meal.  I had no intention of pitching an idea and figured that I would probably just attend Friday and maybe, if I had time, Sunday.

However, something magical happened in the car on the way to Georgetown.  I was riding with three other teachers, talking about our days and expectations for the weekend.  The driver, a “techie” teacher already using cutting-edge technology in his classroom, was planning on pitching a platform to better organize real time student data.  The other teachers talked about some ideas and hopes that they had for the weekend.  I sat quietly and began to think about an idea I had had for some time.

As a middle school literacy teacher, I saw that my students struggled to sit still for my extended block.  I also knew, from a background in studying childhood obesity, that my students did not get enough physical movement…I desired to find a way to bring purposeful fitness education to schools so that all students could experience the transformative power of fitness in their lives as I had in my own.

So, in the back seat of a car filled with educators on the way to our first Startup Weekend experience, I gained the courage to conceptualize my idea and pitch it to a room of 100 strangers.  It wasn’t the most polished pitch, but I did it. And I am so glad that I did.

My idea, KidFit, made it to the top 10!  I was beyond ecstatic.  I went from being a casual observer to a full-on participant in the weekend. ..KidFit did not necessarily take shape that weekend, but I did.  I learned the power of entrepreneurship and the ability of a few committed people to join together and turn dreams into realities.

That weekend was the spark that grew into what is now my “full-time” job as founder of KidFit Academy.  It is not an easy journey; every day requires patient perseverance with a clear focus and constant reflection.  But I could not imagine doing anything else.”

Now it’s your turn!

Breckenridge Startup Weekend starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. For more information or tickets, visit

Connect with us on social at or on Twitter @SWBreckenridge.



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Stepping Up to Startup!

Breck Locals Pool their Talents (and Resources) to Host First Annual Startup Weekend

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Elevate your idea! Join us at Breckenridge Startup Weekend Aug. 15-17!

We’re under two weeks away from Breckenridge Startup Weekend and we couldn’t wait to give a shout out to our partners and sponsors who are making it all happen here at 9,600 feet; that’s altitude folks!

“This weekend could change your life,” says our own Thomas Gerber, a local volunteer, one of those involved with spearheading the local effort. “So many people have ideas and dreams but never act on them. We’re giving those people a supportive environment, a team, the right tools, coaching and a tight deadline to work on their idea and make it a reality.”

Even if you don’t have an idea or don’t want to pitch, come, says Gerber. If you’re intrigued with the idea of a startup or want to support a startup idea, come.

“This is an opportunity to be part of a movement in Summit County to create a vibrant, smart, progressive startup community,” he adds.

Here’s a big Shout Out the organizers and SPONSORS of Breckenridge Startup Weekend 2014!