Startup Weekend Breckenridge

    Friday, August 15 - 17, 2014

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Startup Weekend Breckenridge

Friday, August 15 - 17, 2014

Friday, August 15 - 17, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge, CO 80424

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Startup Weekend Breckenridge August 15, 16 & 17 at Colorado Mountain College

Beautiful Breckenridge is located in the Rocky Mountains just one hour from Denver and three hours from Grand Junction. Our Startup Weekend is August 15, 16 & 17 at the Colorado Mountain College.

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the successes? 

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe.
From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers.

Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Friday August 15th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders (Sorry, no food or drink in the auditorium).

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday August 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday August 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Myra Eby

Myra Michelle Eby, Entrepreneur, longtime consumer advocate and founder of MyChelle Dermaceuticals, Eby is credited for raising the bar in the natural skincare industry long before the current onset of eco-friendly and cruelty-free awareness; creating a complete line of non-toxic, efficacious formulas for conscientious consumers to enjoy. Eby is also the founder and owner of Rejuvila, LLC, a Healthy Aging and Beauty from Within company pioneering exceptional formulas for vibrant aging. Eby has long been intrigued by epigenetics—and the notion that we can change the way our genes express themselves through diet, exercise, nutrition, and supplementation. Eby launched Mychelle Dermaceuticals in Frisco, CO, in 2000; and Rejuvila, LLC, a Healthy Aging supplement company in 2012.

Ross Iverson
CEO, Vail Leadership Institute

Ross lives in Vail, CO, and is the President/CEO of the Vail Leadership Institute. Ross's entrepreneurial genes were ignited during his undergraduate experience in Boulder, CO where he launched a company that went on to win the business plan competition during his senior year. Ross then returned to Minneapolis where he served as President of a large architecture firm in Minneapolis for 9 years, and also started a management consulting firm that he lead for 5 years. Iverson sold both of these businesses and aggressively pursued a life back in Colorado in order to focus on a life that aligned with his values. Upon his return, he helped his wife Jennie launch a publishing company called Ski Town Group, Ltd., and in the fall of 2013 was named President/CEO of the Vail Leadership Institute. Ross now works with individuals and organizations to build their leadership competencies by focussing on leading with purpose. Ross's Top Values: Balance Creativity/Learning Spirituality Home/Family Beauty/Nature

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Coaches and Mentors

Kathryn Grohusky

Kathryn Grohusky is a sought out advisor for creative personal innovation and community transformation projects and is the founder and Executive Director of CoachGro LLC. She 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. The concept ‘Work smarter, not harder’ has served her well during her careers in coaching, management, outdoor industry sales, and guiding world-wide mountaineering expeditions. Her experience includes the business start-up phase of community not-for-profits and creative board development. She is a co-founder and past Board President of Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, at, a nationally recognized business that supports volunteerism on the US Forest Service public lands that make up 75% of Summit County, Colorado. 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. Ms Grohusky has an Advanced Coaching Credential (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), her Master’s in Natural Resource Recreation from Colorado State University, and a degree in Sociology from The Colorado College. She is currently training as a Mental Toughness Coach with Mental Toughness Inc, of Toronto, Canada. Ms. Grohusky is a lifelong endurance athlete with over 35 years of backcountry expedition and racing experience including telemark skiing, mountain bike racing, and guiding international mountaineering expeditions. When not serving her clients, she can be found adventuring and exploring the Colorado high country with her family on her skis, bikes, hiking boots, or running shoes.

Yvonne Bryant

✰ “Yvonne is like a great cup of coffee, after speaking with her my brain kicks in!” TG ✰ “Works strategically with unconventional tactics.” LJG 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. Yvonne is CEO of business consulting and executive coaching firm Yvonne Bryant International llc. She is a consultant with the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center. She has spoken for organizations such as: Institute for Mastering Success, Small Business Development Center, Downtown Colorado Inc, Rocky Mountain Home Association, and Toastmasters International where she developed two Leadership Institutes.

Ryan Sullivan
Lover of Good Hair, Sharer of Lifestyle Things, Tampa Bay Startup Community Leader, Foodie & Traveler

Driven to create value in the lives of consumers through effective product development, marketing and distribution. Hard-working entrepreneur that successfully developed and launched dozens of products into the market. 

I strive at understanding how a brand impacts and effects users lives. I love to build products that positively impact the people that come in contact with them. Furthermore, the experience a person has with a brand is key to success.

Brian 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. Several of these received national and international recognition as among the best in the world while under his management. Additionally, he has managed the marketing and sale of over $1.5 billion of real estate assets, and has started a wide range of highly successful for-profit and non-profit companies. Mr. Mclaughlin received his B.A., with high honors, from Harvard University, his M.B.A., with distinction, from Harvard Business School, and an M.S. in Management Engineering from The George Washington University. He studied law at both Boston College and Suffolk University Law Schools. He is an actively licensed real estate broker in both Colorado and Florida, and he is a nationally registered, licensed Mortgage Loan Originator.

Elizabeth 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. She is active with the Colorado Bar Association where she chairs the E-Commerce Division of the Business Law Section and holds both a JD from the University of Colorado Law School and a MS in Computer Information Technology from Regis University. For more information about her law firm, you can visit her website at

Michele 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. Ms. Knight serves as an occasional contributor to NPR, the Wall Street Journal, CNN Smart Money, and has been featured in the National Association of Tax Professional’s TaxPro Journal. She is also the face and voice for many of Thompson Reuters Small Business continuing education segments for accountants. She is passionate about service and serves as the District Treasurer for Rotary International District 5450.

Toby 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. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Deming Center of Entrepreneurship at CU Boulder.

Kristy 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. As a small business owner herself, she has a passion to see entrepreneurs succeed and grow. She can be tempted away from her computer by great snow, mountain wildflowers and shiny motorcycles.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Breckenridge is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Alex Huppenthal
CEO at Aspenworks, Ltd

I'm a CEO for several small startup companies, with a deep understanding of the market, regulatory and technology forces that shape initial business opportunities and continue to drive business response, with skills needs, product evolution and market and sales support. I've presented to Sand Hill Road Venture Capital companies and am comfortable working at the C level with the largest technology companies, including Sprint, British Telcom, AT&T, Smart, DTAC, Microsoft, the GSMA.

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