Six Businesses Launched In Summit County

11/17/2015 | By Amy Kemp

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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:

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