Summit County Startup Weekend

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

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Summit County Startup Weekend

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

ELEVATE coSPACE & Evo 3 Workspace
Main Street
Frisco, CO 80443

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No talk. All action! Launch a Startup in 54 hours.

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. 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.


Friday April 10th

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

6:00 pm
Arrive at ELEVATE coSPACE (711 Granite Street, Frisco, CO) and get checked in

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 April 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee at evo3 Workspace (620 S. Main Street, Frisco, CO)

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

12:00 pm
at ELEVATE coSPACE (711 Granite Street, Frisco, CO)

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 April 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee at evo3 Workspace

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
At evo3 Workspace (620 East Main Street, Frisco CO)

4:45 pm
Final Presentations
At evo3 workspace

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards
At evo3 workspace

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Ryan Sullivan

  • CEO & Co-Founder of Parkifi
  • Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Avid skier, golfer, traveler, and entreprenuer
  • Loves solving problems with technology, like parking!
  • Computer engineer by trade, entrepreneur by passion
  • Worked for fortune 100 companies and startups...only startups from now on
Fun Facts
  • Moves far too often and hates it every time
  • Had appendix removed twice...seriously
  • Lived in Switzerland for a year in high school

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

Jeff Schell
Founder, Rocky Mountain Patent & Quandary Group

Meet patent attorney Jeff Schell. His patent practice, Rocky Mountain Patent, advises startups and innovators across the country. 

Jeff also assists companies in their R&D processes as they refine their ideas. He honed his R&D skills, using tools related to lean design and process-based innovation, while helping to expand a well-known Michigan-based consulting business into Shanghai, China. 

His substantial international experience also includes several months in Costa Rica studying Human Rights in the Americas in conjunction with the Interamerican Court of Human Rights, in addition to study of European Union Law at University College Dublin, Ireland. While in college, Jeff lived in Croatia and Kosovo, where he studied the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and became exposed to the operations of the UN Peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo. 
Jeff's diverse experience includes a stint on the staff of the Chicago 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Bid committee. In that role, he worked closely with a number of professional athletes, Olympians and Paralympians, and upper level members of Chicago government, including Mayor Richard M. Daley. Jeff also interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee. 

Jeff attended Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, graduating with degrees in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences and Economics in 2004. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctor and a Masters in International Studies. In 2010, 

Jeff also earned a Masters in Medical Informatics Degree from Northwestern. Jeff separately studied economics at Harvard University, and in 2007, was a delegate at the Harvard China-India Development & Relations Symposium. 

On the side, Jeff coaches football at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denv

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.

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.

Katherine Grimm

Katherine owns a consulting firm that specializes in management, efficiency and project planning for Fortune 500 corporations. She holds a degree in Neurobiology/Physiology from the University of Maryland but early on discovered her true passion in the field of business planning. She has a unique knack for puzzles and once saved a large health insurer $10M of planned spend over the upcoming 6 months simply by rearranging the pieces.
She cultivates her nerdy obsession with brain games as an active member of Mensa, the international high IQ society. She is willing to try just about anything and has been skydiving (solo), ran a marathon, backpacked through Nicaragua, and plans to seek out her sport pilot’s license as soon as the weather warms up.

Aaron Landau
Founder & Managing Director, EVO3 Workspace

Aaron moved to Keystone, CO three years ago from St. Louis, MO after a successful career in the medical device industry. This included time with Mallinckrodt, Cardinal Health, and most recently, in the electrophysiology division of Boston Scientific. Specializing in business development, sales, and contract negotiation, Aaron made the move to the mountains for that work-life balance so many of us want.  After starting two companies, it became clear that Summit County had the right ingredients and a remarkable amount of excitement for a thriving collaborative space.  Hence, EVO3 Workspace was born which will bridge the gap between the tech startup community in the Front Range and Summit County.   Aaron, a self-described “knowledge hound,” is passionate about being part of the community as a volunteer. He is involved with the Breckenridge Outdoor Educational Center as an adaptive ski instructor and a member of Mountain Mentor’s of Summit County.

Tom Fellner
CEO, Imagine That, Inc.

As CEO and team leader for Imagine That, Inc., Tom brings his expertise in creative design, project management, brand strategy and user experience to Imagine That clients. Tom specializes in creating exceptional online experiences for small businesses to large corporations. He loves hiking with his wife, Wendy, backpacking, biking and skiing. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Tom loves reading anything related to business growth, theories on website user experience and brand strategy.

Katie Hardy
Founder, Katie Hardy Coaching

Katie Hardy moved from Boston to Breckenridge in October 2014.  After a successful career in the corporate world for over a decade, she and her husband decided it was time for a change – seeking the healthy outdoor lifestyle that the mountains have to offer. She has always been deeply passionate about people, and in particular their unique journeys of personal and professional development in Business.  Over the course of her varied career, she became more and more aware of her entrepreneurial spirit and her desire to run her own business. Now, as a Certified Lifestyle Redesign Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher, she is more driven than ever to support people as they transform their lives and businesses. She is the founder of Katie Hardy Coaching, and specializes in supporting talented and successful business women who are caught in the toxic cycle of burnout.

Through coaching, yoga, and meditation, she helps them define what success and balance mean to them, so that they can regain the energy they need to design their life and career on THEIR terms. Katie holds a degree in Psychology from Bates College, and is also a consultant for the SBDC, supporting small businesses in Summit County to effectively grow their teams through strategic hiring and training support.  

Katie grew up in Sunapee, New Hampshire where she learned what it takes to run a small business – and more importantly, how to ski!  She worked for her Dad from an early age at the retail jewelry store that has been in her family for several generations.  Yoga, skiing, hiking, and living room dance parties are some of Katie’s favorite things in life!

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Frisco, Summit County is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Larry
  • Lindsey
  • Kelsey
  • Amy
  • Thomas
  • Mike


Jon Rossi

CEO/Founder of MyDealerService (Techstars Mobility 2015)
Organizer of first StartupWeekend Denver - October 2015
Facilitator of many SW Events
Attended 1st SW Summit in KC
Passionate about the community and always happy to help out.

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