Western Colorado Startup Weekend

    Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Western Colorado Startup Weekend

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Proximity Space
210 E. Main Street
Montrose, CO 81401

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Be a Part of the First Western Colorado Regional Startup Weekend

Grand Junction, Mountain Village, Telluride and Montrose have teamed up to host a region-wide Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs, developers and designers in Western Colorado! This is the first regional Startup Weekend in Western Colorado, and everyone is invited. This collaboration is built upon the belief that we're better together, and is the first of many regional events to come.

The Western Colorado tech industry is booming, new startups are forming, ventures are being funded and new jobs are created every day. We are experiencing unprecedented growth within our region. Now is the time to take your idea to the next level. Startup Weekend is the perfect way to test and prove a new startup could work. It's also tons of fun! 

If you have an idea for a new tech startup that you'd like to see, or even if you don't know what you'd create, but you want to be a part of something amazing, register today! We promise, this will be an event you do not want to miss. Nothing quite compares to the experience of creating a viable company—not to mention lasting relationships—in one weekend.

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Friday October 9th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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 October 10th

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 October 11th

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

Thea Chase
Director, Telluride Venture Accelerator

Thea Chase is the Director of the Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) in Telluride, CO.  TVA is a full member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and is the first accelerator focused on outdoor recreation, tourism, natural products, health, energy, water, and education. Ms. Chase has twenty years diverse experience in the field of entrepreneurship and economic development as an educator, program developer, and consultant supporting diverse communities and initiatives in developing and implementing innovative and collaborative models that enhance entrepreneurial eco-systems world-wide. Throughout her career Ms. Chase has supported the launch and growth of numerous companies and entrepreneurs and developed programs to perpetuate new firm creation and success most notably the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the SLOHotHouse in San Luis Obispo, CA and the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, CO.

Nichole Zangara
Marketing & Business Development Director, Mountain Village, CO

Rob Joseph
Assistant City Manager, City of Montrose, CO

Lived and studied internationally. Possesses a working knowledge of several languages and has an intimate understanding of various dominant cultures. Raised in London, Rob’s educational foundation takes root in the British system. 

Owned a successful computer consulting business, been involved in real estate, taught various college colleges and served as a town trustee. Appeared on television and spoken nationally to audiences on a variety of topics, designed software programs, written technical documentation and user manuals, been published for work pertaining to personal achievement and relationship building skills, co-authored a college level textbook and created a training DVD for online learning. 

Currently the Assistant City Manager, Director of the Office of Business and Tourism and responsible for organizational development for Montrose, Colorado, the second largest city on Colorado’s Western Slope.

Georgann Jouflas
Instructor of Business, CMU

Georgann Jouflas completed her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado and then received her Master of Business Administration from George Washington University. Jouflas specializes in management.

Coaches and Mentors

Ken Holyfield
Owner / Founder

Megapixel Digital Imaging LLC is a custom wide-format printing company located in beautiful Montrose, CO.  Ken Holyfield started the business from his hand built studio in 2002.  From the beginning, Ken created quality wide format print products for photographers, artists and businesses. Today, Megapixel has an extremely creative staff and continues to deliver the same quality on a larger scale. 

Megapixel Digital Imaging LLC owns two additional brands, GoBigBanners.com and GarageWraps.com.  GoBigBanners.com provides stock banners, custom design services as well as banner installation hardware.  GaragWraps.com offers custom wide format print products for owners of classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, etc.

Ryan Potter
Senior Web Application Developer at Travizon

Designed and developed a web based application that collected electronic signatures, signed and managed electronic waivers.Motivated and eager to learn new technologies. Like to interact with teams of other developers. Very interested in how HTML JavaScript and CSS are evolving.

Anthony Russo

Anthony Russo, President of TradeHub International since 2005, has dedicated his career to assisting small and medium sized companies enter the international market place, and teaching/training students and employees to carryout international trade activities. Russo assists companies from education to application in order to mitigate risk and realize success. He has worked with the World Trade Centers Association, Domestic and Foreign Government Entities, Universities, Chambers and the like to promote economic and business development.

Nathan Brewer

Full Force and Focus against a worthy Technical Challenge.

Chuck Van Der Wyst

Ardent visionary, perceptive innovator, inspired designer with demonstrated life-long aptitude in nearly all things technical. I'm an inventor, an educator, a DJ and a father. I'm especially into Lasers, 3d Printing, Computer Sciences, Radio Frequency, Lights & Sound, Music, Creation of everything my mind can express, especially if it results in wide-eyes & large smiles!

More to be announced soon!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Western Colorado Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Western Colorado is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ashley
  • Dennis
  • Brian
  • Josh
  • Jon
  • Sam


Dennis Lankes
Co Founder at Proximity Space

Former Marketing and Business Consultant with an emphasis on social and viral mediums. Experience in development of digital assets and taking these mediums to the next level of distribution; particularly online video, live broadcast, and web publishing.  

Currently working with new and existing startups through Proximity Space Coworking to focus on acceleration and development of small business ideas in small to medium markets. Assisting in growing entrepreneurial community in Western Colorado through events. We implement programs for direct consumer communication through public wifi, online ad purchasing, social media distribution, and video production made specifically for web consumption.  

I live the Abrams slogan "Ideas not Ads". These "ideas" help me put new businesses in touch with their clients. I am an action consultant, I use digital actions to create in-person experiences.

Presently co owner of - Proximity Space Coworking, Abrams Business Strategy, and 8750ALT Telluride Gym

Previous experience working with Fox Sports, Michael's Arts & Crafts, Village Voice Media, CheckPoint Software.

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