Posts By Josh Hudnall

  1. LAUNCH = FACTORY = Proximity

    Community development is a funny thing. It's exciting, scary, punishing, rewarding, slow and fast all at the same time. It's also multidimensional—often there are multiple entities working towards the same or similar goals.  When we started LAUNCH West CO, it didn't take long before we realized that we weren't the only people in Western Colorado passionate about making our communities better. In the 2014/15 winter season, we saw the formation of the GJ Tech Meetup and Western Colorado Creative Professionals (both now a part of LAUNCH), Proximity Space and LAUNCH.  By October of 2015, several communities in Western Colorado, led by community drivers in Montrose, Mountain Village and Grand Junction, held the first regional Startup Weekend to take place on our side of the state, and it was a huge … Read More

  2. Secret Calendars

    Event Center: FUSE: Conf: … Read More

  3. Grand Junction to host $25,000 Go Code competition for third year.

    GRAND JUNCTION, CO - LAUNCH West CO, FACTORY and the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center are excited to host Go Code Colorado, an annual startup competition that takes place in five cities around Colorado. This is the third year Grand Junction has competed in this challenge. The event takes place Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9 at FACTORY located at 750 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501. FACTORY provides ample workspace, A/V equipment, conference rooms and high-speed internet.  Registration is completely free at, and is open to entrepreneurs of all types and experience levels. Coders, designers, marketers, accountants, lawyers and more are all welcome to participate. Teams form on Friday night, and diversity of skills is to the team's advantage. Food and drinks will be provided to registered participants. Once formed, teams will spend the rest of Friday night, all … Read More

  4. 2017 Grand Junction City Council Candidate Questionnaire

    LAUNCH West CO, the Outdoor Recreation Coalition, and Conservation Colorado released a candidate survey posed to all candidates in the upcoming April 4th election. Representing three distinct but complementary constituencies, our coalition is united in helping shape the dialogue about how to create a bright future for the Grand Valley that includes a robust and diverse economy, a healthy environment and high quality of life for its citizens. Their unedited answers are below: District A Technology permeates all areas of life and business, and it represents an ever growing portion of the global workforce. Do you believe that Grand Junction should be actively working to recruit / cultivate tech companies and qualified workers? What are your plans to make our city highly attractive to high-tech companies and workforce? Phyllis Norris, … Read More

  5. Top Secret Password Reset Page

    Reset Wifi Password … Read More

  6. We Can't Say "No" to the Future

    Click Here to Email City Council Quickly and Easily   BROADBAND UPDATE: Council has removed the broadband discussion from the agenda this Wednesday. Stay tuned. We'll update as we have more info.   Grand Junction is a wonderful place to live. Mountain biking, hiking, wine tasting, rafting, skiing and so much more are all right on our door step. The quality of life in our valley is truly top notch; it's why we live here. But as we move further and further into the future, towards a more high-tech workforce, driven by remote workers and entrepreneurs, we risk losing access to what we love so much.  I don't mean to say that our outdoor resources are in danger of going away. But we might be. Estimates place the number of workers … Read More

  7. Factory Work Coming: Coworking Space to Open in Grand Junction

    We can tell the story of FACTORY enough. And we can't wait to open up and get to work growing the community of coworking entrepreneurs and remote workers in Grand Junction and beyond. Phil Castle from The Business Times put together a great piece about what we're doing and why it matters for our city. “This will be a space where people can connect withlike-minded people,” Watson says. While the Factory will offer state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment and high-speed Internet access, Hudnall says the opportunity to make those connections could prove more important. “The single biggest amenity of the space is community.” Read the whole article here. … Read More

  8. Coworking Space FACTORY Sparks Innovation Through Collaboration

    FACTORY is a new kind of work environment opening in Grand Junction. The office space is community based, bringing people, businesses, and bright ideas together. "We'll have the art community, the manufacturing community, the library, the tech community and all of these different industries working together under one roof,” said FACTORY Co-Founder Brian Watson.  Watson and Josh Hudnall created FACTORY as a resource for small businesses, free-lancers, entrepreneurs and those working remotely.  "I’d like to see the workers who want the quality of life that Grand Junction offers, but they want to have a job and career that they’ve studied for and chosen" said Hudnall. Find out more about FACTORY and why coworking is important to Grand Junction. See Kalie Greenberg's full story on the KKCO website.  … Read More

  9. Connecting and Collaborating: Buzz Building for New FACTORY Coworking Space

    Erin McIntyre said it well: A lot of moving parts have assembled to form the Factory of the future. FACTORY is the culmination of over a year of effort and the teamwork of LAUNCH, CAMA, the Library and Proximity Space, aided by our lead sponsor Alpine Bank who believes in the community so much they were excited to partner with us to make FACTORY happen. One of the things that sets FACTORY apart is the access to technology and resources not always available in coworking spaces. “Connecting and collaborating — that’s what this is all about,” said Tim Heaton, director of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance. Heaton’s organization is using grant money to establish a high-powered videoconferencing center called Fuse within Factory, which will allow remote collaboration and presentation between companies, workers and clients. “It’s … Read More

  10. Apprentice Careers: Linking Youth to Jobs

    CareerWise is an innovative approach to linking schools and employers in a why that invests each in the other's—and students'—successes. Well-coordinated apprenticeships lead to better employees and give students the ability to learn on the job in a way that benefits both them and their employers. “A lot of the issues that we’re dealing with here locally have to do with the retention of young people,” [Brian] Watson said. “Young people will graduate college and then they don’t know where to go to work, so they’ll leave town. There’s a brain drain that takes place over here, so apprenticeships are really exciting. When we onboard apprenticeships into businesses, we’re allowing students to develop roots in the community from a much younger age as opposed to trying to hire them when … Read More

  11. FACTORY in the Biz Buzz

    FACTORY is here, and pre-registration is available today! Check out the Biz Buzz piece in Sunday's GJ Sentinel: Grand Junction’s first co-working space, Factory, is set to open downtown at 750 Main St. this fall, organizers say. A collaboration between Launch, Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and Mesa County Libraries, Factory will be one of the most advanced technology centers in western Colorado, offering gigabit Internet, 24/7 access, full-featured conference rooms and various levels of training in addition to workspace, according to backers. Co-working, they say, represents a modern take on shared work environments, emphasizing open floor plans, a diverse community and enhanced collaboration.  Factory, specifically, will be home to Cama’s Fuse Center, an immersive videoconferencing and presentation experience, where participants can hook in with Fuse centers on the Front Range and with people from all … Read More

  12. Request more info about LAUNCHx

    Are you interested in growing your entrepreneurial community? LAUNCHx may be the platform for you. We'd love to talk with you about the possibilities of bringing the LAUNCHx platform to your area #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';fnames[1]='FNAME';ftypes[1]='text';fnames[2]='LNAME';ftypes[2]='text';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); … Read More

  13. Broadband Should be Priority, Not an Option

    We don't usually post editorials here in our press section, but this is an important issue and LAUNCH has been able to play a small part in bringing this issue to the forefront of GJ progress. There is too much good to not include it here, but be sure to read the whole piece to get the full picture. Does anybody think investing in the interstate highway system was a bad idea? Should we have waited on the private sector to recognize a need and build supersized toll roads according to existing demand? Such questions are analogous to the future of broadband in this community. Too often, in our estimation, the debate is framed by whether we need expansive high-speed internet today — right now — and whether people are willing to pay for … Read More

  14. LAUNCH Hosts Councilmember Rick Taggart to Discuss Broadband

    Thursday night was an electric night at LAUNCH's monthly Beer & Business meetup. The topic for the night was broadband, a.k.a. fast internet. It's something we all want, but as attendees were quick to point out, it's something our city desperately needs.  City Councelmember Rick Taggart joined us to discuss his position on the city investing in a fiber network that can bring world-class internet to the homes and businesses in Grand Junciton, and at some points the discussion got lively.  It all remained civil, however, and I think we all agreed that this is not a nice-to-have. It is a must-do. I think that we can all agree that it needs to be done right, but we must keep moving forward if we are going to keep pace with the cities—some not so … Read More

  15. The Colorado Tech Tour 2016 Explores the Western Slope

    Gigi Sukin from Colorado Biz Magazine posted an excellent write up of the Colorado Technology Association's visit to Grand Junction. It was an exciting day, full of presentations from business owners and startups in our region, as well as a chance to meet with the Front Range to discuss how we can work together to raise the water level of tech entrepreneurship in Colorado.  We believe that a rising tide lifts all boats, and groups like LAUNCH, CTA, CAMA, ORC and more are working hard to make sure that the water rises not just in Denver or Boulder, but in all of Western Colorado as well! Head on over to the COBIZ site to read the stories of what is going on here in our region. … Read More

  16. Junction Finds Spot on Tech Map

    Katie Langord on Grand Junction's emerging presence in the tech economy: Grand Junction is making a name for itself in the technology industry, and local innovators and businesses are ready for the rest of the state to take notice. It's clear that the landscape here in Western Colorado is changing, and at a typical-for-high-tech rapid pace. It's amazing to see a community of entrepreneurs and startups growing here. “The one message I hope you take back to your communities is that Mesa County is in the game,” said Jon Maraschin, executive director of The Business Incubator Center. “We’re playing, we’re here, we’re growing and we’re innovating. We’re one of the regional ecosystems of tech, from Telluride to Craig.” Read the full article at the Grand Junction Sentinel. … Read More

  17. Coworking / Fuse Center Interest Form

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  18. Sponsorship Levels

    Newsletter The LAUNCH Newsletter is the main point of contact to our over 400 members. The LAUNCH weekly posts highlight local tech stories, upcoming events, as well as job postings. Our audience consists of local entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and tech oriented workforce. Our newsletter is growing at an average of 29 members per month and has a 36% open rate. We are on track to have nearly 6800 individual opens by the end of the year. Newsletter Sponsorship Sponsorship logo on Newsletter Footer with hyperlink to company website (x3) Website LAUNCH West CO is the fastest growing database of tech companies and individuals in Western Colorado. Our website has gone from 0 to 600 members in less than a year and has nearly 2,000 page views per month. LAUNCH West … Read More

  19. Former County Building Begins Shift to Tech Hub

    We're working hard to bring coworking to Grand Junction, and yesterday we just moved one giant step closer! Gary Harmon in the GJ Sentinel: Aaron Young raised the Jolly Roger over the onetime Mesa County administration building at 750 Main St. and vowed to make it less a clumsy scow and more a sleek, nimble and collaborative Black Pearl. Hours previous, Young signed the final papers in which the KAART Group LLC that he owns purchased the building and a nearby parking lot for $900,000. Any harking back to the bureaucratic background of the building and its future will be gone, and quickly, Young said. He hopes to reopen the building as soon as August with his offices and those of Launch West CO, which is planning to offer a large … Read More

  20. Privacy Policy

    Data Controller and Owner LAUNCH West CO, P.O. Box 2992, Grand Junction, CO 81502 // Types of Data collected Among the types of Personal Data that this Website collects, by itself or through third parties, there are: Email, Cookie and Usage Data. Other Personal Data collected may be described in other sections of this privacy policy or by dedicated explanation text contextually with the Data collection.The Personal Data may be freely provided by the User, or collected automatically when using this Website.Any use of Cookies - or of other tracking tools - by this Website or by the owners of third party services used by this Website, unless stated otherwise, serves to identify Users and remember their preferences, for the sole purpose of providing the service required by the User.Failure to provide certain Personal … Read More

  21. Two Local Teams of Tech Developers Advance in Creative Coding Competition

    Greg Ruland printed an excellent write up on Go Code Colorado, the two winning teams from Grand Junction and LAUNCH West CO in the Daily Sentinel! It's incredible to see the startup activity in Grand Junction and Western Colorado! This year's competition truly was a resounding success. We had over 40 competitors, five teams, five excellent ideas, five hours using wifi hotspots, seven amazing meals, visits from two city councelors, and one county commissioner. And in the end there is $25,000 at stake. What a fun weekend! More than 40 competitors spent two days and two nights at the Business Incubator Center last weekend, massaging data from state agencies into the most muscular computer application they could think of. Two winning teams from Grand Junction, both composed entirely of Colorado Mesa … Read More

  22. GoCode Colorado Regional Competitions This Weekend

    Carly Moore with KKCO 11 put together a great piece on LAUNCH and Go Code Colorado! "It’s long been thought that Grand Junction and western Colorado really doesn't have a play in high-tech and this type of entrepreneurship. Tech really is not just an industry it’s a tool that services all industries and what we are seeing is it really does have a place here and it is growing here,” said Co-Founder of Launch WestCO, Josh Hudnall. “Events like GoCode here in Grand Junction are really important for us here in Grand Junction and on the western slope." Hudnall added. "We're the only state that does this, it's centered around making public data accessible to more and more people.and utilizing that data, to make business better, to help the economy prosper … Read More

  23. Go Code Colorado kicks off with Challenge Weekend

    Check it out. Built In Colorado featured last year's Grand Junction teams in a photo for an article about Go Code! Check out the full thing! … Read More

  24. Go Code Colorado Startup Competition Taking Place This Weekend

    This weekend, the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center and LAUNCH West CO will host Go Code Colorado, a startup competition that may provide local entrepreneurs $25 thousand to further the idea. The competition, which is in its third year and has seen tremendous growth, is open to entrepreneurs of any experience level. Participants will form teams to formulate their ideas, then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges at the end of the weekend. Be sure to check out the whole article by Andy Chilian here. … Read More

  25. Stack Overflow Developer Survey

    For a few years now Stack Overflow has conducted surveys of the developers who use the site. There are some fascinating numbers, and if you are like me and you love seeing data, there is a lot here to be seen. Take a look. … Read More

  26. Grand Junction Group Connecting the Tech Industry

    KREX's Julia Maguire shines the spotlight on tech entrepreneurship in Western Colorado! Go Code is one of our favorite events. We're so grateful to the Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams office for helping to let Western Colorado shine. Check out the full video and story here. LaunchWestCO is brining the tech industry together through several events, one of those, the upcoming Go Code Colorado. Put on by the state, teams in Grand Junction create an app and business strategy. Winners move on to the state level, and earn a chance to meet with mentors from the top companies in the industry. If you haven't yet, register for Go Code Colorado today! It's completely free and you could win $25,000 to start your business. … Read More

  27. $25,000 Startup Competition in Grand Junction this Weekend

    GRAND JUNCTION, CO - LAUNCH West CO and the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center are excited to host Go Code Colorado, an annual startup competition that takes place in five cities around Colorado. Go Code is the first state-sponsored event of its kind. The competition takes place Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3 at the Business Incubator located at 2591 Legacy Way, Grand Junction, CO 81503. Registration is completely free at, and is open to entrepreneurs of all types and experience levels. Coders, designers, marketers, accountants, lawyers and more are all welcome to participate. Teams form on Friday night, and diversity of skills is to the team's advantage. Once formed, teams will spend the rest of Friday night, all day Saturday and most of Sunday building, testing and validating their startup idea. Pitches take place … Read More

  28. Go Code Contest Challenges Local Entrepreneurs

    LAUNCH has been extremely lucky to be able to work with huge economic partners in Grand Junction and Colorado to help drive high-tech growth within our region. Fostering entrepreneurial culture takes a lot of work and dedication from a lot of different people. It's so great to see the Colorado Secretary of State's office, the GJ Incubator, Proximity Space in Montrose, our friends at CMU and so many more working so hard to make Western Colorado a better place to work and live! In this piece by Greg Ruland at the Grand Junction Sentinel, Georgann Jouflas makes a great case for participating in Go Code: “It’s an incredible experience,” said Georgann Jouflas, a Colorado Mesa University professor of entrepreneurship who competed in the Go Code contest in 2015. Jouflas’ team came up with … Read More

  29. Colorado, Innovation and the White House

    Colorado is phenomenal, isn't it? We live in the land of endless trails, gorgeous mountain ranges, rivers to everywhere and more outdoor activities than you could ever conquer. But it doesn't stop there, Colorado is a hub for high-tech entrepreneurship.  So I was naturally excited to read about our friends at the Colorado Technology Association and other Colorado leaders meeting with White House to discuss Colorado's opportunity to take the lead in technology innovation. It's so important that our government leaders do everything they can to foster business and entrepreneurship, and we're lucky to have leaders doing just that. Go Code is an excellent example. “Colorado has a phenomenal story,” Holston said. “There’s real alignment here between government and business. There’s support for innovation and entrepreneurship here, and in terms of the cybersecurity work-force development, … Read More

  30. Go Code 2016 Challenge Statement

    This year's Go Code Challenge Statement is much broader than in the past. While that can be intimidating, don't let fear stop you from participating. There is nothing like working with an incredible team to build something new to teach you the things you don't know—and we all don't know something. Now, if you think you’re more of a problem solver than a problem definer, then we encourage you to find a teammate or two who can bring that strength to your team. It will definitely help if you have some business expertise on the team as well. After two years of running this challenge, we’re amazed by creative solutions that we would have never thought of—and we’re looking forward to more of that brilliance from the tech entrepreneurship community … Read More

  31. Some Thoughts on Professional Etiquette

    Its amazing to me that posts like this are needed, however I occasionally run into people who seem unaware of these simple principles. Fortunately, most of the people I know through LAUNCH and beyond are wonderful people who really get it. Still, they are good reminders! Be sure to read the whole post and its follow up, but here are some choice morsels: Recently, I tried to make an introduction between a good friend of mine and a friendly acquaintance, and the acquaintance had her sights set on a more attractive prey. The introductions were brusque, all eye contact avoided, and my friend, who had considered my acquaintance for a project, in the end, decided against it. Don't do this. It's happened to me, and I'm extremely unlikely to give someone … Read More

  32. Gigabit Internet in Grand Junction

    Gigabit Broadband Internet If you don't care about the commentary, scroll down and please take the surveys.I've had countless discussions with more of you than I can remember and if there is one theme that comes up more than any other it's that you hate the Internet connectivity in Grand Junction. I sympathize. It's too often spotty and unreliable.And it's slow! The fastest service reasonably available to my office is 100Mb fiber, up and down, and if I'm an exception it that I have faster options than most. Still, 100Mb is absurdly slow in a gigabit world ... but hey, at least it's expensive—at well over $1,000 a month. So instead I have 60Mb cable, that is when it's working.We have an opportunity to change that!The first step has been taken and it … Read More

  33. Just Launch Already

    I couldn't have said it better myself. Just launch already! When I ask a struggling to launch founder what is stopping them, the most common answer is a fear of a terrible launch. As if they will fail and shut down on week one if their launch doesn’t go great. I remind them that never launching is complete failure and all great companies take years to build, so they move onto the next fear… People hating their product/service. I remind them that any writer’s biggest fear is not that their book will get panned by critics, it’s that no one will even notice their book existed. I tell them that if people have strong feelings about their product, that’s a sign that they care. You’ve touched a real problem. Finally, … Read More

  34. High-tech Non-profit Hopes to Facilitate Economic Growth

    Thank you to Penny Stine at the GJ Sentinel for the write up on LAUNCH! Everybody thinks there is no high tech in Grand Junction,” Watson said. “That’s not true.” It is, however, easy for the techie who works alone on a coding problem to feel like he is the only developer in town. Watson and Hudnall started Launch in early 2015 and have worked to build a sense of community among fellow high tech developers and entrepreneurs, as well as partnerships with Colorado Mesa University, the Grand Junction Business Incubator, Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP), various city and county governments, various businesses and business groups, and state entities. “We have industries in Western Colorado that are ready for high tech solutions,” said Hudnall. Read the full article here. … Read More

  35. Code WestCo

    General InformationWednesdays at 6pmCMU Maverick Innovation CenterParking next to the building is freeMap Goal of the GroupWe started this group to be a solution to the frustration of learning programming all on your own. Many of us are self taught developers, which means we went through the painful journey of beating our heads up against complex new topics without the help of fellow students or mentors. How It Will LookThis is not a class. While we’ll be working through specific tutorials/books/projects etc, it is expected that the bulk of your learning will be done on your own during the week. We’ll be meeting once a week to discuss topics related to what we as a group are learning. We’ll help each other solve problems, collaborate on projects, etc. Upcoming TopicsOn Wednesday … Read More

  36. Don't Do Spec

    This is phenominal. Nothing to say really, except don't do spec. … Read More

  37. We Did It!

    Wow! You did it! We did it! Together with the Outdoor Recreation Coalition and the greater Grand Valley community, almost $100,000(!) has been pledged, and a majority of City Council have finally indicated that they are in favor of moving forward. The vote is tomorrow night, but it looks positive! It's clear that we are a passionate group of community leaders who have a vision of a Grand Junction that exists beyond of the boom and bust economy we've been stuck in for so long. A Couple of NotesFirst, I know some of you may not be interested in these kinds of communications. I would ask that you stick with us a little longer. We are working on a way to give subscribers a way to choose what types of communications … Read More

  38. Bring LAUNCH to Your Community

    LAUNCH exists to serve Western Colorado. It's why we do what we do. If your community is ready to expand your tech entrepreneurial community, we would love to help you do it.  We can help formulate a strategy to grow your community and tap into the great resources that LAUNCH has been able to bring together. From events and meetups to job placement and infrastructure help, we have the tools to help. But they're no good if we can't share them! We believe that we're better together than apart, and that we can be much more than the sum of our parts. Let LAUNCH help you grow your Western Colorado community. Just connect us with the right leaders within your city or town and we'll get started. Contact Us now for more information! … Read More

  39. GJ About to Miss Out on an Amazing Opportunity

    The City of Grand Junction has been asked to host the start of the U.S.A. Pro Challenge in August 2016. This is an event which would draw the top cyclists from all over … Read More

  40. Nov Beer & Business Recap

    We had a great Beer & Business at the Maverick Innovation Center and great drinks at The Point. Thanks again to CMU for hosting us! Bryan Wachs was kind enough to share his slide deck with us. Download it here. … Read More

  41. Contact Our Representatives

    Grand Junction City Council Mayor Phyllis Norris, District A  Mayor Pro Tem Marty Chazen, District D  Councilmember Barbara Traylor Smith, District B Councilmember Bennett Boeschenstein, District C  Councilmember Duncan McArthur, … Read More

  42. Bring Coworking to Grand Junction

    One thing we've heard over and over is that Grand Junction needs coworking. Now we need to show how much we want it! Please take 2 minutes and fill out this … Read More

  43. About Us

    LAUNCH West CO is a new initiative out of Grand Junction, CO to build a network and community of entrepreneurs, developers, designers and other entrepreneurial-minded people. LAUNCH exists to create … Read More

  44. Go Code Colorado Dates Announced

    The dates for Go Code Colorado have been announced. Go Code 2015 was a blast, and 2016 promises to be even better. Put these dates on your calendar before you schedule something else! … Read More

  45. Congrats to SnagHub on Winning Western Colorado Startup Weekend

    Startup Weekend was amazing! Congrast to everyone on a job well done. And congrats to SnagHub on coming in first for the entire weekend. We can't wait to see what you do with it! … Read More

  46. Here comes the pitch: Teams develop ideas at startup competition

    Phil Castle in The Business Times: Three Western Colorado residents who’d never before met formed the winning team at an event that challenged participants to develop ideas for business startups. But all the participants were winners in the sense they learned about the startup process, met people and made connections that could lead to new businesses, said Josh Hudnall, co-founder of the Launch West CO initiative in Grand Junction that helped host Startup Weekend. Read the Full Article Here … Read More

  47. Start Up Weekend puts life in ideas

    Tera Wick for the Montrose Press with a great quote by LAUNCH's own Brian Watson: "Tech is not just an industry, but a tool that can be applied to all industries," said Watson. "So there is a huge economic impact and benefit from investing in tech." He points to chronic drain of talented students from rural areas. "We want to create an environment where people can stay in the Western Slope ... We need a lot of people having a lot of success. This is a grassroots way of doing that when you don't have a Google move into town." Read the full article (subscription required). … Read More

  48. Congrats to SnagHub, Winner of Western Colorado Startup Weekend

    This weekend, participants from all over Colorado's western slope competed to create the best startup company at the first regional Western Colorado Startup Weekend. Students and adults from Gunnison, Montrose, Telluride, Grand Junction and beyond converged at Proximity Space in Montrose CO for three days of intense collaboration. Almost forty attendees formed into six teams to work on business ideas pitched at the start of the competition. … Read More

  49. Would-be entrepreneurs to work on ideas

    Charles Ashby writing for the GJ Sentinel: The weekend begins when participants — there are 40 meeting at the Proximity Space, 210 E. Main St. in Montrose — first pitch their business ideas. Later, the participants vote on the most viable ones, and then break up in teams coming up with business plans, which can include anything from financing to marketing to the best ways to produce the product and get it to market. Read the Full Article Here … Read More

  50. Startup Weekend promotes new ventures

    Phil Castle in The Business Times: Launch West [CO] joined with the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, the Proximity Space and Telluride Venture Accelerator to stage what Hudnall said will be the first multi-city Startup Weekend in the region. Hudnall said he expects a total of 30 to 40 participants from the three cities as well as other cities on the Western Slope to attend. While participants might include software developers, graphic designers and marketing enthusiasts, prior experience with technology or entrepreneurship isn’t required, he said. More than 2,000 Startup Weekend events have been conducted in 135 countries and attended by a total of more than 480,000 people, Hudnall said. Teams often pursue their business ideas following the competitions and raise funding to do so. And it’s not always … Read More

  51. Announcing Western Colorado Startup Weekend

    Grand Junction organization LAUNCH West CO ( is co-hosting the first multi-city Western Colorado Startup Weekend from October 9th to 11th at Proximity Space in Montrose, CO. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where entrepreneurs, developers and designers come together to build real startup companies beginning with their own initial ideas. Not all attendees are tech-focused and experience with tech or entrepreneurship is not required. Many participants are graphic designers, marketing gurus, gadget enthusiasts and more. … Read More

  52. Creating a Community

    Welcome to LAUNCH WestCO! This community has been a long time coming. For more than two years, there have been discussions about bringing the developers, designers and entrepreneurs of Western Colorado … Read More

  53. Startups in Western Colorado

    Even though Western Colorado is rapidly becoming the goto place for building your startup, some people are still unaware of just how much startup activity we have all around us. Here are just a few: Travel Recon ProStar Kaart Group MySalesButler Mozaic Tech   … Read More

  54. Dynamic Duos: Brian Watson and Josh Hudnall … Read More