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  1. Spintertainment Takes the Suck Out of Off-Season Training

    Every great idea starts with a problem to solve. When professional mountain biker Eric Landis went looking for training videos to use for his indoor winter workouts, all he found were road bike videos. “I wanted to have mountain bike videos for my indoor training, so I started making them myself.” As he began filming local trails and using his homemade videos, word of mouth spread; friends wanted to try them. “The demand was there. People asked for more. These were amateur but people were enjoying them.” … Read More

  2. Grand Valley Food Hub is coming!

    Here at Launch West CO, we are always trying to support entrepreneurial efforts to grow and nurture the community. The Grand Valley Food Hub venture actually does just that. … Read More

  3. Startup Weekend Telluride

    The recent Startup Weekend held in Telluride continues the momentum that Western Colorado is gaining in the exciting world of entrepreneurship and startup companies. “This is the second one we’ve done in Telluride,” says Marc Nager, Managing Director of the Telluride Venture Accelerator and Co-Founder of Startup Weekend. “There are about 1000 events per year in 140 countries. These events are for community building to help entrepreneurs take the first steps to actually launch companies.” Community leaders from across the Western Slope plan to collaborate to host four Startup Weekends in Colorado each year, with initial sites set in Grand Junction, Montrose, Durango, and of course Telluride. “We were hoping to get 30 people to attend, and were delighted to have almost 60 participants there,” Marc says. Attendees came from … Read More

  4. Grand Junction, CO Tech Entrepreneur Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award

    The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) congratulates Page Tucker, Founder and CEO of ProStar Geocorp™, for earning the 2016 APEX Technology Entrepreneur Excellence Award. The Apex awards, which celebrate Colorado's technology leaders and innovators, were presented by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) at a red carpet event at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver last week. … Read More

  5. Award nominations shine spotlight on tech sector

    Grand Valley entrepreneurs hail their nominations for statewide awards for shining a welcome spotlight not only on their efforts, but also broader efforts to nurture the local technology sector. “We’re trying to make Grand Junction a technology hub, and there’s no reason we can’t do it,” said Page Tucker, president and chief executive officer of ProStar Geocorp. … Read More

  6. SynapticSwitch - Virtual Reality Gaming Company Located in Grand Junction

    The video game industry has exploded over the past few decades, with each new generation of players and creators building on the gains of the one before them. Robert Madsen, who started SynapticSwitch with his son Stephen in 2010 is excited to be on the forefront of the latest video game wave — virtual reality. … Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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