Announcing Western Colorado Startup Weekend
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Junction, CO, 23 September 2015 -- Grand Junction organization LAUNCH West CO (launchwestco.com) 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.
On Friday night, all registered attendees are invited to pitch their idea for a new startup company. A vote is held to narrow down those pitches into a handful of ideas that teams then form around. Once teams are formed, they will spend Friday night, all day Saturday and much of Sunday doing the work of creating their startup. On Sunday night each team will present their startup to a panel of local experts, and winners will be selected.
Over 2000 Startup Weekend events have taken place in 135 countries, and have been attended by more than 480,000 people. Winners of Startup Weekend competitions often continue with their idea after the weekend is over, and many raise millions of dollars in subsequent rounds of fundraising.
The tech economy in Grand Junction has fallen behind many front-range communities like Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs. High-tech startups, many focused on our regional strengths like manufacturing, healthcare and outdoor recreation, are key to the economic success of Grand Junction and the Western Colorado region. The tide is shifting, and we’re seeing a renewed interest in high-tech entrepreneurship within our community and we have to move fast to keep building the momentum. By partnering regionally, we have access to the vast collection of talent and resources needed to emerge as an economic leader in Colorado. Events like Startup Weekend are a crucial part of this effort to catch up and become a vibrant hub for technology and innovation.
This event is a collaboration between organizations in Grand Junction, Montrose, Telluride, Mountain Village and surrounding areas to bring together the many tech and entrepreneurial communities within Western Colorado. LAUNCH West CO is proud to partner with Proximity Space in Montrose, the Grand Junction Business Incubator, the Telluride Venture Accelerator and our participating sponsors to put it on.
Registration is required. Early Bird tickets start at just $60, and lodging assistance is available. Student tickets are available for $35. The event will be held October 9-11 at Proximity Space located at 210 E. Main Street, Montrose, CO 81401. On-site registration begins Friday at 6:30pm.
LAUNCH is an 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 connections, foster collaboration and to give a singular, strong voice to the entrepreneurial community in our region.