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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 gocodegj.com, 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 day Saturday and most of Sunday building, testing and validating their startup idea.

Pitches take place on Sunday evening at 6pm to a panel of judges, and the top two teams from Grand Junction will advance to compete in a final statewide challenge on May 26th. Once there, all 10 regional finalists will present their startups, and the top three teams will win $25,000 to help advance their idea. The Sunday night pitch event is open to the public.

Additionally, the top two teams from each of the five cities are invited to participate in Mentor Weekend in Boulder where they will have the opportunity to meet with and receive valuable advice and direction from successful entrepreneurs. Reasonable travel expenses are paid.

Go Code Colorado is a phenomenal opportunity for anyone even mildly interested in entrepreneurship and startups to get their feet wet, meet like-minded people and receive a crash course in business development in a fun and exciting way. We are thrilled that Grand Junction is hosting this competition for the second year in a row. Our community of tech entrepreneurs within Western Colorado is rapidly expanding, and registrations are increasing quickly.

Members of the press are invited to come out at any time, and we especially encourage you to attend the pitch event starting Sunday night at 6pm. Video and audio recording is welcome. Organizers and participants can be made available for interviews.

Schedule
Friday: 6pm - 11pm
Saturday: 8am - 11pm
Sunday: 8am - 8pm (Pitches start at 6pm)

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.

The first and only statewide effort of its kind, Go Code Colorado brings together a community of entrepreneurs, business partners, and developers to make use of public data through a series of events. These events center around a challenge weekend in five cities across the state, engaging the entire state in two days of innovation around the use of public data. Teams in each of the five cities compete to build apps that use public data to help businesses make smarter decisions. Two teams from each city move on in the competition, getting help from a network of mentors—including a Mentor Weekend in Boulder—as they further develop their ideas. The teams come back together again for a Final Event where they pitch their ideas to judges and can win $25,000.

The Business Incubator Center supports the launch, growth, stabilization and long-term success of business enterprises in Mesa County and the surrounding region. We measure success by our ability to guide entrepreneurs through sound business decisions and our positive influence on economic growth in the region.

Media Contact
Josh Hudnall
(720) 369-4647
josh@launchwestco.com

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