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 an idea to create a LinkedIn-type service for college students that bridges the gap between the professional online network and other social media, like Facebook.

“It was so much fun. We just went there to support people, but we got on a team,” Jouflas said.

The professor drills her students on the importance of finding and securing the talent they need to turn their ideas into businesses.

“Everybody on the team had their special skill — that was the fun part — doing the things we’ve taught in class.”

The mentor weekend, in particular, was worth the entire effort, she said.

“We met leaders from Google. We met major attorneys who are involved with intellectual property — these were people we would never get access to otherwise.”

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