Mountain Ventures Town Successes: Companies, Initiatives, Funders

Structure: each town was asked to mention a few companies, initiatives, and funders from their community that are a good example of how to get things done from a mountain town. 

The towns: Telluride, Mammoth, Teton Range, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Ketchum, Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, Gunnison Crested Butte, Durango, Big Sky/Bozeman, Bend, and Whistler. 

Telluride, CO

Companies

Felt App 

TelSki

Western Rise

Telluride Brewing Co

Voltaire

stalkit

Wagner Custom Skis

Initiatives

Mountainfilm

Pinhead Institute

Telluride TV

Proximity Space Coworking

Telluride Foundation

Entrepreneurs Meetup

Mentor network

Funders

Telluride Venture Fund

Telluride Angels

Foundations

Mammoth, CA

Companies

Mt Whitney Coffee

Mountain Lab

Mammoth Brewing

Ridge Merino

June Lake Brewing

Initiatives

Broadband

Recreational Technology (RecTech)

Funders

Mammoth Mountain

Town/Public Financing

Teton Range, WY

Companies

Croakies

STIO

Yellowberry

Melvin Brewing

TMBR

Square One

Initiatives

Pitch Day

Trustee Program

Partnerships: 

Central Wyoming College > Startup intensive

Coworking space

Chance meetings

Angel mentor group

Funders

Angels

Community foundation

Corporate sponsors

Individual trustees

USDA > rural business development grants

Truckee, CA

Companies

Big Truck

Coalition snow

Fifty fifty brewing

Clear capital

Trail Runner

New Leaders

Initiatives

Housing Study

Maker space

Arts and culture

Alpenglow Mountain Festival

Bid 2% tax

Tahoe Silicon Mountain

Funders

Town of Truckee

Community Foundation

Truckee Tomorrow

SBC RCF

South Lake Tahoe, CA

Companies

Outdoor Gear Lab

Fatco

Zephyr Association

Eagle Project

Initiatives

SBC/SBDC

Internships

Code 4 America

Maker/Artist Alliance

Funders

Sierra Angels

Ketchum, ID

Companies

First Lite

Big Life Magazine

Sawtooth Brewery

Aur Proxima

Initiatives

Ketchum Innovation Center

SVB of Angels

Funders

Ketchum URA

USDA Grants

City of Ketchum

Vail, CO

Companies

Vail Centre

Crazy Mountain Brew

Moe's BBQ

High Country Kombucha

Liberty Ski

Initiatives

Base Camp/8150

VCBA Innovation Series

Ideas 2 Action/CU

Funders

Private Donors

Local Governments 

Community Foundations/Organizations 

Resort Partners

Aspen, CO

Companies

Aspen Brewing Co.

Forum Phi

Obermayer

Encoding.com

BLK MKT (Roam)

Initiatives

Create mentorship program

Aspen Entrepreneurs

Aspen Next Gen

Community Foundation

City of Wellbeing

Funders

Jerry Murdoch

Arjun Gupta

Candice Olson

George Stranahan

Shareet Suki

Breckenridge, CO

Companies

RMU

Breck Distillery

Broken Compass

Unity

Initiatives

Elevate + Evo3

Startup Weekend

Biz Bootcamp

Full Stack

Kids Coding

Funders

Summit Foundation

Breck

Rockies Venture Club

VCs

Gunnison Crested Butte, CO

Companies

Romp 

Cold Smoke

Montanya Brewing

Initiatives

ICE Lab:

Co. Lab

Incubator

Accelerator

Maker Lab

Test Kitchen

Funders

Individual Angels

Fed $ (EDA)

SBDC Funds

Durango, CO

Companies

Mercury/Vantiv

SKA Brewing

Zukes

GitPrime

Stone Age

Cross Fire

Rocky Mountain Chocolate

Initiatives

SCAPE

SWIC

La Plata Economic Development Association

Go Code

Entrepreneurs of the Southwest

SW Women's Leadership Conference

Wild Women's Project

Funders

Angels

Regional Economic Development

SCAPE

Animas Venture Group

Big Sky/Bozeman, MT

Companies

SIMMS

Sitka

Mystery Ranch

Right Now

Initiatives

MSU Innovation Center

Prospera Business Center

Launchpad (MSU Incubator)

Funders

Yellowstone Club

Bend, OR

Companies

HydroFlask

G5

Bend Research

Kialoa

Cairn

Gerry Lopez

Ruffwear

Metolius

Breweries

Initiatives

Founders Pad

Bend Outdoor Worx

Oregon Outdoor Alliance

KIA Cluster Groups

Bend 2030

Opportunity Knocks

EDCO

Funders

BVC

Cascade Angels

Venture Funds

Venture Out Festival

Private Business Oregon

Whistler, B.C., Canada

Companies

Zero Ceiling

Gibbons Life

Origin DesignCost Mountain Brewery

Whistler Blackcomb

Initiatives

Community Foundation of Whistler

Whistler Housing Authority

Residence Housing Task Force

Funders

WB Foundation

Empowered Startups

 

Every town has their success stories, but from one town to the next we don't always know who they are. Let's change that. This page has an initial set of success stories from mountain towns across the US, each offered by town residents in attendance at the Mountain Ventures Summit: The Future of Work on Feb 2–4, 2017.