This last weekend was not one for the un-inspired! Friday night at Startup Weekend Telluride kicked off with a packed room in the Ah Haa School for the Arts. Sixty participants came together from Denver, Grand Junction, Delta, Gunnison, Durango and Telluride to take their idea's from thought to reality. Friday night, 25 individuals stood up to pitch their ideas to the group. After much deliberation and several rounds of voting by the collective group, 9 ideas were chosen to be worked on over the course of the event.
All day Saturday is spent on building these companies. With the help of 6 mentors, these teams receive guidance and frameworks to help them in creating a prototype to present on Sunday. These teams are judged based on three main criteria, validation (did they talk to real customers), execution and design, as well as business model. One could liken this event to the gym for entrepreneurship. A place to stretch your business fundamental muscles and and strengthen your skills in execution.
One of the most beautiful things about Startup Weekend is that anyone can participate and benefit from the event, as long as you are in it for the right reasons; to learn new skills, meet new people in your region and build startups. Telluride Startup Weekend had 20 student participants from Western State University, one student from the Telluride Mountain School as well as 10 high school students from Grand Junction (including their Principal).
A big thank you to our sponsors who supported this event. Startup Colorado, the Telluride Foundation, Telluride Venture Accelerator, Mountain Lodge, SWIC, Floridora Saloon, The Carlisle Group, and Planetarians.
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