Well, we are almost there! The culminating event. The big finale. The celebration of entrepreneurship. Of risk taking, and dream chasing. A marking of all the hard work, energy, sweat, and tears that our teams have put in. An event to recognize not only in the last three and a half months spent in the accelerator...but also the entire journey of starting with just an idea and a dream and turning it into a real company. Thats right, we are talking about the TVA 5th annual Demo Day! And, we want you there. Yes, you! Please join us on Friday, June 30th at 1:00pm at the Palm Theater to listen to their final presentations. You can RSVP here. We promise, you will leave inspired. Listed below are the companies you will watch present.
Bramble Outdoor: Bramble is an outdoor travel brand that creates Gear for Going Places. Our purpose is to strengthen our connection to the places we play. Presenting: Co-Founders, Ken Voeller and Trevor Cobb.
As a refresher, TVA was founded in 2012 as an initiative of the Telluride Foundation. To date, 19 companies have graduated from TVA as of July 2016 (additional seven in 2017). This has resulted in five Telluride-based companies and $22 million in additional capital raised. To date 76% of the companies are still active with 92 jobs created and 11 Telluride based jobs. On average, graduating companies have received $525,000 of additional investment from around the country within one year of their participation. Statistically, we rank among the most effective accelerator programs in the world.
What is TVA? It is a 17 week, on-site program for early-stage entrepreneurs in Telluride, Colorado. This past year, we reviewed applications from over 178 startups and ultimately selected seven entrepreneurs from around the world to join us. Upon being accepted, TVA invests $30,000 into each company. Teams move to Telluride for the Spring shoulder season and we run them through a curriculum and connect them to our network of almost 100 mentors that all have some connection to Telluride.
We can't wait to celebrate with you on June 30th, 2017!