On October 12 and 13th The CU Leeds School of Business came to Telluride and Mountain Village to present the program, Demystifying Entrepreneurship. Friday night’s networking and teaser was held at Telluride Works coworking space and attended by about 30 local entrepreneurs. A highlight of the night – Tomer Alpert and Gracie Everitt shared their startup journey and their shared venture – Felt App – handwritten cards for the modern world, based in Telluride, CO.
The workshop/bootcamp was presented by Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC), an initiative of the Telluride Foundation and sponsored by the Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Venture Accelerator and Startup Colorado.
The Saturday bootcamp was attended by over 25 participants with an idea, startup, existing business and startup junkies from as far away as Delta, Durango, Ophir, Ridgway, Norwood, Nucla, Naturita and closer to home – Telluride and Mountain Village. Each attendee came with an idea and built value propositions and sales strategies as part of the day. Ideas ranged from manufacturing outdoor gear to apps and all points in between. The Entrepreneurs panel at lunch featured Pete Wagner with Wagner Custom Skis in Mountain Village, Hannah Rossman with Blue Grouse Bread in Norwood, Aimee Tooker with Tooker Electric and Tabeguache Trading Co in Nucla, and Jack Gilbride, a mentor with TVA and member of the Mountain Village town council.
One participant described it as “a quick, high-level, practical flow of content, a great kickstart to get entrepreneurs connected, talking and recognizing the help they need.”
Another participant commented “it was great to have such professional teachers in Telluride.” Which makes sense since the event was facilitated by Award Winning Faculty and Rockstar entrepreneurs, Brad Werner and Erick Mueller, Executive Director of the Deming Center at the CU Leeds School.
Bringing Demystifying Entrepreneurship to the Southwest section of the state is part of a collaborative effort supported by the Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC), operating to make Southwest Colorado a coordinated hub of entrepreneurship and innovation. SWIC grew out of the Telluride Venture Accelerator’s efforts to impact the regional economy. Started in 2016, it is a 3-year project funded through an Economic Development Administration i6 Challenge grant, Advanced Industries infrastructure funds through the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade and a family foundation.
Regional partners conceived of this program back in June and are committed to bringing it back as well as other offerings to the region going forward. A final comment from the program evaluations says it all… “I am inspired and empowered!”