TVA Team

 
 Ashley Nager  Program Director, TVA

Ashley Nager

Program Director, TVA

Ashley Nager

Ashley Nager is the Program Director of TVA. Prior to TVA, she was the HR Director for UP Global (the company behind Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Week and Startup NEXT). She was one of the earliest team members and has done everything back office to help the team grow to 5 international offices located around the world. In her five years at UP Global, they reached over 200,000 entrepreneurs, hosted more than 3,000 events across 130 countries and helped thousands of companies get their start including getting into top tier accelerators around the world. Ashley brings vast experience in startup community creation as well as a very interconnected entrepreneurial network from around the world. Her home town is Seattle, Washington where she attended the University of Washington. She currently lives in Telluride full time with her husband, Marc, as well as her 5-year-old Australian Cattle Dog, Dax. Please feel free to reach out to her at ashley@tellurideva.com.


 Managing Director, TVA  VP Innovation, Telluride Foundation  Fund Director, Greater Colorado Venture Fund

Managing Director, TVA

VP Innovation, Telluride Foundation

Fund Director, Greater Colorado Venture Fund

Marc Nager

Marc was the co-founder of Startup Weekend and UP Global which sold to Techstars where he was the Chief Community Officer. He's traveled to nearly 50 countries in his work with startup ventures over the past 12 years. He's now focused on figuring out new programatic and capital models to support entrepreneurs located in rural and remote regions. Marc is also the Fund Director for the Greater Colorado Venture Fund. Feel free to e-mail marc@tellurideva.com


Jesse Johnson

Founder and Managing Partner, TVA

Jesse Johnson is the Founder of the TVA. He co-founded and was CEO of Q Collection, a leading sustainable design company (now a part of Twill Textiles). He has been involved as a mentor and investor in several startup businesses and served on the board of two companies sold to a Fortune 50 company. He serves on the board of 1% For The Planet, Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment, Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and several others. Jesse has an MBA and MES (Environmental Science) from Yale and a BA from Princeton.

 Jesse Johnson  Founder and Managing Partner, TVA

Some of our Partners from across the region: 

  Colorado Outdoors is a development company focused on the revitalization of the famed Uncompahgre river corridor in Montrose, Colorado. Our goal is to provide the region with three things: 1) a restored and enhanced river for the benefit of our community; 2) a compelling destination for business relocation and commercial enterprise, bringing skilled jobs; 3) quality, workforce housing for local residents.

Colorado Outdoors is a development company focused on the revitalization of the famed Uncompahgre river corridor in Montrose, Colorado. Our goal is to provide the region with three things: 1) a restored and enhanced river for the benefit of our community; 2) a compelling destination for business relocation and commercial enterprise, bringing skilled jobs; 3) quality, workforce housing for local residents.

 Led by entrepreneurs, Startup Colorado strives to  empower and sustain entrepreneurial  communities across the state by amplifying a  collaborative support network , making  connections to key resources , and helping high-growth companies  access trusted, flexible capital.   Every Colorado entrepreneur deserves access to resources that fuel growth. What do you and your community need?

Led by entrepreneurs, Startup Colorado strives to empower and sustain entrepreneurial communities across the state by amplifying a collaborative support network, making connections to key resources, and helping high-growth companies access trusted, flexible capital.

Every Colorado entrepreneur deserves access to resources that fuel growth. What do you and your community need?

 ICELab is a community organization with a keen interest in mountain town sustainability and economic diversity in rural Western Colorado. As an entrepreneurial hub, we support new and growing businesses with cowork space, affordable office space, professional development, and a diverse network of mentors, programs, and opportunities. Learn more about the history of the ICELab here.

ICELab is a community organization with a keen interest in mountain town sustainability and economic diversity in rural Western Colorado.
As an entrepreneurial hub, we support new and growing businesses with cowork space, affordable office space,
professional development, and a diverse network of mentors, programs, and opportunities.
Learn more about the history of the ICELab here.