Last Thursday, we held our inaugural Colorado Demo Day in Denver. Sixteen companies from the Golden Triangle and Boulder Campuses competed in front of a panel of seven judges from Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco. The event was standing room only, with over 350 attendees packed into our Golden Triangle campus, cheering and supporting the startups as they pitched for the chance to attend the 2nd Annual Google for Entrepreneurs Google Demo Day.
The idea for the event was born from Google for Entrepreneurs new model for this year’s Google Demo Day. Rather than the 9 members of the North American Tech Hub Network choosing one startup to represent them (as they did in 2014), this year Tech Hubs could nominate 3 startups for the event, held on April 2nd at Google’s Mountain View campus. Google will ultimately choose one of the three nominees to be the Galvanize representative. The Galvanize team decided to go big and make this a fun event that would bring our Colorado campuses together, as well as the greater Colorado startup community!
“While the San Francisco Bay Area may represent the center of the tech world, there’s an incredible amount of innovation happening outside of Silicon Valley. We’re excited for Colorado founders to show that amazing startups are thriving here, and that our community supports and encourages diversity,” said Lawrence Mandes, Galvanize co-founder and emcee for the evening.
After strong pitches from the participating companies, 6 of which were represented by female founders, and whose industries covered everything from travel, oil & gas, sports and home intelligence, the judges finally selected three startups for nomination to Google: RxRevu (Denver), Conspire (Boulder) and Native (Boulder). These companies will find out mid-February who will be selected to go on to pitch at Google Demo Day, where they will have the opportunity to connect with a rich network of investors and VCs in Silicon Valley.
In addition to RxRevu, Conspire and Native securing nominations, Boulder-based Parkifi received a special bid for automatic placement in the CSU Blue Ocean Challenge, held in Fort Collins this May. The Blue Ocean Challenge is Colorado’s largest business plan competition with $250,000 on the line.
Judge Parker Thompson from 500 Startups in San Francisco said, “I am reminded every time I get to Colorado how good the quality of companies is out there.”
We couldn’t be prouder of the companies who participated, and we can’t wait to see all the founders do great things! Stay tuned to find out who will secure the spot at Google Demo Day.
*For a full list of who pitched, please click here.
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