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Top Colorado Startups Selected for APEX Challenge

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Top Colorado Startups Selected for APEX Challenge

9/4/2013 - Ten of Colorado's top startups will present their pitch to a panel of celebrity angel investors as well as a live audience for a chance to win cash prizes during the the CTA Board of Directors APEX Challenge. The APEX Challenge, half American Idol and half pitch-fest, is an energetic and fast-paced program to award more than $20,000 in no-strings-attached cash prizes to three top deserving startups in Colorado. The event will be held on September 11, 2013 at APEX, Colorado's largest tech conference, presented by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA).

During the event, ten finalists will present their pitch live to a crowd of 1,000. The APEX Challenge is unique from other pitch competitions as the winner is selected through the judging panel as well as through audience participation. The winner of the APEX Challenge showdown will be the company that receives the highest combined score from our celebrity judging panel and the audience vote. The panel includes celebrity guest legendary Denver Broncos placekicker David Treadwell, Catharine Merigold, Founder and Managing Director at Vista Ventures, and Access Venture Partners Managing Director Brian Wallace. More surprise judges to come!

"The quality of applications for the APEX Challenge was unprecedented and narrowing the field down to just 10 was incredibly challenging. It's a testament to what a great place Colorado has become to start a technology company." said CTA President Erik Mitisek.

Denver-based Active Junky is an online shopping community that rewards and incentivizes users for their passion for gear and the outdoors. Recent TechStars Boulder graduate BrandFolder ensures consistent brand representation by providing companies with a simple, visual brand asset sharing platform. The company recently took first prize at the SIMTank pitch competition. Intelivideo based in Denver, helps companies move from DVDs to the world of streaming and downloadable videos for any device. Headquartered in Denver, MyRounding develops, markets and sells technology solutions for hospitals and health care organizations to perform structured leadership rounding and replace paper-based methods. Duke University Startup Challenge Winner Boulder-based Nanoly BioScience is developing a chemical that will allow vaccines to survive without refrigeration so that they can be delivered to rural areas of the world. Rachio of Denver has created an amazingly simple internet connected smart sprinkler controller that saves the average homeowner hundreds of dollars and thousands of gallons of water each year. The company won Denver Startup Weekend, the "Glorious Failure” contest at the Colorado Innovation Network Summit and has been selected to compete on Dream Big America. Denver-based SeedPaths teaches young people how to develop software and then helps them get a job through their recruiting business. The company is about to launch their first high school class at a charter school predominantly serving low-income and minority students. Boulder Startup Splick-It offers mobile and online ordering, payments and restaurant loyalty applications plus a consumer distribution network. The company currently powers more than 1,500 restaurants does over $1.2M in transactions every month with their branded mobile apps and online ordering that allow guests to skip the line and get fed fast. SupportLocal of Denver, is an inspired community of friends recommending local businesses. The company has been selected as an Innovation Award winner and is currently vying for the grand prize in the JumpStart Biz Plan competition. TAGster, a Highlands Ranch-based startup makes it easy to reunite owners and their items and provides emergency tags that give first responders an incredibly easy way to see a person’s medical profile and instantly notify their contacts.

The APEX Challenge doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the Challenge kicks off at 3:45. Entrance to the Challenge is included with an APEX Conference pass. CTA is also offering a limited number of free tickets to the community for the Challenge which also includes the Sips N Bytes Happy Hour. The APEX Challenge is put on with the support of CTA Board of Director sponsors Cooley LLP, Hein & Associates, Ping Identity and SwiftPage.

About APEX

APEX is the Colorado technology industry’s annual conference encompassing the 13th Annual APEX Awards, a single track conference, an interactive floor space and the Challenge featuring emerging tech genius from around the state. Past speakers at the event have included: David Cohen, CEO & founder of TechStars, Governor John Hickenlooper and Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems. Presented by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), the event will be held on September 10-11, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver. For more information on the event, please visit

About the Colorado Technology Association

The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) represents Colorado’s $49.6 billion technology industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the state. Colorado ranked second for its high-tech business concentration and the nine-county metro region ranked tenth out of the 50 largest metro areas in software employment concentration. Since 1994, Colorado Technology Association has provided a voice for technology professionals in legislative issues and public policy. The Association provides more than 50 programs, events and connections to support the industry. CTA's membership includes 500 Colorado companies from startup to enterprise. For more information visit


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