Top Colorado Startups Selected for APEX Challenge
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Posted by: Selina Sandoval
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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 apexcolorado.com.
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 ColoradoTechnology.org.