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StartupRach.ioWins Technology Competition and $15,000 Cash and Prizes

1,000 Attend Colorado Technology Association’s 9th Annual APEX

DENVER – September 11, 2013 – Colorado Technology Association (CTA), a Denver-based technology startup, as the winner of the APEX Challenge during its 9th Annual APEX event at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Denver on Tuesday. A $15,000 prize was at stake for the 10 startups invited on stage to demonstrate their innovative product or service in 4 minutes and 30 seconds to a crowd of more than 1,000 attendees.

APEX was kicked off by CTA CEO, Erik Mitisek, Adriana Gascoigne of Girls in Tech and Andre Durand, CEO of APEX Award winning Ping Identity. The day continued with a keynote from Esri’s President, Jack Dangermond.

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 also won Denver Startup Weekend, the "Glorious Failure” contest at the Colorado Innovation Network Summit and has been selected to compete on Dream Big America.

Nanoly Bioscience, which is working on a way to preserve vaccines without refrigeration, finished second and took home $2,500 and Techstars grad, Brandfolder finished third and also won $2,500.

The APEX Challenge is put on with the support of CTA Board of Director sponsors Cooley LLP, Hein & Associates, Ping Identity and SwiftPage. Other startups included in the APEX startup were: Active Junky, Brandfolder, Intelivideo, MyRounding, Nanoly BioScience, SeedPaths, Splick-It, SupportLocal and TAGster. CTA is also offered a limited number of free tickets to the community for the Challenge which also includes the Sips N Bytes Happy Hour.

"CTA is thrilled to offer this prize of $15,000 in cash plus prizes, the winner of our APEX Challenge,” said Erik Mitisek, CEO, Colorado Technology Association. "This is the second time CTA awarded a prize to a startup during APEX and the turnout could not have been better. We want to see our technology startup community continue to thrive in Colorado.” Mitisek concluded.

Colorado Technology Association is the Title Sponsor of the Denver Startup Week events being held the week after APEX.

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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