It’s been less than a month since we hosted our 2nd Annual Ascent Launch event and we’re still reeling from this sold-out celebration. The community support, incredible start-up stories, and generous sponsors, truly made the night an unforgettable one. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to our 2023 Cohort! Get to know these remarkable companies, some of which are already making a really big impact in rural Colorado, and check out our full event recap below. 

Introducing 📣 The Ascent 2023 Cohort!

B1: Sustainable, Renewable, and Regenerative Energy
Buena Goods
CarbonKicker, Inc
HOA Guru
Little Red Hen Bakery
Oso Adventure Meals
Zombeez Footwear



This exciting night presented by Collegiate Peaks Bank took place at the iconic SteamPlant Event Center. This annual launch event is centered around introducing the incoming cohort that have been accepted into the Ascent Accelerator. In addition to this, the event also features startup stories from Ascent alumni, mentors, and local companies who support our mission. Some of the highlights of the night included a check-in with Rob and Sarah Gartzman of Hey Sweetie!, a mentor profile with Joe Thurman, Founder, InterviewIA, and some very inspiring interviews with Carlin Walsh, Colorado Central Telecom & Elevation Beer Co., Mike Harvey, Founder & CEO, and Badfish Standup Paddleboards. The night concluded with dinner provided by Kalamatapit Catering, drinks by Elevation Brewery, and live music featuring singer/songwriter David Lawrence & The Spoonful. We were honored to have the entire evening Emcee’d by the one-and-only Chuck Sullivan, Founder, The Wright.



















Photography Credit: Amanda Podesta Photography