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Powder_Pitch 2024 Greatest Hits


Holy smokes! Powder_Pitch 2.0 did NOT disappoint! In fact, it truly exceeded all of our expectations. In case you're new here, Powder_Pitch is the quintessential Colorado networking event for mentors, investors, and entrepreneurs currently enrolled in our Ascent accelerator program. An essential part of our 12-week program is not only matching the companies in our cohorts with world-class mentorship, but also suppporting their fundraising intiatives. So we created Powder_Pitch as a really unique way to create intentional moments to connect, while catskiing at Monarch Mountain. Because we are the Central Mountain Ascent after all, and at our very core are driven [...]

Powder_Pitch 2024 Greatest Hits2024-04-11T16:21:26+00:00

Mark Eagle


‘Make a difference, have fun, and oh by the way, make some money.’ -Mark Eagle   Mr. Eagle is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of management and leadership experience with a track record growing companies utilizing technology. His startup was 23rd on Inc magazines fastest growing companies list and had 2 public exits during his tenure. He is a life-long-learning catalyst who has blended his passion for education and enriching people’s lives throughout his professional and personal journey. He is currently CTO of Helping Habit PBC, that provides a platform allowing non-profits [...]

Mark Eagle2024-04-11T14:23:13+00:00

2024 Ascent Launch Event Recap


Our 2024 SOLD OUT Ascent Launch Event surpassed our wildest dreams. Thanks a million to our Partner & Startup Story Spotlights, to the Ascent House Band, delicious Beverage Sponsors and Funding Partners, and our Title Sponsor Collegiate Peaks Bank! We couldn't have pulled this off without you! We hope you'll enjoy the beautiful moments captured by Amanda Podesta! For those of you that were not able to make it, please allow us to introduce you to our 2024 Ascent Accelerator Companies. We couldn't be more proud and honored to work with this new crew of impactful entrepreneurs. Menopausey - menopausey.com Pescavida [...]

2024 Ascent Launch Event Recap2024-04-11T14:23:18+00:00

Janice Fritsch


Our mission is to create opportunity for Coloradoans to reach their fullest potential for self-sufficiency through access to entrepreneurship, meaningful employment, basic needs and an improved quality of life. - Kenneth King Foundation Janice Fritsch is an accomplished professional with a proven track record in the world of philanthropy and impact investing. With twenty-plus years of experience involved in leading a Colorado-based private foundation, the Kenneth King Foundation, Janice has successfully grown the foundation's program related investment portfolio and oversees its current and potential direct charitable impact investments. In addition to her role as the leader [...]

Janice Fritsch2024-04-11T14:23:24+00:00

Marah Rosenberg


"Only the paranoid survive." -Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel Marah is a certified agile project manager and coach with Fortune 500 experience.  Work projects have spanned a variety of vertical markets, including Health Care, Retail, Hospitality, Education and Personal Finance.  They are also the treasurer of the Salida Council for the Arts, and on the board of TRex Arts (across from the library) Marah is currently a coach at Harvard Business Publishing, the parent company of HBR and Harvard Manage Mentor, building and improving business leadership and acumen within the organization. Projects include: building and [...]

Marah Rosenberg2024-04-11T14:23:30+00:00

Laura Rodriguez


"In business, you're going to hear the word "no' a lot. The importance of trusting yourself and your own rear end is what's going to keep you going. Recognize that failure or the word "no' is not the end." -- Sara Blakely Laura Rodriguez serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Laura brings years of prior experience within the State of Colorado and OEDIT to her role. In her capacity as Chief Strategy Officer at OEDIT, Laura leads the development of strategic planning and program initiatives [...]

Laura Rodriguez2024-04-11T14:23:40+00:00

Jed Selby


"Music is one of the most powerful things in the world because it's one of the only things that will bring people together regardless of race, religion, or politics." - Jed Selby Jed is co-founder of South Main. He brings passion to his study of traditional building design and construction patterns, continually raising the bar through his involvement in the South Main Building Company. Jed graduated magna cum laude from Fort Lewis College with a degree in business administration. He is a three-time US Freestyle Kayak team member and an avid rock climber and a pilot. [...]

Jed Selby2024-04-11T14:23:45+00:00

Nim Patel


“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” - Bill Gates Nim Patel is Chief Strategy Officer of Colorado Enterprise Fund, Inc. (CEF).  He is responsible for coordinating and optimizing CEF’s operational processes and technologies to maximize their alignment with strategic business goals.  Prior to CEF Nim had over 20 years of management experience in various industries including non-profit/social enterprises, venture capital, Fortune 500, Big 5 consulting at the intersection of Finance & Technology.

Nim Patel2024-04-11T14:23:50+00:00

Zero Fare “We’ll Get You There” – Enjoy Free Rides From Salida to Buena Vista All Summer Long!


How would you like a free ride between Salida and Buena Vista for the rest of the summer?! The Chaffee Shuttle is participating in the Zero Fare "We'll Take You There" statewide transit campaign to help introduce the community to transit. The Department of Energy is paying for transit fares all summer long!   As part of Colorado’s Zero Fare We’ll Get You There initiative, The Chaffee Shuttle has expanded its services and is offering FREE rides this summer, and all year long, to encourage residents and visitors to ride transit to help keep Colorado’s air clean during the summer months [...]

Zero Fare “We’ll Get You There” – Enjoy Free Rides From Salida to Buena Vista All Summer Long!2023-07-18T20:45:41+00:00

2023 Rapid_Pitch Recap


The remarkable natural environment and world class outdoor recreation we enjoy in the Central Mountain regions has drawn talented people to our community for generations. Today, the Chaffee County EDC is leveraging uniquely Chaffee County activities, like backcountry cat skiing at Monarch Mountain and high-water river trips down The Numbers and Browns Canyon with River Runners, to attract business growth experts from around Colorado to share their time and insights with local entrepreneurs. In the spring, we tested this approach by hosting Powder_Pitch @ Monarch Mountain. To say it was a hit is something of an understatement: The event drew 45 [...]

2023 Rapid_Pitch Recap2023-07-24T18:45:21+00:00


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