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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 Recap2024-02-21T17:50:32+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

Salida-based DRAM Wins BIG at the 2023 Good Food Awards with Three New Honors


As an advocate for entrepreneurship in the Central Mountains, the Chaffee County EDC team loves to highlight the success of great local companies and founders. Today, we're shining a little light on one of Salida's low-key but far-reaching product brands, DRAM. And while we're at it, let's note the leadership of founder Brady Becker, who serves as a key mentor for the Chaffee County EDC’s Central Mountain Ascent business accelerator and is a member of the local Ark_Angels investor group! Read the full press release below. ------- SALIDA, Colorado (April 21, 2023) – Salida, Colorado-based DRAM (www.DramApothecary.com) received the prestigious Good [...]

Salida-based DRAM Wins BIG at the 2023 Good Food Awards with Three New Honors2023-06-01T23:36:58+00:00

2023 Ascent Startup Summit Recap


It will be quite some time before we can put into actual words what unfolded at our 2nd Annual Ascent Startup Summit. To say we are inspired and impressed with this entrepreneurial movement happening in Chaffee County would be the understatement of the year. Our 2023 Ascent Startup Summit took place last Thursday, April 20th at the stunning Surf Hotel in Buena Vista, Colorado and celebrated entrepreneurs, dreamers, and doers in our mountain community. We connected and listened to inspiring stories from the masterminds behind Weston Backcountry, Topo Designs, and Icelantic Skis. They each shared the highs and lows of their [...]

2023 Ascent Startup Summit Recap2023-04-24T00:36:12+00:00

Local HealthTech Startup DifferentKind Wins State Grant, Secures Local Angel Funding


CHAFFEE COUNTY, COLO. – Buena Vista, Colo.-based DifferentKind, makers of an innovative technology solution to measure and improve patient outcomes in dental offices, announced today that it had been awarded a $250,000 grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s Advanced Industries Accelerator grant program.      The Early-Stage Capital and Retention grant supports businesses commercializing innovative and disruptive technologies that will be created or manufactured in Colorado. Grants help promote the growth and sustainability of advanced industries across the state by driving innovation and commercialization that move this vital part of the Colorado economy forward.   [...]

Local HealthTech Startup DifferentKind Wins State Grant, Secures Local Angel Funding2022-11-22T18:56:28+00:00


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