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Ascent Startup Summit + Demo Day

Join us April 28th at the Ivy Ballroom in Buena Vista, Colorado 


****** SOLD OUT *****


Calling all entrepreneurs, mentors, dreamers, and doers! Join us Thursday, April 28th for our inaugural Ascent Startup Summit! Guests will enjoy community, dinner, stand-up comedy, and live music by the Ascent House Band! All of this while learning about the progress of the Ascent Central Mountain Entrepreneurs accelerator, its cohort, and programs.


The Ivy Ballroom (inside the Surf Hotel)
1012 Front Loop
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Date & Time:

Thursday | April 28th | 12pm – 9 pm


  • 12pm | Lunch & Learn
  • 1pm – 4pm  |  Speaker Series
  • 5pm | Reception
  • 6 pm – 9 pm | Dinner, Cohort Updates, and Entertainment




Is there anything better than laughter and live music? We are so excited to introduce you to two hilarious comedians that will have you roaring with their killer stand-up routines!


Kyle Ruff is a comedian and entrepreneur from the midwest currently living in Steamboat Springs, CO. Kyle has gained local celebrity status for his quick wit, extraordinary height, and profound sex appeal of his mustache. Kyle founded and operates the stand-up comedy and entertainment production company Steamboat Comedy and produces the ‘Best in the Boat’ winning Steamboat Comedy Podcast. Insta: @kyleruffcomedy


Matt Newland is a stand-up comedian. His short observational jokes will give you insight into the afterlife. He was a finalist in Boise’s Funniest Person 2016. He has spent the last five years performing in various states across the northwest opening for people way less funny than him, and he isn’t even bitter about it. Most people leave Matt Newland’s shows going “hey, he was actually pretty funny”. He’s a vital member of the Steamboat Comedy group and a recurring co-host of the Steamboat Comedy Podcast. Follow him on Twitter, or don’t; @SirIsaacNewland




We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to the Ascent House Band! If you’re local to Chaffee County chances are you’ve heard of these incredible artists! The Ascent House Band is a mashup of some of our favorite musicians from the area. Singer and songwriter extraordinaire Bonnie Culpepper, Master Violinist Coleman Smith who is also the fiddle player for Rapidgrass and David Lawrence & the Spoonful, singer, songwriter and mandolin shredder Alex T. Johnstone who also plays with Rapidgrass, and the one and only Gary Sloan who performs with a variety of Colorado bands including Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles, The Jeremy Mohney Trio, The Royal Street Ramblers, and countless other Denver jazz artists.



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