Ascent Startup Summit

Join us Thursday, April 20th at the Ivy Ballroom in Buena Vista, Colorado


See You at the (Startup) Summit.

Join us Thursday, April 20th for our second annual Ascent Startup Summit, powered by Collegiate Peaks Bank! 

Guests will enjoy community, inspiring startup stories, amazing food from Wesley & Rose, and more. All of this while learning about the progress of the Ascent accelerator, its cohort, and programs.

When: Thursday, April 20th, 3-8 PM

Where: The Ivy Ballroom (inside the Surf Hotel)

1012 Front Loop | Buena Vista, CO 81211

The Agenda

  • 3:00 – Welcome Comments – Jake Rishavy, Chaffee County EDC
  • 3:00-5:00 – Startup Stories w Emcee Chuck Sullivan, Founder, The Wright
    • 3:00 – Annalise Loevlie, CEO, Icelantic Skis
    • 2:30 – Announcement shortly, stay tuned! 
    • 3:00 – Announcement shortly, stay tuned! 
    • 3:30 – Announcement shortly, stay tuned! 
  • 5:00 – 6:30– BASECAMP – 
    • Reception powered by Collegiate Peaks Bank 
    • Dinner powered by Aristata Communications
  • 6:30-7:15 – Ascent Cohort Check-ins
  • 7:15-7:45 – $135,000 Ark_Angels PROPEL Grant Awards! 
  • 7:45-8:00 – Closing Comments

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Meet The Ascent Winter ’23 Cohort!

Inspired By Excellence & Innovation

Backed by some of the best business minds in Colorado and beyond, participants in our winter 2023 cohort will experience a level of startup and scaleup support that has never existed in the Central Mountains business community. Until now. Get to know these ten very special purpose-driven businesses that are making a big impact in our community.


Meet The Keynote Speakers

You’re going to love our Keynote Talks on Founder Insights

The power of any accelerator program is the quality of its mentor and advisor network. Ours is world-class. From investors and serial entrepreneurs to seasoned ecosystem builders, our mentors come from a broad set of backgrounds and are committed to supporting your success. We are so honored three of our mentors will serve as our Keynote Speakers at the Ascent Startup Summit April 20th! 

Introducing Annalise Loevlie
CEO, Icelantic Skis

Annelise Loevlie grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and spent her childhood outside exploring the world and adventuring in her backyard. A childhood friend of Icelantic founders Ben Anderson and Travis Parr, she naturally gravitated to the idea of starting a ski company, and many moons later, is still here. As CEO, Annelise takes pride in creating a work environment that is safe, open, healthy, and poised for growth. Outside of running @icelantic_skis, Annelise finds joy in exploring nature with her friends and dog, Louie, gardening, practicing herbalism, cooking, dancing and singing loud.

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