Ascent Startup Summit

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

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Calling all entrepreneurs, mentors, dreamers, and doers! Join us Thursday, April 28th for our inaugural Ascent Startup Summit! Guests will enjoy community, inspiring startup stories, amazing food from Wesley & Rose, 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.

When: Thursday, April 28th | Time: 12-9 PM

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

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The Agenda

  • Noon – 1:30 – BASECAMP – Lunch powered by Collegiate Peaks Bank

  • 1:20 – 1:30 – Welcome Comments – Jake Rishavy, Chaffee County EDC
  • 1:30 – 2:00– Fireside Chat w/ Elizabeth Marsh, Executive Director, SCAPE Accelerator, Durango, CO
  • 2:00-4:00 – Startup Stories
  • 4:00 – 6:00– BASECAMP – Reception powered by Collegiate Peaks Bank
  • 6:00 – 7:00 – Dinner by Wesley & Rose
  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Startup Standup (Comedy) & Cohort Demos
  • 7:30 – 9:00 – Ascent House Band – Live music featuring roots in blues, jazz, gypsy swing, and bluegrass!

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Meet The Ascent Winter ’22 Cohort!

Inspired By Excellence & Innovation

Backed by some of the best business minds in Colorado and beyond, participants in our winter 2022 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 COHORT

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 28th! 

Koel Thomae
Koel ThomaeCo-Founder of Noosa Yoghurt
Koel Thomae is the co-founder of noosa yoghurt, a creamy and delicious yoghurt like no other. On a trip home to Australia, Koel discovered a locally made yoghurt at a corner shop, and one taste sparked an obsession that would ultimately change her life. Inspired to bring the best tasting yoghurt to the United States, she founded noosa in 2009.
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Charlie Chupp
Charlie ChuppFounder & CEO Fading West
Charlie is an energetic team builder, driven to do good in the world. He believes in bold action, challenging norms, and tackling big problems. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fading West Development, he leads design, development, manufacturing, and construction teams into a single LEAN value stream.
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Lorena Cantarovici
Lorena CantaroviciCEO & Founder of Maria Empanada
Lorena Cantarovici is the CEO & Founder of Maria Empanada: a Denver-based restaurant chain that earned national recognition as the leading brand of artisan empanadas in only six years. She developed an on-trend, differentiated, and highly scalable craft casual food concept, and currently has 50 employees.
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Robbie Vitrano
Robbie VitranoFounder, Idea Village, New Orleans; Impact Investor
Robbie Vitrano is fundamentally a designer. His hometown of New Orleans taught him how to see the world as a complex place and creative problem in which to participate (“…the flowering of creative intelligence”). Boulder has been generous, sharing its abundance of intellect, intention, consciousness, and accomplishment.
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Elizabeth Marsh
Elizabeth MarshExecutive Director at SOUTHWEST COLORADO ACCELERATOR PROGRAM FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Elizabeth Marsh is the Executive Director of the SCAPE Accelerator in Durango, Colorado. Over a decade, SCAPE has built and funded companies that have changed the face of Durango and inspired our work here in the Central Mountains. Come hear how the early days of SCAPE mirror-and differ-from where we are today!
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