January 29, 2015
Today Galvanize, the Denver based accelerator, held its inaugural Colorado Demo Day on its Golden Triangle Campus. It’s being billed as a unique opportunity for investors, press, and the public to rub shoulders with the local founders, 50 percent of whom are female.
“While the San Francisco Bay Area may represent the center of the tech world, there’s an incredible amount of innovation happening outside of Silicon Valley,” says Lawrence Mandes, cofounder of Galvanize. “We’re excited for Colorado founders to show that amazing startups are thriving here, and that our community supports and encourages diversity.”
Companies participating in today’s demo day range from mobile training platforms for sports all the way to data analytics for the prescription drug industry. In total there will be 15 founders presenting their startups.
Each company will give a three minute pitch to the public and an expert panel of VCs and founders. Some of the judges at Galvanize’s demo day are Parker Thompson, Partner at 500 Startups; Nicole Glaros, Managing Director of Techstars; and Nick Wyman, Managing Director of Galvanize Ventures.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of Colorado startups over the last decade and believe it’s one of the most exciting startup ecosystems in the US,” says Thompson.
All 15 startup founders will be competing for $10,000 in cloud credits from Softlayer as well as a chance to pitch at Google for Entrepreneurs’ second annual demo day in April at the Google HQ in Mountain View. One startup will also win a competitor slot for the CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge held in Fort Collins this May.
We’ll keep you updated on the winners; good luck to all!
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