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Announcing the 2017 SCAPE Companies!

AprèsActive is an outdoor adventure mixed reality software company – engaging technology, environment, and experiences. Toast Mobile Lounge is a mobile bar that travels to your parties or events with our unique set up and one of kind digital displays. We have Tips Certified bartenders that have 20 years experience and can craft any beverage

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Alliance Report – Essentials for Startups (Video)

Elizabeth Marsh knows something about starting a business: as Executive Director of the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs, she has learned first hand what to do and what not to do when developing an idea into a profitable business. Hear what she has to say, in this interview with Roger Zalneraitis of the La

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Productivity analytics firm GitPrime names Prosper cofounder as president

GitPrime is bringing on a seasoned industry executive to help guide the company through the next stage of its growth. After two years of building out its productivity analytics product, GitPrime has hired Prosper cofounder John Witchel as its president. In this role, he’ll be responsible for partnerships and channel sales. Started by Ben Thompson

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Easton LaChappelle – Prosthetics Pioneer

At an age when he was expected to be picking out his prom outfit, young visionary Easton LaChappelle was daring to reinvent the prosthetics industry with Unlimited Tomorrow—his Robotics Engineering startup aimed at making life-changing technology accessible to those who need it most. Now 20 years old, Easton is turning the industry on its head

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Hawk Tank: Fort Lewis College Business Plan Competition

Your fledgling business idea could earn you $5,000 in this year’s Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition hosted by the Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration and Office of Alumni Engagement. The competition is open to teams led by current FLC students and recent graduates*. Business plans in any industry are eligible for participation. Creating

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Startups to Watch: GitPrime

A growing number of cloud startups are looking to disrupt industries ranging from landscaping to video streaming. At Y Combinator’s semi-annual Demo Day event earlier this week, these four cloud companies piqued our interest. A total of 127 startups made their pitches before investors and journalists over the course of two days at the Computer

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Tea Company Leaps From College Contest to Accelerator

After proving their start-up skills at Hawk Tank, a Fort Lewis College contest, The Maté Exchange team refined its ideas through the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs. Alongside experienced founders, The Maté Exchange team pitched investors on Thursday. The showcase was the culmination of their time in SCAPE, an intense 6-month program that provides

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Entrepreneur Develops Cattle Health-Tracking System

An Australian entrepreneur, now based in Durango, wants to change the way cattle herds are managed with health-tracking technology. David Poussard’s company CattleFit was one of five local companies to pitch investors Thursday at Fort Lewis College as a session of the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs concludes. The SCAPE is an intensive six-month

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E.P.I.C. Magazine to License New Publications

Readers of E.P.I.C Magazine have asked the founders to launch it outside of Durango, and so this year they are working to expand. E.P.I.C, which stands for Empowering People, Inspiring Community, is an educational publication with spirituality, health and sustainability themes, now in its sixth year. Founders Lisa Byrne and Laurie Gambacorta were selected by

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New Business To Be the Uber of Elder Care

Holly Shure and Jan Phillips think of their business, the Elder Friends Network, as the Uber of elder care. It allows families who live far away from their elderly loved ones to book a visit for them with a trained friend to help keep loneliness at bay. Loneliness can double a person’s risk for dementia

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