SCAPE News

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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Entrepreneur Plans to Manufacture Trimmers in Bayfield

When Terry Sandefur left the corporate world, he realized he wanted sell his inventions. Terry Sandefur, founder and CEO of Zaparataz, plans to market a motorized trimmer, a harvesting tool that would protect users from repetitive motion injuries. “I have always drawn and made these little inventions,” he said. The Zaparataz, a motorized trimmer, was

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Shark Tank Durango – SCAPE Gives Local Entrepreneurs a Jump Start

According to the Small Business Administration, almost half of new businesses fail in the first year. Considering that percentage, it’s a wonder anyone starts a business at all. Yet, entrepreneurship offers a promise of freedom and financial reward that can outweigh the risks. And fortunately, for local entrepreneurs willing to try to beat the odds,

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Southwest Colorado Benefits from Unique Program to Help Promising Startups

Imaginative entrepreneurs are at work in Southwest Colorado, from elder care – a hire-a-companion program to benefit the elderly – to ranching – sending information via animal ear tags with microchips. Five of the most promising business ideas made presentations Thursday at the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs gathering at Fort Lewis College. The

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These Entrepreneurs Turned Their Love of Dogs Into Careers They Adore

The Craft Ruff Puppies collars exhibit a very of-the-moment, handcrafted aesthetic that speaks to the co-founders’ passion and commitment to their craft, responsible business practices, and community. Chatting with Bryan Hargett, co-founder of Ruff Puppies collar company, it’s easy to see why this small company’s custom collars and leads are infused with the handcrafted ethos

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2016 SCAPE Startup Showcase

2016 SCAPE Startup Showcase and and Investor Social Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:00 – 6:30 pm Fort Lewis College Ballroom 1000 Rim Drive Durango, Colorado Join us for the launching of new innovative businesses followed by a networking social with area entrepreneurs and investors! Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-scape-startup-showcase-and-investor-social-tickets-26527472384

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Economic Impact

*10 graduated companies* 5 companies in current class* $3,020,000 capital raised * 40 jobs created * 7 Interns* 100 companies applied to be in the program* $456,000 of In kind mentoring* 3 awards recognizing SCAPE’s work

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