Challenge Weekend Finalists

By Brian Gryth

Thank you to all of the Coloradans that participated in, volunteered or mentored at Challenge Weekend events. We heard some amazing ideas from teams across the state, and are proud to announce our finalists!


Finalists by Location



Boulder Finalists


HotSpot

Team Members

  • Scott Brenner
  • Willy Douglas
  • Will Klein
  • Darcy O’Connor
  • Antonia (Toni) Rosati
  • Barry Loper

Challenge

Business Site Selection

App Description

HotSpot helps start-ups find the hottest location for their business here in Colorado.


5CO1

Team Members

  • Derik Linch
  • Marcus Seeland
  • Andrew Glugla
  • Michael Lewis
  • Jon Meador

Challenge

Business Partners

App Description

Match.com of connecting non-profits and for-profit businesses. We are using the registered list of non-profits with Colorado government to “verify” a non-profits status as such, and using some matching algorithm we will pair off business and non-profits with similar cultures and goals in way previously not done.


Colorado Springs Finalists


Local Sage

Team Members

  • Scooter Wadsworth
  • Chris Bachicha
  • Karen Dunne
  • Jeremy Folds
  • Spencer Norman
  • Mark Rantal
  • Kyle Tolle
  • Nick Volpe

Challenge

Business Site Selection and Competitive Landscape

App Description

We help businesses make informed decisions using the data that matters to them. We do this by guiding them through a personalized feedback driven process of discovery. We do the hard part of finding actionable data and making it accessible. Whether factory, farm, store, or bar, Local Sage gives businesses the confidence they need to make great decisions.


ConnectSpot

Team Members

  • Daniel Castillo
  • Scott Cink
  • Anthony Canino
  • Greg Walters
  • Bret Brander
  • John Franck

Challenge

Competitive Landscape, Access to Capital, Higher Education Resources, Business Partners

App Description

ConnectSpot is an application that connects businesses for long lasting relationships. Educators and other professionals are matched together based on complementary services and values: landscapers and concrete suppliers, designers and manufacturers, restaurants and food suppliers. These relationships can account for a huge percent of business, which normally take years to form. ConnectSpot is the place to find businesses partners by using matching and searching tools. Our application does this in a reliable way by including business reviews, feedback, and other authentication methods. Our solution will pair local businesses with educators, investors and other business professionals with the goal of growing the community.


Denver Finalists


Progress Local

Team Members

  • James Lewis
  • Robbie Jack
  • Young Kim

Challenge

Business Site Selection

App Description

Progress Local helps Colorado businesses gain exposure through the automated syndication of structured business listing data sourced from the SOS database, augmented by third-party APIs, and enhanced by business owners. This cutting edge information service puts into motion what would have otherwise been dead data, unlocking untold revenue for the state, while providing a low-cost, high value local marketing service for new and existing businesses.


studentLink

Team Members

  • David Viramontes
  • Grant Rowley
  • Krish Dholakiya
  • Jesse Nelson
  • Josh Gillham

Challenge

Higher Education Resources

App Description

A platform that connects students and small businesses based on the students’ skill-sets and the businesses’ requirements as well as location. It allows for immediate contact, eliminating the recruiter, almost acting as an automation of the recruiting process.


Durango Finalists


Site Pin

Team Members

  • Stephen McCurry
  • Steven Scheppelman
  • Adam Roessler

Challenge

Business Site Selection

App Description

Give businesses the tools to find the best location to support their growth.


BizLink Colorado

Team Members

  • Aaron Renner
  • Jason Sutter
  • Natile Carpenter
  • Tristan Rubadeau
  • Cody Schaff

Challenge

Business Partners

App Description

BizLink Colorado helps businesses find other local businesses to provide the services they need. Business owners can search for local service providers (welders, accountants, landscapers, etc.) and start using them to meet their needs. Businesses will gain confidence in their potential service providers, by seeing what other businesses they’ve worked with.


Fort Collins Finalists


FoCo-Finalists-1-of-2

Courtesy of John Wilker, Denwhere?

GCA

Team Members

  • Sean Wittmeyer
  • Wojciech Magda

Challenge

Business Site Selection

App Description

Beacon is a property search engine for businesses that provides a “Beacon Score” similar to a walkable score by Zillow, offering a quick evaluation of any location based on a series of details weighted by industry.


FoCo-Finalists-2-of-2

Courtesy of John Wilker, Denwhere?

bHERE

Team Members

  • Jeffrin von Reich
  • Ben Newton
  • Charles Schinner
  • Abdulla Al-Qawasmeh
  • Ryan Edick
  • Eric Keary

Challenge

Business Site Selection

App Description

Zillow for commercial property


Mark Your Calendars


Over the next month and a half, all of our finalists will be continuing development and refining their applications with the help of local mentors.

They will present their final versions at our Final Competition on May 9th, where our judges will select the three winners.

Mark your calendars and make sure you register on Eventbrite before the event sells out!