Go Code Colorado finalist teams are about to face the ultimate test—pitching to a panel of distinguished judges at the Final Competition Event. With $45,000 on the line, you can bet the finalists have worked hard. They were selected as the best ideas from nearly 40 teams competing at their respective Challenge Weekend locations in April. We connected them with a dizzying array of support at Mentor Weekend. For the last month, they’ve been finalizing preparations to persuade the judges that their idea is the best at using public data to deliver insights for Colorado businesses.
Our panel of judges—a super impressive lot, if we do say so ourselves—will be looking at a number of factors when they select the three winners, which will each take home $15,000. How new and different is the idea is from what is currently available? How are the teams adding value to public data and delivering it to Colorado businesses to assist with data-driven decision making? How useful is the product? The judges will be assisted by a separate technical evaluation of the product, which they will factor in, along with the teams’ presentations, in selecting a winner.
If that sounds like a lot, well, it is. That’s why we are committed to digging deep into the business, entrepreneur, start-up and tech communities to find highly-qualified and experienced competition judges like these:
Kathy Keating is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Apostrophe, listed by Built in Colorado as one of the top 50 companies to watch. Kathy has helped build several successful technology startups, founded her own technology consulting business, guided product strategy for companies and implemented more highly complex software applications than she can count. She loves building diverse technology teams, successful agile business practices and mentoring the leaders of tomorrow.
Erik Mitisek is the Chief Innovation Officer at the State of Colorado and President at IMAgine Analytics. A digital entrepreneur and Colorado business builder, Eric has a passion to collaborate, convene and connect the Colorado innovation and technology community to amplify its impact on the world. He is the former Executive Director of Project X-ITE at the University of Denver, former CEO of the Colorado Technology Association and one of the founders for Denver Startup Week.
Krista Morgan is co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer at P2BInvestor, a Denver-based financing company that transforms growing businesses into industry leaders. Krista develops innovative ways to provide affordable, flexible funding to growing businesses. She is committed to pioneering new products, new financing sources and new technology while championing gender diversity, especially in financial services and startup communities.
Olivia Omega is an independent branding consultant, coach and speaker, and Director at Brazen Denver. She encourages creative women to walk in their entrepreneurial purpose by empowering them to create an authentically unique brand, from strategy to execution and through messaging, identity and branded online experiences. Olivia has more than 15 years of corporate branding, advertising and digital marketing experience, having influenced the global brands of Frito Lay, Pepsi and Starbucks among others.
Page Tucker is Chief Executive Officer at Prostar GeoCorp. Page has an extensive background in technology start-ups. He was founder of Impact Solutions, Inc. in San Francisco, where he successfully implemented innovative database marketing services to both automotive franchises and manufacturers throughout the United States, before being acquired. Page then went on to form ProStar Geocorp, and in 2016, the Colorado Technology Association named him Entrepreneur of the Year for his efforts and innovations in developing Geospatial Intelligence Software.