BLOG: Pitch Night at Breckenridge Startup Weekend

By Sarah L. Knapp

The sixth Startup Weekend Breck began Friday at the Breckenridge Backstage Theater. Around 60 people filled the theater chatting and drinking fresh Breckenridge Brewery IPA. As the official start time approached, an energy started shooting through the crowd as the presenters grabbed another drink or coolly meandered into the theater.

As the lights went down, the Startup Weekend facilitator, Jeremy Kennell, opened the night’s activities with a collective icebreaker as attendees turned left and right to introduce themselves. Next up, Jeremy led a creativity warm-up called the “Half Baked Idea.” It began as the audience yelled out nouns and adjectives that combined to form potential product ideas including “Fuzzy Brick,” “Fast House” and “Sticky Mountain.” Groups spread out to form sales pitches for these products and then presented them, with creative concepts ranging from width changing skis to smart, driverless cars. Now, the entrepreneurial minds were starting to fire in force.

The teams are working diligently at ELEVATE Breck for Startup Weekend Breck.

The pitches for the night were varied, each with their own inspiration and excitement. The ideas ranged from online communities to iPhone apps to traditional brick and mortar businesses. These pitches focused both on serving the Breckenridge community and on reaching international ubiquity. Each brought a story from a local visionary intent on solving a problem (many that they themselves had experienced). The night wrapped up with voting and team creation for a weekend full of brainstorming, ideating, and building. The teams are working all weekend to bring their ideas to life at ELEVATE Breck.

Come join on Sunday night  (Nov. 12) at the Breckenridge Theatre to hear the final pitches and start thinking up your own future venture. www.SWBreck.com

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