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Startup Weekend returns to Frisco

Summit Daily staff reports

Think you have the next million-dollar business idea? Bring your best concepts, and get ready to brainstorm next month at the Summit County Startup Weekend in Frisco.

The innovativeness kicks off on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15 at Elevate coSpace, 711 Granite St., and evo3 Workspace, 620 E. Main St.

Amy Kemp, who helped found Elevate coSpace and is helping to organize the event, said her group also held a startup weekend in April.

"It's one of the coolest events I've ever attended," she said. "We launched five new businesses at our last Startup Weekend in April 2015."

Over a 54-hour period, the goal is give entrepreneurs the motivation, support and resources to move from idea to prototype and, finally, a fleshed out business plan.

"So many times people have ideas but are too afraid to share it … As you learn in Startup Weekend, ideas are plentiful, implementation, and taking action is a whole lot more work," says Shawna Henderson, founder of Adrenaline Escapes, who won last spring's Startup Weekend. "If there is something inside of you that you can not get out of your head, take the first step and pitch it. You never know where that will lead."

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Adrenaline Escapes and the four other startups that pitched ideas at the April Summit are still developing their businesses and projects.

"We're helping to build a launch businesses and ideas in Summit County," said Larry Sullivan, lead organizer for Summit County Startup Weekend. "We had a 100-percent success rate of Startup Weekend teams. That's an unusually high number and speaks volumes about the passion, tenacity and drive of our community."

The weekend starts on Friday with an opportunity to pitch a business idea in 60 seconds. Evaluating the plans will be a group of local executives, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, founders, startups, digital experts and students.

Teams are formed after the top ideas are voted on, and then a flurry of activity takes place over the next 54 hours. After creating, designing, researching, analyzing and developing their business visions, teams present their work to a panel of expert judges and local startup veterans.

"That might seem crazy, but several Summit County businesses have already been launched in one weekend," Kemp said.

Sullivan said even those without business visions are invited.

"If you're intrigued with the idea of a startup or want to support a startup idea, this is the right event for you to attend.," he said. "Who knows, you might come on Friday night and get inspired to pitch an idea or join a team."

Dillon Dam Closure next week

The Dillon Dam Road will be closed to vehicles on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for guardrail repair work across the face of the dam. Access from the Dam Road to Dillon Reservoir and Old Dillon Reservoir Trailhead will remain open from the Frisco (west) side only.

Please contact Rick Speer, Summit County Interim Road and Bridge Director, at 970-668-4231 with any questions.

Blue River bus route announced

The Summit Stage will begin service to the Blue River area for the winter season, starting Nov. 22. The bus will run two morning and two evening routes between Breckenridge Station and Quandary Road, with several stops in between.

The bus from Breckenridge to Blue River will depart from Breckenridge Station at 6:35 a.m., 8:05 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6:10 p.m., with marked stops at the Breckenridge Conoco, Green Mountain Drive, Crown Drive, Spruce Creek Road and Quandary Road.

The bus from Quandary Road to Breckenridge will depart at 6:55 a.m., 8:25 a.m., 4:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with marked stops at McCullough Gulch, Blue River Town Hall, Calle de Plata, Blue River Road, Wagon Road, the Breckenridge F-Lot and Breckenridge Station. Times for each individual stop have not yet been announced.

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