Denver Startup Week crosses Continental Divide, spills in Summit County
With 20,000 attendees and more than 350 events, workshops, panels and talks, Denver Startup Week spilled into Summit County with a fireside chat in Breckenridge.
“This is huge,” said Amy Kemp, who organized the CampSight conference in Breckenridge. “Huge for Breckenridge and Summit County and puts us on the map for innovation. Denver Startup Week is the largest free entrepreneurial event in North America. And we were part of it.”
Live streamed Sept. 25, the fireside chat featured the innovation of Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks with Ben Anderson, one of the founders of Icelantic Skis, and Sam Warren, co-founder of Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks winter concert at Red Rocks. The presentation can be viewed at Facebook.com/TheCampSight.
According to a news release, Winter on the Rocks started when Icelantic Skis, a fledgling Colorado-based company, pulled off the first-ever winter concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Now, through hundreds of hours of ice-chipping and shoveling and a turn-key partnership with concert producer AEG, Winter on the Rocks has become an iconic annual outdoor gathering of music and snow.
“It’s quite the endeavor and quite amazing they came up with the idea,” Kemp said as she encouraged people to check out the video posted on CampSight’s Facebook page. (It starts at the 13-minute mark).
The fireside chat came as part of CampSight, a new innovation and marketing camp created by Kemp and hosted on campus at the Breckenridge Arts District in partnership with BreckCreate.
But that wasn’t the only Summit County connection to Denver Startup Week, as many locals attended the conference and a presentation was provided by the locally grown brand Rocky Mountain Underground during the IRL Product Showcase event at Denver Startup Week.
Looking at the entrepreneurial spirit across the state, Kemp said many partners came together for CampSight and Denver Startup Week, and she thinks this kind of collaboration, in which the Front Range reaches over the Continental Divide, has put Breckenridge and Summit County in position to play a key role in developing and diversifying Colorado’s economy.
Winter on the Rocks, Facebook.com/IcelanticsWinterOnTheRocks/.
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