Startups Invited to Apply to the APEX Challenge
10 of the top startups in Colorado will present their pitch to a panel of celebrity angel investors as well as a live audience for a chance to win cash prizes during the APEX Challenge Showdown. The APEX Challenge, half American Idol and half pitch-fest, is an energetic and fast-paced program to award over $20,000 in no-strings-attached cash prizes to top three deserving startups in Colorado. The event will be held on September 11, 2013 at APEX, Colorado’s largest tech conference, presented by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA).
During the event, 10 finalists will present their pitch live to a crowd of more than 1,200. The APEX Challenge is unique from other pitch competitions as the winner is selected through the judging panel as well as through audience participation. The winner of the APEX Challenge Showdown will be the company that receives the highest combined score from our celebrity judging panel and the audience vote.The event will be hosted by Galvanize Founder Jim Deters, Chris Franks, the founder of MadSmarts and CTA President Erik Mitisek. Colorado-based companies that are less than 3 years old and $1 Million in gross revenue are invited to apply. Startups can apply to take part in the Challenge at APEXchallenge.co. Applications must be submitted by midnight on August 28, 2013.
The public is invited to attend this unique event. CTA is offering a limited number of free tickets to the community for the Challenge which also includes the Sips N Bytes Happy Hour. Tickets to the event are available at [link].
APEX is the Colorado technology industry’s annual conference encompassing the 13th Annual APEX Awards, a single track conference, an interactive floor space and the Challenge featuring emerging tech genius from around the state. Past speakers at the event have included: David Cohen, CEO & founder of TechStars, Governor John Hickenlooper and Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems. Presented by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), the event will be held on September 10-11, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver. For more information on the event, please visitapexcolorado.com.
About the Colorado Technology Association
The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) represents Colorado’s $49.6 billion technology industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the state. Colorado ranked second for its high-tech business concentration and the nine-county metro region ranked tenth out of the 50 largest metro areas in software employment concentration. Since 1994, Colorado Technology Association has provided a voice for technology professionals in legislative issues and public policy. The Association provides more than 50 programs, events and connections to support the industry. CTA’s membership includes 500 Colorado companies from startup to enterprise. For more information visit ColoradoTechnology.org.
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