A lot can change in a year. Just ask the founders of ELEVATE coSPACE. The area’s first coworking space and innovation center opened on Oct. 1, 2014.
Since then, ELEVATE has hosted 109 meetups and events ranging from the Startup Ski Summit to Startup Weekend, helped to launch more than seven businesses and been a home for hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, creatives, remote workers, tech industry leaders and outdoor industry innovators. Now, ELEVATE is expanding into Breckenridge thanks to a partnership with Hub Breckenridge, a full-service technology boutique. In addition, ELEVATE has launched the new ELEVATE Digital Arts program this month with plans to expand its educational offerings and programs in both Frisco and Breckenridge.
“At ELEVATE, we’re building a hub of innovation for entrepreneurs, business owners and anyone who dares to think differently and wants to elevate their work, life and play,” says Kemp who also owns her own digital agency, Mountaintop Media.
As a long-time local with experience in the ski industry and with tech projects like Epic Mix, Kemp has made it her mission to galvanize the Summit County community and to catalyze entrepreneurship, innovation and tech with a focus on the tourism and outdoor industries. It started with the opening of ELEVATE coSPACE in Frisco at 711 Granite Street. And now will continue with the expansion to Breckenridge in Main Street Station this winter.
“Breck is one of the most creative, forward-thinking and progressive mountain towns,” Kemp says. “We’re not just bringing coworking to Breck, we’re also bringing new opportunities to launch ideas, ‘elevate’ existing businesses and diversify our economy. And, it’s an opportunity to position Breck and Summit County as the epicenter for outdoor industry innovation.”
Coworking isn’t just about a flexible workspace or renting a cool desk or an office, she adds. “Coworking is all about collaboration and community. Our new partnership exemplifies that. I’m thrilled to be working with James and the Hub team. They’re some of the most creative, dynamic and brilliant entrepreneurs in the Rockies.”
According to James Lee, founder of Hub Breckenridge and an entrepreneur who owns four other businesses including Fathom VR (virtual reality), the partnership with ELEVATE and his full-service technology boutique, Hub Breckenridge, is a natural extension of the services he offers and an opportunity to bring the coworking model and energy to his hometown of Breck.
“Coworking is an integral part of a thriving startup community,” Lee says. “The partnership between ELEVATE and Hub Breckenridge will make Breck an even more amazing place to start a new business or grow a business. As a serial entrepreneur, I know it’s important to have the support of experienced business owners, as well as to have the energy of collaboration and new ideas. This partnership will bring a new mindset and new tools and support systems for entrepreneurs in Breck.”
ELEVATE plans to open in Hub Breckenridge’s new ski-in, ski-out Main Street Station location in December. ELEVATE at Hub Breck will offer day passes, part-time memberships and full-time memberships. ELEVATE coSPACE in Frisco – at 711 Granite Street – will remain the flagship ELEVATE coworking space and will continue to be home to ELEVATE Digital Arts.