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Join us! Badass Biz Bootcamp Pitch Night April 5th

Support Summit County’s badass entrepreneurs – launching their startup daydreams at Pitch Night on Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30 p.m. at ELEVATE Frisco (711 Granite Street.) 

Six businesses have finished the gauntlet of ELEVATE’s (first ever!) Badass Biz Bootcamp, a five-week new business workshop for startup companies. In other words, they are business-tested, financially-savvy and ready to successfully launch at Pitch Night.

For five weeks, each business has worked with a mentor in ELEVATE’s network of successful entrepreneurs and has been workshopping their business plan. However, for many of these businesses, Pitch Night is the culmination of months (even years) of hard work and the relentless pursuit of their entrepreneurial dream.

Join us for Pitch Night – a special edition of our Pitches & Pints series – where entrepreneurs will debut their businesses to the world. Then, “cheers” the Biz Bootcamp teams over a pint at Backcountry Brewery. This is the perfect opportunity to network with local startup leaders. Who knows? You could get in on the ground floor of an exciting, profitable venture.

At Pitch Night, you will hear business proposals from:

1. Our Green Nation – Leya Nicolait
A one-of-a-kind digital site and marketplace with hundreds of expertly curated articles and products for your green lifestyle.

2. Bark & Wag – Polly ReQua
(A Start-up Weekend Favorite!)
Get customized dog collars for man’s best friend. Perfect for your next fundraising event!

3. Cozey 7 – Jill Winckler and Tony Tomassetti
Unique Toddler jumpers perfect for hitting the trail with your little one. Perfect baby present! Colorado-made.

4. My Food Fox – Jaime Harmon, Jason Ardell, Conor Gilsenan and Phil Chambless
(A Start-up Weekend Favorite!)
Luxury Vacation Home Meal Delivery. Have your vacation home’s refrigerator stocked with ready-to-eat, gourmet meals when you arrive.

5. Center for Hope, Healing and Enhancement- Cynthia Behr
Cynthia is opening a revitalizing brain business featuring neurofeedback therapy – which has benefits that range from meditiative to recovery after a brain injury.

6. Power Joy Now – Wendy Nakajima
Wendy is a digital marketing consultant (with 10+ years of experience) who is helping creative business owners sell more on Etsy, Shopify and Amazon with strategy sessions, coaching and workshops.

So c’mon down to ELEVATE for Pitch Night and help support Summit County’s latest crop of entrepreneurs, making their dreams come true. We will see you afterwards at Backcountry Brewery to celebrate their business launches!

BLOG: Where to Eat & Fuel Up in Frisco

Frisco is the epicenter of Summit County, which makes it the perfect place for a meeting, power business lunch or catered event. Thankfully the town is chock full of delicious restaurants and power lunch eateries. Most of these are an easy walk from our ELEVATE Frisco coworking location and others are a quick 5-minute drive or bike ride away.

frisco2After asking about the WiFi and our favorite trails, the next question from our new coworking members or visitors to town is: Where should I eat? To help answer that, here are some of our recommendations for business lunches, a quick bite or catering options.

Of course, if you’re looking for a place to host a meeting, team training, strategy session or event, book the ELEVATE Frisco conference room here or contact us and we can help with other recommendations (


Looking for a quick – and affordable – bite? Look no further than Peppino’s Pizza. They have huge slices for $5 and when we say huge, we really mean HUGE. They definitely get the job done and then some. Our trouble is resisting the temptation to eat pizza everyday. Other than pizza they serve sandwiches, salads, pastas and more. Peppino’s is about 150 yards away from ELEVATE, but they also deliver just in case you can’t break away from your business meeting, team training or your project. If you’re an ELEVATE coworking member or a frequent visitor to town, make sure you sign up for their local’s card and get points to save on future orders. Oh, and don’t forget about their enormous gooey chocolate chip cookies. No wonder Peppino’s is our go-to lunch spot at ELEVATE Frisco.

frisco3The Smiling Moose and Which Wich are other recommendations for quick bites or catering. Smiling Moose is based in Colorado with locations from Texas to Montana. Which Wich just opened a new shop in Frisco (next to Natural Grocers and Starbucks on Summit Blvd.). These are two great options for sandwiches.

Backcountry Brewery is conveniently located across the parking lot from ELEVATE in the Mount Royal Plaza. And, guess what – they have beer, which means it truly is one of our favorite spots in town. With more than 20 years of experience brewing beers, they have every flavor figured out to a science. AJ, the head brewer is a frequent visitor to ELEVATE Frisco and hooks us up with the best and freshest flavors. We recently tasted his Breakfast Stout, a smooth dark stout mixed with coffee grounds from the local coffee shop just up the street. It’s not too dark and has rich complex flavors with hints of cinnamon. We highly recommend it. Oh yeah, about the food. We love the appetizer menu there, the Backcountry burger and if you’re really hungry, check out the Beer Bacon Mac n’ Cheese pizza. Yes, there is such a thing. And, yes, of course, we had to try it. And, yes, it is worth it.


The Boat Yard just a short walk away from ELEVATE Frisco (304 Main Street, Frisco) is an American Grill restaurant frisco1with all of your favorite dishes and more. In fact, the menu is huge with a capital H. We recommend this spot for a power lunch, business meeting or cocktails. You’ll see thw who’s who of Frisco at lunch and happy hour here.

Order a sandwich or salad here. Or, if pizza is your thing, order it up. Their wood oven baked pizza rivals any other pizza shop in the county. With takeout and catering menus available, the Boatyard is always at the top of our list for places to “do” lunch.

Other options for power lunches include: Silverheels (601 Main Street, Frisco) the Himlayan Cuisine Restaurant (409 E. Main Street, Frisco) and The Rio. Pho Bay is another option for a sit-down lunch. Don’t let the decor or location (it’s in the Baymont Hotel) deter you. The food is yummy and locals flock to this spot.


Food Hedz has been recognized as Summit County’s top caterer, which we can vouch for. Patty and Dave, the owners are long-time locals. Chef Dave was formerly the creative mastermind behind the award-winning dishes at the upscale Keystone Ranch. He brings his flair for upscale with an affordable twist to their restaurant located a short drive from ELEVATE Frisco (842 Summit Blvd, Frisco) in the shopping complex near Safeway. You can either eat in or place an order for your event, business lunch or team meeting and Patty and her team will deliver it quickly, professionally and with a smile to ELEVATE Frisco. This is our recommendation for catering from sandwiches, salads, entrees, and appetizers. You can bet Food Hedz won’t disappoint.

Other options for catering: Peppino’s for pizza, Which Wich or Smiling Moose for sandwiches, The Boatyard for more upscale options. Gilchrist Catering is another local catering option for business meetings that we like a lot, along with Black Diamond Catering.


Even though we have a mack-daddy coffee and espresso machine at ELEVATE Frisco, we are regulars at Abbey’s Coffee just across the parking lot from us. They’re a mom and pop style cafe that’s always bustling. We’re fans of their over-sized bagels, affordable breakfast burritos and, for lunch, we recommend trying their veggie hummus bagel sandwich. It’s refreshing and light, which won’t weigh you down.

Other options in town: Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters are top-notch at roasting and have a great location right in the heart of downtown Frisco.

BLOG: Pitches and Pints Event

You asked for it. We listened.

That’s why we created a new monthly event at ELEVATE Frisco – Pitches and Pints. You said you wanted an event where you could pitch an idea, business or prototype and get feedback. So, that’s what we helped to create.

This is an event for entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, software engineers, business owners, wanna-be business owners, investors, marketers, community leaders and anyone else who’s interested in supporting the entrepreneurial community in Summit County, Colorado.

Join us every last Wednesday of the month for the Pitches and Pints event. We’ll kick off the event at 5:30 pm with one to three pitches. Each pitch will have a time limit of 5-10 minutes and feedback will be limited to 5-10 minutes. Then, we’ll take a break, head over to the Backcountry Brewery for some pints and continue the discussions and conversations there.

If you’d like to pitch or have questions or suggestions, email us:

RSVP for the next Pitch event at ELEVATE Frisco on Sept. 28. Or, find the whole schedule at our meetup group.

BLOG: New Web + Mobile Development Program Launches

A new career path in tech could help locals in Summit County double or triple their salary.

A new Full Stack+ web and mobile development program could be the solution for locals to stay local, say Amy Kemp and Wendy Basey of ELEVATE coworking space in Frisco.

The ELEVATE team has partnered with Regis University to launch the first Full Stack+ web and mobile development program in the mountains. The 16-week accelerated software engineering and web development graduate-level program will begin Aug. 23 and offers more than just the typical full stack program of back-end and front-end web development. In addition, the program will include web visualizations and mobile development.

Full stack developers, sometimes called the “Jack of all trades for developers,” are in demand by tech companies and startups around the world and typically make $89,000+ in the U.S.( That compares to Summit County’s per capita income of $33,052. (Northwest Council of Governments)

“There’s no question that we need to diversify our economy in Summit County and create higher paying jobs,” says long-time local Kemp. “We’re too reliant on tourism, construction and real estate. We have one of the most highly educated communities in the state, but we have one of the lowest per capita incomes. We are shockingly underemployed and underpaid. It’s time to change that.”

According to Kemp and Basey, creating more tech jobs would give Summit County locals an opportunity to afford to live here and to contribute to an even more vibrant community.

“It’s time for us to forge our own future and build a hub for innovation and creativity right here in Summit County,” adds Kemp.

The Full Stack+ program is an opportunity to create a high tech workforce of remote workers or local startup founders or skilled employees to be hired by local tech companies like Dave Knell’s TeleNg and Fathom VR (virtual reality). Knell is a Breck-based entrepreneur and programmer who has struggled with hiring talented, experienced developers and programmers in Summit County.

He recently partnered with Kemp and fellow entrepreneur James Lee to open ELEVATE Breck, ELEVATE coworking’s second location in Breckenridge. ELEVATE Breck is set to open this spring.

The 16-week Full Stack+ program aims to teach people to code and develop the “full stack” of back-end and front-end web and mobile skills.

It’s more than the typical full stack program, that’s why we’re calling it Full Stack+, says Rob Sjodin, the Regis University instructor who created the Full Stack+ program. It includes four modules:

  • MSSE 661, Web Software Development
  • MSSE 663, Web Frameworks
  • MSSE 665, Web Visualization Frameworks
  • MSSE 667, Web Mobile Frameworks

Each module is four weeks and in-person classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. at ELEVATE Frisco. At the end of the 16 weeks, students will receive a graduate-level certificate in web development and have 12 credit hours that can be applied towards a Master of Science in Software Engineering degree.

“It’s an accelerated program that offers more than just the standard full stack web development program,” says Sjodin. “Our Full Stack+ program offers twice as much content as most of the other full stack programs at half the cost.”

Tuition start at $8,000-ish for the 16-week program that starts in August, 2016. An open house for the Full Stack+ program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at ELEVATE Frisco to educate the community about the program and to help them with financial aid and the application process.

“Education is evolving,” says Sjodin. “We’re at the forefront of that change and want to adapt and be ready to help our students solve real-world problems now and be lifelong learners who can impact their community and help change the world.”

In tech, it’s more important to have the skills and the portfolio vs. a degree. The Full Stack+ program does that.

The Full Stack+ program is designed for anyone who is interested in learning to build and develop web and mobile. A fundamental knowledge of HTML and CSS is preferred and students should have a bachelor’s degree.

The Full Stack+ Program Lunch & Learn event is set for noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at ELEVATE Frisco. Representatives from Regis University’s admissions program and Full Stack instructors will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, visit or contact 970-368-6139.