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Colorado Springs pitch night organizers broaden efforts by joining state group

April 15, 2014 Updated: April 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm
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The organizers of a Colorado Springs pitch night are pitching a bigger tent.

Peak Startup, a nonprofit that promotes the area's entrepreneurial community and holds a monthly pitch night in the Springs, will become part of New Tech Colorado, a larger group that holds similar events in three other cities. The local pitch night effort will be rebranded as New Tech Colorado Springs, and its first event will take place next month.

The goal of the union between the groups: Expand opportunities for local innovators and entrepreneurs to get their products and services noticed, said Nick Lee, a Peak Startup board member.

"The biggest motivation is just to join forces with a bigger, larger statewide movement and a larger group of people," Lee said. The move "will help put our community on the map in Colorado Springs and help grow the community and give our local entrepreneurs much more resources and ability to collaborate with people across the state."

Peak Startup's pitch night, which began nearly three years ago, has more than 500 members. Its monthly events regularly attract 50 or more people. At those gatherings, local innovators have five minutes to present their ideas for products or services. They then receive five minutes of feedback from those in attendance. The events are free and open to anyone.

New Tech Colorado does the same kind of events, but has been around for eight years and has more than 10,000 members. Its pitch nights take place monthly in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.

Lee said supporters of the local pitch night didn't initially want to be part of the larger group when they were getting off the ground. Now the local pitch night and the community have grown to the point that organizers believe the time is right to join the statewide initiative, he said.

A pitch night will take place once a month in each of the four cities, Lee said. If local innovators and entrepreneurs choose to do so, they can go to the other cities and get additional feedback beyond what they receive in the Springs, he said.

While the local event will be called New Tech Colorado Springs, it's not limited to innovators and entrepreneurs with technology ideas, Lee said.

"We're focused on innovation overall," he said. "Any innovative idea in any kind of industry is more than welcome at the event."

The first event under the New Tech Colorado Springs name will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 22 at the offices of Epicentral Coworking, 409 N. Tejon St. in downtown Colorado Springs. More information: www.PeakStartup.org.

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