Friday April 1, 2016 0 comments
FORT COLLINS -- Jeremy Ostermiller, a CSU alumnus and successful entrepreneur who founded Altitude Digital, will present the keynote address at this year’s Colorado State University Collegiate Challenge at 5:30 p.m. on April 27 in the Lory Student Center Ballroom on campus.
With just $500 and in the midst of one of the toughest economic periods since the Great Depression, Ostermiller founded Altitude Digital in 2009.
Since its inception, peers and industry leaders have recognized the company for its growth, support and service. The company was the fastest-growing company in Colorado in 2012 and topped the list as the fastest-growing video company in the nation in 2013.
“CSU has a long history of entrepreneurship, and we are thrilled to have Jeremy share his impressive journey with our aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Christine Chin, interim director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at CSU’s College of Business.
“Building a successful company takes not just a great idea but a lot of hard work, and we look forward to hearing some of his top lessons learned.”
“It’s an honor to be selected as the keynote speaker at the Collegiate Challenge,” said Ostermiller. “This type of recognition and opportunity validates the hard work as an entrepreneur and our entire team has contributed, to both the business and our surrounding communities.
“I look forward to the company’s continued success and sharing our story with the world, and with my alma mater.”
Ostermiller has been recognized by local and national organizations for his entrepreneurial efforts. The Denver Business Journal named Ostermiller to the “Forty Under 40” of top young leaders and business professionals. He also was a finalist for the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in 2013 and 2014, and was honored as a winner in 2015.
Collegiate entrepreneurs from the Mountain West region will compete for $25,000 in cash awards plus other prizes. The winner of the CSU Collegiate Challenge will have automatic pre-qualification for the online semifinal application for the Capital Championship (formerly the Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge), the winner of which will compete for a $250,000 grand prize.
CSU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and CSU Ventures are hosting the CSU Collegiate Challenge, a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. The day features the Business Pitch Competition, The Innovation Symposium, entrepreneurship speakers and networking events, all focused on developing knowledge, resources and connections to support entrepreneurs and advance new businesses.
The competition is unique in its focus of providing enriching educational experiences for every competitor, including expert feedback from angel investors and experienced entrepreneurs.
Competitors practice their pitch to several mentors a week before the competition to get feedback. The evening before the competition, the Advisor Round Table event pairs competitors with expert advisors in different business areas to provide in-depth advice about the companies.
After pitching in the Competition Seed Round, every competitor also receives a one-on-one feedback session with Rockies Venture Club angel investors to further improve their business.
The CSU Collegiate Challenge is a competition that inspires, connects and educates student entrepreneurs to improve their success trajectory. Presented by Colorado State University, the competition is a celebration of entrepreneurial spirit among students, innovation, leadership development and supporting ventures that make a difference.
The competition aims to connect students to the robust CSU and Northern Colorado entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fourteen student companies from the Mountain West region will get the opportunity to compete for $25,000 in prizes.
More information is available at www.CSUCollegiateChallenge.org.