Congressman Jared Polis among entrepreneurs to judge CSU Venture Adventure Challenge

By: Steve Monday April 29, 2013 0 comments Tags: Brad Florin, Brian Thomas, Charisse Bowen, Erik Mitisek, Fort Collins, Kelly Peters, OtterBox, Peter Adams, Rep. Jared Polis, Rockies Venture Club

Rep. Jared Polis
FORT COLLINS - Some of the biggest names in Colorado entrepreneurship will be helping judge the first Colorado State University Venture Adventure Challenge this week.

Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, who founded American Information Systems, and ProFlowers, will judge student projects at the competition to be held May 3 from noon to 9 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Innosphere, 320 E. Vine Drive.

Other judges include Brian Thomas, CEO of OtterBox; Peter Adams, Rockies Venture Club CEO; Ric Denton, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator CEO; Erik Mitisek, new CEO of Colorado Technology Association; Kelly Peters with the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp.; and Brad Florin of Colorado Angel Investors.

A total of 15 judges will evaluate 20 student teams, first in a semi-final round and then in the finals. The top three teams will receive up to $25,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to help launch their ventures.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the students, who come from all across the campus," said Charisse Bowen, director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship in the CSU College of Business, sponsor of the event.

"They will be presenting in front of the very kinds of people - if not the actual people - who they would be pitching in the real world."

In the Venture Adventure Challenge, teams will be judged not on their business plans but on their ability to present their venture in a compelling and confident manner.

Each team will have 10 minutes to present using no more than 15 slides, followed by five minutes of Q&A from the judges.

The top five teams will compete I the final round beginning at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. during an awards banquet and reception.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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