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4 Startups Selected for CO Outdoor Accelerator | Altia Raises Growth Capital

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
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The Big One

A breakdown on the day's biggest Inno story.

Outdoor Accelerator

As Outdoor Retailer's Snow Show wrapped up last week in Denver, a new Colorado accelerator focused on recreation startups announced its inaugural class.

The Catapult Outdoor Recreation Accelerator was launched in 2018 in partnership with Active Interest Media, the Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Retailer to support outdoor industry startups.

The 12-week accelerator program gives the startups an opportunity to grow their company with industry mentorship, free exhibitor space at Outdoor Retailer's June trade show and an opportunity to present at Boulder Startup Week.

The program provides the startups with free housing and office space in Boulder and Gunnison, but does not take equity as part of the deal. The program begins on March 25 and wraps up on June 17.

According to a story in SNEWS, more than 30 companies applied to be part of the first program and only these four were chosen:

Gearo
This Denver-based startup is building software to simplify the rental gear discovery and booking process. The company partners with mom and pop rental shops, equipping them with management tools, while providing gear-seekers with a consolidated view of bookable online gear rentals.

Revel Gear
The Boulder startup has developed ambient mood lighting products designed for campers. The Trail Hound, one of the company's first products, is a 30 foot USB powered camping light that comes in eight colors and retails for $30.

[To see the other two startups in Catapult's inaugural class, check out our story here.]


Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves today.

Growth Capital for Altia

Colorado Springs-based display graphics software company Altia announced a partnership with CIBC Innovation Banking that will provide the company with global banking services and growth capital to fuel future success. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CIBC Innovation Banking is a a full-service business that delivers strategic advice and funding to North American technology and innovation companies. It was launched from Canadian-based global financial institution CIBC earlier this year.

You may remember we profiled Altia a couple weeks ago, taking a look at how the company's software will help shape autonomous vehicles.

Partnership at Catalyst

A chance encounter at Denver healthcare hub Catalyst HTI has led to a partnership between two tenants looking to solve oral health problems.

Delta Dental of Colorado and CORHIO, a healthcare IT and data exchange company, have partnered in search of opportunities for proactive oral care. By joining medical clinical data with dental claims data, the two companies can determine how to intervene more effectively with appropriate care delivery in the future.

Ultimately, the two companies will develop a white paper with the findings that they plan to distribute publicly.


In The Know

The CO tech stories you need to read today.


Elsewhere in Inno

Stories from around the Inno network we think you'll dig.


In The Community

The events and happenings to know about tonight and this week.

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Random, Rants & Ramblings

The fun stuff.

Wildlife Wednesday Vol. 2

In the second edition of Wildlife Wednesday, we're taking a look at a local story that went viral yesterday.

A Colorado trail runner fought off a mountain lion attack Monday, wrestling the cat to the ground where he ultimately choked the animal to death.

The attack and subsequent struggle took place at Horsetooth Mountain where a 30-year-old trail runner was randomly attacked by the mountain lion.

The runner had apparently previously researched what to do if attacked by a mountain lion and did everything right to survive, wildlife officials said. I'll spare you the gruesome details (which you can read more about here), but I'll leave you with one parting quote.

"He should never have to buy another beer in his life," said Rebecca Ferrell, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


Beat Gotta Eat

We're accepting nominations for Tech Madness, where readers get to submit companies to be whittled down, NCAA tournament bracket-style, to determine who our readers would be most likely to invest in. Read more about Tech Madness and send us your nominations. Deadline to nominate is this Friday, Feb. 8.


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