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Longmont Startup Week 2016


It's the second annual Longmont Startup Week, right here in our backyard and hometown. This six-day extravaganza is packed with stories of startup struggles and successes, entrepreneurs forging ideas into reality, outstanding learning and networking opportunities and, of course, fun! Attendance is FREE at 70+ community events and 95 speakers, including keynotes, talks, panel discussions, mentoring, adventures and more.

For Longmont Startup Week we printed up custom stickers featuring the classic Startup Week snow globe, but with a twist: there's a heart-shaped balloon soaring over our majestic twin peaks of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker, two of Rocky Mountain National Park's tallest summits. A nice mix of blues makes for an iconic sticker for all event attendees to sport.

We are embracing the community by getting involved with a couple things, including Saul the World's Largest Sticker Ball making an appearance.

After Hours Event @ 300 Suns Brewing

Saul will be posting up at 300 Suns on Tuesday from 5pm - 8pm, so stop by to grab a sticker, put your sticker on him, or just marvel at the Guinness World Record for the Largest Sticker Ball. Also, drink tasty craft beer and connect with other entrepreneurs,

Open Book Finance and Managing Growth with John Fischer

John, our founder and CEO, will be leading a Thursday 2pm session and he will shares his experience, strength and hope for scaling and managing growth. Relentless open book finance and knowing your numbers are what John insists are key elements to success that he lives every day. Come and ask questions about the team.

Mentoring Hours 

Our Marketing Director, Jesse Michaels, has set aside some time to talk social media, paid digital advertising and any other marketing related questions on Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30am to 8:30am. Sign up today.

There are tons of other great companies involved with lots of different topics, so get out there and startup Longmont.

Go Code Colorado 2016 Final Event


Photo Flickr user USFWS Mountain-Prairie

Tonight's the Final Pitch of this year's Go Code Colorado. We've sponsored Colorado's App Challenge for three years running now, and if you're in Denver and looking for something (free!) to do, you can join the ten finalist teams and leaders from around Colorado’s tech entrepreneurial community for an evening of fun, food, and innovation. Stickers, drinks and appetizers will be served at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Perfoming Arts before the ten teams present their app and business concepts to an acclaimed panel of judges. New this year: the presentations will be followed by a live Q & A from the judges. This group printed up a series of different designs, all tech-themed of course, featuring the host cities for the Challenge Weekend, plus their HTML-styled fireball and Colorado Flag logo mashup. With corporate partners and governmental affiliation, this state-wide technology development competition looks to service all Coloradans with unique uses of public data for social good.

From the team at Go Code Colorado, here are the cities, teams and business ideas that came out of this process. May the best apps win!
Colorado Springs Challenge Weekend Finalists
Hively is a platform that  connects employee personalities with business cultures. Hively is a fresh approach to the employment process that enables businesses to make better hiring “fits” without spending costly time and resources.

Get Routed is an app that creates safe and effective cycling routes for Colorado athletes.

Denver Challenge Weekend Finalists
Foodcast wants to help food trucks find the best location to park by informing food truck owners of street sweeping days, the amount of foot traffic the area gets, and other beneficial tips through its mobile app.

Locavore is an application that connects local farmers with consumers. It is helping to solve the food desert problem by identifying locations with little access to healthy food using data from the state of Colorado.

Durango Challenge Weekend Finalists is a simple-to-use web portal that allows anyone to create a new business in Colorado. It has contextual and relevant advice driven by the user’s input.

HomePowerDirect is a solar marketplace with education and guided data-gathering for customers, system sizing, automated bidding, and market intelligence for equipment providers.

Fort Collins Challenge Weekend Finalists
SWO is an application mapping verified women-owned businesses using data from the Business Entities and Trade Names databases.

Energy Tech is a surface regulation navigator for oil and gas drilling sites.

Grand Junction Challenge Weekend Finalists
Help a Rider Out connects riders with current information about conditions so they have a safe, enjoyable ride.

dID (digital ID) reinvents the business card for the digital age through an app with endless customization and huge opportunities for businesses.

Follow tonight's action live on Twitter.

Love This Place


In the shadow of the Rocky Mountains with the sun shining three hundred days a year lies the city of Denver. Ranked number one among U.S. cities and home to the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos. The Denver Office of Sustainability is keeping their eye on growing the city and maintaining it's current status with custom stickers expressing "Love This Place."

It's all about sustaining through investing in people, economy and nature to keep developing for future generations. In the words of the Office of Sustainability, "In short, we never settle for good; we strive for great – to be the bar by which other cities are measured. We will be nothing less than the national model of sustainability, and the defining place where the right thing to do is simply second nature."

To follow through on their mission, they have defined 2020 Sustainability Goals and are encouraging the citizens of Denver to play their part in reaching them. In doing this, they created the Love This Place Challenge. It's pretty simple, anyone who lives, works or plays in Denver fills out a form to share why they love Denver and recommend some sort of sustainability action. All participants are entered to win various prizes but everyone who fills out the form will get a FREE Love This Place sticker!

Their sticker design is a clean look with the statement "Love This Place" and their office logo on the bottom. We are excited to see the stickers popping up on cars driving around Denver soon and everyone will know these people took action to help reach the sustainability goals of the city.

Contests and giveaways are a great place to get your message out to the world through custom stickers.

Sponsorship Desk: 2016 Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend

Go Code CO

Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend wrapped up yesterday and took place around the State of Colorado. Developers met in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Fort Collins, and continue working on a problem statement where they will: Create an app and business concept that helps businesses build a competitive strategy.

We were in attendance at the Kickoff event at Galvanize in Denver, and it was inspiring to see the community come together in advance of this year's event series. So, good luck to all participants and organizers.

Next up the ten finalist teams from the Challenge Weekend (two from each location) will meet with some of the best and brightest for the Mentor Weekend, April 15-17th later this month.

You can connect with the Go Code team on their Facebook page and Twitter account, plus you can follow along all weekend on the hashtag.


From the Archive

This is the third year we're sponsoring Go Colorado. Check out our 2015 Go Code post and the inaugural 2014 Go Code post.


Sponsorship Desk: Bootstrapped Brews 2015

StickerGiant Bootstrap Brews 2015 Studio 23

StickerGiant Sponsored Sticker Bootstrap Brews 2015 Photo by Studio 23

We've had quite a summer of sponsored events--from WordCamps and fitness events nationwide to Longmont's Rhythm on the River right here in our backyard--and this weekend is no different. We are proud to have sponsored stickers at Bootstrapped Brews 2015,  the second time around for this celebration of Colorado's top exports: entrepreneurship, charity, and beer.

From their site, a little more:
Bootstrapped Brews is an annual members’ conference of the Bootstrapped Brews Association (BBA). It is an opportunity to connect with like-minded Colorado-area startups, to secure bragging rights for making some of the finest home brew in town, and to help an amazing cause with 100% of proceeds benefiting Promise Ranch. It is part networking event, part competition, and completely fun. We welcome any Colorado-based company with a startup mentality and a passion for brewing.

We love that level of community investment, and we're in good company with our fellow sponsors. We wish all of the contestants the best of luck. Here's a list of all the bootstrapping brewers participating, and we have an early pick to click, StickerGiant's very own Jordan Muench and Monark Brewery.

Update on Go Code Colorado: Final Celebration Tonight in Denver

Larry Lamsa Go Code Colorado StickerGiant

Photo from Larry Lamsa

Go Code Colorado

It's been six months since 160 participants across 31 teams and five cities started the journey that is Go Code Colorado.

Now, ten teams have entered the finals and are now dialing in their apps and their business ideas that make use of public data and that help businesses make smarter decisions. It's this initiative and energy that will the State of Colorado a more open and more data-driven place to live and to do business.

Tonight, Thursday May 21st at 6pm, the Go Code Colorado Final Event will take place at the History Colorado Center. Three teams will be awarded a contract with the state worth $25,000 (each!) during the final presentation. Good luck to all of the participants and an early congratulations

From the Aaron Templer at Go Code Colorado, here are the cities, teams and business ideas that came out of this process.
Colorado Springs
U-Nite connects small businesses with quality interns by helping the business create for-credit internships and streamlining the legal and accreditation form process, while in-turn giving insights for students to tune their degree path to better react to market needs.
Quizata generates tourism data through identity-driven content creation.

Exit Now helps reduce traffic during peak times as well as weather or incident-induced slow periods by utilizing real time CDOT and other data, as well as predictive analysis. Exit Now achieves this by enabling businesses to provide coupons or discounts to motorists giving them financial incentives—based on triggers such as location, weather, and traffic—to delay their travel itinerary until a less-congested time.

Mentor Matter is a platform to connect mentors with students. With a foundation of data that shows who’s employed, it combines data from multiple sources to find the intersection of students, industry experts, and career professionals.

CoCo enables Businesses, Colleges, and Students to find services that are needed and wanted from each other. Colleges can offer services/interns to businesses; businesses can look for services and offer positions for internships. Students can look and apply for available internship positions.

Purgatouring came up with COmmute (a Colorado-specific trip assistant) is an application that uses historic traffic information from around the state to generate projected traffic congestion patterns and trends year-round.
Fort Collins

Pikr Knows is an app that will suggest activities to do based on location, amount of free time, and other preferences.

Stay CO allows businesses to take advantage of traffic by finding and alerting travellers of specials happening near them, like a special happy hour or an apres ski deal to move commuters out of traffic and into businesses.

Grand Junction
GoGoCo is a simple mobile app that will use driver and crow- sourced information to alert commuters of traffic slow-downs and stoppages. It will offer alternative activities (like the nearest exit with a coffee shop) and alert people when the traffic gets flowing again. It also also partners with I-70 businesses to offer targeted coupons based on traffic events.

COnext is higher ed’s portal to the real world. Students want to succeed both academically and professionally. Faculty and businesses want to help, but don’t always know how. COnext connects students, faculty and businesses to meet the needs of all stakeholders.

Here at StickerGiant, we strive to be an open and data-driven business, and, for us, seeing entrepreneurs work towards this mission only reinforces our commitment to sponsoring community events that do good. Check out these entrepreneurs in action in some Challenge Weekend Photos.

If you’re on Twitter, check out the local hashtags for your region: #GoCodeBldr, #GoCodeCoS, #GoCodeDen, #GoCodeDgo or #GoCodeFoCo.