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NEWS RELEASE: Brighton EDC announces StartUp North, first ever Adams County pitch competition


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Regina Martel



BRIGHTON, CO– Brighton Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with 13 other Adams County municipalities and community organizations, is hosting the first-ever business pitch competition – StartUp North – and inviting Adams County Startups to apply for the grand prize.

On Thursday August 9, community leaders from each of these 13 Adams County municipalities will officially start accepting applications during a kick-off event at Satire Brewery in Thornton.

StartUp North is designed to bring together the top entrepreneurial talent from across Adams County to showcase the latest and most innovative business ideas. The mission of the group is to foster the development of entrepreneurs and small businesses in Adams County by providing an immersive experiential program that includes business plan development, pitch coaching, and real-time feedback. The competition winners will receive a sizable monetary award and support services that will aid in their venture.

Any startup or small business located within Adams County that has 25 or fewer employees and has been in business five years or less is eligible to apply. In order to find other rules and eligibility for applying, businesses can explore:

Important StartUp North dates:

  • Kick-off event & applications will be live on website: August 9, 2016 at Satire Brewery

  • Application deadline isSeptember 30, 2018

  • StartUp North Pitch Competition: November 9, 2018

Special Thanks to the StartUp North Sponsors:

StartUp North Title Sponsor: mindSpark Learning

  • StartUp North Sponsors: 1st Bank, Guaranty Bank, Shop Thornton First, Front Range Community College and the City of Westminster.

  • StartUp North In-Kind Sponsors: Lewis Brisbois and Honest Films

Steering Committee includes: Adams County Economic Development, Adams County Education Consortium, Anythink Libraries, Arvada Economic Development Association, The town of Bennett, Colorado lending Source, Commerce City Economic Development, Brighton Economic Development, Colorado Enterprise Fund, The Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce, The Metro North Chamber of Commerce, the City of Thornton Economic Development, City of Federal Heights, City of Westminster, Northglenn Economic Development, Westminster Chamber of commerce, Northglenn High School STEM, and the North Metro Small Business Development Center.

About the Brighton EDC

Brighton Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is a 501c (6) Colorado non-profit organization serving the Greater Brighton Area. BEDC is the primary agent for economic development services. BEDC offers relocation, retention and expansion assistance and support to businesses. BEDC works to expand and diversify the local tax base by facilitating the creation of quality jobs and the attraction of retail development. BEDC encourages responsible, diverse growth and development that enhances Brighton’s quality of life as a desirable place to live, work, learn and play.

About Brighton, Colorado

Founded in 1887, Brighton, Colorado is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver and is home to a diverse population of approximately 39,000 residents. To learn more about Brighton, visit

About Adams County

Adams County, located in the northeastern quadrant of the Metro Denver region, offers a rich diversity of communities, lifestyle, employment, and business opportunities. It surrounds Denver International Airport and is served by multiple highways and two railroads. Major employment sectors include aerospace and aviation, healthcare and life sciences, energy, logistics, manufacturing, and wholesale/trade. Boasting diverse housing opportunities, a highly educated workforce, and close proximity to the region’s major colleges, universities and research facilities, Adams County offers a strong pro-business climate and outstanding quality of life for employees and companies. For more information, follow the County on Twitter.

To learn more about StartUp North visit or email

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