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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 10, 2018)

Media Contact:

Regina Martel

Economic Development Specialist



Brighton, CO – StartUp North, the first-ever Adams County business pitch competition, is designed to bring together the top entrepreneurial talent from the Adams County community to showcase some of our great small businesses and startups.

StartUp North invites the community to attend the competition on Thursday, November, 8 starting at 3 p.m. at the Brighton Armory Performing Arts Center (300 Strong Street Brighton, CO). All 13 municipalities in the County as well as various community organizations are partners in StartUp North.

In August, the StartUp North Steering Committee put a call out to all eligible Adams County businesses to apply for the competition. After a three-step vetting process, the top three businesses will be invited to pitch on November 8.

All three of the companies who pitch will be able to walk away with cash prizes – the winner will be awarded $15,000, second place will win $5,000 and third place will score $2,340. All prize funds were raised through private donations.

Part of the prize package also includes in-kind services donated by Lewis & Brisbrois and Honest Films.

As keynote, Lani Dolifka, President/CEO of Watermill Express, will speak about her entrepreneurial journey.

Everyone is invited to attend this event to celebrate small business and entrepreneurship in Adams County. The first 100 registered attendees will be entered into a drawing for giveaways and receive a complimentary promotional bag. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Participating Brighton businesses will also offer discounts at their establishments to those who attend the competition.

The event is free, but please remember to register here to be eligible for giveaways. Bring a business card, too, if you have one.

Congratulations to the top ten finalists (listed in alphabetical order):

The Art Academy of Colorado (Brighton), Dingo Diner & Spa (Westminster), Garrett Brown Designs (Westminster), The Good Couch (Northglenn), High Country Catering (Brighton), [M]otherboard (Northglenn), Mother Tucker (Thornton), Murchak (Thornton), Satire Brewery (Thornton), and York Street Depot (Thornton).

Please email or call 303-655-2020 with questions.

Special Thanks to the StartUp North Sponsors:

  • StartUp North Title Sponsor: mindSpark Learning

  • StartUp North Sponsors: Shop Thornton First, Brighton EDC, First Bank, City of Westminster, TBK Bank, Front Range Community College, Guaranty Bank, and Anythink Libraries

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

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 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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