October 25, 2016
CU Denver students earn prizes at THE CLIMB: Jake Jabs Business Plan Challenge
Student startup Barventure won $4,000 for winning in two categories

Startups from the University of Colorado Denver ascended to the semifinals of THE CLIMB Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition after a business pitch event in mid-October.

The collegiate winner of THE CLIMB Collegiate and Community Pitch Night, Barventure, a neighborhood bar guide, took home $4,000 in seed money, winning both the Judge’s and the People’s Choice collegiate categories.

Logo for THE CLIMB: Jake Jabs Business Plan CompetitionTHE CLIMB Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition is presented by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, which is part of CU Denver’s Business School. Jabs, the CEO of American Furniture Warehouse, was one of the judges at the event.

The business development competition gives startups founded by student entrepreneurs from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana and Arizona the chance to compete for up to $50,000 in cash and prizes. The teams pitch business ideas to a panel of distinguished judges from the business community, much like the companies on the TV show “Shark Tank.”

Jake Jabs at THE CLIMB business plan competition
Jake Jabs, namesake of the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver Business School

Six collegiate startups competed in this round, and five of those are moving on to the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at Denver’s Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive. The competition’s finals also will be that night at 5 p.m.

The student startup semifinalists include:

  • Kiddin’, which pitched an idea to design solar-activated shoes
  • PassKey, which is working on RFID-enabled technology
  • Pocket Passer, creator of a unique tailgate game
  • Solve Climbing, a company that builds holds for the walls in climbing gyms
  • Veloce Corporation, which has created a smart-drug delivery capsule

Four community startups also advanced.

Tickets to the finals, which will include a networking reception and dinner, can be purchased online. There is no charge to attend the semifinals.

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