Quick Left’s Alongi to receive Esprit honor

BOULDER – Software company co-founder Ingrid Alongi has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Boulder Chamber for the annual Esprit Entrepreneur event slated for Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Alongi co-founded Quick Left Inc. in Boulder, a custom web and mobile application company. She was selected for the award because of her leadership, the company’s success and the company’s reputation for innovation, the Boulder Chamber said in a press statement.

Alongi is one of four award recipients at the annual Esprit Entrepreneur event, which is put on by the Boulder Chamber. The event celebrates the Boulder entrepreneurial community’s success and vitality. Boulder is the No. 1 city in the nation for creating entrepreneur-based companies, according to a recent study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. It also has the highest density of startup companies per capita of anywhere in the country, according to the study.

About 300 peoople are expected to attend this year’s event, which will be held at the St Julien Hotel & Spa at 900 Walnut St. in Boulder. The event includes panel discussions and the evening award presentation.

The other award recipients:

Steve Hughes, chief executive of Boulder Brands Inc., will receive the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. Under Hughes’ leadership, Niwot-based Boulder Brands has become a leading health and wellness company, the Boulder Chamber said in the press statement. Boulder Brands manages the natural food brands Smart Balance, Udi’s, Glutino, Earth Balance and Best Life.

Teju Ravilochan, chief executive of the Unreasonable Institute, will receive the Esprit Impact Award. Ravilochan and a team of co-founders at the Boulder-based nonprofit group connect business mentors with entrepreneurs focused on social and environmental problems.

Jane Brautigam, Boulder city manager, and Joe Pelle, Boulder County sheriff, will be recognized with a special Civic Entrepreneurship award. The two will be recognized along with a group of other community leaders from The Community Foundation, Foothills United Way and Boulder Flood Relief nonprofit groups in Boulder County, and Broomfield-based Ball Corp., all of whom played roles in local flood response and recovery efforts during flooding Sept. 11-15 in the county.

To learn more about the Esprit Entrepreneur event, or to register, visit http://bit.ly/esprit2013.

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