Pitch competition looks to promote Adams County innovation

BRIGHTON — A new pitch competition is coming for Adams County startups.

The StartUp North Adams County Pitch Competition is the first to be open exclusively for business owners and entrepreneurs specifically in Adams County.

The winners are competing for a $20,000 prize package that includes legal services from Lewis Brisbois, marketing services from Honest Films and pitch preparation and advice from Rockies Venture Club. The prize package is being raised through private funds.

Applicants also will have access to support from the Colorado Small Business Development Center and other area chambers of commerce.

The competition takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Brighton Armory. The event is free and open to the public.

Lani Dolifka, president and CEO of Watermill Express — the largest pure drive-up drinking water and ice concept in the United States — is delivering the event’s keynote address. Dolifka is also the creator of Clean Water Here, a global movement that promotes the importance of safe drinking water in the United States and abroad.

Applications to participate in the event are due Sept. 30.

The competition is sponsored by Shop Thornton First, Brighton Economic Development, 1stBank, the city of Westminster, Front Range Community College, Guaranty Bank and Trust Co., Anything, Lewis Brisbois, Honest Films and Rockies Venture Club.