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Frisco tech firm wins Summit County pitch ‘coopetition’

Inaugural event designed to foster local entrepreneurship and innovation

ColoradoBiz staff //July 8, 2024//

CodeBeetle founders Aaron Landau and Peder Hansen. Photo courtesy of Lauren Swanson/Summit Economic Partnership

CodeBeetle founders Aaron Landau and Peder Hansen. Photo courtesy of Lauren Swanson/Summit Economic Partnership

Frisco tech firm wins Summit County pitch ‘coopetition’

Inaugural event designed to foster local entrepreneurship and innovation

ColoradoBiz staff //July 8, 2024//

CodeBeetle, a Frisco-based tech company focused on enhancing computer science education for K-12 students, has been named the winner of the inaugural Summit Founders Coopetition, the Summit Economic Partnership (SEP) announced Monday.

The collaborative competition, designed to foster local entrepreneurship and innovation, featured 10 Summit County businesses competing with 90-second pitches for a $5,000 business grant.

“The Summit Founders Coopetition provided a vital platform for entrepreneurs to refine their pitches and compete for funding, akin to Summit County’s own ‘Shark Tank’,” said Thayer Hirsh, SEP’s executive director and a winner of the 2023 statewide Founder’s Coopetition. “It underscores our vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and fosters invaluable local connections.”

Aaron Landau, CEO and co-founder of CodeBeetle, impressed the judges with his innovative approach and his company’s growth potential, securing the $5,000 grant to support CodeBeetle’s next development phase. CodeBeetle addresses the gap in computer science education in public schools with engaging, career-focused tech programs for K-12 students. CodeBeetle co-founders Landau and Peder Hansen plan to use the grant to develop new programs and enhance existing platforms, benefiting local and state school systems.

“The Summit Founders Coopetition was an incredible opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors,” said Landau, who also owns EVO3 workspace in Frisco. “We’re honored to have been chosen among so many talented individuals.”

The 2024 Summit Founders Coopetition, launched on May 29, featured local businesses Wildstack, Magic Marketing, SkyGOAT, TreadShare, Buttnski, Llama Corporation, Folcland, Stay Loci, CodeBeetle, and SeaRex Solutions. The participants’ 90-second video pitches were evaluated by a panel of local, state and community leaders.

“The level of innovation and creativity I’ve seen is remarkable,” said Nina Waters, Summit County Commissioner and SEP board member. “This initiative is more than just a competition; it is a catalyst for economic growth and diversification in Summit County.”

In collaboration with StartupColorado, SEP covered all costs for participants, funded by grants from DOLA, Summit County and contributions from sponsors including CHFA, Xcel Energy, Energize Colorado and Freeport McMoRan.

The Summit Economic Partnership (SEP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering
economic diversification, workforce development, and entrepreneurial expansion in Summit County,

SEP’s upcoming programs include the 2024 Summit Ideas Factory, a free four-week program for early-stage companies, and the six-week Summit Accelerator for mid- to late-stage companies. For more information, visit www.summitpartnership.org.

Upcoming SEP Programs & Community Events
● SEP Fireside Chat, July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, EVO3 Workspace (Frisco)
The founders of Angry James Brewing and Peak Oxygen share their business challenges,
accomplishments, and lessons learned in an engaging fireside chat.
● Network in Nature Hike, July 23, 5:15 – 6:45 PM, B&B Mine Trailhead (Breckenridge)
Connect with fellow entrepreneurs and business professionals while enjoying a refreshing
3-mile hike at the B&B Mine Trailhead in Breckenridge. Register online.
● 2024 Summit Idea Factory, October 2 (4 weeks), Applications Open Soon
In partnership with StartupColorado, this free 4-week program helps early-stage companies
transform their business ideas into actionable realities.
● Summit Accelerator, September 25 (6 weeks), Applications Open Soon
Summit County’s first accelerator for mid to late-stage companies to gain essential legal,
financial, and strategic knowledge for scaling and expanding beyond Summit County.

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