CU-Boulder startup wins in front of Shark Tank's Daymond John

June 12, 2014 •

Cory Finney (Fin ’12) and Christian Nitu (Mktg ’11), founders of SnowGate, won first place at a June 3 pitch event in front of a panel of judges including Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank.

SnowGate is a CU-Boulder startup that also includes Founders Matt Hoenecke and Nick Ramsey. It provides self-service storage for people in active-lifestyle environments such as ski resorts, parks and beaches.

The team of former Leeds School of Business students was awarded $20,000 for the win and will advance to the final round of the event -- called Miller Lite Tap the Future -- to be held in August in Chicago. There, SnowGate will compete for the grand prize of $200,000.

“I am not surprised that Christian and Cory won,” said Remy Arteaga, director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. “Cory and Christian are smart, persistent and willing to learn - three great qualities.”

The company was one of 20 selected out of more than 2,000 that applied to pitch in the June 3 regional semi-final, held in Dallas.

Last year, Finney was a guest speaker at a middle school financial literacy course -- part of an academic-outreach program by the Leeds School. To read the story visit http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/leeds-students-provide-financial-literacy-middle-schoolers.

The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to changing the world with entrepreneurship by empowering students through education, experience and community partnerships. 

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