Published: Sept. 2, 2020

What is Startup Summer?

Hosted by CU Boulder's Silicon Flatirons Center at Colorado Law, Startup Summer is a program for interns at innovative companies across the Front Range. Student interns come together once a week for entrepreneurial programming led by successful Colorado founders and C-level execs. They're guided through the startup ideation and creation process, build their own ventures, and compete in an end-of-summer pitch contest to win cash prizes.

This summer, students built their own startups outside of work hours while learning the fundamentals of entrepreneurship at weekly seminar sessions. This year was the eighth annual Startup Summer Pitch Night, held virtually on Aug. 4.

Why Participate?

  • Exclusive opportunity to meet and learn from Colorado’s top entrepreneurs.
  • A low-commitment way to build your peer network, have a fun summer, and win cash prizes.
  • Walk away understanding how to build a company and sell yourself in your own career.

Who + Where + When

  • Participation is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have a paid, full-time internship at a Colorado Front Range startup and/or emerging company.
  • Seminar sessions are held weekly.
  • The program runs June – August every summer.

The 2020 Startup Summer winning teams were:

  • 1st Place ($5,000): Notice 
    • Notice is a Saas platform that uses artificial intelligence and sentiment analysis to provide content creators with quantitative data-driven insights to improve their audience engagement and reach! With no other third-party applications utilizing comment sections on a full scale and in-depth basis, Notice is the only platform on the market creating actionable insights for content creators in search of boosting their engagement. The Notice executive team consists of five extremely motivated individuals who are deeply dedicated in fields such as technical consulting, social entrepreneurship, data analysis and visualization, and more.
    • team notice
  • 2nd Place ($3,000): Swft
    • SWFT aggregates prices from all the major sneaker and streetwear sites to find the best price. Save hours of researching aftermarket prices by seeing them all together in one place.  The aftermarket of the fashion industry is intimidating and frustrating as it’s difficult to tell what a desired piece is really worth. This app is not a market place like StockX but in a similar vein allows you to compare prices by aggregating listings across different aftermarket websites to try and find the best price for the piece that you just have to have. That way you can gauge what a reasonable asking price is in one place and make buying decisions based on that. It’s swift and simple (pun intended).
    • tetam swft
  • 3rd Place ($2,000): Vigs
    • Vigs is a virtual platform that makes it easy for comedians to put on a show, have control over their online performances, and offers interactive features that create a unique experience for both the comedian and the audience. Vigs provides comedians access to the revenue from the performances that are no longer able to happen due to COVID-19. On top of that, it allows comedians to tap into new markets they previously would have a much more difficult time accessing. Vigs makes comedy and connection more accessible to everyone.
    • team vigs
  • 4th Place ($1,000): BuffStuff
  • 5th, 6th & 7th Place ($500 - in no particular order): BoxLabs, Whizard, Gaiyo
  • Audience Choice Award ($1,000): Notice