Pioneering Summer is a 10-week startup accelerator that provides support for student ventures to take them to the next level. The program provides mentorship, coaching, workshops, company visits, and social activities, as well dedicated time and space to allow students to focus on building the venture, conducting customer research, and testing their products. Now in its third year, Pioneering Summer is Project X-ITE’s flagship program. In 2019, eight teams were accepted into the program. Accepted teams received a stipend to cover their costs for the summer, as well as dedicated mentoring support from Colorado’s innovation ecosystem. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Pioneering Summer Highlights
Isaiah Silva, Tim Bouraoui
AI sensors to help hemp and cannabis farmers grow better and manage post-harvest processing.
Sam Oatts, Nathaniel Baca
VR technology to support musicians by getting them into the concert hall before they audition.
Josh Hoeg, Bill Flanigan, Meier Werthan
Custom, water-conscious landscaping for the gig economy.
Scott Romano, Will Alverson, Cece Palmquist
Connects talented student freelancers to companies that need their help.
Sarah Laughlin, Peyton Koch
Get on the slopes and in style for less with the “Rent the Runway for Ski Apparel”.
Grant Kochmann, Evan Reierson, Maxwell Evans
Turn any monitor into a digital bulletin board with a turnkey software solution called Splashboards.
Ellie Adelman, Tali Linton, Farduus Ahmed, Adam Itzkowitz
A social enterprise to support single mother-led refugee families transition to Denver through job-readiness programs and housing.
2018 Pioneering Summer Highlights
During the 2018 program, 30 undergraduate and graduate students across nine teams received financial support, dedicated mentors, workshops led by Denver’s greatest innovators, and other resources to take their ventures to the next level.
At the end of the summer, students pitched their companies to nearly 100 community members, business leaders, and mentors at Demo Day at Catalyst HTI.
The results were amazing!
- Atomata, a grow-tech company, was accepted into the Y-Combinator advisor track mentorship program.
- PocketChange, a micro-giving platform, received angel funding and made it to the DSW Pitch Competition semi-finals.
- Boobi Butter, a breast health company, distributed its product in Nigeria through an educational campaign.
Learn more about the 2018 program here.