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

2019 Pioneering Summer Highlights


Isaiah Silva, Tim Bouraoui

AI sensors to help hemp and cannabis farmers grow better and manage post-harvest processing. 

Audition Street

Sam Oatts, Nathaniel Baca

VR technology to support musicians by getting them into the concert hall before they audition.  

Bloomtime Design

Josh Hoeg, Bill Flanigan, Meier Werthan

Custom, water-conscious landscaping for the gig economy.   

Cultivo Media

Scott Romano, Will Alverson, Cece Palmquist

Connects talented student freelancers to companies that need their help. 


Kayle Migaki, Lauren Barnes

Disrupting the disposable cup industry with a new design that is sustainable and all-in one.

Slope Threads

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.  

The Village Institute

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.

Listen to our Sessions episode with past PioSummer participants below!