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Innovate Longmont fall accelerator program launching with six local startups on board

“During the accelerator program, startups will participate in a shared retail space, attend a variety of sessions to improve their skills, connect with mentors and industry experts, get access to perks and more.”

Six startups have been accepted into the fall 2020 Innovate Longmont accelerator program. 

The nonprofit-run, consumer goods-focused program will be held over the course of 10 weeks beginning today and will include a Demo Day virtual event on Dec 10. “During the accelerator program, startups will participate in a shared retail space, attend a variety of sessions to improve their skills, connect with mentors and industry experts, get access to perks and more,” according to a news release. 

Startups chosen for the fall program are:

Edboard

EdBoard Technologies is an ed-tech startup that develops tools to help children ages 5 to 11 discover their passion for and confidence in science, technology, engineering and math. 

“We are beyond excited to be participating in Innovate Longmont. We know that the mentorship and skills we will receive from Innovate Longmont will help EdBoard achieve its goal of inspiring future generations of young learners to excitedly pursue STEM education," Richard Franklin, co-founder and marketing director, stated in the release.

iLoky

iLoky is a startup that places internet-connected smart screens on top of rideshare and delivery vehicles to display advertisements. 

Robert Gutierrez, founder and CEO, in the release stated, "iLOKY is really excited to participate in the Innovate Longmont accelerator. We have heard amazing things about the accelerator and can't wait to see what the accelerator can do with our startup.” 

Bushwhack Life

Bushwhack Life handcrafts and sells three products: Bush Spray, Slick Stick, and Bush Paste. The product line evolved from toothpaste into multiple-use salves for humans and dogs.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of this cohort of the Innovate program for the many connections I will make, as well as guidance from individuals who have been successful at building their respective businesses and brands,” John Alex Vespa, founder and CEO, stated in the release.

Graphic Revival

Graphic Revival upcycles curated vintage and other graphic tees into stylish one-of-a-kind shirts. 

“I’m thrilled to be participating in the upcoming accelerator program. Having the support and resources available to startup companies such as mine is a huge asset in the community. Longmont has always had a strong and supportive business culture and the addition of this program makes it more so," Amy Lane, founder and CEO stated. “I’m looking forward to gaining some access to tools, advise on funding sources as well as connecting with mentors that can help me navigate the complications of starting a product-based business, which is new for me.” 

The AFTER Company

The AFTER Company specializes in bereavement gifts and packages that include aromatherapy candles, inspirational messages and keepsake boxes.

“I am excited to be accepted into this accelerator program because I feel like this opportunity will help guide me to build a sustaining business faster than on my own,” Lisa Marie, founder and CEO, stated in the release. 

Johnny Sugar Confections

Johnny Sugar Confections specializes in French macarons but is expanding its range of products to include chocolate, cakes and cookies.

“'I am very grateful to have been accepted into the accelerator program. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to take my small business to the next level,” John Parkinson, founder and CEO, stated. 

Innovate Longmont is a nonprofit startup platform for entrepreneurs that offers accelerator programs and events to “connect the local startup ecosystem.” It is funded by Longmont Economic Development Partnership, but is seeking additional funding and partners as it grows. For more information, email sergio@innovatelongmont.org.