Applications for the 2020 Esprit Venture Challenge are Now Open!

Interested startups may fill out the interest form below

2020 Esprit Venture Challenge Timeline

September 3

Esprit Venture Challenge Applications Open

October 2

Applications Close

October 6 - 13

Online Voting Period

October 14

Semi-Finalists Announced

October 21

Semi-Final Pitch Competition

November 10

Final Pitch Competition

About the Esprit Venture Challenge

The Boulder Chamber's Esprit Venture Challenge showcases the next generation of risk-taking entrepreneurs that the unique Boulder ecosystem fosters.

Boulder is a hotbed for entrepreneurs, winning top ratings for its inviting environment, top-tier research and education institutions, and diversity of businesses that attract highly educated, creative and collaborative individuals who are willing to take risks — people we call "Boulderpreneurs." The Esprit Venture Challenge provides an opportunity for these Boulderpreneurs to showcase their startups to the community and convene with other innovative leaders.

The Esprit Venture Challenge is a community-oriented startup competition with a twist.

Everyone gets a say in who wins through online and in-person voting. You help drive Boulder's innovation by participating in selecting the most promising startups for a top prize of $10,000. The selected finalists will compete in a final-round pitch competition at the Boulder Chamber's signature Esprit Entrepreneur event.

Previous Esprit Venture Challenge Competitions

2019 Esprit Entrepreneur

Read about the 2019 Esprit Venture Challenge here.

Past Esprit Venture Challenge Winners:

2019 - Boogaloo Beds

2018 - Eyeflite

2017 - Khala Cloths

2016 - Qualify

2015 - Surya Conversions

2014 - Lawbooth (previously Congo)

Presenting Sponsor


Dragon Sponsors


Venture Sponsor

BOK Financial

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