Congratulations to Boogaloo Beds for winning the 2019 Esprit Venture Challenge!


Thanks to all three 2019 Esprit Venture Challenge finalists for participating in this year's live pitch competition!

Meet the finalist ventures below:

The Pitch

83% of children with autism have daily sleep issues and over 50% have escaped from safe environments, have seizures, or self harm issues. The root of these challenges is sensory sensitivity. Many people with autism are unable to process stimuli. Sleep is constantly disrupted by stimuli from siblings, neighbors, or household activity.

To help with these issues, we’ve created a smart bed that enables a person to completely control their sensory environment. Our long term vision is to use predictive analytics to correlate changes in medication, environment, diet or therapy with a person's physiological data.

Click here to learn more about Boogaloo Beds by Better Sleep Designs, LLC.

The Pitch

On today's large wild land fires, there is a lack of current and consistent communication technology to support deployed firefighting personnel - resulting in communications inaccuracies, no communication at all and limited time-sensitive updates. This is primarily due to the tools they use, including antiquated VHF radios, paper maps and compasses.

RoGo Fire is developing an advanced satellite communication solution including devices and software designed to enable wildland firefighters to communicate and access data in remote areas where cellular service is unreliable or not available. Our mission is to deliver a communication system that will reduce line of duty deaths, firefighting expense and property damage, as well as improve firefighter situational awareness by ensuring a productive deployment of emergency responders and a more effective hazard response execution utilizing state of the art communications technology.

Read more about RoGo Fire here.

The Pitch

We directly address the number one concern of cyclists: safety. Our bike light is the world’s most visible bike light and we are dedicated to making the world more bike friendly. As cyclists ourselves, we know that feeling when drivers can be careless or distracted. We know what it’s like to be just not seen.

That’s why we invented the ShineOn Dual Beam. The first light that illuminates your body as well as the road ahead. By lighting up the rider’s torso, a cyclist can be seen seconds sooner than with a traditional bike light due to the 250 times greater surface area. Our light works not only through more visible area, but also through biomotion, which is the human brain’s receptivity to organic movement. It’s the mechanism where we instinctively notice a cat in the bushes, or a bird in the sky, or most importantly, a human cyclist out of a sea of distracting points of light.

Read more about ShineOn here.

Read about the 2019 Esprit Entrepreneur event featuring the Esprit Venture Challenge here.

About the 2019 Esprit Venture Challenge

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

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 on November 14th at Embassy Suites in Boulder. Register to attend now!

Important 2019 Esprit Venture Challenge Competition Dates:

  • Esprit Venture Challenge Opens for Applications: July 11, 2019
  • Applications Close: 5:00 p.m. September 17, 2019
  • Online Voting Period: 12:00 p.m. September 23, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. September 30, 2019
  • Semi-Finalists Announced: October 3, 2019
  • Semi-Finalist Competition: October 21, 2019
  • Final Esprit Venture Challenge Competition: November 14, 2019

2018 Esprit Entrepreneur

Past Esprit Venture Challenge Winners:

2018 - Eyeflite

2017 - Khala Cloths

2016 - Qualify

2015 - Surya Conversions

2014 - Lawbooth (previously Congo)

Presenting Sponsor:


Dragon Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Benefit Sponsor:


Unicorn Sponsors:

PM_EKSH_Transition Logo NO tag_2 color

Venture Sponsors:

Colorado Business Bank, Part of BOK Financial

Print Experts

Zayo Group LLC

Scroll to Top