GlenX Entrepreneur + Investor Confluence

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GlenX Entrepreneur + Investor Confluence
Lynn Aliya, Speakeasy

As someone who has always been about connecting, I have been wanting to get closer to Executive Director, Mike Lowe, and founder, Altai Chuluun, to learn more about their Coworking space, something that Aspen desperately needs, and their incubator program, and so I drove down to the Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado for their Entrepreneur + Investor Confluence.

At the confluence, eight entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to investors sitting in the front row; Startup Colorado, Creator Colorado Venture Fund, Telluride Venture Accelerator and Four Points Funding.

ABOUT THE ENTREPRENEURS

SpeakEasy

Lynn Aliya is a local entrepreneur who has spent much of her life teaching communications and public speaking.  She has developed an app that helps people overcome their fear of speaking by creating multi-scenario venues and audiences to help develop public speaking skills.

In an industry where male distiller’s are the norm, Connie Baker is helping establish an elite group of female distillers making a mark on the unique spirits industry.  Baker formally owned a medical communications company with offices in New York and Colorado.  Now, beyond having the vision, recipes and ‘spirit’ behind Marble Distilling Co. and The Distillery Inn, Baker has expanded their quality brand nationally and is currently exploring international distribution.

Silo

Lacy Hughes, Executive Chef and Owner of SILO.  Lacy grew up in the South and moved to Aspen, Colorado in 2000 where she fell in love with the mountain lifestyle.  In 2007, she left Aspen for Hyde Park, New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America, during which she earned the opportunity for a coveted externship at PRESS in St. Helena, California – a renowned Napa Valley restaurant owned by wine-maker and entrepreneur, Leslie Rudd. After completing this valuable externship, Lacy returned to New York and finished her degree at the CIA, graduating in 2009. She then staged at several renowned New York eateries, including Alfred Portale’s iconic Gotham Bar and Grill.  In 2010, Lacy returned to Colorado where she put her experience and skills to work in the private kitchens of residents and visitors to the Aspen area.  Soon after, she joined Mark Fisher’s hand picked team at Six89 in Carbondale and saw it through it’s closure in 2014, where she continued on as part of the original staff at Town Carbondale. During this time, Lacy also began offering her own catering and private chef work in Aspen for private clients.  In October 2014, Lacy had the opportunity to open Silo as executive chef and owner, where she has truly been able to share her food philosophy of keeping it simple. Now, Lacy proudly provides a unique and simplistic food experience through her farm-to-table cuisine, where she offers responsibly sourced food to the vibrant local community of the Roaring Fork and Aspen Valley.

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Merrill Johnson is the owner and operator of Cedar Ridge Ranch.  The ranch is a sustainable farm that offers a variety of eco-friendly adventures along with farm experiences in a magical pristine location in the Rocky Mountains.  Cedar Ridge is a working farm that provides its guests with a hands on experiences to understand and experience a variety of sustainable practices.

Angilina Taylor is the Founder of Fifty-Twenty Eight, a limited-edition footwear company making quality, artisan shoes without the designer price.  With 15 years of industry experience Angilina recognized an opportunity for making unique, quality, crafted shoes that celebrate the art and craft of footwear.  In the Fifty-Twenty Eight model products are funded by customers and retailers prior to the orders being placed and manufactured, inventory levels are low, and waste is minimized.  In an effort to aid in destigmatizing mental health issues Fifty-Twenty Eight donates a portion of its sales to mental health organizations.

Chris Beebe is a local entrepreneur who has traveled extensively and felt the need to create an app that could provide healthier options for the business and leisure traveler. GoBeMap is a software application that helps the traveler locate healthy options for food, exercise, and outdoor recreation.  The app is currently available on the App store.

Jonathan Perin is an executive who has worked in the manufacturing industry for most of his career, and is currently working to build upon the legacy of his families long running manufacturing business established in 1980. Jonathan is not a stranger to the Valley, and most recently served as the Director of the Heart & Vascular Center for Valley View Hospital until 2016 when he returned to Iowa to start the second generation of his family’s business. Utilizing a strong background in analytics, business operations and machining Jonathan is excited to be launching a new manufacturing subsidiary focused primarily on the aerospace and medical component parts industries. Jonathan believes his new company, “Perin Industries” will be well equipped to enter this booming sector; partially through a unique opportunity he has to be one of only a few companies in the United States with European multi-spindle CNC technology.

We’re confident we can get people with good ideas to put together slide decks to pitch to investors, but we want also to make sure we identify those companies that are doing well. Sometimes, it’s not always the big idea. Sometimes it’s just, ‘Hey, I want get some capital to start up my little restaurant or my barber shop. We want to be responsive to those people as well.Mike Lowe
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