Denver and Fort Collins for a longtime have been popular destinations for people across the country who are in search of beautiful scenery, fresh air, great food and healthy living. And over the past decade, the area has also become an amazing spot for entrepreneurs looking to build and launch their next great idea or even to find their next big investment. All I can say is… the Colorado tech scene is growing rapidly and it’s not looking to slow down anytime soon!
On today’s episode, we’ll be speaking with Ashley Colpaart. Ashley is a Registered Dietitian and earned her Doctorate in Food Systems from Colorado State University. She has a unique systems understanding of food and human health in social, economic, and environmental spheres. And is currently the founder and CEO of The Food Corridor, a platform that connects food entrepreneurs to commercial kitchen spaces.
In this episode Ashley shares her experiences of her journey into the world of entrepreneurship and how her experiences have influenced her as founder and CEO of The Food Corridor. Along with Ashley’s thoughts on the evolving influences of food entrepreneurship and how her company is becoming a leader in moving the shared kitchen industry forward. Tune in for more!
In this episode with Ashley Colpaart, you’ll learn:
- Ashley’s journey and experiences through entrepreneurship
- About the tech ecosystem in Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado
- How the The Food Corridor was founded and its goals for the future
- Ashley’s advice on raising capital as a beginning entrepreneur
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Ashley Colpaart quotes from this episode of Igniting Startups:
“So I cultivated a lot of relationships early on, every time I pitched at a pitch competition, I would put those judges on my monthly update and ask for feedback and just constantly tried to, you know, hold myself accountable to the broader community so that if I ever needed them. I could pull from that community and it’s just been a really interesting journey, a very open, friendly and supportive community here in Colorado.” — @ashleyrdtx on @PowderkegCo
“I would say you know, don’t take a check just because somebody is writing it. Really do your own diligence with the investors and make sure that they are the right people you want on your team because as they say, it’s like marriage, probably even harder to get out of that relationship. But you really want to surround yourself with good people and good things happen.” — @ashleyrdtx on @PowderkegCo
“I was looking at commercial kitchens as the connection point between a food entrepreneur and legally producing food to sell to consumers. And so in doing that, I came up with a concept for Food Corridor and ended up making my dissertation research my proof of concept. So I made
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A massive shout out and thank you to our friends over at Stout Street Capital, for inviting us to this year’s UNMET 2019 conference and for setting up this great opportunity to interview fellow entrepreneurs and innovators who are building and developing remarkable companies.
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