Flylow, a Denver-based gear company specializing in skiing outerwear and accessories, won the first-annual Something Independent Snowsport Entrepreneur Award last night, presented at the Sypder Showroom at Battery 621. The $1,500 award comes with a marketing package to help take the winning entrepreneur to the next level, and was established to recognize Colorado's "adventurous risk-takers who are putting it all on the line in pursuit of a dream." "It feels amazing to have this recognition," Flylow co-founder Greg Steen told Westword, after the award was presented. "We're a couple of ski bums who make the best gear we can possibly make and we're trying to make jobs here while making great ski gear that meets our own needs. Colorado's a great market for us and a great place to have a business. It's awesome."
"I am the most unlikely person to be in public service and government as you can ever imagine and I continually look for opportunities like this to get myself grounded, away from all the nonsense and all that passes for public discourse and politics today," Hickenlooper said, in his opening remarks addressing a group he called the coolest crowd he'd spoken in front of in a long, long time. "What the world needs more of is collaborative efforts, and Battery 621, where we are tonight, is a classic example."
The Battery 621 space at 621 Kalamath houses more than a dozen companies specifically curated to foster creativity, collaboration, and community, including Spyder, Icelantic, and the Something Independent offices.
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Something Independent received 25 video applications for the 2011 Snowsport Entrepreneur Award; we'll be featuring many of the entrants here in the coming weeks and months as we head into our full-on ski and snowboard season coverage. For now here's a list of links pointing to other cool Colorado companies worth checking out:
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Nightmare Development, Mile High Mountaineering, Meier Skis, Astis Mittens, Splitboarder.com, Deco Mounts, Folsom Custom Skis, Grace Skis, Loki, ActiveGearReview.com, Level 1 Productions, The Snow Ball, Sun Dog Athletics, Mountain Media, Rawh Expressions, Supple Collection, Prism Designs, Voormi, Jeff Nass Photography, Sick Stickz, RTP, Athlete Forge, and Colorado Powder Forecast.