May 1 — 3, 2018   |   Golden, CO

The Wright celebrates a unique breed of leader. The kind to bet on instinct over conventional wisdom. Inspired by hard working, independent-minded men and women of the Rocky Mountain Region, The Wright brings 3 days of discussions, workshops, keynotes and events all culminating in the high-energy, much-anticipated Award Night program to Golden, Colorado – “Where the West Lives” - from May 1st-3rd.

Tickets and Patron Passes Now Available

Schedule

For 2018, The Wright expands into three days of keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and events intended to foster collaboration, provoke discussion and stoke the fires of outdoor-inspired entrepreneurship.

We’ve worked hard to bring high-level, inspirational talks and tactical workshops with hard-skill takeaways to you at no cost. All afternoon sessions ­ keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops ­ are FREE and open-to-the-public (though we do ask that you register in advance). This unique opportunity is made possible through the generous support of our partners and, new this year, our patrons.

Be sure to grab a ticket for our culminating event - Award Night - hosted this year in partnership with the Colorado School of Mines at Lockridge Arena.

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Tuesday, 5/1

Wednesday, 5/2

Thursday, 5/3

Please be aware that many of our session locations are intimate venues with limited seating available for sessions. If you’re planning to attend a session, please arrive early knowing that even arriving early does not guarantee access.

Tickets

We’ve worked hard to bring high-level, inspirational talks and tactical workshops with hard-skill takeaways to you at no cost. All afternoon sessions ­ keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops ­ are FREE and open-to-the-public. This unique opportunity is made possible through the generous support of our partners and, new this year, our patrons. All we ask is that you register in advance.

Join us to celebrate this year’s contenders and crown the one ultimate winner of the 2018 Wright Award! Award Night at The Wright redefines the business award program as we know it. Experience the energy, inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit of Award Night for yourself. We offer three ways to attend and support - buy an individual ticket, show your support for the Rocky Mountain mindset with a Wright Patron Pass, or become a partner. We can do the work of The Wright only in partnership with individuals like you and organizations like yours.

The Contenders

Each year, Something Independent embarks on a mission to assemble the new class of contenders. Twelve contenders for The Wright were selected from more than 125 peer-based nominations of innovative companies from five states in the Rocky Mountain region. In moving toward an expanded regional showcase, The Wright fielded nominations from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, opening the door for companies from outside of Colorado to be selected as official contenders for The Wright.

The 2018 Contenders

Alpacka Raft, Mancos, Colo.
Cotopaxi, Salt Lake City, Utah
Green Guru Gear, Boulder, Colo.
The Hot Tomato, Fruita, Colo.
Mountain States Snowcats, Torrington, Wyo.
Powderhorn Resort, Mesa, Colo.
Rocky Mountain Underground, Breckenridge, Colo.
SaraBella Fishing, Denver, Colo.
Western Rise, Telluride, Colo.
Weston Snowboards, Minturn/Denver, Colo.
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, Salida, Colo.
Yeti Cycles, Golden, Colo.

Since its inception in 2011, The Wright has recognized over 100 companies, representing 26 towns across Colorado including Voormi of Pagosa Springs, South Main Co and Deerhammer Distilling from Buena Vista, Bonsai Design of Grand Junction, Icelantic Skis and Yeti Cycles from Golden, Big Agnes and Hala Gear from Steamboat Springs, Oskar Blues from Longmont (and Lyons), Rapidgrass Bluegrass Festival in Idaho Springs, Eldorado Climbing Walls in Boulder and Denver-based Flylow Gear and Topo Designs.

"Reflected in The Wright and in the companies it recognizes are the core principles of entrepreneurship and examples of innovation in action," says Werner Kuhr, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Colorado School of Mines. "The Wright presents an exciting opportunity for our students and our greater community to connect with innovative businesses and leaders who emphasize the same work-ethic, problem-solving abilities and collaborative focus valued here at Colorado School of Mines."

Previous Wright Contender Logos
Participants
John Hickenlooper | Governor of Colorado
John Hickenlooper
Governor of Colorado
Tom Adams | Utah OREC
Tom Adams
Utah OREC
Luis Benitez | Colorado OREC
Luis Benitez
Colorado OREC
Jason Blevins | Journalist
Jason Blevins
Journalist
Deanne Buck | Camber Outdoors
Deanne Buck
Camber Outdoors
Cordell Carter, II | The Aspen Institute
Cordell Carter, II
The Aspen Institute
Bryce Phillips | evo
Bryce Phillips
evo
Amy Roberts | Outdoor Industry Association
Amy Roberts
Outdoor Industry Association
Cat Alletto | Spark4team
Cat Alletto
Spark4team
Ben Anderson | Icelantic Skis
Ben Anderson
Icelantic Skis
April Archer | SaraBella Fishing
April Archer
SaraBella Fishing
JT Archer | SaraBella Fishing
JT Archer
SaraBella Fishing
Mike Arzt | The Public Works
Mike Arzt
The Public Works
Dave Bacon | BWBacon Group
Dave Bacon
BWBacon Group
Holly Battista-Resignolo | MTN Town Magazine
Holly Battista-Resignolo
MTN Town Magazine
Kim Beekman | Backbone Media
Kim Beekman
Backbone Media
Dave Boger | Jiberish Clothing
Dave Boger
Jiberish Clothing
Robin Brown | Grand Junction Economic Partnership
Robin Brown
Grand Junction Economic Partnership
Scott Buelter | Ascent360
Scott Buelter
Ascent360
Karen Capaldi | DreamMaker Project / Starbucks
Karen Capaldi
DreamMaker Project / Starbucks
Chris Conroy | Yeti Cycles
Chris Conroy
Yeti Cycles
Molly Cuffe | Smartwool
Molly Cuffe
Smartwool
Mason Davey | Weston Snowboards
Mason Davey
Weston Snowboards
Nathan Decker | evo
Nathan Decker
evo
Dan English | Voormi
Dan English
Voormi
Sean Eno | Weston Snowboards
Sean Eno
Weston Snowboards
Ian Fohrman | The Public Works
Ian Fohrman
The Public Works
Tom Fox | Optic Nerve
Tom Fox
Optic Nerve
Drew Fulton | Rocky Mountain Soda Co. & 303 Boards
Drew Fulton
Rocky Mountain Soda Co. & 303 Boards
Jonathan Georger | BLKDG
Jonathan Georger
BLKDG
Alex Gobel | JammyPack
Alex Gobel
JammyPack
Mikey Goldenberg | Postmodern Company
Mikey Goldenberg
Postmodern Company
Scott Grieble | SaraBella Fishing
Scott Grieble
SaraBella Fishing
Marc Gutman | WILDSTORY
Marc Gutman
WILDSTORY
Aidan Haley | Filmmaker
Aidan Haley
Filmmaker
Vickie Hormuth | American Alpine Club
Vickie Hormuth
American Alpine Club
Roanne Houck | Acli-Mate
Roanne Houck
Acli-Mate
Matt Hupperts | evo
Matt Hupperts
evo
Matt Jaffe | 303 Software & EO Colorado
Matt Jaffe
303 Software & EO Colorado
Darcy Rae Johnson | Madison House Presents
Darcy Rae Johnson
Madison House Presents
Delaney Keating | ICELab @ Western
Delaney Keating
ICELab @ Western
Anne Keller | The Hot Tomato
Anne Keller
The Hot Tomato
Brendan Leonard | Semi-Rad Media
Brendan Leonard
Semi-Rad Media
Jim Licko | CenterTable
Jim Licko
CenterTable
Annelise Loevlie | Icelantic
Annelise Loevlie
Icelantic
Meaghan Lynch | 5Point Film Festival
Meaghan Lynch
5Point Film Festival
Peter Makowski | Salt Lake City
Peter Makowski
Salt Lake City
John-Paul Maxfield | Waste Farmers
John-Paul Maxfield
Waste Farmers
Ashley Miller | evo
Ashley Miller
evo
Mark Morris | Rapidgrass
Mark Morris
Rapidgrass
Dainella Nartker | RhinoFox
Dainella Nartker
RhinoFox
Meghan Newlin | TrainingPeaks
Meghan Newlin
TrainingPeaks
Freddie Peyerl | Alpine Media Technology
Freddie Peyerl
Alpine Media Technology
Mary Anne Potts | ROAM Media
Mary Anne Potts
ROAM Media
Megan Reamer | Jackson's Honest
Megan Reamer
Jackson's Honest
Kristin Rust | Alterra Mountain Company
Kristin Rust
Alterra Mountain Company
Jed Selby | South Main
Jed Selby
South Main
Sarah Shrader | Bonsai Design
Sarah Shrader
Bonsai Design
Davis Smith | Cotopaxi
Davis Smith
Cotopaxi
Emily Speakes | Tito's Handmade Vodka
Emily Speakes
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Michael Stocker | Snowvation
Michael Stocker
Snowvation
Jeremy & Mindy Straley | Mountain States Snowcats
Jeremy & Mindy Straley
Mountain States Snowcats
Gigi Sukin | ColoradoBiz Magazine
Gigi Sukin
ColoradoBiz Magazine
Chris Tamucci | Big Agnes & Honey Stinger
Chris Tamucci
Big Agnes & Honey Stinger
Jennifer Thoemke | Connects Workspace
Jennifer Thoemke
Connects Workspace
Sarah Tingey | Alpacka Raft
Sarah Tingey
Alpacka Raft
Thor Tingey | Alpacka Raft
Thor Tingey
Alpacka Raft
Leo Tsuo | Weston Snowboards
Leo Tsuo
Weston Snowboards
Mike Waesche | RMU
Mike Waesche
RMU
Lee Wandling | ImageSeller
Lee Wandling
ImageSeller
Sam Warren | The Pinecone Project
Sam Warren
The Pinecone Project
Kelly Watters | Western Rise
Kelly Watters
Western Rise
Will Watters | Western Rise
Will Watters
Western Rise
Aisha Weinhold | No Man's Land Film Festival
Aisha Weinhold
No Man's Land Film Festival
Sam Williams | Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Sam Williams
Powderhorn Mountain Resort
P.T. Wood | Wood's High Mountain Distillery & City of Salida
P.T. Wood
Wood's High Mountain Distillery & City of Salida
Jen Zeuner | The Hot Tomato
Jen Zeuner
The Hot Tomato
Kiki Grainger | Wayfinder Co-op
Kiki Grainger
Wayfinder Co-op
Amy Kemp | ELEVATE coSPACE
Amy Kemp
ELEVATE coSPACE
Johnny Klein | Something Independent
Johnny Klein
Something Independent
Katie Payer | Something Independent
Katie Payer
Something Independent
Ally Seeley | Drumbeat
Ally Seeley
Drumbeat
Chuck Sullivan | Something Independent
Chuck Sullivan
Something Independent
Jon Woods | CenterTable
Jon Woods
CenterTable
Jay Zeschin | Denver Startup Week
Jay Zeschin
Denver Startup Week
Location

New for 2018, The Wright program and Award Night will move from Denver to the heart of downtown Golden, as well as to the campus of Colorado School of Mines.

“Golden was founded over 150 years ago by entrepreneurs with adventurous spirits, and it continues to attract like-minded people today; from miners, brewers, ski and bike manufacturers, to scientists and engineers,” says Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan. “They share a sense of determination, a desire to innovate, and a love for the outdoors. The Wright represents all of these great things, and we are excited to host this unique summit and award program here in Golden, and to join in the discussions and celebrations for our community of outdoor-inspired innovators and entrepreneurs.”

Parking

Downtown Golden has a number of parking options conveniently located adjacent to The Wright venues. You can find a map and details here.

Special thanks to our community partners

Volunteering

Throughout The Wright, there are many opportunities to plug in and help make the three days of panels, workshops, keynotes, Award Night, and social activities run smoothly. If you're interested in helping us out, we'd love to have you!

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