August Startup Social Recap & Velocity Labs Deadline Extension

On Thursday, August 23rd, 70+ aspiring entrepreneurs, investors, small business owners, technology professionals, ASU students, and community members gathered at Booneshine’s new brewing facility on Industrial Park Drive, in Boone, for the monthly Silicon Hollar Startup Social.

Other regular sponsors, Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Lost Province Brewing Co. were in attendance and provided beverages for the event as well. Stick Boy Bread Co. prepared a delicious appetizer spread for the event while Artemis Independent contributed wine, and Hatchet Coffee provided a selection of nitro cold brews.

As always, our attendees socialize and catch up on current happenings around town, and then the entire group came together to learn more about Startup High Country (SHC) and our generous host and event sponsor, Booneshine Brewing Company. Tim Herdklotz, President of Booneshine, discussed the brewery expansion and relocation to East Boone as well as their plans to build a tasting room and restaurant in the not too distant future. Everyone loved their new production space and their newest beer on tap, the East Boone Pils - try it at Basil’s today!

When the floor was open for discussion, several pitches and updates were made by those in attendance including, 180 Float Spa, Out of Your Mind, boonies,

Madelyn Hjertmann from SHC shared information about coaching opportunities for startups from SHC team members and Mountain Bizworks. Madelyn also discussed the upcoming course, Velocity Labs, a 3 month startup accelerator for founders of pre-revenue or early stage companies. The course will begin on September 4, 2018 and run through November 16, 2018. The application deadline for Velocity Labs has been extended to August 31st and as of today, there are only a few more spots available. For more information and to apply please visit,

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As always, a huge thank you to our sponsors, our host, and all of those that attended and contributed to the August Startup Social. Stay tuned for info on the September monthly social coming soon!