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TopSchool one of Colorado’s most promising startups

In early June I represented TopSchool at the APEX awards. This event is the “academy awards” for the software and IT industry in Colorado and is put together by the Colorado Software Industry Association. It is a big gala event and is attended by the software and IT industry, investors and the media I estimated about 500 attendees at the event. Colorado has emerged as one of the richest software startup and IT ecosystems in the country.

2009 APEX Awards

TopSchool was nominated for an award by two different firms. We were nominated for “Rookie of the Year”, the award given to the most promising software startup in Colorado.

Drum roll please….. TopSchool was selected by the judges as one of the TOP THREE startups in Colorado. There were 100 companies vying for six awards. There were many startups included in this 100. Judging criteria included innovativeness, early successes, and the ability to make a significant impact on the marketplace in the future.

It was impressive to see TopSchool’s logo up on the wall with many large and well known brands. Our new logo looked great and fit right in when displayed with all the others. But, when the MC said “and the finalists are…” BAM… there was the new TopSchool logo up on the big screen as one of the top three startups in the state, as judged by other software company CEO’s, investors and other IT industry leaders.

Even in our first year, TopSchool has made a big impression on the software community in CO and on the higher education software market.

The best part of this award was the fact that our peers in the industry have judged us as one of the most promising and very best.


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