A group of six local entrepreneurs was one of three teams to come out on top during the third Go Code Colorado finals May 26 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
The team of Hively — one of two Colorado Springs finalists — competed against 10 teams from Denver, Durango, Fort Collins and Grand Junction. They won a $25,000 contract with the state after presenting a platform that connects job-seekers’ personalities with business cultures.
“It’s like the Tinder of hiring,” said Dalton Patterson, Hively team member who works in information technology at Focus on the Family. “It’s a matching process. Businesses can see the personality of a job user in video and find out what motivates them. It allows them to get a lot of information on a job seeker before an in-person interview and eliminates having to sift through resumés.”
Hively’s product will change the way businesses hire, said Patterson.
This is the first time a team from Colorado Springs has won $25,000 from the state.
“We’re so pumped that we won,” said Patterson. “To be incubated by the state of Colorado is an incredible opportunity and I think proves we’re just as innovative in Colorado Springs as in Durango or Boulder.”
Five data and startup experts judged the finals and Secretary of State Wayne W. Williams announced the winners. Foodcaster from Denver and Regulation Explorer from Fort Collins were also winning teams.
The teams will work with Williams’ office to continue to develop and grow their innovative concepts to benefit Colorado businesses.
“Companies pay a lot of money for data scientists,” Patterson said. “For us to be able to reach out to data scientists that work for the state, to better understand public data will be a fantastic opportunity.”
Patterson said his team was clear, concise and confident when they presented their concept to the judges.
“We ditched the script and just had a conversation with our audience, which I think set us a part from our competition,” he said.
The Go Code Colorado challenge began April 1, when teams first connected, built their business concepts and competed.
“That’s the magic behind startup weekend,” Patterson said.
The state of Colorado is cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship and technology, he said.
“It allows anyone who has a dream to create a digital product, to get out in the community and go for it,” Patterson said.
Being one of three teams statewide to win the prize shows Colorado Springs’ growth and innovation, said Royce Gomez, executive director of Peak Startup, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs.
“I’m excited to be a part of the startup ecosystem in Colorado Springs, and Peak Startup is proud to mentor local teams to help get them to where they are,” she said.
Team Hively winners include:
• Patterson, front end developer at Focus on the Family;
• Nathan Harris, software developer at Focus on the Family;
• Jeremy Wick, employed at Sticker Mule;
• John Franck, COO of Fisk Lawnscapes;
• Breton Brander, freelance graphic designer; and
• Zach Bowers, digital business analyst at Focus on the Family.