Durango, Colo.- Verde PR & Consulting, a leading provider of integrated brand communications strategies, will partner with Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) in its inaugural accelerator program. As the first accelerator specializing in the outdoor recreation, tourism, natural products, health, energy, water, and education industry, TVA will utilize Verde’s expertise in communications for TVA’s first four participating companies.
Verde’s founder and CEO, Kristin Carpenter-Ogden, will spend time with TVA’s companies and offer expert advice on the integration of brand communications, public relations and social/digital communications strategies. Verde joins a prestigious group of 50+ mentors including the former head of marketing for Burton, the former CEO of Hotels.com, the founder of IZZE Beverages, the former COO of Groupon.com, and many others.. “We are excited to have Verde as a resource,” says TVA Director Jesse Johnson. “Verde offers years of experience in the outdoor and sustainability industries from a journalism and PR perspective. The agency’s expertise and passion for mentoring others make Verde an ideal match for our program.”
Recently started, TVA’s inaugural program companies include Hoggle Goggle, High Desert Farms, Globa.li, Hyperlite Mountain Gear. As part of TVA, these companies will receive intensive business mentoring; a co-working space at The Peaks Resort; a $30,000 investment (plus up to an additional $8,000 for travel and lodging); $100,000 in free services from companies like Microsoft and Amazon; access to two successful entrepreneurs-in-residence, and access to Telluride’s angel investment community.
“This is a unique opportunity to give back to an industry that has given us so much over the last decade,” says Carpenter-Ogden. “It feels like yesterday I was just starting Verde. It will be exciting to help nurture and guide these start ups.” Carpenter-Ogden, along with other Verde staff, will consult with TVA companies on a regular basis over the life of the program.
For more information about the Telluride Venture Accelerator and please visit: tellurideva.com.
For more information about Verde PR & Consulting, visit verdepr.com.
About The Telluride Foundation:
The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit telluridefoundation.org.
About Verde PR & Consulting
With offices in Jackson, Wyo., Durango and Boulder, Colo., Verde PR & Consulting is a full-service brand communications, public relations, social/digital marketing, branding, content and consulting agency, with an emphasis in sustainability. Verde’s clients are rooted in the active outdoor lifestyle industries of outdoor, bike, and snowsports, and also in the consumer electronics, pet, travel, and the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) markets. For more about Verde PR, visit: verdepr.com.