Grand Junction team wins Go Code competition

A team from Grand Junction was among the winners of a statewide software competition.

Business Incentives was one of three winning teams in the Go Code Colorado event. The teams each received $15,000, which they can use to create a business entity, fund startup expenses or divide among team members.

“This year’s finalists teams showed an incredible breadth of ideas for how public data can help business decision makers,” said Wayne Williams, Colorado secretary of state

The team included Aaron Clymer, Sonja Patterson and Boris and Juli Rasmussen. Joanna Joslyn came up with the original idea for their effort, but had to drop out of the competition.

Participants in the latest Go Code competition were challenged to create a product that uses public data to deliver insights to a business decision maker.

Business Incentives created a search tool for entrepreneurs that aggregates data from multiple agencies and displays results for enterprise and opportunity zones, grants, loans, tax incentives and other resources. The team uses three state data bases, two federal sources and a custom set of data tables.

Participants in the Go Code competition attended an information session in February, then vied in Challenge Weekend events in April.

The final competition was conducted in June in Denver, where judges selected the three winning teams from among nine finalists. Glassroots Data, another team from Grand Junction, also competed in the finals.