Nominate today for your 2016 Wright Contenders

By Something Independent June 23, 2016.

Ah, Colorado summer and all her spoils. It’s time for high-country adventures, cool patio brews and your Wright nominations.

Presented annually by Something Independent, The Wright is awarded to a company doing exceptional work at what we call the intersection of lifestyle and commerce. Wright contenders are enterprising, innovative and mindful leaders, stewards in their communities, contributors to the burgeoning outdoor economy of the Rocky Mountain region. They operate from a place where challenges are taken head-on and where lifestyle is as important to their culture as it is to their bottom-line.

The Wright contender boiled-down? You believe in shit. You believe, really, really hard. You do good work. You work really, really hard at doing your best work. And, deep-down you trust that someone is going to notice and that it is all going to work. 2016 marks the sixth year of The Wright noticing.

Past winners have included, The Whole Works, Eldorado Climbing Walls, Voormi, MHM, and Flylow. Their fellow contenders have included the likes of Fishpond, Optic Nerve Eyewear, Oskar Blues, Icelantic Skis, Badfish SUP, Deerhammer Distilling Co, MOOTS Cycles, Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Colorado Malting Co, ReActive Adaptations, Osprey, The Public Works, Jiberish, Ross Reels and Topo Designs.

2015 Wright Winner – The Whole Works

You know who they are. Now it is time to nominate. We want to hear from you. Nominating is simple. Know a company that seems a right fit? Throw your own hat in the ring or better yet, throw a peer into the mix for consideration. Simply send us email to We’ll take it from there.

From an annual nomination pool of close to 150, approximately 13 companies will be selected as Official Contenders and go on to compete for top honors amongst their peers from the Colorado lifestyle industries at a live, open-to-the-public event in Denver on October 18, 2016.

Take note, The Wright is A) not your everyday business competition; and B) more than an award program.

A)Selected Contenders are charged with creating a 90-second video that conveys their story, their core business proposition and how Colorado has influenced the company’s inception, culture and growth. As a Contender, this is your official entry. One winner is selected live on Award Night by a panel of judges including past winners, lifestyle industry business leaders, and media.

B)The Wright is a two-day summit of Colorado founders and doers, lifestyle industry leaders. A supporting cast of alumni companies, industry media, funders, civic leadership, and like-minded partners such as Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industries Office and the Colorado Innovation Network, come together for two-days of connecting. In the words of Sadye Harvey, co-founder of 2015 winner, The Whole Works, “We could have gone home after the first day. Winning was amazing. The $5,000 will be put to good use. But, by far the most inspiring and valuable part of The Wright is the community. The people we’ve met, relationships we’ve established, the networks that are emerging. It’s this community that is going to propel our business forward.”

And that’s that. It’s time to go forth and nominate! Thank you for listening and for noticing good work.

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