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Kiki Hooton

The Greater Colorado Pitch Series
Event Coordinator
Durango, CO

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Kiki works for Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and is the Event Coordinator for the Greater Colorado Pitch Series, the kick-off event to West Slope Startup Week. Kiki started her interest in entrepreneurship and small business at a young age, as she watched her father run a family business out of their home. As she went on to college to get a BS in Environmental Technology and Management at North Carolina State University, she became very interested in how we translate scientific research into information businesses can actually use. She created a student organization to partner students with businesses to help them make one change to better their community, their workers, or the environment. She went on to get her masters in Sustainable Business at Arizona State University, where she focused on local economies and the role of small businesses in community development. She then moved to Durango in 2017 where she has been working with the business community since. When she’s not running events across town you’ll find her out on the trails running, mountain biking, or skiing with her partner and pup, Luda (yes, like the rapper).