The Latest from The Lab: August 21, 2018

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Peyton Manning x Will Day Documentary

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A project that has been in the works for the better part of a year is finally being unveiled this weekend. We hope you'll tune in and celebrate with us!

Last fall, fine arts painter Will Day (whose studio resides in the heart of Black Lab Sports) was commissioned to portray Peyton Manning's window of success with the Denver Broncos on canvas. Day ran with the challenge. First meeting Manning at Mile High Stadium, then putting paint to canvas over the next several months, Day ultimately created a masterpiece called "Omaha" that wowed us all. A documentary capturing the journey, challenges, and interactions between Day and Manning is airing this Saturday, August 25, at 6:00 p.m. on Denver's Channel 9 (NBC). Don't miss it!

This project captures the essence of Black Lab Sports. We connected our local NFL team to our resident artist, and used our Media Lab to document the journey. Their collaborative effort is now being broadcast on tv, and the finished painting is on display at Mile High. It's a win for Will, it's a win for the Broncos, it's a win for the Media Lab, and it's a win for Black Lab Sports.

Friends of Will Day and Black Lab Sports are invited to a celebratory watch party: 5:30 p.m. this Saturday at Black Lab Sports. 

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Techstars Startup Weekend Recap

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The Lab was full of ThinkerDoers last weekend, thanks to Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder and Grow with Google. The event, which attracted dozens of participants, mentors, and volunteers, was a "3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems."

Between Friday evening, when 36 ideas were narrowed down to 10, to Sunday evening, when final presentations were made, participants were incredibly productive. They developed raw ideas into pitch-ready startups, applying input from local mentors along the way. 

Congratulations to the winning Flick Books team, whose goal is to make reading more interactive and engaging for youths. And thank you to everyone who supported these budding entrepreneurs in some capacity. We had a blast and hope you did too!

 

SFIA Industry Leaders Summit is Coming

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association is heading to Denver next month for the 6th annual Industry Leaders Summit. Spanning September 26-27, it is a great opportunity to become informed, learn from high-level decision makers, and network with individuals from across the sports and fitness industry. We have a small block of discounted tickets, so let me know if you're interested in attending.

 

Calling all Trainers!

Black Lab Sports is growing in all directions. Part of that growth entails a search for more independent trainers to join us. If you know of or work with a trainer that might be interested in joining our ecosystem, please help us spread the word.

 

BLS Growth Division Update

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Last week, our Growth Strategy Division launched the new iSplack.com. As the brand moves to expand on its product suite to bring to market a full line of natural skin care products for performance athletes, the Growth team has worked with the iSplack and Madwire teams to build a recurring revenue model, as well as launch a new eCommerce platform. Stay tuned over the coming months as new products are added to the lineup and some exciting new brand partnerships are announced.

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And soon after, the Growth team launched the new Onxsports.com. They worked with the Onx crew to completely refresh all content, design, and UX to build a full custom site designed specifically with the combat sports industry in mind. Onx believes in a curated experience for the customer as well as the trainers they use and gyms they work out in. Hence, they sought to build a site that fosters the integration and growth of Onx's Ambassador network. Besides, who doesn’t want their own set of fully customized gloves?  

 

JP Morgan Chase Holiday Event

Save the date! On November 15, for the second consecutive year, Black Lab Sports will be hosting the JP Morgan Chase Holiday Kickoff Party. We'll send out more information in the coming months, but we hope you'll be able to join us for an evening of eating, drinking, and socializing.