Playing Games for Charity: Inaugural Colorado Startup Games Raise $25,000

The competition was fierce at last week’s inaugural Colorado Startup Games, with Return Path and six other Denver-area tech companies battling for supremacy in games like cornhole, foosball, giant Jenga, and beer pong. But at the end of the day, charitable organizations were the real winner.

Participating companies played for a charity of their choice during this day of networking, fun, and philanthropy. Cash-back shopping app Ibotta took home the event’s championship trophy, while securing a $7,000 grant for Judi’s House, an organization which helps to counsel grieving children who have lost a parent.

Other results are as follows:

Blinker earned a $5,500 grant for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

HomeAdvisor won a $4,500 grant for Open World Learning.

The remaining participants secured grants of $2,000 each for their charities:


  • Circle Graphics for Open Studios
  • ReadyTalk for Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Return Path for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Sphero for I Have A Dream Foundation


The Startup Games originated in Austin, TX, to unite high-growth startup companies in friendly competition to build great cultures while giving back to the community. The organization raises more than $1 million per year for charity.

With more than 250 attendees, 36 volunteers, and 17 sponsors, this inaugural Colorado event was an unqualified success. We look forward to competing again next year—and hope to dethrone reigning champion Ibotta!

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