Escalate Solutions CEO Kimberly Arnold was asked to contribute as an honorary judge for the 2016 Millennial Week 80/95 Awards presented in association with the Millennial Week conference hosted by signature sponsors The Denver Post and Wells Fargo.


The 80/95 Awards helped kick-off Millennial Weekend Denver in August 2016. The networking reception highlighted the positive impact created by the generation widely recognized as being born between 1980 to 1995. Award categories focused on entrepreneurship, civic engagement and lifestyle & culture including:

  • StartUp of the Year – Watch your back, Silicon Valley. Denver has become a major hub for technology and innovation. This category recognized a startup having a Founder, or at least half of all CoFounders, born between 1980-1995.
  • Small Business of the Year – Denver topped Forbes’ 2015 list of the Best Places for Businesses. This category recognized a small business having an Owner, or at least half of all Co-Owners, born between 1980-1995.
  • Denver Trailblazer – Denver is an attractive destination for Millennials disrupting industries and making their mark. This category recognized a young professional born between 1980-1995 that is blazing a trail in their industry.
  • Innovator of the Year – From launching the latest app, to driving the development of major brands, Millennials are pushing the envelope both in and outside of corporate America. This category recognized an individual born between 1980-1995 that has created a business, startup, product or service that is impacting Denver.
  • Denver ChangeMaker of the Year – From swaying elections to redefining civil rights, Millennials do more than take selfies. This category recognized an individual born between 1980-1995 that is working to make positive change in the Denver community and abroad.
  • Most Innovative Workplace – Fostering innovation and creativity is valuable to Millennial employees and entrepreneurs. This award recognized a Company, Coworking space or Business Incubator creating an environment where people do incredible work.
  • Best Company for Millennials – An increasing number of companies are choosing Denver as the site to launch or relocate. A thriving workforce is critical to their success. This award recognized an organization or company providing mentorship and programs aimed at developing young professionals.
  • Leading Lifestyle & Culture – Vibrant culture and lifestyle are drawing Millennials to Denver in record numbers. Whether you’re blogging, blending music or curating exhibits, Millennials are helping to shape the city. This award recognized an individual born between 1980-1995 helping define Denver’s presence.
  • 14er of the Year – Whether you’re scaling mountains or tackling slopes, appreciation of the environment is ingrained in Denver’s culture. This award recognized an individual aimed dedicated to preserving Colorado’s environment for the next generation.