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Top Executives Support Charities And Step Into Boxing Ring For Founder Fights

Founder Fights Joins Boulder Startup Week Lineup


Boulder, Colo. – March 23, 2016 – Have you ever wanted to beat up your boss? Need something to take the stress out of startup life? You are certainly not alone. That is why The Corner Boxing Gym is hosting top company founders from the Boulder community and beyond to step foot into the ring for the first-ever Founder Fights. Watch as entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and creatives take their fighting spirit literally and go head-to-head on canvas, while raising money for the charity of their choice.

“Boxing and startups go hand-in-hand,” said Carrie Barry, head coach and co-founder of The Corner Boxing Club. “Competiveness, willing to take a risk, putting reputations on the line, these are characteristics that it takes to be successful in entrepreneurship. When you are boxing, you don’t get a chance to look at your phone or email. You don’t get to worry about your business. If you do, you are going to get punched.”


Founder Fights has earned its spot as an official event at Boulder Startup Week, taking place at New Vista High School on Friday, May 20th at 7p.m. Participating companies include:

“I’ve known way too many founders that are so focused on their businesses, they neglect their physical needs,” said David Mandell, co-founder and CEO of Pivot Desk. “Boxing is a great way to get back in shape, while learning a new and useful skill. And, since it’s such an intense workout, it gives you a mental break from worrying about your business.” 


Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 a.m., founders meet in the ring of The Corner Boxing Club for an intense training camp. Each participant is also expected to attend evening classes, or sublimate group fitness with personal training and custom workout routines. Although many founders have signed up for the main event, each athlete must be cleared for physical testing to maximize safety.

“Startup culture is life consuming,” said Barry. “Founder Fights is a way to get back into a regular fitness regimen, become an active participant in the community, gain exposure for personal ventures and give back for a great cause.”

Get close to the action with VIP table options ranging from $3,000 to $1,000. General admission will be available for $15, with free admission for children under ten. Early tickets will be also be available at a discounted rate on the Founder Fights website. Proceeds from ticket costs will be donated to Blue Sky Bridge and New Vista High School.

Noteworthy participants include Brad Feld of the Foundry Group, Jerry Colonna of Reboot, Graham Forlong of Made Movement, former NFL linebacker and member of Premier Mortgage Ariel Solomon and Kirsten Barry of The Corner Boxing Club.

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About The Corner Boxing Club

The Corner Boxing Club is Colorado’s first community centric club co-founded by Colorado’s only Level 3 USA Boxing Coach and Fellow of Applied Functional Science (AFS), Coach Carrie Barry.

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