Upventur is an exciting new social start up that has just signed a lease for the final open spot at the Railyard in Denton, next to Stoke’s Coworking and Entrepreneur Center, as reported on by Jenna Duncon of the Denton Record-Chronicle. The start up, previously located in Frisco, will be moving into the 4,000 square foot space this summer, with a few of the 12 employees having moved into a space at Stoke, also at the Railyard.
The digital platform will be launching this summer, with a countdown to the big day-July 24-featured prominently on Upventur’s website while using social media to spread their outdoors adventures. Launched as a mobile app in 2012, Upventur focused on helping to plan and manage outdoor trips with founder Craig Pettigrew working long and hard on how to expand it. To be launched at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Trade Show, this year to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Pettigrew is ready to connect people to the world around them, just outside their doors.
Upventur looks to serve customers much like any other platform by creating a community of people who love the outdoors and outdoor adventures. Defined as the convergence of Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Expedia all rolled into one, with a focus on the great outdoors, there will be the ability to connect with people, learn about outdoor activities, and book trips.
Upventur has a loaded talent pool when it comes to those who sit on their board with members working for companies like Spirit Airlines and National Geographic and the founder of the Gravity Games among other extreme sports fans and outdoors enthusiasts. Upventur’s adventures include this move to Denton where Pettigrew explains that he wants to create a “Google-esque” vibe and plans to install a rock climbing wall, among other unique office equipment.
Recognizing that Denton sticks close to an incredible talent pool from the many Dallas/Fort Worth universities Pettigrew hopes to hire up to 30 new employees by the end of 2017. Until the new space is ready, the team behind Stoke is excited to be hosting Upventur, with Upventur’s employees looking to share their experiences as mentors while becoming part of the community, not just at Stoke, but at the Railyard and Denton as a whole.