We’re on a mission.
Led by entrepreneurs, Startup Colorado strives to empower and sustain entrepreneurial communities across the state by amplifying a collaborative support network, making connections to key resources, and helping companies access trusted, flexible capital.
Why we exist.
We believe that innovative thinkers and doers live throughout Colorado and—regardless of geography—every entrepreneur should have access to the tools and resources that help make startups successful. Job growth and new business formation are driving Colorado’s thriving economy and, with nearly 85% of our state’s businesses classified as small businesses, entrepreneurship continues to be the state’s economic engine.
We are here to help Colorado start up in backyards, garages, and co-working spaces across the state. Our goal is to have 12 actively engaged communities by the end of 2018.
How we work.
Startup Colorado works directly with local community leaders and entrepreneurs to help boost existing startup activity and spur new endeavors. Most importantly, we take time to listen and learn what individual communities need in terms of support and how we can best align resources.
Who backs Startup Colorado?
Startup Colorado was initially funded by the State of Colorado and Anchor Point Foundation (Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor). Zoma Capital is providing substantial seed funding and Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado Boulder is the engine powering and managing the initiative.
History of Startup Colorado.
Startup Colorado was founded in 2011 by Brad Feld and Phil Weiser at Silicon Flatirons, which supports entrepreneurship as part of its mission. The initiative initially focused on supporting startups on the Front Range, and the effort to support entrepreneurship across the entire state is the latest evolution of Startup Colorado.
Startup Summer, which connects undergraduates with internships at startups, and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, which strengthens Colorado’s scale-up ecosystem, are two related programs powered by Silicon Flatirons.