Why Startup Colorado?

At Startup Colorado, our mission is to demonstrate that rural entrepreneurship will ignite a culture of potential, empowering people and places to thrive and define their own future.

Led by a team of rural entrepreneurs and community champions, Startup Colorado works throughout the Western Slope and Eastern Plains; supporting initiatives that benefit the long-term resources and success of Colorado’s rural entrepreneurs. Our team is on the ground in your neck of the woods, reach out and get to know the people advocating for your hometown.

How we work

There’s a lot of noise in the startup world. Instead of adding to it, our carefully honed agenda aims to help the entrepreneurs and community champions actively building for rural Colorado. We do that by:

  1. Making trusted connections for entrepreneurs and community champions within a statewide network of resources including capital, government, educators, and mentors. Fill out our new questionnaire to help us connect you to the right resources.
  2. Providing opportunities for education and networking through individual scholarships and community sponsorships.
  3. Celebrating stories about, and making visible, the people and places who are building for rural Colorado. Read the latest on our blog, and follow us on social.
  4. Endorsing initiatives that benefit the long-term resources and success of Colorado’s rural entrepreneurs.


Our Storytellers event series features interviews with entrepreneurs. Above, Anthony Poponi interviews Delana Gorman and Danine Bahnsen, founders of Red Willow on Main in Yuma, CO. Photo by: Kate Lindstadt.

Who is 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. Our program is funded by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Foundry Group, Zoma Capital, and Visa. Although our team works remotely in rural Colorado, we are housed in the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Meet our team to learn more.