Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Founders at any stage of your business who are located in rural Colorado: defined as anywhere outside of the urban front range corridor.

Is any part of this program in-person?

No. We are fully virtual. A virtual experience allows you to join from wherever you live with less demand on your time.

What if I can’t join a live session?

Sessions are recorded. Most live sessions are for office hours and guest speakers where you choose what to take advantage of.

Can my cofounder participate?

Yes. We encourage your co-founding teammates to participate.

How many $5,000 grants are awarded?

Three businesses in each cohort will be awarded a grant based on peer-review and input from Startup Colorado partners on your funding pitch.

Is there a financial or equity cost to participate?

No. The only cost is the time you put in build a smart fundraising strategy and support fellow entrepreneurs in your cohort.

Are founders mostly working on tech businesses?

We accept founders working across a wide range of industries.

If I’m already fundraising, can I participate?

Yes, this is a great time to learn about how to increase your chances of scoring funding and discover funding options you may not be considering.

Are strings attached to the grant?

No. You can use this money are you see fit. Startup Colorado will followup throughout the year. This helps us know how to continue supporting you.

Will you sign a non disclosure agreement?

No. You will need to interact with other entrepreneurs and funding experts without the need for NDAs.

Who is Startup Colorado?

Startup Colorado supports rural entrepreneurs via a free peer-to-peer resource network, regional partnership development, and collaboration with local business support organizations. Through strategic networking, partnership development, and collaboration, we eliminate barriers, mitigate support gaps, and dismantle silos.