Mark Madic, Startup Colorado's NEW Director of Ecosystem Development & Partnerships

Welcome Mark Madic, Startup Colorado’s NEW Director of Ecosystem Development & Partnerships


May 16, 2023

COLORADO – Startup Colorado, a nonprofit that fosters the development of rural entrepreneurship in the state, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mark Madic as its new Director of Ecosystem Development & Partnerships. In this role, Madic will be responsible for leading Startup Colorado’s efforts in establishing and sustaining local and regional startup ecosystems across rural areas of the state.

Prior to joining Startup Colorado, Madic served as the Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL) Manager, where he supported local startups through numerous programming initiatives. During his time with SCIL, the program created $22 million in regional impact. Throughout his career, Madic has supported Colorado startups and small businesses as an employee, advisor, and facilitator. Since 2018, he has worked as a Techstars Startup Weekend facilitator. 

“Mark’s experience in developing programming and events for startups in the Pueblo-area, paired with his understanding of and compassion for the challenges and opportunities that rural communities face made him the ideal candidate,” said Taylor Grande, Startup Colorado Executive Director. “We can’t wait to bring him on board and introduce him to our partners across the state.” 

As Director of Ecosystem Development & Partnerships, Madic will focus on forging strategic alliances with key stakeholders, including existing local and regional startup ecosystem partners, government agencies, funding organizations, and universities, among others. He will also support the development of local startup resources such as new activities, programs, events, and initiatives. 

“I’m excited to join Startup Colorado because they are the premier resource and networking hub for rural entrepreneurs across the State,” Madic said. “Providing integrated support within a local startup ecosystem accelerates the success of the entrepreneurs in the community.” 

Founded in 2011, Startup Colorado recently relaunched as a 501c3 nonprofit. Today, the organization supports both rural entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders through partnership development, an online community, financial awards, networking opportunities, and its storytelling initiatives. 

With the addition of Mark Madic as the Director of Ecosystem Development & Partnerships, Startup Colorado is poised to expand its reach and impact, further solidifying its position as a catalyst for innovation and economic development across the state.

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview please contact:

Margaret Hedderman
Startup Colorado Communications & Editorial Director