Denver Startup Scene
Colorado has a thriving startup scene and there are several good places to see how to get involved:
Why Colorado? Named by Forbes as the “2nd Hottest Place to Launch a Startup,” Denver and the Rocky Mountain region are home to a high concentration of businesses that are at the forefront of innovative fields such as alternative energy, technology and social entrepreneurship. Some highlights:
- 2nd Best State for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (US Chamber of Commerce 2014)
- 2nd Best State to Start a Business (Entrepreneurship 2013)
- 3rd Venture Capital Investment per $1,000 in State GDP
- 4th Hottest Startup Hub in America (Business Insider)
- 5th Most Entrepreneurial State (Kauffman 2014)
- 6th Highest rate of Tech Startup Formation (Entrepreneur Magazine)
Denver/Boulder New Tech is the oldest group that has had continual meetings. Their site is a great introduction to Denver technology companies
Confluence is an interesting online magazine about new businesses in general around Denver
Built In Coloradoolorado is the Colorado version of a national series of blogs
Boulder Startups is a good place for Boulder startup news
Boulder.me is another good place for Boulder Startup news
Denver Startup Week is Denver very large gathering for a weeklong series of parties, panels, workshops and sessions with most of the Denver status community
Boulder Startup Week exists too, as Denver and Boulder always have a rivalery!
Startup Weekend – A group that comes together once or twice a year to get individuals to start up a company over the course of a weekend.
- Here is a link to the Denver Startup Weekend group
- Here is a link to the Boulder Startup Weekend group
Colorado Technology Association is another good organization to see what is happening in the Colorado technology community including green tech
Startup Colorado is the local version of the national organization started by the Kaufman Foundation
Two good morning meetings in Denver talking about the latest innovations and startups:
The University of Colorado at Boulder groups with lots of Entrepeneurship meetings
CU Denver has programs too:
This is an interesting list of startups in Denver and their people
Best of the shared space in Denver
Thrive is in Cherry Creek and by Coors Field
And a lot of smaller ones here – Shared Spaces Denver
Battery 621 is mostly sporting gear and clothing
And if you are looking for money for your startup
The Rocky Mountain Venture Association is a good place to find VC companies in the West
The Rockies Venture Club has some well thought out paid meetings to get advice on raising money
The Foundry Group is Colorado’s best known Venture Capital fund. There are many others, but I won’t list them here.
And finally Tech Stars is quasi incubator/boot camp and funding mechanism and headquartered in Boulder!
Let me know if you have any further ideas that I should put links to here.