Energetic minds driving an innovation economy
An incubator for smart thinking.
Here, there are no rules, no pedigrees, no barriers. One simple thought pervades Metro Denver: Let the best idea win. The bright and adventurous gravitate here because they can make their mark relatively quickly.
But don’t take our word for it – just examine Colorado's impressive record of competitiveness and entrepreneurial activity:
- Denver is the fourth-best city to become an entrepreneur (Investopedia, 2015)
- The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood MSA ranked fourth for science, tech professionals (WalletHub, 2015)
- Boulder is the second-most innovative tech hub in America (NerdWallet, 2015)
- Colorado is a top-5 state for entrepreneurism and innovation (U.S. Department of Commerce and The Economic Development Administration, 2014)
- Two Colorado cities ranked among the top five for “Best Places for Business and Careers” list (Forbes, 2014)
Key initiatives driving the entrepreneurial economy in Metro Denver and Northern Colorado:
- The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) is an organization looking to advance Colorado startups. BEN’s mission is to provide Colorado’s most promising entrepreneurs and scale-up experts with the necessary recourses and networks to reach their full potential.
- Galvanize offers co-working spaces designed to give entrepreneurs and innovators a community where they can spark ideas and build companies, through the three pillars of capital, community, and curriculum.
- INDUSTRY Denver is a unique space that holds cornerstone tenants, a multitude of mid-sized users, dozens of sole proprietors, and boutique firms that inspire and help each other.
- TEDxMileHigh showcases innovative Coloradans, no matter the sector, who each give the ‘talk of their life’ around the power of ideas. This diverse group of thought leaders and innovators educate, inspire, and stimulate change with the ultimate goal being deep discussion and action.
- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper created the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) in 2011 to promote collaboration among Colorado's private, public, and academic organizations.
COIN works to:
- stimulate economic growth.
- support innovative business activities.
- establish Colorado as the best state for business.
- help create jobs and attract new businesses.