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:
- Colorado is a top-5 state for innovation (WalletHub, 2019)
- Colorado ranks No. 4 for startup activity (WalletHub, 2017)
- Denver ranked No. 1 again on the “Best Places for Business and Careers" list (Forbes, 2016)
- Colorado ranked No. 8 for small business lending (Lendio, 2019)
- Colorado is the second-best tech state (Milken Institute, 2018)
- Denver is the third-best city to start a tech career (ComputerTrainingSchools.com, 2016)
- Denver is the fourth-best city for young entrepreneurs (NerdWallet, 2016)
- The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood MSA ranked fourth for science, tech professionals (WalletHub, 2016)
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.
- WeWork is a coworking space offering flexible month-to-month memberships. From furniture to conference room time, WeWork provides an innovative environment to do business. There are even rooms with Xbox consoles when a fun break is needed. With two locations in Denver (Union Station and in the Lower Highlands), WeWork has the capacity for up to 2,000 workers.
- 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.