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community resources

Tech Alley is a non-profit created to build and support local technology and startup communities. We are simply another conduit to the many resources and opportunities that already exist in our local community.

We would like to help the many businesses, founders, startups and entrepreneurs that visit and frequent our event page, to discover and connect with you and your organization.

We want to help guide our community to you, for FREE!

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community resources

Colorado offers many great resources for startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

To help you connect with resources, we have added some very valuable links.

Book Mentor Sessions

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Book One-on-One Video Mentoring sessions with past and future speakers, track ambassadors, cultural ambassadors and keynote guests. This is a great opportunity to followup and take the next steps in your business and career!

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SCORE - Denver

SCORE, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, SCORE has a team of roughly 30 individuals that support the volunteers in the field. Meet our leadership and board of directors.

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The Commons on Champa

The Commons on Champa is a nonprofit community resource and economic development initiative established to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in building an inclusive, vibrant local economy. Our mission is to enable a diverse community of entrepreneurs to succeed in building new ventures in Denver that help to create a more inclusive, vibrant local economy. Sharing experience, passion and vision together makes us strong. The Commons on Champa was established in 2015 as part of a shared vision to build a vibrant, inclusive economy for Denver. An anchor for Denver’s thriving ecosystem, The Commons is powered by the Downtown Denver Partnership with public-private support from the City and County of Denver, Colorado Technology Association, and many others. Since 2015, Denver has quickly emerged as the place where entrepreneurs want to be. Our city is rising to become the best place anywhere to make an idea reality and to launch and grow startups and The Commons has emerged as a nationally recognized model for economic development that embraces the power of entrepreneurship.

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Startup Colorado

Startup Colorado was founded in 2011 by Phil Weiser and Brad Feld at the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado Law School. The initiative initially focused on supporting startups on the Front Range, and the effort to support entrepreneurship across the entire state is the latest evolution of Startup Colorado. Since 2017, Startup Colorado shifted its mission to focus solely on the foundation and success of the State’s rural-based entrepreneurs. Colorado’s rural entrepreneurs are building some of the most exciting business opportunities across the state, from geographically isolated small towns to growing rural hubs. Whether they live inside populations of 60 or 60,000, they are dedicated to diversifying economies, creating new jobs, and fostering local talent. Their goals are mighty and their challenges many. While some business resources are scarce, others are disconnected or hard to find, making it difficult for any entrepreneur to navigate. Startup Colorado solves for this challenge with tactics that drive greater awareness and cohesion on the playing field for entrepreneurs and the business support organizations who serve them. Through strategic networking, partnership development, and collaboration, we eliminate barriers, mitigate support gaps, and dismantle silos.

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Tech Stars - Boulder Accelerator

From startup founders, to corporate employees, to visionary dreamers, entrepreneurs hold the keys to the greatest challenges of our time. They see opportunities. They take risks. And they clear the path for entire industries. At Techstars, we help grow their ideas into world-changing businesses. The history of breakthrough technology is the history of people, teams, and partners working in sync to achieve their goals and scale their ideas. By bringing together ambitious founders and corporations, Techstars enables innovation through creative, powerful relationships. Techstars is igniting the global information economy. Creating opportunities in neglected communities. Advancing innovative teams and ideas, no matter where they originate. By supporting entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey, we work to create positive social and economic change, transforming the world by making innovation accessible to anyone, anywhere.

Discover Podcasts...

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7 of 10 founders learn tools for running and growing their business from podcasts. So, we gathered podcasts from the Colorado State, to help you find local resources.

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Denver Office of Economic Development 

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity is leading an inclusive and innovative economy for all Denver residents and businesses by supporting local and global business development, workforce development programs, and stabilization efforts in diverse neighborhoods.

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Colorado Startups

COLORADO HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST STARTUP COMMUNITIES IN THE WORLD The purpose of Colorado Startups is to provide a starting place and a growing place for entrepreneurs building the next generation of BIG companies here in Colorado. This community is comprised of three social groups (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Slack) to help entrepreneurs, from first-time founders to seasoned executives. SOCIAL GROUPS The heart of Colorado Startups is connecting entrepreneurs to one another as well as the greater startup ecosystem. The three social groups are open for any entrepreneur to join and are the best way to network within Colorado’s startup community. COMMUNITY As additional resources, entrepreneurs can utilize the community content. Entrepreneurs can find top talent through Talent Connect. Gain resources through the open-sourced “Ecosystem Canvas.” View the fastest growing companies in the state through “The Leaderboard.” CAPITAL To maximize growth, startups utilize various sources of financing to grow faster. As capital is the most significant need for startups growing in the state, the community has created outstanding programs to assist companies looking to scale. EVENTS Making lasting connections that will help power you as an entrepreneur to grow your business is imperative. Colorado Startups created the Event Connect program to allow event and meetup organizers to bring entrepreneurs together. Also, each year, there is a giant celebration for the startup community, “Party on a Tuesday,” which is the premier event for the community.

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Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute

Entrepreneurship is a powerful tool to build both individual and community prosperity. But personal, professional, systemic, political, and economic barriers prevent many from accessing the benefits of ownership. Many aspiring entrepreneurs from our community experience financial instability, difficulty accessing safety net programs, exclusion from financial systems, vulnerability to predatory business services, and a lack of access to tailored and relevant support. These barriers undermine individual and communal belief in accessible pathways to ownership. For example, marginalized communities may have a lack of trust in business support systems and financial institutions and, as a result, may not see entrepreneurship as a viable option. Ultimately, this results in an inequitable opportunity for economic inclusion and community autonomy as well as a poorly diversified economy.

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MiCasa Resource Center

In 1976, seven mothers and a father living in West Denver founded what would become Mi Casa Resource Center®. They did not have a name for it just then, but they had a clear vision of its purpose as a place for women who wanted more for themselves and their families. They sought a safe and supportive environment where women could complete their education and acquire new employment skills while their children received help and encouragement in school. At its inception in the late 1970s, Mi Casa began offering job-training programs for women to help them break into higher-paying jobs traditionally filled by men. Recognizing self-employment as another viable route to economic stability, Mi Casa expanded in the mid-1980s to include bilingual business development services to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of low-income, female, and minority business owners. In the late-1990s, Mi Casa responded to the need for enrichment programs during out-of-school time by offering a school-based neighborhood center and other academic and enrichment programs for middle and high school youth. As Mi Casa grew and developed, we recognized the need for programs to advance economic self-sufficiency for the entire family. In 2016, our mission evolved to reflect an expanded target population: advance the economic success of families with limited opportunities, as an organization grounded in our Latino heritage. In July 2017, Mi Casa moved its headquarters to Denver’s Westwood neighborhood. In recognition of a lead gift to our capital campaign from the Salazar Family Foundation, Mi Casa’s headquarters were named “Salazar Center for Family Prosperity.” The move to Southwest Denver, along with the state-of-the-art technology and training rooms at the Salazar Center for Family Prosperity, allows us to better serve the community and more efficiently work toward our mission of educating, supporting, and training youth and adults on their path to economic success.

Pitch Decks 101

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Pitch decks are simply a visual media, for quickly conveying a business concept and model, to an audience of people who may or may not know what you do. It should answer: - The Problem - The Solution - Your Go-To-Market Strategy - Your Competition - Why your Team is capable of running this company - And your Ask A good pitch deck should leave your audience asking the right questions, and paint a picture for why and how they would get involved. That's Pitch Decks 101

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1-Millions Cups - Denver

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 160 communities. As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we're here to fulfill that mission.

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Bunker Labs - Denver

Your local hub of Veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs and small business owners. OUR VISION A future where military service is a leading pathway to successful business ownership and entrepreneurship. OUR MISSION Bunker Labs provides community, programs, and courses to help military veterans and military spouses start and grow successful businesses and startups. OUR CORE VALUES We love building a strong, inclusive entrepreneurial community and the people we are building it with. We get it done – with great results, extreme ownership, and a can-do attitude. We work smart – we are solutions-oriented, simplifying the complex and pursuing clear outcomes. We are fearlessly authentic – self-aware and acknowledging what we don’t know. We are magnanimous – assuming good intent and taking the high road in all interactions.

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PSP Compass Solutions

We are your marketing experts and consultants! People | Service | Profit Put people first: that's you - our clients! Provide amazing services: we handle the details so you can focus on the big-picture. Profit will follow: implement the strategies and tactics our experts will teach you, and your business will grow. PSP Compass Solutions stands out because we create and implement digital marketing strategies for you AND with you. The more complex digital marketing seems to get, the less effective it would be to provide your business with content and copy, wish you luck, and send you on your way. In order to achieve continuous success with your growing business it's critical to understand and keep up with the trends in digital marketing. That's why we're here: we ensure you stay in-the-know when it comes to the changes, tweaks, and new tactics you will need to implement to remain relevant and engaging in your industry.

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Fi Ed 101

We like to say we're the financial literacy class you should've been offered in school. We provide quality education on financial topics for those who want it. We do this by hosting workshops that we broadcast across the United States, videos on topics you may be interested in, and by being available for personal consultations to answer any questions on financial services and your situation. If you're in the Denver Metro area join us in person at one of our workshops or join us virtually from around the country as we dive into the sometimes complex financial world and work together towards a brighter financial future!

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Rockies Venture Club

At RVC we believe that the best investments get done when investors and entrepreneurs have a strong understanding of how angel investing and venture capital. We have developed a curriculum of 16 separate classes that are packed with information that is relevant to investors and entrepreneurs no matter what their experience level is. The classes are offered individually and through the RVC Class Cluster series where 2-3 workshops are offered back-to-back in one sitting. Each quarter, RVC offers the entirety of its curriculum so new members can dive right in! RVC is one of the most active Angel groups in the country! RVC funds 25-30 companies annually. The club runs a professional due diligence team that produces reports that are best in breed and allow RVC to syndicate with other Angel Groups across the U.S. Additionally, RVC hosts multiple investor forums across the front range, effectively pooling together a greater amount of wisdom and capital in Colorado.

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Latina Professionals

Women need to band together and achieving gender equality requires teamwork and allies. This year was a big year for women around the world. But women have not been alone in their battle towards progress, many men have joined forces with women and supported their movement. We are putting a spotlight on our founder, who not only has a big heart for giving back, he has been a loud voice and advocate for women’s advancement and gender diversity in boardrooms movement which proves that men can be allies too.

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Girl's Inc of Metro Denver

The mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. The vision of GIMD is a world in which every girl values her whole self, discovers her inner strengths, and achieves her goals. Girls Inc. Metro Denver’s comprehensive approach to whole-girl development reflects the following: Girls today face real and profound challenges to their well-being and success, including sexual harassment and violence, inequitable access to education, teen pregnancy, and limiting stereotypes and messages. Girls living in poverty are at increased risk of chronic health and psychological disorders, higher rates of violence and crime, lower rates of high school completion, and limited access to economic and social capital necessary to thrive. Girls-only spaces are designed with the unique needs of girls in mind, provide girls physical and emotional safety, increase girls’ self-esteem and positive decision making, create social support networks, and allow girls to discover their strengths and their voices. Girls Inc. of Metro Denver is proud to announce our three year strategic plan. Our Bold Goal is to be the leader in delivering high-impact programs to girls and advocating for girls’ rights in Colorado. As GIMD invests in organizational and programmatic growth, the organization will continue to partner with girls to remove barriers that limit their innate power and advance gender equity in the world around them.

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Mental Health Colorado

Mental Health Colorado advocates for every Coloradan who experiences a mental health or substance use condition each year. We engage policymakers, providers, the public, and the press to promote mental well-being, ensure equitable access to mental health and substance use care, and end discrimination. Our efforts range from the Capitol to the classroom.

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The Delores Project

OUR MISSION The Delores Project provides safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. We also work to end homelessness by advocating for housing solutions. OUR VISION All individuals have the community of support and housing stability they need to reach their potential. OUR VALUES Our model of service is one of respect, hospitality and dignity for each guest. We support those we serve without judgement. We believe in the potential of each individual and their right to self-determination. We are good stewards of our financial and human resources. We value the diversity of our guests, staff, board, and volunteers, and we are a model of inclusiveness. We believe the community is strengthened when it cares for those with the fewest resources.

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Project Helping

Do Good. Feel Good. Volunteering improves your mental wellness. We make it ridiculously easy to volunteer so you can access this meaningful self-care tool. About Us Our mission is to improve mental wellness through accessible experiences that create purpose and connection.

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The Initiative Colorado

Who We Are Founded in 1984, The Initiative (previously known as the Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities or DVI) is the only organization in Colorado that focuses our services on the intersection of cross-disability issues and abuse. “Cross-disability” means that we serve people with all kinds of disabilities, including physical, sensory, cognitive, developmental, mental-health, and health-related. Through our advocacy and outreach programs, The Initiative strives to create an abuse-free culture for all. Mission Advocacy for persons with disabilities who have experienced abuse Vision Creating an abuse-free culture for all Values Safety, Accommodation, Compassion, Inclusivity, Freedom

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gener8tor

We are a nationally-ranked venture capital firm and accelerator that brings together startup founders, investors, corporations, job seekers, universities, musicians and artists. The gener8tor platform includes more than 75 programs spanning startup accelerators, corporate programming, speaker series, conferences, skills accelerators and fellowships. gener8tor believes that everyone deserves opportunities, regardless of race, place or gender. And that is what we consider our mission.

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Align2Compete

We create familiarity for your business with total strangers. If your business ranks low in familiarity, then you can only start where you are. We will drive hundreds of new visitors to your website which positions you to convert them into new revenue customers. We raise awareness, which builds trust and puts your business on prospect’s short-lists. Experience counts. We are experienced marketers that have worked on thousands of campaigns in our careers for big companies. Therefore, we like smaller, emerging businesses as they benefit most from our advice and are hungry for shrewd marketing counsel. You hire trained professionals to save you time, avoid costly errors and give you an edge. We do not push product, that is what amateurs do to make quota and satisfy stockholder demands. We are tactic, media, and solution agnostic. We focus on the parts that make your business run like revenue, transactions, leads, registrations, and conversions.

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Meyer Law

Business Lawyers That Make It Happen Meyer Law is an award-winning, woman-owned law firm helping thousands of companies, of all types and sizes, across the United States with corporate, contracts, employment, intellectual property, fundraising, privacy and data protection matters. Set up a consultation today and experience the #LoveYourLawyer difference! We look forward to hearing from you!

what's involved?

Getting started is simple. All we need is your logo and website URL in order to start pointing businesses and entrepreneurs directly to you. There are no fees or major hurdles to getting your logo posted to the website and begin redirecting people to you.

Simply fill out the form to provide us with:

  • Your logo

  • Website URL

  • Permission to publish your logo on our website

ecosystem canvas by Founder Institute

Founder Institute has created an open-source document, with the goal of creating the most comprehensive resource for entrepreneurs in the state. This is designed so that the startup community can make additions and edits as the ecosystem evolves.

*To edit the ecosystem canvas, please read the overview and follow all instructions before adding to the ecosystem canvas. Suggestions provide improvements to the Google Document. The suggestions will be reviewed and accepted by the team at Founder Institute.