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Growing Economy is Common Theme for Commons on Champa

(Dec. 13, 2016) 9NEWS KUSA - For this week's Tech Tuesday, Gary Shapiro sat down with 9NEWS Technology Expert Scott Yates to talk about a hub that's at the center of helping to build Denver's reputation for growing our economy by nurturing new technology companies. ...Read More

The Commons on Champa Receives $400,000 Grant to Further Programming to Support Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

DENVER (December 1, 2016) – The Commons on Champa (The Commons), a public campus for entrepreneurship in Downtown Denver, received today a $400,000 Inclusion Challenge grant from the Kauffman Foundation to help female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color achieve higher rates of success. The Commons is one of 12 nonprofit organizations selected from 376 applicants across the country to receive grant funds and support from the Kauffman Foundation.

The Downtown Denver Partnership (Partnership) envisioned and manages operations at The Commons, which was jointly founded in May 2015 by the Partnership, Colorado Technology Association and the City and County of Denver to bring high quality programming, advanced technology, networking and other resources at low-to-no-cost for all entrepreneurs. ...Read More

Kauffman Foundation Awards $4.3 Million in Grants to Organizations that Support Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

While startup activity in the United States is slowly rising, women and minorities consistently have lower rates of entrepreneurship. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announces grants to a dozen nonprofit entrepreneur support organizations to help remedy that. The Inclusion Challenge grant program will award funds to the selected organizations to help female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color achieve higher rates of success. ...Read More

These 5 Tech Leaders Are Working to Connect Communities

A costume dance party at Denver’s Fort Greene Bar brought to an end one of the best weeks of the year: Denver Startup Week.

For five days, from sunup to sundown, entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders came together to spur one another on toward better Denver businesses. 200 free events – ranging from seminars to panels to networking meetups – cover everything from smart device technology to company culture.

But enough about the whole thing, you can find out more about all it has to offer here. I want to talk about a particular session that went beyond profit margins to spread innovative ideas bringing solutions to a pressing issue at the forefront of America’s economic future.

Get Linked Panel Sets the Stage for 21st Century Jobs and Education ...Read More

Innovator’s Peak | Innosphere and the Commons on Champa: Uniting to Grow Denver’s Economy

The Innosphere incubator group and the Commons on Champa campus are leading the charge to help Denver startups grow and Colorado communities flourish. The Commons on Champa is celebrating its one-year anniversary as the primary campus where startups can receive resources to help their companies succeed. Innosphere is a pivotal organization on the Commons campus, and the first year of the partnership was highly successful. Innosphere has helped many entrepreneurs grow their businesses, introduce their innovative products into the market, and expand to create jobs and stimulate the Denver economy. ...Read More

9News | Using an app to find a babysitter

The Commons on Champa is celebrating its first year in business. The city-owned space is leased by the Downtown Denver Partnership, and over the past year, it has become a resource for entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

The site hosted 240 events in the past year and many included visits from speakers who can help startups find the resources they need to be successful. A satellite office of the Denver Office of Economic Development is there every day. ...Read More

9News | Making white boards more creative

McSquares recently represented Denver in the regional finals of the 1776 Challenge Cup. The McSquare white board system was developed to pull focus from the facilitator and encourage everyone to join in on the creative process and allow for sorting and sharing. Their mission is driven by helping creativity and effective collaboration as the key that unlocks creativity and innovation.

Their project is just one example of the many success stories from The Commons on Champa. The Commons on Champa is Denver’s public campus for entrepreneurship – a gathering place for the city’s diverse community of business builders and innovators to learn and share ideas. ...Read More

Denver Post | Denver startup space The Commons starts 2nd year after 240 (mostly free) events

Year Two for The Commons on Champa began with breakfast Wednesday, with food still available if you arrived well after the, ahem, 7:30 a.m. start time.

The city-owned space leased by the Downtown Denver Partnership launched last year and has become a resource for entrepreneurs and non-profits of all sorts — from food to technology. There's not only free Wi-Fi and coffee, an open-work area is available to any users who drop-in between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday though Friday. ...Read More

Innovators Peak | The Commons on Champa One Year Later

It’s been one year since The Commons on Champa opened its doors, venturing to become Denver’s “public campus for entrepreneurship.” A venue filled with workspace, conference rooms, event space and offices for rent, you never know what you’ll find when you enter the doors at 13th and Champa.

Is there a panel of entrepreneurs giving a lunch hour talk? A workshop on how to pitch your business idea? A job fair filled with Denver-based organizations? The sky’s the limit! ...Read More

1776 | Innovation That Matters 2016 Report

We are at the dawn of an extraordinary technological revolution and it is transforming every part of the U.S. economy. Innovation That Matters examines and ranks 25 cities’ readiness to capitalize on the inevitable shift to a digital economy. Denver, Austin, and Raleigh-Durham rank towards the top for a number of innovation metrics. ...Read More

5280 Magazine | 6 Coworking Campuses in Denver

Connect, build, and grow your business at one of these communal working spaces. As a nationally recognized "best place to live" and a mecca for millennials entering the workforce, Colorado’s startup scene has received recognition over the past decade and continues to grow, one entrepreneurial venture at a time. But starting a business in Colorado takes more than ideas and investors. It also takes community. Denver, complete with numerous coworking campuses and endless networking opportunities, gives startups a chance to thrive. Here are a few of the collaborative spaces, networks, and resources for Colorado’s budding business owners. ...Read More

5280 Magazine | From the Pros: 4 Tips for Denver’s Budding Female Entrepreneurs

Two local businesswomen share their advice for women who want to start up in Denver. Overall, the Denver metro area is a great place for business (so says Forbes, yet again), and for women, there are few other U.S. cities that make starting one such an accessible dream. But what, exactly, makes women here so successful? Both women cited casual networking and local business associations as productive, noncompetitive spaces to share ideas, but they expressed even more appreciation for incubators and co-working spaces. Local versions of these include the Commons on Champa in Denver (where Smith and Warden participated in a February panel targeted to women entrepreneurs) and Spark Boulder. These organizations offer exposure and can also create temporary legitimacy before a company reaches brick-and-mortar permanence. ...Read More

The Denver startup community is nearing a tipping point

If you were looking for a convenient, if over-simplified, symbol of Denver, you could do worse than its Union Station. Its age might surprise you — first built in 1880 — and yet inside it’s newer and changing more than you might expect. You can say the same about Denver’s startup community, a network of technologists, entrepreneurs and the people who serve them in a bid to bolster the Mile High City’s future.

“For 200 years, people have been coming here to carve their way,” said Chuck Sullivan, a Denver native and founder of Something Independent, a digital media and events group focused on the Colorado entrepreneurship community.

He was one of 40 Denver leaders brought together last Wednesday by Technical.ly and Comcast NBCUniversal to hear and discuss what was distinct about the city’s startup climate of today. The stakeholder luncheon was followed in the evening by the next stop on the Tomorrow Tour, a multi-city event series we’re organizing to explore how emerging entrepreneurship communities are similar and different. More than 100 came out to the evening evening at the Commons on Champa, an incubator space backed by a public-private partnership focused on downtown Denver’s development.
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Confluence Denver | Special Report: Creating a Prosperous City

With over 70,000 residents and an economy that employs more than 120,000, downtown Denver is the economic hub for its greater metropolitan area, as well as the Rocky Mountain region -- and business and city leaders intend to keep it that way...

Hence, the Downtown Denver Partnership -- with the support of many public and private sector partners -- instituted two unique offerings: The Commons on Champa and Denver Startup Week. The former was established to provide resources to startups, early-stage companies and those preparing to move to the next phase of growth. According to Door, "The Commons on Champa is a place where business owners can get information, receive education and be connected to the entrepreneurial community." ...Read More

WeWork | Why Are Millennials Flocking to Denver?

Millennials are flocking to Denver in such large numbers that they have officially outpaced the baby boomers in the city’s workforce—and the city’s robust startup scene has a lot to do with it. Last year there were about 176,458 millennials living in Denver, compared to about 99,095 baby boomers, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

One reason why so many young entrepreneurs are headed to Denver is the opportunity to find colleagues, secure funding, and build networking opportunities through Denver Startup Week, the largest free startup conference in the nation. Another big draw is The Commons on Champa, a public campus for entrepreneurship that attracts new founders to its free workshops. ...Read More