The Commons on Champa

Making it Happen Together

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.

annual snapshot


Coloradans Start a New Business Each Month

Jobs Created by a Colorado Startup in 1st Year


New Businesses Founded by Underserved Individuals

Denver a Top “Rising City” for Startups

Entrepreneurial People Served per Year


Women, People of Color, Military Veterans or Economically Vulnerable

New Ventures Launched with Support from The Commons


Increase in Confidence Reported Among Commons Entrepreneurs


The Commons stands at the crossroads of entrepreneurship and Innovation in Denver. Whether you’re discovering your entrepreneurial spirit, starting up, or seeking scale and growth, the next step in the journey happens here. Our Community & Workspace,  Startup & Small Business Support,  Programs & Events are open to the entrepreneurial public. We are an integrated resource for entrepreneurs and a proud catalyst for economic growth in Denver.


We are people from different backgrounds and experiences who come together to Give and to Gain. Those who Give come here to share best practices and ideas. Those who Gain become empowered and inspired to help others. You can be a part of it.



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 where entrepreneurship and economic opportunity can thrive. We are a 501c3 nonprofit and your tax-deductible gift helps us provide free resources, space, programs, and community to fuel entrepreneurial ideas.

Meet Our Lead Partners

Ryan Heckman

Erik Mitisek

Brad Feld


Kalen Acquisto

Manager, The Commons on Champa, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Downtown Denver Partnership

Kalen manages The Commons as an asset of our diverse entrepreneurship community. She creates strategies to advance the mission to inspire and accelerate entrepreneurship. She manages The Commons’ primary assets, including physical space, community, and entrepreneurial programs. Her previous experience includes running a business within Garage Project, a brewery that was named the fastest growing business in New Zealand where she helped turn brewery byproducts into marketable products. Kalen was also a Program Director for El Pomar Foundation, runs a photography business, and is a Spanish-speaker.

Kate Barton

Vice President of Executive Office & Special Projects, Downtown Denver Partnership

As Vice President of Executive Office and Special Projects at the Downtown Denver Partnership, Kate oversees the management of the Executive Office including communications, public affairs and innovation and entrepreneurship. She led the development of and now oversees The Commons on Champa and Denver Startup Week. She also serves as the Executive Office liaison to board members and key stakeholders, manages the administrative functions of the President’s Office and oversees an array of organizational special projects and programs.



Accelerate your business with this nine-week Co-Starters program.

Women on the Rise

Get the resources, expertise and community to build your businesses.

Power Hours

Get the resources, expertise and community needed to build your businesses.


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Co-Working in the Innovation Lounge

Free work area. Free XFINITY Wifi. Free coffee.

Dedicated Desks

Longer-term commitment. Good deal.

Private Events & Meetings

For the innovative host.

Upcoming Events at The Commons

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Conference and community rooms available for your workshop, training or entrepreneurial event.

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1245 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80204

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The Commons on Champa is a 501(c)3 Managed & Operated by the Downtown Denver Partnership.