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.
Meet Our Lead Partners
Strategic Manager, The Commons on Champa, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Downtown Denver Partnership
Jacqui oversees the general management, programs, partnerships and funding of The Commons and leads its role in helping to foster Denver’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. In the past, she was a first or early-stage employee in multiple startups with audacious goals like changing the way America eats meat, catalyzing impact investments, educating a cybersecurity workforce, and reinventing entrepreneurial networks. Her origins are in family-owned small business. She holds an MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Community Manager, The Commons on Champa. Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Downtown Denver Partnership
Kalen serves as the first point of contact for The Commons entrepreneurs and stakeholders. She supports access to The Commons’ primary assets, including physical space, community, and entrepreneurial programs. Her previous experience includes three years at 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 fluent Spanish-speaker.
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.
Council & Committees
Includes Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Tenants, Community Leaders, Volunteers, Staff.
Supports Women on the Rise, an initiative of The Commons on Champa, to inspire and empower entrepreneurial women to launch and scale businesses.
Volunteers interested in supporting the work of the Women’s Council, please complete this interest form
Kate Barton, VP of Executive Office & Special Projects, Downtown Denver Partnership
Beth Gruitch, Owner, Crafted Concepts
Kathy Holmes, President, Holmes Consulting Group
Patsy Landaveri, VP Community Affairs, Noble Energy
Traci Lounsbury, Principal & Owner, Workplace ELEMENTS
Dana Mack, Vice President, Olsson
Dianna Martinez, Vice President, Small Business Performance Consultant BOK Financial
Brooke Smith, Consultant, Brelis Consulting
Kelly Stevens, Executive Director, Colorado Technology Foundation
Debbi Warden, CPA, RubinBrown
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