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.
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
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.
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.
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