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.


Meet Our Lead Partners

Ryan Heckman

Erik Mitisek

Brad Feld


Jacqui Dietrich

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.

Kalen Acquisto

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.

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.

Council & Committees

Leadership Council



The Leadership Council is dedicated to making The Commons an indispensable resource for a diverse entrepreneurship community.

Member's List

Entrepreneurs and stakeholders who believe entrepreneurship matters and that community makes a difference are invited to join.
Includes Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Tenants, Community Leaders, Volunteers, Staff.

Meeting Frequency

Second Thursday of the Month, 3:30-5:00PM

Women’s Council



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


Member's List

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



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.

Join our Startup Space Hub

A digital community sharing local insights and resources.

Upcoming Events at The Commons

We host over 300 events annually at The Commons on Champa! Join the list and be the first to .

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

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Visit The Commons

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.

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