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Tech Hub: Denver

Colorado, and especially the Denver area, is a region that attracts the active, creative and intelligent.

According to the Colorado Startup Report by Built In Colorado, more than 95 companies raised over $683 million in funding in 2015. That number is down from the $758 million in funding done in 2014, but overall funding is still up since 2013's $461 million.

Tech companies in the Denver area play a big part in driving success for Colorado startups and entrepreneurs. People attracted to this area tend to be independent and adventurous, the same spirit that great entrepreneurs have. The people, the money, the programs and the area make Denver a great tech hub for startups.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade offers funding, grants and incentives to early stage startups that have created viable products that meet a market need and that can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally. Its Advanced Industries Accelerator Program promotes growth and sustainability by helping drive innovation, accelerate commercialization, encourage public-private partnerships, increase access to early stage capital and create a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness.

The University of Colorado Denver’s Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship serves as a "new idea laboratory that educates and empowers graduates to act entrepreneurially." The Center offers AACSB accredited courses for degree and non-degree students, panel discussions, networking opportunities, clubs, organizations, business engagements and a business plan competition. Similarly, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Deming Center for Entrepreneurship "prepares graduates to embrace key global challenges by equipping them to think like entrepreneurs, act as social innovators and deliver as successful business leaders."

Galvanize is located in downtown Denver and is "focused on coalescing communities of early stage technology companies through the three pillars of community, curriculum and capital." Galvanize is a startup itself and encourages growth in the tech industry merging a co-working space with high-tech courses, seed stage venture capital funds and connecting the tech community together, allowing entrepreneurs and veterans to learn from each other.

Justin Siraj, Coordinator, Publications, Consumer Technology Association