Launched with its inaugural class a year ago, the Denver ScaleUp Network provides a unique peer-group approach that helps proven but fledgling firms catapult to their next growth stage – providing an intensive, six-month curriculum with customized training, mentoring and introductions.
With 300 days of sunshine and the outdoors beckoning, that's a business concept we can all get behind.
Making things here makes good economic sense, and a large and diverse cadre of companies in the state is riding a wave of demand for all things local.
Bennett isn't firing up the forge quite as much as he once did, with modern design all the rage in Telluride, but he's still making a wide range of staircases, doors, railings and light fixtures for the local construction industry.
After starting at Lucky's and Alfalfa's in Boulder, Millet Tots landed at Whole Foods in their first year on the market, followed by King Soopers in 2017.
Expanding to Colorado was a no-brainer for Lair. "You've got a lot of good businesses trying to make a difference," he says. "We work together and cooperate."
Mickey Mussett's one-man shop in his Denver garage is like a museum of the tools of the trade.
With two key kinds of machines – winders and ball-enders – the business employs about 10 people.
TRS Prosthetics company makes small runs of ultra-specialized products - it might sell only a dozen of a given prehensile model in a year - and keeps an inventory of dozens of different products.
Hitchcock Inc. now has about 50 employees at its main facility in Burlington and another dozen at its location in Goodland, Kansas.
After starting with a Spanish-style cider in a bottle, Big B's pivoted to four more accessible canned and carbonated ciders under the direction of Shawn Larson, as well as small-batch bottled ciders with a more experimental bent.
The company has grown from about 10 to 45 employees in the last two years.