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The Commons on Champa to dive into Denver Startup Week with extended services, events

The Commons on Champa Grand Opening.

In coordination with Denver Startup Week from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, The Commons on Champa is extending its free advisory services and other resources for startups and entrepreneurs. The Commons also will host four different events in downtown Denver during the week.

The Commons on Champa, a public-private collaboration between the City of Denver, the Colorado Technology Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership, launched earlier this year to make more public resources available to the startup community. It's sort of a startup university where the community can learn and share ideas.

During Startup Week OED will offer free business and entrepreneur consultations at its extension office, OED@Commons on the second floor of the building. The consultations will be available both by appointment and on a walk-in basis. The Commons says that representatives from the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, KivaZip, the Denver Public Library and now, Innosphere will be available to offer advisory services.

Perhaps most exciting for entrepreneurs will be the 2015 JumpStart BizPlan Finals. The competition is being held on Sept. 28 helping to kick off Startup Week with a $30,000 pot for the winner. Three finalists will compete for the award. The event also will include an award offered by Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., the Teen BizPlan Award.

The Commons also will host a number of off-campus events, including the Denver Business Expo on Sept. 29 at the Wellington Webb Building atrium on 201 W. Colfax. The expo will host city agencies, local business support groups, nonprofits and banks. Based on Colorado and Denver's active lifestyle, The Commons is hosting the Building the Active Lifestyle Industry segment of Startup Week on Sept. 29 at Ink Monstr's office at 2721 W. Holden Pl. The event will feature Mike Maloney (KOTA Longboards), Will Montague (Guerilla Gravity) and others.

On Oct. 1, The Commons will host Get Engaged! Civic Involvement for Small Companies as the Wellington Web building. The event will focus on how startups can engage in community-building while building their brand locally.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Read more articles by Chris Meehan.

Chris is a Denver-based freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. He covers sustainability, social issues and other topics.
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