Denver's new entrepreneurial hub, The Commons on Champa, opens doors

To capitalize on the popularity and support the community of startups in the city, Denver has launched The Commons on Champa, a new, collaborative workspace that's being billed as a public campus for entrepreneurship.

The Commons is located at 1245 Champa St. next to the Denver Performing Arts Center making it easy access downtown from the Light Rail and other forms of transportation. The Commons was created through a partnership between the Downtown Denver Partnership, City and County of Denver, Colorado Technology Association and several businesses.

The 20,000-square-foot facility is designed to meet the needs of today's startups, with a focus on technology. It's also designed as a center for entrepreneurship education. As such, it will offer entrepreneurs at all stages of developing a business, resources. This includes mentoring help, meetups, panel discussions, leadership spotlights, award initiatives, workshops and industry-specific labs.

"The Commons on Champa is about turning our entrepreneurs' ideas into successful startups and small businesses and setting them on a solid path to grow right here in Denver," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "Denver's ideas economy is booming. This public-private venture is now here to help our innovative community realize their dreams and boldly move to create jobs and opportunity in our city."

Echoed Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership: "This first-of-its-kind 'public campus' for entrepreneurs will facilitate connections, encourage collaboration and support the transformative ideas that will propel our city and economy forward."

The facility is hosting a grand opening Wed. May 13, with events throughout the day. People can register for the events, which will include a ribbon-cutting, a town-hall discussion with entrepreneurial leaders and a celebration with local foods. To learn more and register for the event, click here.

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