Denver is further cementing its reputation as a capital for startups with its recently launched JumpStart Academy
. The academy is focused on second-stage growth, to help startups reach their next stages.
The new academy is aimed at training, mentoring and providing opportunities for entrepreneurs. It builds on the other startup tools and resources Denver offers including the Commons on Champa
, Denver Capital Matrix
, Denver Startup Week
and Denver Venture Capital Report
The academy's initial class includes six local founders with the potential to attract capital and create jobs. Each of the companies in the inaugural class, including HyprLoco
, Maria Empanada
, have graduated from local incubator or business accelerator programs.
The new academy was launched by the Denver Office of Economic Development
, the University of Denver's Project X-ITE
and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
. "With the powerful expertise of both the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and Project X-ITE to draw on, we're listening to these firms, and responding to their needs with a curated curriculum that positions them for their next round of funding," explains OED Executive Director Paul Washington.
During their six-month training at the academy the founders will receive customized training, mentoring and introductions to help their startups grow.
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