Forbes highlights region's entrepreneurial activity, investor groups

The more than 160 startups and seven investor groups spanning from Boulder to Denver to Colorado Springs caught the eye of Forbes magazine, which has warned Silicon Valley that when it comes to startups, Colorado is the state to watch. 


For many, Colorado evokes images of wildlife, mountains, skiing and other (recently legalized) recreational activities.

But did you know that Colorado, and particularly theDenver-Boulder area, is also a hub of innovation and entrepreneurial activity?

According to Startup Colorado, a regional consortium of entrepreneurs who share a vision of expanding entrepreneurship along the “Front Range” of cities stretching from Fort Collins toColorado Springs, Boulder alone boasts no less than 166 startups and 7 investor groups. Some are established and very well-known – Coors Brewing Company and Celestial Seasonings – while others are on the rise now: Camp Bow WowLevel 3 CommunicationsSpyder (ski apparel) andRudi’s Organic Bakery.

California’s Silicon Valley has long been the premier hot spot for start-ups, but here are some reasons why Colorado just might be next in line:

At the state level, Colorado has adopted a number of innovative strategies in its successful efforts to attract high caliber people and companies. 

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Ivy Hughes is a Colorado native and coffee shop junkie. Contact her here.
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