Resources for Entrepreneurs

Nearly 80% of all new job creation in the United States is produced by new ventures and emerging growth businesses; therefore, the organizations supporting the creation and growth of new business are critically important to regional and national economic recovery.

In Colorado there are many university based resources that support entrepreneurial start-up endeavors including: academic entrepreneurship centers, offices of technology transfer, business incubators, university run venture capital funds, business plan competitions, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), law school clinics, and entrepreneur- or venture capitalist-in-residence programs. Furthermore, there are numerous  community based programs that have similar offerings to those found in more traditional academic environments. Back in the Fall of 2010, I wrote up a summary of the competitive landscape for Entrepreneurship in Colorado (Download 41 page PDF) with an emphasis on:

  • For-Credit Courses, degrees and certificates in entrepreneurial studies
  • Business Incubators
  • Venture Capital Funds
  • Business Plan Competitions
  • Non-Credit Courses Continuing Education Courses

It seems like every day, there are new resources for Entrepreneurs, in Colorado and around the world.

Here in Denver, Colorado both Galvanize and TechStars (now international, but originating in Boulder, CO) continue to get significant press and accolades. If you are considering an incubator or accelerator – read this magnificent cautionary tale first (A horrifying accelerator story that you’ll need to read twice) and then check the metrics of the accelerator you are considering here (not surprisingly some of these are already dead…choose wisely).

Please contact me if I’m missing a critical resource (or if a resource becomes obsolete). What else do you need to help you succeed?

 

Last updated September 23, 2013