Fostering Downtown's Culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Downtown Denver Partnership is ensuring Downtown Denver is the best place in the country to start and grow your business.

Your business and voice are critical to strengthening Downtown Denver as the economic core of our region for years to come. By choosing Downtown Denver as the place to startup and grow, you are accessing an entrepreneurial ecosystem that operates in the currency of generosity, is supported by the entire business community, and is energized by a talented and growing workforce.

Startup Stats

5,140
People work for tech startups in the center city
772
Tech startups in the center city in the past year
8%+
Center city businesses are tech startups
$598M+
Venture capital raised in the past year
163
Startups were founded in the center city in the past year

Downtown Denver Startup Report

A thriving center city is built by a diverse ecosystem of companies working to implement bold ideas. From early-stage entrepreneurs, to rapidly scaling businesses, to our city’s most established companies, innovation of all sizes thrives in Downtown Denver.

Read the Report

Economic Programs and Initiatives

The Downtown Denver Partnership has co-founded and leads several programs and initiatives to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in our center city, including:

Denver Startup Week

The Downtown Denver Partnership co-founded Denver Startup Week (DSW) in 2012, and it is now the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in North America. Built by the community for the community, Denver Startup Week is a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in Denver, and is the largest free event of its kind. In 2020 we came together for the first virtual Denver Startup Week and celebrated a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Denver and beyond; showcasing and building a global culture of innovation. With 23,000+ YouTube views and 35 countries represented at last year’s event, #DENStartupWeek has been elevated to an international stage. Check out the session recordings on the DSW 2020 schedule below as we gear up for our 2021 event!

Visit the DSW Website

The Commons on Champa

The Downtown Denver Partnership co-founded The Commons on Champa in 2015 to provide resources, inspiration and meeting spaces for Denver’s diverse community of entrepreneurs. The Partnership leads a series of signature programs at The Commons, with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to provide personal conversations, meaningful mentorship, and business education at a low- or no-cost to grow an authentic, community-based platform to help business start and grow.

Visit the Commons Website Women on the Rise CO.STARTERS

The CO.Starters Program at The Commons on Champa

Make a difference. See how this 9-week, resource-rich, CO.Starter program at the Commons on Champa helped Sarah save lives.

The Commons on Champa. Powered by the Downtown Denver Partnership.

Innovation, Community and Mentorship. Learn more about The Commons on Champa. Do you have a great idea you want to explore? The Commons is where you want to be.

Entrepreneurial Resource Navigator

The Commons on Champa is also home to the Denver Entrepreneurial Resource Navigator to provide a regional referral network linking entrepreneurs to resource partners who provide services to help businesses grow. The navigator was produced in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and U.S. SourceLink.

Start Navigating

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