Fund Overview and Mission:
The Startup Colorado Community Fund is an initiative launched by Startup Colorado. The fund provides capital to community focused entrepreneurial organizations in Colorado to assist in amplifying the dialogue around entrepreneurship, innovation and high growth enterprises and enhance the development of startup communities in the State.
Grant Committee Overview:
The Grant Committee will be responsible for selecting projects that are to receive grants from the Startup Colorado Community Fund. The Committee is composed of representatives from all across the Front Range. Meetings will be held on a bi-monthly basis throughout the year and will be done either over the phone or in person, depending on scheduling availability. At each meeting, Committee members will select and vote on the projects they think will best help to advance the mission of the Fund and the startup community in Colorado.
Grant Selection Criteria:
Proposals will be sourced from the startup community members across the State of Colorado. Grant proposals will be sourced through an online platform and come on a standard form that will lay out the details of the program/event/organization, the amount of money sought, how the program supports the startup ecosystem in the Front Range, and details on those who are seeking the grant. Funds are for Colorado organizations and programs only.
Programs Submitted Should be Focused On:
• Focuses on driving entrepreneurship and innovation;
• Puts entrepreneurs first;
• Must be inclusive;
• Engages the entire entrepreneurial stack;
• Must be Colorado-centric; and
• Must have the intent of becoming sustainable.
The Startup Colorado Community Fund has partnered with the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado
(EFCO) and EFCO companies can contribute thier proceeds to the Startup Colorado Communinty Fund to further build startup activity in our cities.