four CO organizations at the forefront of global entrepreneurship

Colorado Innovation Network April 5, 2017

In case you missed it earlier this month, Startup Genome, in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network, released The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2017, which looks at how regions foster and sustain vibrant startup ecosystems. The top five regions in this year’s ranking were 1) Silicon Valley, 2) New York City, 3) London, 4) Beijing and 5) Boston. Participating cities were analyzed based on eight factors driving startup success: funding, market reach, global connectedness, technical talent, startup experience, resource attraction, corporate involvement, founder ambition and strategy. Arguably, we have a rich makeup of these factors right here in Colorado, as evidenced by the global collaboration happening every day within our ecosystem.

As an example in March, the University of Denver’s Project X-ite, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, will hold a weekend bootcamp to support 17 global entrepreneurs from 11 countries innovating solutions to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Given our deep innovation resources, Colorado is the perfect place to accelerate these global ventures towards further success.

Colorado is home to many organizations at the forefront of global entrepreneurship – check out these four that are leading the way.

Global Accelerator Network

The Global Accelerator Network (GAN) is a network of the most respected accelerators around the world – spanning six continents, 100+ cities and 70 accelerators. Launched in 2010 by TechStars co-founders Brad Feld and David Cohen, GAN aligns top accelerators and creates standardized models for their success.

Biennial of the Americas

The Biennial of the Americas is a week-long festival of ideas, arts and culture taking place in Denver every two years. The event attracts elected officials, business, NGO and cultural leaders focused on the Western hemisphere, along with innovators, artists, students and thinkers and doers from across the nation. The fourth Biennial will be September 12-16, 2017, and will kick off with a preview party on May 19th.

Posner Center

The Posner Center for International Development is a global community, bringing together more than 60 development-oriented businesses and organizations in a 25,000 square-foot shared space in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood. The Posner Center spurs innovation by enabling groups to cross-pollinate through the exchange of ideas, the overlap of programming and the generation of comprehensive and lasting solutions to global poverty. Global tenants include the Global Health Foundation, Engineers Without Borders, iDE and the Global Accelerator Network.
World Trade Center Global Campus

The World Trade Center Denver has been a fixture in the community since 1987, facilitating international trade by educating and connecting business in the Rocky Mountain region to global partners via its network of 330 World Trade Centers in 100 countries. In 2019, the Center will be opening its new global campus located in RiNo with expanded offerings to include shared workspace, an activator for entrepreneurs and a help desk to offer onsite resources for serving and advocating for CO’s international business community.