Big Dreams Made Into Realities
To find where Colorado Springs’ innovation stems from you need only look at the region’s entrepreneurs and the innumerable resources available to individuals that want to start their businesses.
Military personnel stage their “second acts” in a region teeming with veteran resources and assets. Bluestaq, an enterprise software firm that provides services to U.S. defense agencies, started within Catalyst Campus. Red Leg Brewing got its start in Colorado Springs and now takes in $1 million in annual revenue from locations in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Tech entrepreneurs also find solid footing in Colorado Springs, like Mario Ciabarra whose Quantum Metric grew to unicorn status in 2021. Similarly, Cherwell Software was acquired by award-winning cyber security solutions provider Ivanti in 2021 — a major growth opportunity for a small business that began in the region in 2004. Supporting new tech ventures is Exponential Impact, which provides resources, expertise, and mentorship for growth through a three-tiered program.
Ideas reach their summit faster in the Colorado Springs startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem with the support of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, and our incubators and accelerators including Catalyst Campus and Exponential Impact.
The Entrepreneur Community in Colorado Springs is powered by experience and innovation
As far as growing cities go, Colorado Springs continues to maintain a small-town feeling. This allows business leaders and entrepreneurs to forge strong, mutually beneficial connections. At Springs Startup, Colorado Springs entrepreneurs bring their ideas and transform them into innovation. Programs, events, mentorship, and peer groups are divided into three parts: the exploratory phase, idea stage, and early-stage companies.
In Colorado Springs, good ideas get paired with industry-tried expertise.
This makes energy-intensive efforts like starting a business a lot less difficult in the region. Resources like COS Open for Biz provide a step-by-step walkthrough for entrepreneurs to move from great idea to grand opening, while MyBizColorado offers one of the fastest and easiest ways to register and manage a business.
Local institutions like the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ College of Business also offers resources and education geared toward starting a business, including a faculty of nationally known business scholars and authors. The college’s Center for Entrepreneurship features a minor in entrepreneurship that is open to all UCCS students.