Boulder’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Posted by Luke on May 15, 2010
For all of the stereotypes that exist about Boulder (see “25 Miles Surrounded by Reality”), it’s a great place to locate a company. It’s commonly referred to as the mecca of both the natural products and smart grid industries. It has also quickly become a haven for tech startups.
I recently heard about an award the city won from Business Week magazine. Boulder was named the “Best Town for Startups.” Way to go Boulder. There are some groups in town that deserve recognition for making this happen.
Of those groups are a couple of progressive VCs such as Greenmont Capital Partners and The Foundry Group who are investing in building an entrepreneurial community. Clearly it’s paying off. They are doing things such as developing entrepreneurial activities at CU, hosting events to connect entrepreneurs with VCs, and creating programs such as TechStars and Startup Weekend. The Foundry Group was recently featured on the cover of the business section of the New York Times for their work in developing Boulder into a startup hub.
Another group that has played an instrumental role in developing the entrepreneurial community here is the Boulder Innovation Center. They do a lot of work with tech transfer startups from CU. To all of these groups and the numerous others who have built Boulder’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, thank you. It’s incredible to be a part of and to live in a community like this. I can’t imagine Eco-Products being located anywhere else.
I’ll close this post with a few other awards Boulder has won which speaks to what a great place it is to work and live. You can tell I like it here.
- #2 Healthiest Town in the U.S. by Men’s Health (2010)
- #1 Strongest U.S. Housing Market by Business Week (2009)
- #1 City to Raise an Outdoor Kid by Backpacker Magazine (2009)
- #1 Town to Live Well by Forbes (2009)
- #1 Most Educated City in America by Forbes (2008)
- #5 Best Green Places to Live by Country Home Magazine (2008)