Springs Startup, launched last November to surround the growing tech entrepreneurial movement in Colorado Springs, is taking another step forward by announcing today that it is changing its name and branding to Startup Colorado Springs and formally becoming part of the Startup America Partnership. Startup America (www.s.co), chaired by former AOL CEO Steve Case, has grown from activity in four states in late 2011 to entrepreneurially-led participation in over 40 states, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Startup Colorado Springs will operate as a non-profit entity.
“Since our inception, our goal of supporting entrepreneurs as a group of entrepreneurs ourselves has never changed,” noted Jan Horsfall, co-chairman of Startup Colorado Springs and a co-founder of Startup Colorado® – the statewide initiative tied back in with Startup America. “We saw what was being accomplished at the hub – Startup America – and we saw what was happening at the state level with Startup Colorado, and it just made infinite sense to pull this hub-and-spoke thinking all the way down through our growing entrepreneurial scene in Colorado Springs. We have more air cover for our startup community than ever before and Startup Colorado Springs simply supports it wherever we see it.”
Nick Lee, who along with Ian Lee, John Stewart, Chris Franz, and Horsfall, co-founded Startup Colorado Springs, agreed. “Each stage of Startup America provides different assets to entrepreneurs depending on the new company’s needs. Startup America is all about providing the platform for us to understand how we can organically create more entrepreneurial assistance through shared learning and programs. Startup Colorado is all about identifying the resources up and down the Front Range that entrepreneurs can utilize within a state setting. To us, Startup Colorado Springs is about providing the local, personal connectivity and assistance – through entrepreneurs and not through government programs – to our startup community.”
“It’s really a group of mentoring entrepreneurs who want to make our community better by helping each other out,” noted Horsfall, “and by helping the other groups in town who are supporting entrepreneurship by assisting them in communicating their offerings.”
Startup Colorado Springs will host a summer party gathering at The Warehouse Restaurant (29 West Cimarron Street) next Tuesday, June 26th from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM to unveil the new look and communicate what’s ahead for entrepreneurs this summer.
“We have so much energy right now from the entrepreneurs and we want to build on that,” noted Ian Lee. “Pikes Peak National Bank and Epicentral – both amazing supporters of our entrepreneurial cause are helping us sponsor the event and we’ll have some great giveaways from Allegra, Devium, and Epicentral at the launch event next week as well, so we have some great support already.”
About Startup Colorado Springs™
Founded in November 2011 by Jan Horsfall, Nick Lee, Ian Lee, Chris Franz, and John Stewart, Startup Colorado Springs exists for the express purpose of supporting local entrepreneurs in a non-political/non-government setting. As an offshoot of Startup America® and Startup Colorado™, Startup Colorado Springs has three goals: