These coworking facilities, incubators and accelerators make Go Code Colorado possible. Some of these partners gave us a place to drink beer, create our code and develop a pitch. Others provided access to experts and stellar insta-education. They all helped us gather courage as we prepared to compete.
Mentor Weekend Partners
CA Technologies: Mentor weekend is a much-mentioned favorite of Go Code competitors. It’s a reason to compete—a micro-accelerator in itself—and helps people not only win at Go Code Colorado, but win at entrepreneurship. CA—innovative software leader—made all of this possible, offering up offices, scrum-masters, staff, break-out rooms, beer-meisters and lots of black coffee. Perhaps most importantly, we got a supportive community in a state-of-the-art, non-stodgy space. And that kind of ambiance and energy matter. Muchas gracias.
Google: Google has supported Go Code Colorado every year, in one way or another. This year, they hosted the Go Code Colorado Mentor Weekend happy hour with a whole lot of action. There was shuffleboard. A photo-bomb-booth with props. Interactive maps imaging. Was it hard to get people to leave? Yes. Did Google mind? No.
Techstars: This world-class incubator is another hero of Go Code Colorado. Lucky for us, they happen to be based in Boulder, Colorado. Not only did they give automatic interviews to winners, and make time for us days after their own annual demo day event, but they hosted a mentor-weekend dinner. An event where startup wisdom was flowing freely. Julie Penner presented on How to Pitch—some of the same training that Techstars start-ups get—while a panel of graduates offered advice, answers and even some emotional support.
Challenge Weekend Partners
Challenge Weekend hosts are a great example of Colorado’s statewide reach for innovation and collaboration. Many thanks to these community centers that always make us feel at home.
Epicentral Coworking, in Colorado Springs, applauds risk, embraces failure and celebrates success. No wonder we’ve felt so at home there since the very beginning.
The University of Denver, encouraging entrepreneurs to honor both instincts and academics, has supported Go Code Colorado program for years, in a variety of ways. This year, Project X-ITE played host, giving us access to several academic buildings on campus. Cheers for offering a beautiful space where we could get down to hardcore data work.
Durango Space downtown coworking facility helps entrepreneurs fight isolation with creativity and support. Another host that has been welcoming Go Code Colorado from the start.
Innosphere is a science and technology start-up incubator supporting multiple industries in Fort Collins and has hosted multiple Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekends.
Factory, is a spirited new coworking space supporting the Grand Valley from Main Street in Grand Junction, and is also part of the Proximity Space network of coworking spaces across Colorado and the country.