A 5-Part Series Celebrating Colorado Entrepreneurship
Historically, Colorado has been a breeding ground for risk takers and rugged individualism. Reminiscent of the pioneering gold rush era, our state is experiencing a tech boom that is changing the entrepreneurial game for Colorado and the world.
STREET LEVEL – Colorado Public Television’s locally-focused magazine series – takes an in-depth look at Colorado’s thriving startup scene in its new 5-part season, STREET LEVEL STARTUPS.
Episode 1: The New Gold Rush
Hosted by Katie O’Block, the season kicks off with an overview of Colorado’s thriving startup scene. Produced by Richard Taylor, the episode includes three segments:
A Brief History of How Colorado Became a Startup Mecca
Denver is among the nation’s top cities for business growth and career development Recently, the city added about 39,000 jobs with an employment growth of 1.2 percent higher than the national average. Producer Richard Taylor sits down with several pioneers to discuss the history of startups in Colorado and explore why the mile high state is attracting so many exciting ventures.
Keys to Investment
Learn pro tips from Brad Bernthal (Professor of Law University of Colorado) on how to begin and invest in your own startup.
Denver / Boulder Partnership
Find out why the Boulder Denver relationship so important for startups to thrive.
Episode 2: When an Idea Strikes – Stories of Inspiration
Hosted by Katie O’Block, this episode introduces three innovative Colorado startups that are using technology to enhance lives across the world – from early breast cancer detection, to building community through adventure, to changing the way medicine is being distributed to countries in need. Produced by Emily Swank of Fanny Pack Films, the episode includes the following three segments:
Norma is a mobile app and Internet of Things (IoT) device duo that empowers women to take charge of their breast health and “know their normal.” The idea was born out of Techstars Startup Weekend Women in Denver, where co-founders Lauryn, Rachel and Sienna met for the first time and discovered that there was need in the femtech sphere for an effective and modern tool to track breast health.
Bold Betties is a female-owned and -led startup focused on changing the face of adventure by facilitating outdoors tours for women by women. The Bold Betties have chapters in 40 US cities and are using technology to encourage like-minded women to step away from their computers and into the outdoors and take risks together. They are working to create a worldwide community of adventuresses by eliminating the intimidation factor of outdoor adventure historically dominated by men.
The mission of Parsyl is to improve lives and save money by providing a better way to insure the integrity of sensitive goods as they are shipped globally. Parsyl has partnered with Gavi (The Vaccine Alliance) in order to track and monitor the shipping conditions of life saving vaccinations, which ultimately affect the potency of the vaccines, to the last mile in rural Uganda and Senegal. To do this they they have developed a sensing device, mobile app, and web-based insights to better understand the challenges of these global supply chains.
Profile:Ben Hubbard, Rebecca Kinney, Alex Haar, Souleymane Sawadago
Episode 3: Three Phases of a Startup
What is actually involved in launching a startup? Hosted by Katie O’Block, this episode takes a look at the keys to starting a successful business. Producer Gary Stebbins from Ruby Hill Broadcast and Video breaks down the process in the following three segments:
Discover the keys to starting a successful business. Hear the inspiration that helped spur Denver based Guild Education and Colorado Springs based FoodMaven to go from just an idea to successful startups on the verge of national success.
CEO’s Rachel Carlson of Guild Education and Patrick Bultema of FoodMaven shed light on how to grow a business, and give examples from their own experiences in the startup world.
Through the lens of Boulder’s own LogRhythm, learn about the different types of liquidity events that a startup may encounter.
Profile: Andy Grolnick
Contacts: Tyne Darke
Episode 4: Mentorship & Integration
Hosted by Katie O’Block, this episode showcases examples of how the startup community helps elevate and support one another through integration and mentorship. Veteran producer Tamara Banks takes a look in the following three segments:
Producer Tamara Banks catches up with Sphero – the team behind a heartwarming success story. This consumer robotics and toy company based in Boulder helped create an iconic character that was originally designed to help kids learn to code.
Black women entrepreneurs are the fastest growing but lowest earning group of entrepreneurs in the country. In this segment, we talk to Sistahpreneurs, a nonprofit business accelerator providing affordable options for coaching, training and services to help Black women grow, succeed and play big in business.
For many of us, writing code sounds super complicated and even a bit intimidating. And to think of kids as young as six years old coding… well, surely, they must be child prodigies. But in reality, just about any child can learn to write code. Producer Tamara Banks visits BitsBox in Boulder to find out how they teach young people to code – and their secret to success.
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Profile: Adam Wilson, David Millage, Jessicca Shaffer
With such a thriving startup scene in Colorado, there are hundreds of possibilities to keep your eye on. Hosted by Katie O’Block, this episode takes a look at three such startups – from water conservation, to your own personal stylist, to saving the lives of thousands of people in need. Produced by Brandon Carter of Very Productions, the episode includes the following three segments:
An introduction to GeoSpiza – a startup helping first responders everywhere in critical life or death situations.
In the spirit of helping each other through western ingenuity, some of the most successful startups are right in our backyard.
For the fashion conscious, Spruce is using technology to give you head-to-toe styling.