INITIATIVES

Colorado Thrives exists to advance Colorado as an inspiring and inclusive community known globally for innovation, collaboration, and overall well-being.

Thrives-Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator ➕


Launched in 2020, Colorado Thrives partnered to create the Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator. This three-year initiative provides startup businesses and a limited number of nonprofit organizations with tools to address the challenges of the current labor market through innovative technologies, business models and solutions. With support from Colorado Thrives, the nonprofits will receive the same programming and mentorship as the startups.

The Workforce Development Accelerator would not be possible without the support of all of the project partners:

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Endeavor Colorado ➕


Colorado Thrives endorses the work of Endeavor Colorado and is pleased to provide support for their work to bring world-class entrepreneurs to Colorado. Endeavor is known globally for their network of mentors, investors, and peers who provide strategic support as these entrepreneurs scale their businesses and engage in Colorado’s rich civic life.

Featured Endeavor Entrepreneur

Kelly Seidl

Current company: BillGO Location: Colorado Industry: Fintech
BillGO’s award-winning real-time bill management & payments platform transforms the dreaded necessity of managing & paying bills into an opportunity for financial well-being. Used by over 30 million consumers and thousands of financial institutions, Fintechs and billers, BillGO combines speed, choice and intelligence with simple integration to change the way people make and receive bill payments.

Please visit https://endeavor.org/location/colorado/ for additional entrepreneurs and information about Endeavor’s work




EforAll ➕


Colorado Thrives was pleased to participate in EforAll’s expansion into Longmont and provide ongoing support for their mission. EforAll works in local communities to scale and accelerate economic and social impact through entrepreneurship. We will continue to work with EforAll to expand into other Colorado communities that can benefit from EforAll’s accelerator, workshops and co-working resources.

Featured EforAll Entrepreneur

Nadia Ali

Current company: Idea Labs
Idea Labs is a mission-driven consulting firm advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace through training, leadership coaching, and organizational strategy. The company strives to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration in partnership with leaders in the non-profit, business, and government sectors.

For more information please visit: https://eforall.org/co/longmont/




AdvanceEDU ➕


AdvanceEDU is an innovative, new kind of college experience in Colorado that relies on partnerships with trusted, nonprofit universities, which provide their students affordable access to degree programs. AdvanceEDU provides the resources that nontraditional students need to be successful: a deeply supported onboarding process, personalized coaching and supports in our Denver campus, and a community of caring staff and peers that will be with them every step of the way. This approach enables students to pursue their degree and build their career at the same time, even while working or supporting family.





Thrives Innovators of 2021

Click on the images below to link to our initial class of startups:

Caresplit Logo

Filling childcare gaps for working parents.

FutureFit Ai Logo

Career transition platform

GRIT logo

Democratizing education and training financing for people of color

Honest Jobs Logo

An employment marketplace for people impacted by the justice system

Increment logo

Quantifying the ROI of shop floor training and upskilling

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Training and upskilling diverse biomedical scientific advisors

Mentor Spaces Logo

Mentorship for underrepresented talent

Talk Hiring Logo

Voice-based job applications

Tassel Software logo

Uniting academic planning with career planning

Tilt Logo

Outsourced leave planning and administration

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College success for first in family and underrepresented students

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Software development school

One piece to the puzzle is bringing entrepreneurs and innovators to the table to solve some of the intractable problems facing workers and businesses. Colorado Thrives is working to make an impact on economic and social mobility in the state of Colorado.

- Mike Fries
CEO, Liberty Global and Member of Colorado Thrives