We are a unique statewide awards program recognizing growing companies that fuel the economic fire of the state.
Colorado’s entrepreneurial community has built itself from scratch.
Built from dreams, sacrifice, sweat, and sheer force.
Built Colorado into an entrepreneurial powerhouse like no other.
That deserves real recognition, support, and community.
Our Community is Powerful
Colorado is already head-and-shoulders above the rest.
Meet the pioneers that are elevating us even higher.
Colorado’s most innovative, visionary, job-creating, impactful, and successful 2nd Stage entrepreneurs, actively growing their business and expanding their network.
- Celebrating our 14th year
- NOW 700+ winning companies
- Totaling over $6 billion in revenue
- Creating thousands of full-time jobs for Colorado
Forward thinking, high-profile corporations, civic businesses and influential media organizations committed to the Colorado ecosystem looking to support and connect with growing 2nd Stage businesses.
- Dozens of leading companies in search of strategic partners, acquisitions, and customers
- Representing a wide variety of industries
- Bringing company leaders to high-impact networking opportunities throughout the year
Local chambers of commerce, city or county governments, and economic development organizations dedicated to supporting emerging industries in their local communities.
- 34 Community & Supporting Partners
- Connecting Winners to local government officials, business incentives and funding, education programs and more
High-quality professionals interested in connecting with future colleagues, clients, employees, suppliers and friends in business communities throughout the state.
- Building relationships with over 600 organizations and 1,000 people
- Helping energize Colorado’s economy with passion and dedication
- Offering valuable skills and resources for the Colorado entrepreneurial community
Meet Our Amazing Winners
Colorado Companies to Watch Award Cycle
Every year is a little different, but here are general timeframes.
& Applications Open
& Applications Close
& Winners Chosen
Winners Enjoy ->
Full Year of marketing support
Events & networking
Valuable business opportunities