Do you know a Company Worth Watching?

Is it You?

These companies have real stories to tell. We want to hear them.

2nd Stage companies hold a unique place in our economy.

Through their leadership, innovation, and growth, they ignite our communities with potential beyond measure. They are fueling the economic fire.

Support Colorado’s 2nd Stage companies by nominating or applying today and shining the spotlight on those that truly deserve it.

The Colorado Companies to Watch nomination process is quick and easy, and takes just a few minutes.

Applications are Now Closed!

Check back in late 2023 for the 2024 Award Season. Eligibility Criteria below.

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All application questions are visible on this page.  It is recommended that you craft your answers outside of the system to ensure you've captured all the details necessary.

Remember to be thorough in your responses, competition is tough! CCTW has received more than 1100 nominations for the 2023 Award Season!


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2nd Stage Companies Fueling the Economic Fire

Do you know a Company Worth Watching? Is it You?

Thanks so much to all of the people who sent in nominations and to the great companies who have applied!

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for selection as one of the Colorado Companies to Watch, the enterprise must meet the following for the previous year:

  1. Be privately held (not publicly traded and not a subsidiary or division of another company).
  2. Be a commercial enterprise, not a nonprofit.
  3. Be past the startup stage.
  4. Be facing issues of growth, not survival.
  5. Employ 6 to 99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner.
  6. Have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place from investors or grants.
  7. Be headquartered in the state of Colorado.
  8. Have not won this award in the past.
  9. Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on evidence such as:
    • Employee or sales growth
    • Exceptional entrepreneurial leadership
    • Sustainable competitive advantage
    • Other notable factors that showcase the company’s success