Colorado Companies to Watch

Energizing Colorado’s entrepreneurial community since 2009

At the heart of Colorado Companies to Watch is an awards program to honor 2nd Stage companies for the critical role they play in our state and community economies.

This Year’s Winners

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40 industries represented

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2,136 full time employees

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Over 900,000,000
in revenue

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18 are Female, Minority & Veteran owned

Since 2009, Colorado Companies to Watch has honored the critical, yet often overlooked, second-stage companies from across the state for their undeniable impact on our communities.

Winning companies represent a broad range of industries and are recognized for:
  • Success in the marketplace
  • Strong potential for growth
  • Quality job creation
  • Innovative products and processes
  • Powerful economic impact
  • Community enrichment
  • Influential philanthropic actions
  • Pioneering corporate culture

The 50 companies selected each year make an astounding impact on Colorado’s economy by collectively providing thousands of jobs and contributing millions of dollars in revenue.

Second stage companies

are critical job creators, innovators, and drivers of our economy. Too often their incredible contributions to our state

are overlooked.

CCTW is unique in that it offers Winners year-long benefits – not just one single night of celebration.

Each Winner receives a year’s worth of benefits including media attention and exposure, facilitated local celebrations with influential community leaders, as well as exclusive access to a professional leadership retreat. Honorees also join an elite group of Alumni who meet and network throughout the year in addition to several other valuable opportunities.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched the program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and valuable sponsors, key drivers, community and supporting partners, and volunteers from throughout the state of Colorado. The Edward Lowe Foundation continues to serve as an advisor to the program.

The Nomination/Application period generally runs from November-February, with the Winners announced at a Gala Awards Dinner in June.
Business owners, associates, employees, or fans can nominate eligible businesses and companies may also apply directly.