Nominate a Cool Company

2019 Nominations are Open | Applications will open in December

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.

Nominations are now open.

Nominations close January 31, 2019. | Applications will open in December.
Read the Eligibility Criteria.

Nominate a Company for the 2019 Colorado Companies to Watch Award:

2019 Award Nomination

Previous Winner

Companies may only be a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner one time. When a company wins they become a member in the growing and one-of-a-kind CCTW Alumni community. If you'd like to check if the company you are nominating has already won, you can look them up here:

1. Your Nominee and Nominee's Company Information*

Name of Company
Company Website/URL


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2. Nominee's Highest Ranking Official (Owner, CEO, President, or Principal)

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Phone Number

Additional Contact
An additional contact is optional; however, providing one is recommended to ensure receipt of your nomination.

Email Address

3. Your Nominee's Company Strengths*

In 200 words or less (approximately one-quarter page in length), describe the special strengths that illustrate why your nominee should be one of the Colorado Companies to Watch. Please note that this goes beyond the company's standard description. For Example: Using the strengths below as a guide, you might explain what innovation makes the company a leader in its market; how does the company's products or services push it ahead of the competition; what unusual approach to managing and leading the company gives its leader an edge in running the business...essentially, what are the reasons for the company's high performance? When possible, justify your claims with specific examples. (If composing your statement in a word processor, copy and paste it into the text box below.)

The following list is provided to help you think about the company's strengths (feel free to consider others):

Demonstrated fast or high revenue growth
Evidence of potential revenue growth
Evidence of sustainable growth
Financial strength

Entrepreneurial leadership
Management innovation

Development of technology
Product innovation
Use of technology to enhance a traditional industry

Human Resources:
Demonstrated fast or high growth in hiring
Evidence of potential for hiring
Innovative employee relations
Workforce advantages
Practices that promote diversity

Sustainable competitive advantage
Entering new markets
Competitive environment
Customer service orientation
Change in industry regulations
Creative marketing
Industry trends
Excellence in exporting

Social/community responsibility
Environmentally conscious practices

4. Nominator's Endorsement and Contact Information*

I believe my nominee qualifies for this award and deserves to be recognized. Please notify the company representatives that I have nominated them for this award. (To submit a nomination anonymously, check the box at the end of this section.)
Email Address
Phone Number

5. Read the following, Sign and click "Submit" to complete this form

By entering your signature and clicking the submit button below, you acknowledge that you are electronically signing this nomination form.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for selection as one of the Colorado Companies to Watch, the enterprise must meet the following for the year ending 2017:

  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