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Nominations for the 2023 Award Season are Now Closed. Check back in late fall for the 2024 Award Season!

See Eligibility Criteria below:

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.

Do you know a Company Worth Watching?

Is it You?

It's not too late for your company to be considered! Go directly to the Application page and APPLY!

Nomination is not required.


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Submitted nominations can be seen below after you login. Remember to come back to the Nomination page. Just select Nominate from the main menu.

Nominations are now closed. Check back in November 2023 for the 2024 Award Season.

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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 2022:

  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