Nominate Cool Companies

Express your love for Colorado Companies We All Should be Watching!

Nominations for the 2024 Award Season are Now CLOSED.

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.

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

Nomination is not required.


Submit or Draft is Available!

You can save your nomination as a draft and come back and update/complete it.

You will be registered in our system when you complete your 1st nomination if you don't already have an account.

The account is setup to use the Nominator's email id. You will receive an email about your new account. If you don't see it, no worries. Just request a password reset using your Nominator email id here:

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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.

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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

Nomination Form

Thank you for nominating awesome Colorado companies that are fueling our economic fire! Please nominate as many companies as you know that deserve community recognition. It's a free program for them and a great way for you to let them know you think they are outstanding!
2024 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


Not sure which county your nominee is located in? Here's an easy lookup: Lookup County

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.
*Required Field.