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Startup communities are led by entrepreneurs—and supported by feeders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem—working to help other entrepreneurs succeed. In general, organizations focused on supporting this community are often under-capitalized and under-resourced; consequently, small amounts of capital to help these organizations do stuff that supports entrepreneurship can go a long way to make them sustainable.

The Community Fund is an initiative launched by Startup Colorado to address this problem.

The fund provides seed capital to entrepreneurial focused organizations in Colorado to assist in amplifying the dialogue around entrepreneurship, innovation and high growth enterprises and enhance the development of startup communities in the State. The fund is focused on supporting organizations in the Colorado Front Range – Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. Eighty percent of investments will be focused in this region with the balance targeted at supporting other Colorado startup communities.

Grant Selection Criteria:
Proposals will be sourced from the startup community members across the State of Colorado. Grant proposals will lay out the details of the program/event/organization, the amount of money sought, how the program supports the Front Range's startup ecosystem. Programs with support from regional leaders will be strongly considered. Funds are for Colorado organizations and programs only.

For-profit entities generally don’t qualify, but if such entities still seek to apply, then they must show both a community benefit and a clear demarcation between the event and their profit-making activities.

Programs Submitted Should be Focused On:
• Focuses on driving entrepreneurship and innovation;
• Puts entrepreneurs first;
• Must be inclusive;
• Engages the entire entrepreneurial stack;
• Must be Colorado-centric; and
• Must have the intent of becoming sustainable.

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