VISION: A thriving Colorado scale-up community committed to each other's success.
MISSION: To create a dynamic network of peer to peer relationships that support entrepreneurial growth and community to solve scale-up challenges.
PURPOSE: The network builds valuable relationships and support for Colorado's growth entrepreneurs.
HOW WE GOT STARTED
The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado (also nicknamed “BEN”) is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. The gift supports resources and staff over the next several years and allows us to focus efforts on building the scale-up ecosystem, which positions Colorado companies at the forefront of growth.
WHO WE ARE
The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (“BEN” or “the Network”) in Colorado is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the State of Colorado and is administered by the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. In parallel with other Silicon Flatirons projects, like Startup Colorado and the CU-Boulder campus entrepreneurship initiative, BEN identifies promising Colorado-based companies across industries (namely, technology, health, aerospace, energy, and natural products) and geographies, and provides guidance and meaningful connections to help these companies scale. With the help of our advisor network, BEN leverages expertise across a range of disciplines, connecting and supporting our community and network members with a range of valuable programming. By building relationships, providing educational resources, and supporting scale-up growth through a range of offerings, BEN is a natural extension of the overall educational and outreach mission of Silicon Flatirons.
WHAT WE BRING TO THE TABLE
We curate a collaborative group of experienced business experts who have “been there, and done that.” They are ready to give back and share what they have learned along the way so that the next generation of companies can go big in Colorado.