In Search of The Great Colorado Gazelles
We officially launched BEN Colorado about three weeks ago.
In the interim we’ve been operating like any good pre-funded start-up; quietly, in agile, alpha mode.
It's time to talk a bit more about BEN.
We’ve researched about 500 awesome, high-growth Colorado companies. We've talked in depth with well over 100 CEOs, and have had group sessions for fifteen of these firms with sub-sets (10 to 20 at a time) of our Advisors.
All of which has helped to specify our mission.
The mission of BEN Colorado is to identify, support, and celebrate Colorado’s great "Gazelles'" – those established, fast-growing, very high value firms that can become industry tent-poles in the five industry segments we’re initially addressing.
We're working to discover, help, and promote Colorado’s Zayos and next Noodles – those companies on the cusp of great success, companies that can become icons in their industries and great pools of talent and wealth in Colorado.
Fundamental to this mission is a parellel, broad and deep effort to identify, support, and celebrate Colorado’s prospective gazelles – those emerging fast growth firms with high value potential that aspire to and may well become the next great Colorado gazelles.
We believe BEN Colorado can have huge positive impact on high growth companies in our Colorado innovation ecosystem by creating a tight network of terrifically connected and experienced advisors connected to one another and working with Colorado's great high growth firms.
The results are already coming in. BEN has established over 2,000 new connections (we're counting these things) between Advisors and Companies; across Advisors; and for the Companies to out-of-state expertise and capital. We have Advisors serving as direct mentors for a number of firms and have seen new capital and management talent come in to many of the companies with whom we're working. Key companies associated with the effort have filed to go public or sold for terrific outcomes. You have to run fast to keep up in Colorado!
Thanks to all the partners who have supported us, including the many great firms that have hosted BEN events.
And Celebrate Colorado as America’s best place to live, and greatest innovation economy!