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Partners

Our partners are individuals and organizations that support the sustainability of Colorado's scale-up ecosystem through their generous contributions to the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado Fund. See below for different tiers of partnerships:

  • Cornerstone Partner: $100K+ (Philanthropists, Foundations, Large Govt. Orgs)

  • Visionary Partner: $50K+ (Large Corporate Partners)

  • Innovation Partner: $25K+ (Professional Service Providers)

  • Entrepreneur Partner: $25K+ (Successful Core Members)

  • Scale Up Partner: $10K+ (In Network CEOs, Alumni)

  • Bootstrap Partner: $500+ (Friends of BEN)


Our Catalyzing Partner

 
 
 

In 2014, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation committed a $3 million gift to fund the formation of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network: an initiative to help Colorado jump-start the development of high-growth companies with the greatest potential to create new jobs in the region. We are grateful for their commitment and service.

 

Our Cornerstone Partners

 

Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. Read more here.

  Brad Feld

Brad Feld


Visa is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen around the world and support their communities by contributing to local nonprofits and enabling their employees to give back through service and philanthropy. Read more here.

 

Our Innovation Partners

 
 CBRE Colorado has been serving commercial real estate owners, investors and occupiers throughout the Rocky Mountain Region since 1958. Their professionals are dedicated to the best possible outcome for each client.

CBRE Colorado has been serving commercial real estate owners, investors and occupiers throughout the Rocky Mountain Region since 1958. Their professionals are dedicated to the best possible outcome for each client.

  Alex Hammerstein,  Senior VP

Alex Hammerstein, Senior VP


 CoBiz Financial is committed to serving the complete financial needs of successful businesses, business owners, professionals and high-net-worth individual. They create thoughtful, integrated, comprehensive solutions tailored to each customer's needs.

CoBiz Financial is committed to serving the complete financial needs of successful businesses, business owners, professionals and high-net-worth individual. They create thoughtful, integrated, comprehensive solutions tailored to each customer's needs.

  Jonathan Musser,  VP

Jonathan Musser, VP


 Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley has 900+ lawyers across 13 offices in the United States, China and Europe.

Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley has 900+ lawyers across 13 offices in the United States, China and Europe.

  Michael Platt,  Partner in Charge, Colorado

Michael Platt, Partner in Charge, Colorado


 The IMA Financial Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services company focused on protecting the assets of its widely varied client base through insurance and wealth management solutions.

The IMA Financial Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services company focused on protecting the assets of its widely varied client base through insurance and wealth management solutions.

  Chris Walters,  VP

Chris Walters, VP


 The Colorado Impact Fund (CIF), a Denver-based venture capital firm, invests in Colorado companies with high-growth, scalable business models and a commitment to make their community better in areas such as healthcare, education, and the environment.

The Colorado Impact Fund (CIF), a Denver-based venture capital firm, invests in Colorado companies with high-growth, scalable business models and a commitment to make their community better in areas such as healthcare, education, and the environment.

  Jim Kelley,  Managing Partner

Jim Kelley, Managing Partner


 
 
  Adams Price,  President

Adams Price, President

  Brent Peterson,  CPA

Brent Peterson, CPA

 

Our Entrepreneur Partners

 

Nancy Phillips is an entrepreneur with 30 years of visionary leadership in telecommunications and IT infrastructure, Nancy Phillips is president and CEO of ViaWest, Inc., and president of Shaw Business Infrastructure Services, a division of Shaw Communications (NYSE: SJR), which acquired ViaWest in 2014. Read more here.

  Nancy Phillips

Nancy Phillips

 

Our Scale-Up Partners, Advisors, & Blackstone Leadership

 
 
   Peter Bassett,     CEO, Aspen Brewing Company

Peter Bassett, CEO, Aspen Brewing Company

   Steve Halstedt   ,  Co-Founder, Centennial Ventures

Steve Halstedt, Co-Founder, Centennial Ventures

   Larissa Herda   ,  Serial Telecom Executive

Larissa Herda, Serial Telecom Executive

   Mark Hopkins   ,  Managing Director, Crescendo Capital Partners

Mark Hopkins, Managing Director, Crescendo Capital Partners

   Peter Hudson  , Managing Director at Alta Partners

Peter Hudson, Managing Director at Alta Partners

   Barbara Mowry  , Corporate Board Member and Founder of GoreCreek Advisors

Barbara Mowry, Corporate Board Member and Founder of GoreCreek Advisors

   Phil Weiser  , Executive Director & Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

Phil Weiser, Executive Director & Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

 

 

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a partner, please email our Managing Director at allyson@bencolorado.org.