As an Advisor and Steering Committee Member with the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, I’ve had the opportunity to engage and interact with many entrepreneurs, in other industries around Colorado, that I would haven’t otherwise connected with. These entrepreneurs are running great businesses that are scaling up dramatically, and the ability to learn from them, and help them based on the experience I’ve had in the tech industry has been very rewarding.
BEN and Greg Greenwood have been great supporters of Blinker in the Denver community. Being a BEN Prospective Gazelle has given us great pride inside the organization plus great PR in the community. This award has also been used and helped in recruiting. BEN has helped us connect with several potential strategic partners. The BEN advisory group has been incredible in advising on almost all aspects of our business. One advisor is actually becoming a Blinker board member. We couldn’t be happier than to be part of the BEN organization as a startup. We expect that BEN will continue to be an integral part of our success.
Since being invited into the BEN program the entire trajectory of my business has changed. I have been able to take the critical feedback and quickly identify and add two much-needed members of our executive team (both BEN Advisors), raised a bridge round of financing and put the wheels in motion for an institutional capital raise. The resources I was connected to through BEN have been life altering for both the business and for me personally.
BEN Colorado has brought together a powerful group of Colorado’s most successful entrepreneurs from across our state to support and promote the scale-up ecosystem. The ongoing investment in our community will continue to make Colorado the ideal home for start-ups and scale-ups alike.