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.
I have been involved with BEN since its launch last spring. It has truly been a one-of- a-kind mentoring experience as I have been exposed to companies and peers outside of my natural food expertise. This cross-industry interaction has been rewarding to me personally as I have been able to experience the wisdom of other executives. Additionally, watching fast growing companies share their stories has been inspirational. I believe the entrepreneur community in Colorado has been raised to a new level through the focus of BEN. I am thrilled to be a part of the network!
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.