Tech roundup: Denver ranked among top startup cities, Techstars Foundation selects grant recipients and more

by Jess Ryan
May 12, 2016

Denver ranked among top startup cities

In a new report from 1776, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and FreeEnterprise.com, Denver was ranked among the top 25 cities with startup activity. Cities were ranked according to factors like number of startups, quality of life and relationships between startups and institutions. Denver made No. 3 on the list, falling behind only Boston and the Bay Area. [How Denver ranks among 25 major cities for startup activity, Denver Business Journal]

 

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Techstars Foundation selects grant recipients

The Techstars Foundation announced their first class of grant recipients this week. The foundation serves to support organizations committed to improving diversity in tech. Recipients include San Francisco’s Change Catalyst and Astia, Gaza’s Gaza Sky Geeks, NYC’s Defy Ventures and Techstars’ own Boulder-based Patriot Boot Camp mini-accelerator events. [Blog post]

 

Startups adapt to limited talent pool

Facing Colorado’s low unemployment rate, tech recruiters are taking huge steps in order to attract top talent. The Denver Post’s Tamara Chuang does a great job profiling the challenges faced by tech recruiters today and how they’re adapting to the market — like how Dish opened a new office downtown, where more startups are located, instead of asking candidates to commute to one of their offices in south Denver. Local companies

, , , , Level3 Communications and are all featured. [6 drastic changes some companies are making to lure tech workers, Denver Post]

 

2 Colorado edtech companies selected for AT&T accelerator

Colorado edtech startups

and were selected to be part of AT&T’s Aspire accelerator. They’ll gather in San Francisco to kick off the six-month program, during which time they’ll receive mentorship, inclusion in AT&T’s broader Aspire initiative and a $100,000 investment. As part of the accelerator, both companies will be able to participate from Colorado. [Press Release]

 

Go Code Colorado finals approaching

’s final event will take place May 26th; registration for the event, which is free and open to the public, opened this week. During the event, 10 teams from around Colorado will present their apps and business concepts to a panel of judges for a chance to win $25,000. [Press Release]

 

SendGrid moving HQ to Denver

Email tech company

announced this week they’ll be moving their headquarters to Denver. The company, whose original headquarters are in Boulder and which already has offices in Denver, cited a more central location and better access to talent as reasons for the move. They will consolidate their offices in a new office at 1801 California, where they’ll be able to host up to 450 employees. [Boulder tech star SendGrid moving HQ to downtown Denver, Denver Post]

 

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