Just a week after Galvanize opened its doors in Boulder, the ‘co-learning’ focused startup network is announcing its launch in Fort Collins.
The campus, the fifth under the Galvanize name, will open in early 2015 along with a campus in LoDo. The announcement is coming at a time when FoCo is gaining a lot of momentum in the startup community: the first annual Fort Collins Startup Week brought together locals for dozens of startup events this week. Recently, Fort Collins was named the No. 2 most dense startup community in the country, right behind Boulder at No. 1 and before Denver at No. 6.
“We are excited about tying Fort Collins to the larger startup community through the Galvanize network,” co-founder Lawrence Mandes said.
Staples of the Galvanize community, which include the intensive coding program gSchool and partnerships with Google and IBM, along with signature programming will be brought to FoCo. The programming will be centered around the specific needs of the FoCo community and will be run by a staff Fort Collins residents so that a unique community is created and incubated.
“Each community is going to take a flavor of its own, it won't change just because we show up and become involved,” Mandes said. Instead, Galvanize will act as a catalyst to further opportunity for growth. “We will bring the ability to connect to a larger entrepreneurial network.”
In Fort Collins, Galvanize will be housed in a 14,000-square foot space in the center of Old Town owned by Blue Ocean Holdings. Expect the original feel of Galvanize’s Denver space in Fort Collins, too: exposed brick on the interior and a social coffee shop near the entrance.
"The new Galvanize campus will meld into the local ecosystem of entrepreneurs and continue to raise the tide for start-ups in the area," said Kurt Hoeven, CEO of Blue Ocean Holdings. "It is also important that Galvanize, through their locations and relationships, will give Fort Collins entrepreneurs a link to the entrepreneurial communities in great cities like Boulder, Denver and San Francisco.”