Mapping and Strengthening Colorado’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Support

June 2021 – Ongoing // Colorado Project // PARTNERme & PARTNER CPRM

We're working with Startup Colorado and their partners to map the state's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, ultimately to identify and fill gaps in support.

Colorado is home to a rich legacy and entrepreneurial spirit, with thousands of new businesses forming each and every year. A large ecosystem consisting of businesses, nonprofits, universities, and government agencies works together to support entrepreneurs and small businesses with education, funding, networking, and other strategies.

However, this system exists in a distributed and de-centralized way that makes it difficult to see the whole picture of how everyone connects and works together. This makes it difficult to figure out where the system is working well, and where there is room for improvement.

Visible Network Labs is working with a number of partners in this space to begin mapping and analyzing the ecosystem using an innovative approach. We plan to use social network analysis techniques to map the ecosystem from both a systems-level perspective and from a bottom-up individual viewpoint as well, to integrate both perspectives into our final map.

With this new visibility into the entrepreneurial ecosystem, our partners can identify key points to leverage for improvement and create new resources and tools to better support entrepreneurs. 

"VNL is on of many businesses and startups that receive resources and support through the Colorado Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. This project is exciting because we'll be able to work with our partners to directly give back and pass it forward to help other entrepreneurs navigate this system more effectively and efficiently."
Danielle Varda
Dr. Danielle Varda
CEO & Founder, Visible Network Labss

Our Project Team

Amanda Beacom

Dr. Amanda Beacom

VP of Research and Data Science

Kelly Sprong

Kelly Sprong

VP of Strategic Partnerships

Rose Hardy

Dr. Rose Y. Hardy

Network Data Scientist

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