Guest Blog by Emily Klein, Programs Manager, Rockies Venture Club

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A recent panel hosted by Colorado-based venture capital firm Access Venture Partners discussed how a range of VCs perceive investing in the Colorado startup ecosystem, how the landscape has changed & where it is headed.

The panel was kicked off by Governor Polis and included a conversation between Amy Cheetham of Costanoa Ventures, Colin Barclay of Delta-v Capital, and Kirk Holland of Access Ventures, all moderated by Nick Greenhalgh of Denver Business Journal & American Inno.

Access Venture Partners also put together a report on Venture Capital in Colorado, looking at 2020 trends and numbers. With $2.21B in VC funding, 451 venture deals, and 117 exits, Colorado’s startup ecosystem showed strength in 2020. Advanced industry expertise and outside investment helped Colorado rank top 10 in national VC funding.

Angel investing continued to be very important to the overall venture capital funding landscape in Colorado, with 25% of deals, or 111 deals, being angel deals.

Want to learn more about the state of VC in Colorado? Watch the full panel discussion here, or download the Access Venture Partners report here. And, join us March 23 and 24, 2021 for Rockies Venture Club’s Angel Capital Summit (ACS), Colorado’s largest angel investing event. ACS is a virtual celebration of startups, investors, and big ideas. This year’s Summit is focused on the Future of Angel Investing and will hit on themes including impact and climate, syndication, investing locally and internationally, alternative investment, and more. Denver South is sponsoring 20 spots for the ACS, first come first served; email Alex Cowsky at alex@denver-south.com to claim your spot!

 

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About the Rockies Venture Club: Rockies Venture Club is the longest-running and one of the largest Angel Groups in the U.S.A., founded in 1985, whose mission is to advance economic development by actively connecting the most promising entrepreneurial companies with Angel investors, venture capitalists, and other community members. Every year Rockies Venture Club offers over 140 educational programs, mastermind groups, Angel forums, and two major conferences for both investors and entrepreneurs.

Access Venture Partners: A Colorado-based VC firm investing in early growth technology companies with a founder-first mentality.