Governor John Hickenlooper on the significance of the Colorado Companies to Watch. See more videos!

Colorado Companies to Watch, presented by UMB Bank, energizes the state of Colorado by recognizing second-stage companies that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the state. Second-stage companies fuel the economic fire of Colorado by accounting for much of the economic growth and economic independence of individuals throughout the state. These companies possess attributes such as:

  • Growth focused
  • Privately-held, headquartered in Colorado
  • 6 to 99 full-time equivalent employees
  • $750,000 to $50 million in sales or a similar range of working capital

This unique awards program produces a multitude of benefits for all stakeholders:

  • Participating companies gain increased visibility, improve stakeholder relationships and contribute to a dynamic business environment.
  • Citizens have increased access to rewarding income opportunities and build pride in innovative and valuable entrepreneurial companies.
  • The state of Colorado showcases trend-setting leaders in diverse entrepreneurial fields that strengthen the state's economy.

Do you know of a company that's worth watching? Nominate that company. If yours is such a company, apply directly.

Colorado Companies to Watch is presented in 2014 by UMB Bank, with platinum sponsor support from CapitalValue Advisors, Hein & Associates, Perkins Coie and TalenTrust. Additional support is provided by ACG Denver, AmCheck, BakerHostetler, Colorado Workforce Development Council, Crowe Horwath, GCG Financial, HUB International Insurance Services, Key Private Bank, Northern Trust, SDR Ventures and Vistage. Media support is provided by ColoradoBiz Magazine and w3w3 Media Network.

COCTW is a year-long program governed by a board of directors comprised of leaders from private industry, government and non-profit organizations. It is possible through the support of Key Drivers, with leadership provided by CapitalValue Advisors, Boulder Economic Council, Colorado Workforce Development Council, City of Littleton, Hein & Associates, LeadersCove, Northern Trust, TalenTrust and UMB. Additional support is provided by the Colorado Rural Development Council.

The program is spearheaded by Sponsors and Community Partners, with support from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation.