Support for Women Entrepreneurs in Denver

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By Jessica Fialkovich | @jfialkovich

With all of the growth of entrepreneurship in Denver, groups supporting women in the space have grown as well. There are nonprofits, for-profits, networking groups, incubators, mentorship groups and everything in between. The good news is, if you feel like you need support or a tribe of other women entrepreneurs and business owners, Denver’s got you. The bad news is, it may take some digging to find the right one for you.

But I got you covered, and did some leg work to help you Broadview fans navigate the landscape.

If You Are Just Starting Out

  • eWomen Network: A networking group whose purpose is to support, showcase and promote members’ products and services. Local chapter with global reach, membership based, monthly luncheons.
  • MiCasa Women’s Business Center: The Mi Casa Women’s Business Center offers entrepreneurial training, individual business counseling, technology training and networking opportunities to help aspiring entrepreneurs and emerging businesses achieve their goals.
  • Women’s Business Development Center: Providing business services, financial support, and mentorship opportunities to women just launching a company. Based in Longmont.
  • Women of Denver: A networking group helping women get paid for what they are worth. Ongoing events, membership based.
  • Women Who Startup: Connecting women to a global community of entrepreneurs and innovators focused on rapid growth. Local events, online community, blogs and podcasts.

If You Are Looking for Funding 

  • MergeLane: MergeLane discovers, accelerates and invests in exceptional women and the companies they run. Ongoing events with Leadership Camps a few times per year.
  • SheEO: SheEO allows women to donate $1,000 to a perpetual fund that is distributed to women-owned businesses seeking capital each year. Local networking events, online community.

If You Are Growing

  • Emerging Women: Offers local Power Circles (peer groups) to support and empower women during the growth of their company.
  • Entrepreneur’s Organization (Women of EO): EO provides education, peer support and top-notch events for business owners over $1 million annually in revenue. Membership based, ongoing events, must apply.
  • Think Global Institute: Think Global brings a team of experts to your business to help accelerate growth. Fee based.
  • Women on the Rise: The mission of Women on the Rise is to attract, support and grow women-owned businesses in Colorado. Ongoing events, free to attend.
  • WPO: Facilitated peer groups for women presidents of multimillion dollar organizations. Membership based, must apply.

If You Want to Network with Corporate

  • Alliance of Professional Women: Building business opportunities, networking, and community throughout Denver. Monthly luncheons on the second Thursday, membership based starting at $175 per year, can attend as a guest for fee.
  • American Business Women’s Association: ABWA brings business women together from diverse occupations. Membership based, monthly luncheons on the third Thursday.
  • Colorado Business Women: The mission for Colorado Business Women is to promote full participation, equity and economic self-sufficiency for Colorado's working women. Membership based with monthly luncheons on the 4th Wednesday.
  • Colorado Women’s Chamber: Largest women’s chamber in Colorado, providing events and networking opportunities for members. Membership based, ongoing events.
  • Ellevate: Provides networking opportunities and connection to a global community through connection, education and investing. Membership based with live events and jam sessions (free for guests).
  • Women in Business, South Metro Chamber: Providing support for women in diverse industries through their three pillars: Energize, Engage, Elevate. Part of Chamber membership, ongoing events with annual conference.
  • Women's Leadership Foundation: Dedicated to getting more Colorado women on corporate boards, the WLF's Board Bound program pairs participants with corporate mentors to make women board-ready. 

If You Want Industry-Specific Help

  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association: Providing education and networking for women in the legal industry. Membership based, ongoing events.
  • CREW: Commercial Real Estate Women: Supporting women in the commercial real estate industry. Ongoing events, must apply.
  • Girl Code It (Technology): Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment. Ongoing educational events.
  • National Association for Women in Construction: Enhancing and supporting opportunities for growth for women in the construction industry. Membership based, must apply.
  • WoMAN: Women of M&A Network (Mergers & Acquisitions): Connecting, educating and providing community involvement for women in the M&A industry. Membership based, must apply.
  • Women Grow (Cannabis): Connecting, growing and supporting women in the Cannabis industry.
  • Women in Oil & Gas Association: Providing opportunities and mentorship for women in oil and gas. Ongoing events.

If You Need Space and Support

  • The Coterie: Group of women co-working together for networking and connection opportunities, currently working out of SmartSpace in Stapleton.
  • Women in Kind: Women in Kind focuses on women, their needs in business and in the business of life. Offering leased space (starting at $295), events, programming, and connection.

If You Just Want to Have Some Fun 

  • Bold Betties: Outdoor adventures for women who want to discover new activities. Ongoing events, fees vary.
  • Denver Dames: Connecting high performing women with a laughter-filled environment. Bimonthly evening comedic events, membership available with online community.


 

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