Naturally Entrepreneurial Colorado

Being a part of MergeLane Accelerator program, StartWise team spent last 11 weeks in Colorado. It is a truly Naturally Entrepreneurial State. After looking into approx. 1000 local companies, we came across a few that caught our attention. Some of them are driven by a mission to make the world we live in more supportive and appreciative; others simply came up with an interesting up to date project. What unites them, is the opportunity to address different issues with innovative solutions that work. So here they are:

Sword and Plough is a socially conscious brand that works with American manufacturers who employ veterans. The company recycles military surplus, incorporates that fabric into stylish bag designs and donates 10% of profits back to veteran organizations.

Knotty Tie – custom made ties, bow ties, pocket squares, scarves – with a mission to empower refugees: helping to obtain meaningful and sustainable employment while overcoming language and cultural barriers. Partners with the African Community Center’s We Made This program.

Kindara’s free app and connected fertility thermometer give you the knowledge, support, and confidence whether you’re trying to get pregnant, avoid pregnancy, or understand your body. Their mission is to give women tools to manage their health because confident women make the world a better place.

Bitsbox provides boxes with monthly fun coding projects that teach grade-schoolers how to program apps. Learning to program is just like learning any other language: the earlier you start, the easier it is.

Zometool creates modeling sets for kids (and parents) to explore mathematical universe that surrounds us. Zometool turned out to be a part of something bigger: NASA started using the tool for AIDS virus research in space, and for a space station project. After the discovery of quasicrystals, for which Dan Shechtman was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, both Shechtman and 2-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling used Zometool during the debate over whether quasicrystals were real.  Mathematicians such as Roger Penrose of Oxford University and John Conway of Princeton University use Zometool to model complex geometric forms. None of which made Zometool any less fun for kids.

Good Day Chocolate makes non-gmo chocolates that help you sleep, be energetic or calm – depends on your needs. This is the actual situation when you can give me a chocolate and I’ll be more kind. Plus, every purchase of Good Day Chocolate helps benefit facial repairs for 3 groups of people: children in Central and South America who receive cleft lip and palate repairs, victims of domestic abuse, and veterans of war.

Conspire – turns out some people in my network already know about it. Conspire analyzes your email data and tells you exactly how to get the best introduction to whoever you want to meet — a customer, employer or investor. It scores each relationship to recognize the difference between a close colleague and someone you met at a conference for five minutes.
“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” – Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote.