12 Weeks in Boulder, Colorado – the Thank You post.

Today is the MergeLane Demo Day – the last day of the 12-week accelerator program that StartWise was excited to be a part of. In case you want to check out the presentations – they are live streaming Demo Day on the YouTube Channel.

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A startup accelerator is built to foster rapid growth of its portfolio companies by leveraging the army of mentors, access to technology, office space and an innovative community, packed into a short time frame. While accelerator programs tend to share several traits: startups apply to be part of a program lasting a few months, in which they obtain mentorship, office space, and funding – each accelerator has its own nuances. Keep reading this post

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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. Keep reading this post

Everyone Can: From Crowdfunding to Crowd-investing

Crowdfunding became an amazing tool for entrepreneurs to launch new products – we all heard of the Pebble Watch with over $10 million raised in 37 days – and there are so much more. Most of the current crowdfunding platforms are donation-based or reward-based: as a backer, you get a t-shirt, a thank you note or a product. Crowdfunding platforms worldwide have helped raise $16.2 billion in 2014. What if it was possible for you Keep reading this post