August 15, 2012
KUSA - VentureBeat, a technology blog, recently named Denver as the third best American city for startups.

It's something city leaders have long known but are looking to grow with a new and innovative competition.

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is looking for the best and brightest ideas in small business this fall through its first-ever JumpStart Biz Plan Awards. The program will recognize the top ten start-up and early-stage business plan finalists with tools to help their businesses thrive in Denver.

"We are judging the strength of the plan not only for entrepreneurs starting up, but also for small businesses with 25 employees that have been in business for at least five years," said Patrick Giron, the economic development supervisor with the Denver Office of Economic Development.

The grand prize includes a $50,000 cash award, one year of office space at Galvanize's G1.0 building, 35 hours of legal counsel provided by Polsinelli Shughart (the award is contingent on an agreement between our firm and the winner to create an attorney-client relationship), 60 hours of tax/accounting services provided by Deloitte, 60 hours of strategic marketing services from Dovetail Solutions, and social media consulting from talk about the grand prize- there's a hefty amount of award