Denver startups begin 2017 strong with $49.5 million in funding

In industries ranging from cannabis to healthcare, API integration to cybersecurity, these startups are as innovative as they are varied.

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The Rocky Mountains seen from the Colorado State Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

These five startups got off on the right foot this year, pulling in a combined $49.5 million in funding within the first month.

In industries ranging from cannabis to healthcare, API integration to cybersecurity, these startups are as innovative as they are varied. And you can bet they’re feeling pretty good about 2017.


The Food Corridor emerges to promote local food, as an incubator for kitchen incubators

The Food Corridor helps kitchen incubators and other commercial kitchens fill their space with aspiring food businesses.

STARTUP OF THE WEEK: The Food Corridor

Working in a commercial kitchen. (Courtesy of The Kitchen Corridor)
Working in a commercial kitchen. (Courtesy of The Food Corridor)

In this series, we visit Denver-metro, Boulder and Rocky Mountain region startups. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to be considered or nominate other startups for a chance to win a free week at Galvanize. 

The local food movement is gaining momentum. And the West is on the forefront, with a higher concentration of shared kitchens and kitchen incubators than anywhere else in the United States.

What’s a kitchen incubator? Think tech accelerator, for food startups.

And The Food Corridor, based in Fort Collins, is like an incubator for incubators, having designed a platform for commercial and commissary kitchens and kitchen incubators to share their space with small food businesses.


Two Colorado startups named 2017 finalists at SXSW

A screen capture of the Blinker app. (Courtesy of Blinker)
A rendering of the Blinker app. (Courtesy of Blinker)

Two Denver startups, Blinker and Tokken, may be honored at South by Southwest for the way they’re redefining the economy.

Both were among 65 finalists in the Interactive Innovation Awards hosted by the media, music and technology festival – and the odds are decent that one of the Denver companies will win in their category.


Startup York Space Systems scores a major military contract with its Model T manufacturing approach

STARTUP OF THE WEEK: york space systems

York Space Systems CEO and founder Dirk Wallinger poses for a portrait. (Courtesy of York Space Systems)
York Space Systems CEO and co-founder Dirk Wallinger poses for a portrait. (Courtesy of York Space Systems)

In this series, we visit Denver-metro, Boulder and Rocky Mountain region startups. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to be considered or nominate other startups for a chance to win a free week at Galvanize. 

York Space Systems CEO and co-founder Dirk Wallinger imagines a world where there are rocket launches every week.

In this world, the tremendous costs associated with spacecraft customization and engineering no longer make access to spaceflight near impossible. In 2015, Wallinger co-founded Denver-based York Space Systems to bring more spacecraft buses to more companies, more often — and at a fraction of the usual price.

And they’ve already scored a major contract.


Mighteor is bringing brand content to the palm of your hand

Ever wanted to make your brand look really cool? Mighteor does that. But they aren’t your typical video advertising company.

STARTUP OF THE WEEK: mighteor

In this series, we visit Denver-metro, Boulder and Rocky Mountain region startups. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to be considered or nominate other startups for a chance to win a free week at Galvanize. 

Ever wanted to make your brand look really cool? Mighteor does that. But they aren’t your typical video advertising company.

Mighteor produces internet video, tailored to all social media platforms. And they are taking on mobile content next.