Denver is a great place for startups.
For the past couple of years, the Mile High City has been a lightning rod of talent. Just this January, the financial site WalletHub published a study ranking Colorado as the fifth most-educated state in the union, and Colorado Public Radio reported last August that Colorado's economy was among the fastest-growing in the nation.
And if you're looking to start a business, all of this access to talent can help you get off of the ground. That's partly the reason why Denver is such a hotbed for startups, at least according to one local entrepreneur. That, and the lifestyle, the breathtaking views, the pioneering spirit, and overall quality of life.
Regardless of what makes up the secret sauce, though, all we know is that Denver is absolutely booming with new businesses which, in the end, is a very good thing. With that said, here are five startups that are sure to change Denver's business landscape in 2019:
Event photographed at Union Station by Shotzr Photographer Evan Semon
Founded in 2017, Shotzr has created a community of over 3,000 professional photographers that shoot local places and events to offer professional quality hyper-local photos to marketers, business owners, and individuals that want to tell their brand's story with real photos – not stock photos. They also offer a few other marketing services, and will even curate a gallery – that's updated weekly – just for you. If you're a business owner or work for an agency, it might be worth checking these guys out.
Behind the cheeky name is a company dedicated to offering "better bedding" by offering sustainable eucalyptus lyocell sheets. But that's not all. Every time you purchase a set of sheets, they'll plant two eucalyptus trees for every tree it harvests, not to mention they'll give you 10 percent off if you donate your old sheets through their program.
Data-driven marketing is the future of marketing, and there's a powerhouse of an "intelligent" agency changing how business is done right here in Denver, among a few other states. With over one billion data-points, and the ability to reach a mind-numbing number of people – they say it's well above the seven-figure mark – at any given point, the Denver-based PIN Business Network offers marketing solutions that are scary powerful.
In Colorado, it's legal to shatter a car's window in order to save an animal from overheating, within reason (you should familiarize yourself with the law before carrying a crowbar with you). So it goes without saying that we love our dogs. Yet, laws don't allow us to bring our four-legged friends everywhere and sometimes we have to leave our dogs in the car. That's where PuppTech comes in. PuppTech is a portable environment safety monitor that observes temperature, humidity, and noise levels around your dog and sends that information to an app on your phone. It'll even alert you when things start to become unsafe. Dogs and technology? It doesn't get any more Colorado than that.
PlanOmatic is another Denver-based company that transforms the way real-estate is marketed. Through technology, they can digitally stage homes and offer other services that make real estate sell like you're giving homes away.
Feature Image by Shotzr Photographer Chris Romero.
What are your thoughts? Do you know of any up and coming businesses you'd like to mention? If so, let us know in the comments below!