Join Verizon’s Michelle Arrington for a discussion with Jennifer Swain, Executive Director of youthSpark. The two discussed how youthSpark’s innovative programs provide cutting edge services, education, and advocacy to combat youth trafficking, exploitation, and abuse. Specifically, they discussed how youthSpark has been able to transition their mission to not only understand the gaps and needs of youth who have been exploited, but also how to create a world where we hold adults accountable while preventing other children from abuse.
In this installment of Community Partnership Chats, Verizon’s Josh Miller sat down with Dr. Judi Díaz Bonacquisti, Executive Director of Latinas First Foundation, to discuss the incredible work her organization has done in fostering success for Colorado Latinas. By developing strong connections in the community and providing inspiration and support throughout every step of Colorado Latinas’ educational journeys, Latinas First provides the resources and support to allow each individual reach their highest potential. Watch the video to learn more!
Join Verizon’s Josh Miller as he chats with Julia Simmons, President of Amp The Cause–a Denver based nonprofit supporting around 55 other local nonprofits by raising funds, awareness, and volunteerism. Julia and Josh discussed how Amp the Cause is using technology to improve the lives of families through entertainment, annual events and community service. Watch the video to learn more!
Nanno’s plan was to build the best babysitting app around. But as a female-founded, consumer tech business heading into a global pandemic, that changed.
Colorado businesses pulled in many funding rounds last month supporting initiatives across different sects of tech. In April, five tech companies raised a combined $561 million — significantly more than the $74.5 million gained in March. Keep reading to find out how these brands will use their latest investments.
The digital divide is more apparent than ever, especially in low-income communities. In fact, according to Pew Research, 59% of parents with lower incomes who had children in schools that were remote due to the pandemic, said their children would likely face at least one of three digital obstacles to their schooling. Obstacles include a lack of reliable internet at home, no computer at home or needing to use a smartphone to complete schoolwork. This means that in those households, students were not likely to be able to keep up with their peers.
In a move that will accelerate the funding knowledge and business-building skills of Colorado startups, Rockies Venture Club today announced it is offering its HyperAcceleratorⓇ program at no cost to Colorado-based entrepreneurs developing companies in the state’s seven Advanced Industries. These industries include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and technology and information.
California-based software company Freshworks is growing its presence in the Denver area, with plans to expand its local workforce by about 50% this year.
The Colorado tech scene was buzzing last week, as local companies raised capital, moved to bigger offices and supported underrepresented founders with a new pre-seed fund. Keep reading to learn more about the local tech news you may have missed. This is the Built In Colorado weekly refresh.
Colorado employment is on the rise, and Denver remains on the map for fintech and startups.