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I’m a huge fan of the The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado. In fact, Foundry Group is such a fan that we’ve donated a part of our profits to this state-wide organization that gives back to local communities through the success of our entrepreneurs. This Saturday, September 7th, EFCO is holding a big fundraiser. It’s at the Boulder Theater and should be a ton of fun.
It also happens to be the 20th Anniversary of Cooley’s office in Colorado. Cooley is being incredible generous donating the resources to make this event happen. I hope everyone can attend, have a good time and support a great cause.
There’s lot of good Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado stuff going on. The other day I wrote about the EFCO Annual Give Back Event that is happening on Saturday (please come join us.) Today, New West announced that they have joined the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado.
Tomorrow (8/14) at 5:30pm, Application Experts is announcing that they have joined the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado and is having a rooftop party on the Foundry Roof Deck to tell anyone that’s interested why you should care about EFCO. A bunch of TechStars folks with be there along with me and my partner Jason Mendelson – come join us for a beer.
The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado is having their first annual "give back" event on Saturday 8/16. If you are an employee of a company that is an EFCO member, you and your family are invited. EFCO is doing this in conjunction with the Intercambio-KGNU Friendship Fun Run. The logistics follow:
August 16 at Foothills Community Park (at Broadway and Violet, Boulder)
8 AM & 9:15 AM Adult 5K
8:45 AM Kids’ 1K
11 AM to Noon – Intercambio Strategic Planning Session
Noon – Celebration Family Picnic
For some background on Intercambio, I asked Lee Shainis, the Executive Director, a few questions.
- Who is Intercambio? We are an innovative, efficient and independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 that works to build respectful communities and broaden opportunities for immigrants through language education, cultural exchange and friendship.
- What does Intercambio do? We provide affordable and flexible English classes for over 1,000 adult immigrants each year, taught by over 350 trained volunteers at immigrants’ homes, other nonprofit agencies, and at public buildings. We also offer community resource information and workshops as well as intercultural exchange through community social events such as potlucks, fiestas, camping trips and park clean-ups. Over 1,800 people attend our intercultural events each year.
- Why is this important for our community? In recent years, immigration has sparked a great deal of fear and discomfort in our society. Immigrants are striving to feel more confident and successful in their surrounding communities, but language barriers, fear, and lack of cultural understanding are severe obstacles. Intercambio provides a sustainable solution to these challenges and addresses the root causes by bringing together individuals from different backgrounds for an ongoing period of time with the objectives of learning from each other, building understanding, and creating a more inclusive community in which people of all cultural backgrounds feel better able to communicate, participate, and contribute. We are transforming the way immigrants and non-immigrants are able to communicate with each other, while fostering intercultural friendships that lead to deeper cultural understanding.
And then there were 19. Symplified has joined the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado.
Symplified was founded last year by Eric Olden, Jonti McLaren, and Darren Platt. Eric and Jonti were previously the co-founders of Securant which was acquired in 2001 by RSA Security for $140m (if you remember 2001, then you’ll realize that this was quite an accomplishment.)
I met Eric last fall as we were still raising our new fund. He was on the verge of closing a financing and we just weren’t in a position to engage seriously since he had the financing effectively lined up. As we got to know each other, I mentioned the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado and he got it immediately.
Eric got Josh Forman, Symplified’s VP of Customer Care & Operations, in the mix and Symplified was actually one of the first ten EFCO members. They decided to hold off announcing their involvement until they launched. However, from the beginning Josh got deeply engaged in what EFCO was up to and last month we invited him to join the EFCO board.
I’m psyched that Symplified has both launched and gone public with their commitment to EFCO, especially since both of their VC investors – Granite Ventures and Allegis Capital – are based in the bay area. Thanks to everyone for their support.
We’ve signed up two more EFCO in the past few days so we are looking forward to announcing #20 and #21. In the mean time, if you are interested in learning more about EFCO, take a look at the website or drop me an email.
The Colorado entrepreneurial community support for EFCo far surpassed my expectations this year – a big thanks to everyone that has embraced the idea. Now that we’ve got a solid base of great companies as part of EFCo, we will really crank it up next year.
If you are the founder or executive in a startup company in Colorado that has raised at least one round of financing (angel rounds count) and you are interested in learning more about Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, drop me an email or visit the EFCo website.