“This is the missing piece where Sprinter vans are not able to navigate to. And being 50 I don’t want to sleep on the ground anymore,” said the founder.
CEO Lee Mayer said RiNo was a “rising star in the city” before the COVID pandemic but “it just didn’t feel exciting or vibrant like it used to.”
A Steamboat Springs tequila company and an Englewood popcorn producer were among companies that reported raising cash.
Denver and Boulder firms raised the most cash, topped by $265 million for Guild Education and $151 million for Meati Foods.
The founder of Denver-based Ibex Investors said electric driverless cars will be “the biggest technological innovation of our lifetime.”
CLMBR, which sells a vertical climbing machine, occupied the space for five months. “The hypergrowth just isn’t there,” said owner Avrum Elmakis.
Industry veterans Chris Erickson and Adam Burrows launched Range Ventures with a $23 million fund and it has invested in 19 companies so far.
The 146 companies in Colorado that made the cut were topped by a firm in Vail, but 97 of the companies are based in the Denver metro area.
Among those that raised cash: A robotics firm, two aerospace companies, and a business with an app for insurance agencies.
Golfkicks’ on-air deal with Mark Cuban in 2019 fell through but the TV exposure boosted awareness of the brand and sales have been climbing each year.