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As part of the Founder Institute’s Startup Ecosystem Leaders series, we were pleased to welcome FI program co-director Craig Swiatek for an update on the latest developments in Colorado's startup and tech ecosystem.

Craig Swiatek is co-director of the Colorado Founder Institute accelerator, is currently an investment advisor for Venture Capital & Growth with Red Arrow Capital, Principal at C Squared Solutions, and an Advisor on the Due Diligence Team with Rockies Venture Club. 

In this video, FI Colorado co-director Craig Swiatek shares his thoughts on the ‘state of the startup’ today in Denver, in Colorado statewide, and across the wider Mountain West tech ecosystem(s), which new and emerging developments particularly excite him for the future, what has surprised him most in working with early-stage entrepreneurs, and much more. 

Plus, learn a few startup success stories of recent FI Colorado Alumni, about the amazing local program partners and mentors, and open event dates and application deadlines for the upcoming Colorado Fall 2022 Founder Institute pre-seed accelerator cohort! 

Watch FI HQ's full interview with FI Colorado Co-Director Craig Swiatek:

If you're a Colorado-based pre-seed stage entrepreneur interested in finding direction on your own startup journey, and you haven’t done so already, head over here to learn more about the next FI Colorado Fall 2022 accelerator cohort.

Or, join us at one of these upcoming Colorado startup events: 

Colorado Events:

  • [Restricted] Colorado FI AMA, with Jonathan Greechan (CEO of Founder Institute) on 11:00am, Oct 03, 2022 (America/Denver):

Global Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 6:00pm, Oct 12, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • [Restricted] Early Stage Product & Sales Lessons, with award-winning FI mentor Ernest Yap + Global Networking Summit on 11:00am, Oct 13, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • Workshop: Pitching and Fundraising for Pre-Seed Startups (Online Event) on 11:00am, Oct 19, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 11:00am, Oct 26, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Idea to Startup Experts, Online on 6:00pm, Nov 09, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • [Restricted] FinTech Ecosystem & Market Opportunities, with DotX CEO Charlie Chandra + Global Networking Summit on 7:00pm, Nov 10, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online) on 11:00am, Nov 16, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur (Online Networking Event) on 11:00am, Nov 23, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • Startup Accelerators 101: Everything New Entrepreneurs Need to Know (Online) on 6:00pm, Nov 30, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network (Online) on 11:00am, Dec 07, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 11:00am, Dec 21, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 6:00pm, Dec 28, 2022 (America/Denver):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Start 2023 by Finding a Business Partner, Online on 11:00am, Jan 04, 2023 (America/Denver):

Applications to the Colorado Fall 2022 Founder Institute are now open, and anyone building an applicable tech company can apply at

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