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Applications for SCAPE are now being accepted

October 07, 2013

Applications now open for the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs or SCAPE, so please join us for Applicants Night to learn more.

The Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE) is hosting an Applicants Night and Open House on October 15, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm at SCAPE. SCAPE is located at 1211 Main Ave, Suite 1, Durango, CO 81301.

Launched this past July, SCAPE’s objective is to create high growth, job creating companies in Southwest Colorado. SCAPE’s focus is on emerging growth companies, and the program provides funding, education and intense mentoring to fully prepare them to enter markets, raise capital, and increase their chances for success. Any industry or idea will be considered, but the focus of SCAPE is on high growth start-ups whose primary markets will be outside of Southwest Colorado.

Those selected for the program will receive up to $30,000 in equity capital to help build their company, along with free office space and discounted business services. Most importantly, they will receive valuable mentorship to help them address their specific challenges in establishing and growing their company. At the end of the 4-month program there will be a presentation given by all finalists to potential follow-on investors.

Interested in learning more? Applicants Night is an opportunity for potential applicants looking to apply for the program to learn more, ask questions, and gain valuable feedback from SCAPE on “How to Successfully Apply”. You can find the application on SCAPE’s website at The application deadline is November 15, 2013 and the second program kicks-off January 13, 2014.

In addition to the mentors or Founder’s Group, the program is supported by local economic development initiatives including Region 9, La Plata Alliance, and Southwest CO SBDC, local financial institutions as well as the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

For more information, please go to or contact Cassie Alexander at

Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs or SCAPE; 1211 Main Avenue, Suite 1; Durango Colorado 81301