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SCAPE Accepting Applications for January 2015 Session

October 10, 2014

The Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE) is accepting applications for its January 2015 program until November 23, 2014.

SCAPE supports the creation and development of job creating companies in Southwest Colorado by offering an Accelerator Program which provides funding, education and intense mentoring.

The program is supported by local investors and mentors as well as economic development organizations including the Region 9 Economic Development District, the La Plata Economic Development Alliance, the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC), as well as First Southwest Bank.

SCAPE helps grow startup companies or take established businesses to the next level. Each company is eligible for an equity investment to build their company, along with free office space. Most importantly, they receive valuable mentorship to help them address the specific challenges that they face in establishing and growing their company. The program length, curriculum focus, and investment options are flexible depending on the needs of your company.

In the past year SCAPE has graduated 5 companies that have raised $435,000 in capital to grow their businesses. Successful completion of the SCAPE program provides these ventures the ability to enter markets and the skills required to raise capital. SCAPE graduates have obtained funding through Region 9 and Angel Investors, and have been asked to present in front of the New Mexico Angels, The High Desert Discovery District, and Techmanity.

SCAPE was honored by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and received an Innovation Award for 2014. The Founders of SCAPE were also recently awarded the Region 9 Economic Developers of the Year Award.

Please visit to learn how to get your start up off the ground, or refine your established business by growing to the next level.