What are you waiting for? Join our 2023 winter cohort of world-class peer companies, mentors, and investors!



Over eight weeks, participating companies will receive highly targeted free consulting from elite business executives and trainers, covering current best practices ranging from business growth strategies and lean startup methodology to legal, funding, accounting and taxes, intellectual property, real estate, and human resources.

  • Application Period – 10/24 to 12/9
  • Driven by Nature Launch Event – 1/19/23
  • Evaluation and Selection – 12/9 to 12/16
  • Ascent Accelerator – 2/1 to 3/31
  • Ascent Prework – 12/16 to 1/19
  • PowderPitch – March 2&3, 2023
  • Startup Summit & Demo Day – April, 2023 (TBD)
  • RiverPitch – May/June, 2023 (TBD)
CME programs


This exciting new approach to facilitating business growth in the Central Mountains begins with a quick, free online application process. After a selection process, participant companies will come together for the next eight weeks, 3 hours per week, building community and a network of support as they engage in group training with our industry experts and partners. An additional one or two hours a week will be devoted to engaging 1:1 with those and other experts diving deep into the specific business challenges of each participating team. 

The program culminates with a high-profile Startup Summit + Demo Day in the Spring. There, each cohort company will share its progress and potential with a room of investors, partners, advisors, and community leaders from across Colorado and the country. Beyond the demo day, the Central Mountain Ascent team will continue to provide targeted support and promotion to drive business growth past the finish line. 

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We’ll host our official kick-off at the SteamPlant Event Center Thursday, January 19th to introduce our 2023 cohort and mentors.

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