What are you waiting for? Join our 2024 winter cohort of world-class peer companies, mentors, and investors!



Over twelve 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: Dec 1 to Jan 1
  • Ascent Accelerator: Feb 1 to Mar 31
  • Ascent Pre-Work: Jan 1 to Feb 1
  • Ascent Launch Party:  Feb 1 
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 twelve 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 on Thursday, February 1st to introduce our 2024 cohort and mentors. Join us and get to know the entrepreneurs making a big impact in Chaffee County!

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