What are you waiting for? Join our 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 (12/1/21 to 1/7/22)
  • Ascent Accelerator, 8 weeks (2/15 to 4/15)
  • Evaluation and selection (1/15 to 2/1)
  • Ideas Fest & Demo Day (April, 2022)
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 Demo Day at our Central Mountain Ideas Fest event in the Spring. There, each cohort company will pitch their progress and potential to a room of investors, partners, advisors, and community leaders from across Colorado and the country. Beyond the demo day, the Central Mountain Entrepreneurs team will continue to provide targeted support and promotion to drive business growth past the finish line. 

What’s Next?

Stay tuned for more info on our Demo Day events at Ideas Fest in April 2022!

We believe in Chaffee County, entrepreneurialism, and innovation. Ideas Fest will empower entrepreneurs driving innovation in the place they call home.

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