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About Central Mountain Entrepreneurs

Central Mountain Entrepreneurs is a purpose-built collaboration of founders, funders, mentors, and advisors aimed at supporting startup growth and innovation in Colorado’s Central Mountains. 

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Central Mountain Entrepreneurs is a startup community committed to building equitable, sustainable economic development through collaboration and continuous learning. Our Ascent business accelerator supports innovation and entrepreneurship by creating an ecosystem of growth resources to propel makers and doers startup and scale, while elevating their communities and serving as a pillar for social good.




CME Mentors & Advisors

The power of any accelerator program is the quality of its mentor and advisor network. Ours is world class. From investors and serial entrepreneurs to seasoned ecosystem builders, our mentors come from a broad set of backgrounds and are committed to supporting your success. They understand that helping your business grow is central to creating sustainable, equitable economic opportunity in rural America. Get to know our incredible network of mentors here.

Thomas Knoll
Thomas Knoll Founder and CEO, The Innovators CoLab
Thomas Knoll is an entrepreneur and business professional with a track record of success in diverse environments. He has international business experience across multiple industries including corporate innovation management and consulting, technology, e-commerce, outdoor and sports equipment, apparel, sustainable and technical hard goods, and importing and distribution.
Taylor Grande
Taylor GrandeDirector, Startup Colorado
Taylor Grande currently serves as the Director of Partnerships & Ecosystem Development for Startup Colorado, an organization dedicated to ensuring rural Colorado founders, entrepreneurs and startups have access to the resources they need to start and scale businesses in the places they call home.
Eric Byington
Eric ByingtonEntrepreneur/Ecosystem Builder
Eric Byington has worked with a wide variety of economic development projects and startup initiatives across various industries throughout his career. He spent nearly 10 years working on international economic development projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America, specifically focusing on education and healthcare initiatives and impact investment projects in water and sanitation.

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