Programs at The Commons


Access feedback and insights from expert mentors with peers at similar stages of business.

Who Should Attend

Those who have been in business for two to five years, know what works but are looking for support to scale or expand

What to Expect

Champions groups meet monthly for 5 mentor-led sessions focused on meeting specific business challenges. Groups are limited to 6-8 participants.


Month 1:

Mastering Mentorship Relationships & Local Resources

Month 4:

Advancing Marketing & Branding Goals


Month 2:

Building Aligned Business Development Strategy


Month 5:

Ensuring Financial Efficiency


Month 3:

Conquering Lean Startup Sales

The Commitment


5 Sessions:

Attend all 5 sessions. More than 2 absences may result in disqualification.


Special Circumstances:

If special circumstances may prevent or limit your attendance, please let us know. We try our best to accommodate needs due to transportation, childcare and “day jobs.”


5 Meetings:

Book and attend 30-minute meetings with the mentors after group session.



Support fellow participants in troubleshooting and challenging their assumptions.



Participate actively in facilitated group discussions. Engage guest speakers, challenge your assumptions and talk to potential customers.

Meet Our Mentors


Patty Nisbet | Gotta Move Fitness Founder

I joined the Champions program to gain new ideas on how to grow my business but learned so much more. I highly recommend this program to fellow entrepreneurs.


Paul Kolhoff | Gardenhouse Software Founder

The Commons on Champa is my go-to for easy access to knowledge and insight for business, technology, product marketing, and anything else that relates to running a startup. This community has given me friends, peers, mentors and mentees. The Struggle is real, but The Commons and opportunities like Champions has been key to overcoming and succeeding.

Program Cost

Five Sessions: $100
Fee assistance available based on financial need. Email

Program Dates

Champions applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Sessions run Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm. If you’d like more information before applying, contact us to meet with staff, facilitators or alumni.

Currently Champions is held virtually via Zoom.

    Cohort #7:

    Application Deadline: May 28

    Notification Date: June 8

    Session Dates:

    • Session # 1 – July 6
    • Session # 2 – August 3
    • Session # 3 – September 7
    • Session # 4 – October 12
    • Session # 5 – November 2

    Get Involved in Champions


    Make your mark as Champions Peer Leader.


    Qualified volunteer mentors lead
    2 Champions sessions a year.


    Demonstrate your commitment to Denver’s entrepreneur community.

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