The CIF is a Denver-based equity fund that supports Colorado companies that generate a positive impact – both on their communities and in consistent investment returns.
The Fund invests in areas of community health, education and workforce development, natural resource conservation and economic development. It supports female and minority entrepreneurs and core industries in Colorado that hold exemplary best practices.
Funded by Colorado investors, exclusively for Colorado companies, this private equity fund provides entrepreneurs with cost-efficient capital and a network of strategic business advisors.
Since its inception in 2014, the fund has invested in 10 companies to develop and expand throughout Colorado. Together, these companies employ 648 individuals and have created 161 new jobs. Their business leadership is diverse with 50% having female founders and 20% having minority founders. These companies are also located in emerging communities where 70% are headquartered in low to middle income areas.
From empowering teachers, administrators and school-community stakeholders to boost educational outcomes with Schoolrunner, to improving cost efficiency and patient satisfaction with the healthcare system through Cirrus MD, every organization in the CIF portfolio is able to leverage the capital provided by the Fund to ultimately give back and make an impact on their community and beyond.
At the age of only 23, Yebuah is not only working towards finishing his master’s degree at the University of Denver, where he also went to undergrad, but he has also started a small business. And as one of the co-founders of Flare & Square, a company that designs and manufactures high-end men’s accessories, pocket square and bowties, Yebuah is marking his mark.
Mawukle and his family emigrated from Ghana when he was 6 years old. The family became U.S. citizens in 2010.
A graduate from South High School, Mawukle spent a majority of his senior year at the school’s Future Center where advisors walked him through the application and scholarship process. He says with the Foundation’s support, along with additional scholarships, provided enough financial aid that actually made DU, the most affordable.
Since its inception in 2006, the Denver Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $33 million in scholarships to 56,000 students. As a founding board member, Scott Reiman supports its mission to make sure all students succeed and graduate.
The Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) will be holding their annual State of Downtown Denver talk on Tuesday March 24. The DDP will look at the state of investments, employment and the residents of Downtown Denver in 2015. With Downtown Denver investment at over $1 billion, employment at a record high and the residential population growth at 165% since 2010, Downtown Denver is at a pinnacle of prosperity.
Scott Reiman is dedicated to the success and growth of Downtown Denver and has played a major role in the revitalization of the city. The Downtown Denver Partnership recognized Scott during the 38th annual Downtown Denver Awards for his commitment to energizing Downtown Denver through his investment in a diverse range of housing, office, retail, and hotel developments that have since shaped downtown Denver’s growth.
As the DDP looks at the future of Downtown Denver in 2015, look back at how far the city has come since the 1998 Annual Awards.