Galvanize: Denver Coworking With Benefits Including Capital, Curriculum, & Community [Video]

January 14, 2013

5:43 pm

If the proof is in the pudding, in the coworking world, startups are the proof.  And by that standard, Galvanize is Denver’s richest pudding.

In non-dessert lingo, Galvanize plays home to an impressive list of both Colorado-based startups as well as national branches including ROXIMITY, GoSpotCheck, Forkly, SupportLocalUber and Ninety Plus, amongst others.

Or maybe you evaluate pudding based on its mentorship (just go with it).  Tech Stars’ co-founders Brad Feld and David Cohen, SendGrid CEO Jim Franklin, FullContact CEO Bart Lorang, and McAfee CTO Scott Chasin lead an impressive list of community members.

Perhaps it’s the amenities that interest you.  Galvanize just recently opened Gather – a public cafe, bar, and eatery. So too is there a lifetime supply of Red Bull or dedicated house blend of coffee (courtesy of Ninety Plus) for which you can work off in the Galvanize gym.  The building, formerly the Rocky Mountain Bank Note facility, certainly doesn’t lack in character or history either having been one of the first facilities to print stock certificates back in 1929 – and was more recently Denver’s first public charter school.

But to define Galvanize simply as a coworking space is an injustice.  The Denver-based “innovation ecosystem” will soon be kicking off their first class of gSchool, a half-year, hands-on coding school focusing on Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5.  Although the cost is steep ($20,000) so too is the guarantee- if an enrolled member doesn’t receive an offer of at least $60K in CO or the western region within three months of graduation, tuition is refunded 100%.

To further break from the coworking mold, Galvanize offers funding to startups both in-house and externally, including Keen IO, Active Junky, Forkly, Dabble, and Pangea Organics.

What about leadership?  Any incubator/coworking/code school’s culture starts at the top – and at the top sits Jim Deters, a veteran entrepreneur and co-founder at Ascendant Technologies (sold to Avnet last year for an undisclosed amount), restaurant owner, board advisor at DePaul University and Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado.  Deters hopes to further establish Denver as a vibrant startup community as opposed to tech-suburb of Boulder, and is putting more money where his mouth – as Galvanize’s sister coworking-supreme facility is already in the works (aptly named Galvanize 2).

Tech Cocktail caught up with Deters to take a tour of the facility, learn more about gSchool, and discover the life force behind Galvanize’s residents (hint: it’s Red Bull).  Watch the full tour of Galvanize below.

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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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