20 Colorado Startups to Watch in 2020

It's hard to ignore that Colorado's startup ecosystem is rapidly growing. This year alone, the state has beefed up its roster of tech unicorns and solidified its reputation as a place that Bay Area giants put down roots.

While it's been a banner year for some of Colorado's bigger startups, we're keeping our eye on the next-generation of local stars in our annual Startups to Watch feature.

As 2019 comes to a close, we want to look ahead to next year by compiling the 20 Colorado Startups to Watch in 2020.

In our second annual list, we think the 20 startups below will make headlines in 2020, whether that means huge funding rounds, acquisition or new products that will shake up their respective industries.

We didn't do it all on our own though.

We leaned on suggestions from some industry experts, VCs, accelerators and others, along with our own internal reporting. This list covers startups from a range of industries, with varying levels of funding, from across the state.

A look back at last year's list will reveal that we were ahead of the game on Wurk, which announced an $11 million raise in February, Parsyl, which closed a $15 million round in July, and Shotzr, which landed $3 million in March.

Now without further ado, let's check out the 20 to Watch in 2020 by clicking on each company's logo.

Abby&Finn

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Abby&Finn

In 2016, Amanda and Lance Little created ABBY&FINN, a Denver-based diaper subscription box that grows with your baby. In each subscription box, parents receive two different sizes of ABBY&FINN diapers to ensure they still have a diaper that fits as their child grows. Each box comes with between 120 and 200 diapers, depending on size choices. Customers can also adjust the frequency of the shipment, with ABBY&FINN offering options of every two, three, four or five weeks.

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Alpine Media

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Alpine Media

Centennial's Alpine Media has developed LiftDigital, a platform that delivers real-time information to ski resort guests. LiftDigital provides trail maps, mountain stats, grooming and weather reports, and much more. The digital solution is available on chairlifts and via the company's mobile application.

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Bext360

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Bext360

Golden’s Bext360 has developed supply-chain technology that utilizes blockchain to enhance sustainable practices for products like coffee, seafood, timber, minerals and others. The company has been featured in numerous national publications for its supply-chain tech, including being named to Forbes’ 25 Most Innovative AgTech Startups in 2018, and raised a $3.4 million funding round in June 2018.

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Certa Dose

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Certa Dose

Denver’s Certa Dose has developed color-coordinated syringes and syringe holders to provide a simple method to measure and confirm the correct dose of a drug for infants and children. The syringe eliminates the need to make mathematical calculations to determine dosage by weight, reducing dosage mistakes.

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CometChat

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CometChat

The Denver-based startup helps companies add text, voice and video chat to their app. Its cloud-hosted chat platform offers products made specifically to help companies build chat features. In 2019, the company relocated from India, where it was founded in 2009, to Denver.

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GeoVisual Analytics

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GeoVisual Analytics

Westminster’s GeoVisual Analytics harnesses data to provide actionable intelligence to fruit and vegetable growers. The company combines data streams from satellites, aircraft, UAVs, precision field equipment, field sensors and hand-held equipment to monitor fields. It is also developing and applying algorithms and front-end displays that help farmers reduce production uncertainties and increase profits.

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Halp

Boulder’s Halp, previously known as BubbleIQ, announced in April that it closed a $2.6 million seed round led by Matchstick Ventures to build out its conversational ticketing model. With Halp, users can create IT support tickets directly in Slack and capture the conversation in threaded messages. For support employees, Halp can automate routing, ticket assignment, change ticket values and offers a number of other features that mirror traditional ticketing.

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Integra Ledger

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Integra Ledger

Denver’s Integra Ledger is an enterprise blockchain designed specifically for the world’s legal industry. It integrates with existing legal software to improve data integrity, security, interoperability and productivity.

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Kaart

The Grand Junction-based company delivers detailed and current geographic road data throughout the world that power Garmin GPS, Apple iOS and Google Android devices. To date, Kaart has conducted groundwork in more than 72 countries with over 41 million changes to geographic data.

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Pagedip

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Pagedip

The Boulder-based content creation and distribution startup has developed a cloud-based authoring solution designed to bridge the communication gap between content creators and the end consumer. The company’s solution allows organizations to ensure employees and customers always have the most current version of any document, presenting it in a way that facilitates understanding and reader engagement.

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SonderMind

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SonderMind

Denver startup SonderMind, which launched in 2014, is dedicated to making behavioral health more accessible, building a marketplace to connect patients with providers. The company announced in April that it closed a $3 million Series A round to help further build out its platform. SonderMind has over 200 in-network, licensed behavioral health providers across 150 specialty areas of practice.

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soona

Denver startup soona is offering a solution for businesses in need of photo or video content, calling on a decades-old business model to do so. Much like Kinko’s did for printing, soona offers high quality digital content delivered to the customer within 24 hours. With a professional crew, high-grade equipment and proprietary software, soona offers digital content with a quick turnaround. In May, the company raised a $1.2 million seed round.

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Spark Mindset

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Spark Mindset

Colorado Springs’ Spark Mindset provides opportunities to high school students in low-income households with access to virtual reality and project-based learning, preparing them for technology and cybersecurity certification, college pathways and careers. The company was recently selected to Colorado Springs-based accelerator Exponential Impact’s second summer cohort.

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Spekit

Denver's Spekit, a salesforce training startup, raised a $2.54 million seed round in October led by Bonfire Ventures with participation from Matchstick Ventures. Spekit's technology integrates with applications like Salesforce, allowing companies to create training and documentation around existing processes and terminology.

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StackHawk

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StackHawk

Denver’s StackHawk enables engineers to find and remediate security problems in development and production through continuous vulnerability scanning. Before writing a line of code, the company announced venture funding of more than $2 million in July, led by Boulder-based Foundry Group.

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The Last Gameboard

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The Last Gameboard

The Last Gameboard, a Boulder startup building the Kindle for hobby gaming, wrapped up its first Kickstarter project in November, raising $185,000 from 700 backers for its console. The company has developed a device that combines traditional board games with an interactive touchscreen board. The 16 by 16-inch Gameboard-1 combines internal antennas and radio identification technology to bring your favorite board games to life.

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TiLT

In 2018, Jennifer Henderson launched TiLT, a Fort Collins-based startup changing the way companies approach parental leave. TiLT’s tech-enabled solution provides guided-leave plans that help companies and employees prepare for an upcoming leave, organizing all of the required forms, releases and tasks in one platform. The three-person company is currently raising a pre-seed round and intends to double its employee count in the coming months.

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Uru Sports

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Uru Sports

Denver-based Uru Sports is a sports connection and recruitment platform. Athletes use Uru to find available roster positions on teams worldwide, while teams use Uru to recruit talent. The company was one of four Colorado startups that pitched at SXSW in March.

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Valid8

Boulder’s Valid8 is a financial data platform built for CPAs, litigation, and financial professionals, collecting financial evidence (bank statements and accounting system data) to automate verification and investigation procedures.

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Vaporox

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Vaporox

Vaporox, a Denver-based medical device company healing chronic skin wounds, has developed a patented and FDA-cleared technology called Vaporous Hyperoxia Therapy, which accelerates the healing of nine types of wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers. In August, the company moved into RiNo healthcare hub Catalyst HTI.

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