Covid-19 Update: The safety of our friends and colleagues around the world is our primary concern, so some of our initiatives are on hold as a result of the new Covid-19 quarantine restrictions. However, other initiatives are going ahead and adapting to work in an entirely online setting! With many individuals recently becoming unemployed or finding themselves at home more than usual, this is the perfect time to develop new skills and work together to open up new opportunities down the road. Please see below for details on how current initiatives are transitioning to work in this new Covid environment:
- Women in MENA: Local programs are independently transitioning their tutorials and classes to online.
If you would like to get involved with this transition, please contact us! While Covid-19 will have a devastating impact on the world, we are committed to working together to emerge from these difficult times as a stronger, united community.
Welcome to ctek
The ripple effect of collaboration in technology can transform the world.
CTEK’s mission is to break down barriers to entrepreneurship worldwide.
We live in a highly connected, global society, so solving problems in silos for just one community, one city, one country, without thinking of the ripple effects that extend beyond our borders, is like tossing a penny in sand, quickly swallowed up by the surrounding forces and leaving no trace of its brief effort at impact. Entrepreneurship is not only the single most powerful solution to poverty alleviation, it also bears the promise of great innovation that benefits the broader society, but great innovation is also a collaborative endeavor.
CTEK harnesses our collective power to break down barriers to entrepreneurship. Our three-part strategy is to be WORLDWIDE in scope, EFFECTIVE in choosing what is selected, and EFFICIENT in how we use time and money. These “WE2 Initiatives” effect change for millions of people and achieve our mission of opening access across the entire supply chain of entrepreneurship to foster inclusion in our entrepreneurial ecosystem. The only barrier to entrepreneurship should be dreaming something worthy.
CTEK collaborates with corporations, nonprofits and individuals on global initiatives that bring Connection, Capital and Community to the most underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs in our ecosystem. Our partners are mission-aligned and co-fund alongside CTEK’s commitments, providing money, goods and services. CTEK’s role in these initiatives is to explore and discover the best partners, providers, practices and solutions, then work towards our shared purpose to achieve and measure the affects of the initiatives.
Connection: The GMN Initiative is about the Internet of People, building a worldwide digital/human portal to broaden the connection between Mentors and Mentees to guide the growth of entrepreneurism in needy segments of the economy. More…
Capital: Ideas can grow out of thin air, but money does not, and ideas need money to thrive. CTEK is working to implement a technology infrastructure to serve organizations that provide capital to underserved entrepreneurs worldwide. More….
Community: A neighborhood innovation center is the first place where the most underserved entrepreneur walks in the door. CTEK is developing a best-practices “Playbook” that can significantly improve the Center’s success rate. More…
Commitment: Overcoming some of the political, economic, and social barriers that plague startup entrepreneurs in Latin America requires a commitment to the “long game” in teaching young entrepreneurs how to succeed. More…
Collaboration: Many women in the Middle East and North Africa face challenges to entrepreneurship due to cultural norms, yet they can still be included in the online world by introducing them to coding as a business. More…
CTEK is a public, nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Our partnerships span the globe to bring entrepreneurism to diverse, underserved markets. The origin of the CTEK name dates back to 1989 when the Boulder Technology Incubator (BTI) was founded as a community-funded organization that helped local technology startups. Lu Cordova took the reins during the 2000 tech recession, doing business as “CTEK” (Colorado-Tech), and it grew from housing a handful of companies to working with hundreds of companies per year with over 8000 volunteers in the largest mentor database in the nation. Sister company CTEK Angels invested millions into Colorado startups. Both CTEK and it’s companies won numerous awards during this high-growth period but ceased meaningful operations shortly after Cordova’s retirement in 2005. Cordova resurrected the name “CTEK” in 2018 with a new nonprofit and an expanded mission to break down barriers to entrepreneurship worldwide. Now the “C” stands for CTEK’s tenants of collaboration, capital, community and connection with a focus on using technology to open access to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
A special thanks to CTEK alumni who made the transition possible: Deb Conroy, Mark Feuer, Nicole Glaros, John Hill, Mike Murphy, and Todd Oliver. Additional thanks to Techstars and the Techstars Foundation for their support and guidance to make this transition possible.
Are you someone who has received much in this world and feel it’s time to give back? Do you have a passion for breaking down barriers, giving underrepresented entrepreneurs a chance to succeed? Do you understand the power of entrepreneurship in lifting people out of poverty? Do you believe than great innovation comes from different experiences?
Help make the world of entrepreneurship as colorful as the transformative ideas that they bring. CTEK provides a way to Give Back for everyone who believes that innovative ideas come from ALL walks of life. Please talk to us about how you can create stronger entrepreneurial communities worldwide, across gender, ethnicity, socio-economic, cultural, geographic, and other barriers that create a myriad of obstacles that prevent some of the brightest ideas from shining.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information on how to give and types of gifts accepted (cash, check, stock, planned gifts, volunteer time or products and services, among others) please email Donate@CTEK.org. Thank you for giving!