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.
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.
Give Back: Donate Today
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!