Six companies – including participants from the outdoor recreation, technology, transportation and material-manufacturing industries – have been selected for Durango’s business accelerator program.
More than 50 entrepreneurs across the Four Corners applied to be among the six selected for the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs 2021 class, the organization said in a news release.
The participating companies are located in Durango, Rico and SCAPE’s new territory, northern New Mexico.
Since SCAPE’s first class in 2013, it has launched 36 companies, which have raised more than $25 million in capital and helped create 152 regional jobs.
SCAPE’s mission is to support the expansion of job-producing companies in the Four Corners by providing mentoring and access to funding.
After having to pivot because of COVID-19 in 2020, SCAPE was able to mentor, support and graduate its 2020 class virtually through Zoom, while also hosting its Annual Startup Showcase online.
In part because of its remote sessions, SCAPE has been able to further support companies across the Four Corners including the addition of northern New Mexico.
This year’s class will be the eighth group of business startups and young companies based in the Four Corners to go through the accelerator program.
“We are so inspired by the interest in entrepreneurship right now and were blown away with 50 applications across the Four Corners,” said SCAPE Executive Director Elizabeth Marsh. “It’s clear to us that now more than ever entrepreneurs need support in shining a light on their big idea. We look forward to working with this new class and supporting our applicants through our networks.”
The selected members of the 2021 SCAPE class are:
Analytical Technologies Inc.: A firm from Farmington that provides computer board repair services for the oil and gas industry and makes micro-power systems including solar charging stations. Visit http://analyticaltechnologiesincorporated.com/ for more information.Eclipse DOT: A Durango firm that helps companies that use trucks for their business maintain compliance with federal regulations and provides Occupational Safety and Health Administration and training for state and federal departments of transportation. It also helps with commercial driver’s license testing. Visit https://eclipse-dot.com/ for more information.Rerouted: A Durango firm, which relocated from Taos, New Mexico, that seeks to streamline the used outdoor and recreational gear industry with a trusted, online marketplace to help people and businesses buy, sell and donate used gear. Visit https://rerouted.co/ for more information.S.J. Eco Materials: A firm from Ridgway that creates ecologically friendly materials for hard cases of all types. Visit https://www.sjecomaterials.com/ for more information.Solvent: A Durango financial technology firm that provides banking, payment and compliance services. Visit https://www.solvent.io for more information.Wanderful Wheels: A Durango firm that makes custom campervans handcrafted and specialized to meet clients’ needs ranging from weekend warriors to full-time vanlifers. Visit https://wanderfulwheels.com for more information.SCAPE is supported by local investors and mentors, and the Region 9 Economic Development District; the city of Durango; First Southwest Bank; the Colorado Department of Local Affairs; San Juan College; San Juan County, New Mexico; the city of Farmington; and Four Corners Economic Development.