Social and Advisory Group for Entrepreneurs (SAGE) is a program that provides promising early stage companies with advisory and mentoring assistance. SAGE opened its doors in 2007 in Fort Collins and added a Boulder group in 2017. SAGE has worked with over 135 early stage startups as they prepare themselves for incubators and accelerators such as Innosphere. Some go on to seek Angel funding or other non-dilutive funding options. Startups who apply to SAGE are carefully vetted for their progress in identifying customer needs, proposed solutions, and their focus on creating a successful business. Qualifying startups are matched with a team of advisors who assist the startup founders in overcoming their major business obstacles. Advisors work pro bono, as a service to Colorado’s most talented entrepreneurs.
SAGE’s role in the Entrepreneur Ecosystem
Today’s entrepreneurs have multiple options for seeking advisory services. SAGE fills a gap between startups in the “idea” stage and startups who are ready for accelerators and incubators. SAGE is a good option for academic researchers or students who believe that their inventions are commericalizable. SAGE is also a good option for startups who are “inventing” something new and trying to build a business around the invention. SAGE partners with local entrepreneurial groups like SBDC, Innosphere, accelerators, incubators, and Angel investor groups.