Baird and Innosphere Partner to Support Innovative Scaleup Companies
Innosphere, Colorado’s leading technology incubator that supports scientific and technology-based startup and scaleup companies, has announced that client companies within their Scaleup Program will have access to Baird’s financial services expertise. Baird is an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm.
Innosphere launched a specific program for scaleup companies in the Fall of 2017 to support companies seeking their second round of funding and to provide companies with mentorship on how to accelerate growth. At the beginning of 2019, Innosphere began running Scaleup Workshops specifically designed for these companies. “As one part of Innosphere’s Scaleup Program, we provide exclusive workshops that address the current needs and challenges of our Scaleup Companies,” said Bud Michael, Innosphere program director. “Entrepreneurs who have attended these events in the past know how these sessions help in creating clarity, aligning the team, and driving results.”
The overall Scaleup Program for Innosphere client companies focuses on top line revenue growth, finding and retaining the best talent, operational excellence, exit strategies and raising capital. “The Scaleup Workshops will deliver ‘graduate level’ curriculum for emerging, high-growth companies,” said Michael. “The Scaleup Program has been successful in extending Innosphere’s early-stage client support model to graduate companies of the incubator.”
Brian Robinson, financial advisor at Baird, will take a board seat on Innosphere’s Board of Directors. Robinson has over ten years of industry experience, and in 2017 and 2018, he was included in the Forbes list of Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors.
“We’ve seen how valuable Innosphere’s program is to the success of its client companies,” said Robinson. “Innosphere’s team has the expertise and network to help companies grow and access capital. “We are thrilled to work with Innosphere in its mission to support Colorado businesses through the Scaleup Program.”
Innosphere is now actively accepting applications from companies working in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
- Entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the Startup or Scaleup Program are encouraged to apply online at innosphereventures.org.
- For information on applying to Innosphere’s program, contact Innosphere operations director, Scott Sampl, at [email protected].
- For more information on Innosphere’s Scaleup Program, contact Innosphere program director, Bud Michael at [email protected].
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has approximately 3,500 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has $211 billion in client assets as of June 30, 2018. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 12 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018 – its 15th consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s website at www.rwbaird.com.
Innosphere accelerates the success of high-impact science and technology-based startup and scaleup companies in Colorado. Innosphere’s incubation program focus on ensuring companies are investor-ready, connecting entrepreneurs with experienced advisors, making introductions to corporate partners, exit planning, and accelerating top line revenue growth. Innosphere supports entrepreneurs in many industries, including but not limited to: bioscience; medical device; cleantech; energy; advanced materials; hardware; enterprise software, Fintech, and artificial intelligence. Innosphere has been in operation for 20 years, has locations in Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, and Castle Rock, and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a strong mission to create high-tech jobs and grow Colorado’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. innosphereventures.org