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Denver Gazelles


The Denver Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, is proud to annually recognize five Denver-based companies that demonstrate rapid growth & scale, secured venture capital funding, and accelerated job creation in the twelve months preceding their recognition. Annual Denver Gazelle honorees are announced during Denver Startup Week and are celebrated throughout the year, most notably by Mayoral Proclamation and a company-wide ceremony. Since 2011, the Denver Gazelles have served as shining examples of the City of Denver's strength as a scale-up hub and boosts our growing profile on the national tech scene.


2018 Denver Gazelles

Rachel Carlson,  CEO & Co-Founder

Rachel Carlson, CEO & Co-Founder

Guild offers education as a company benefit to help 64 million working Americans without a college degree advance their education and career. They are a female-founded and led B-Corp (recently recognized as one of the top 10% of B-Corp’s internationally), and was recently named Denver’s Fastest Growing Startup. Denver fits Guild’s model, their mission, and their people.

“Denver fits our model, our mission, and our people. We believe it’s the best place to build a mission-driven, high growth company, both because of the amazing people who live here and the city itself.”

Founded: 2015 | Employees: 175 | Total Funding: $71.5 million


Lorena Cantarovici,  CEO

Lorena Cantarovici, CEO

Maria Empanada is an Artisan empanada company founded by Lorena Cantarovici, who came to the U.S. with only a backpack and $300 in her pocket and not a bit of English. In just 5 years, she has built the company into the leading brand of artisan empanada in the U.S. The company has garnered wide recognition, including: Winning the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award for the State of Colorado; It is Zagat-rated as “One of the 12 hottest new bakeries in the U.S.”; It has been recognized as “One of 8 Breakout Brands” by the leading restaurant industry magazine; Lorena was the featured empanada judge in Argentina’s National Championship for Empanada Artisans; and has been featured in the Food Network as well as appeared in media across the world.

“We are, proudly, a Denver-born company. Our growth and success here confirms what we expected when launching our business: that once the American palate got a taste of Argentinian empanadas, they would love them. Denver is a natural place to succeed, what with all the programs and help available from the City to small businesses.”

Founded: 2013 | Employees: 40 | Total Funding: $3.5 million

Krista Morgan,  CEO & Co-Founder

Krista Morgan, CEO & Co-Founder

P2Binvestor is a marketplace lender providing businesses flexible, scalable, asset-backed lines of credit on an easy-to-use platform. Since founding the company in 2012, P2Bi has become a leader in marketplace lending, with over $125M in total commitments and an unparalleled online financing experience. 

“Denver’s booming startup scene plays a huge part in our growth plans over the next 1-2 years. It’s not only extremely convenient to find top-notch talent right in your backyard, but it’s great that said talent also tends to be a cultural fit for P2Bi as well.”

Founded: 2012 | Employees: 29 | Total Funding: $18 million

Nolan Mondrow,  CEO

Nolan Mondrow, CEO

RemoteLock provides the ability for Vacation Rentals, Commercial Enterprises, and Property Management organizations to control and manage any lock, on any property from the cloud. Through partnerships with Airbnb, HomeAway, Target, Loves and other partners,  RemoteLock is at the forefront of internet-connected devices and cloud-based access control solutions for properties globally.

“RemoteLock selected Denver, Colorado as its corporate headquarters location, centrally located in the United States for ease of cloud-based control, management, and product distribution along with close proximity to Colorado's growing high-tech resources for future growth and expansion.”

Founded: 2011 | Employees: 32 | Total Funding: $7.5 million

Benjamin Wright,  CEO

Benjamin Wright, CEO

Velocity Global is the leading provider of global employment solutions that has reinvented the way companies expand overseas and recently ranked #4 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

“Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, which has benefitted us greatly in our ability to attract and retain the best talent. This, combined with the top-tier local colleges and universities, ensures that we'll have access to the kind of talent that will match our aggressive future growth plans.”

Founded: 2014 | Employees: 88









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About The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED):  OED is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Our purposeful and intentional approach to economic development is designed to broaden the tax base, stimulate balanced growth, increase the availability and affordability of housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and develop a skilled workforce for our region’s employers. Working with a wide variety of community partners, we work to build and sustain an economic culture that reflects values of innovation and sustainability.  For more information, please email Michael Bevis, OED Manager of Innovation and Entrepreneurism at Michael.bevis@denvergov.org.