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Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program 2020


As part of the City & County of Denver’s commitment to help expand the capacity of minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs), the city has created a new Citywide Mentor Protégé Pilot Program that will help address some of the challenges faced by MWBEs pursuing city contracting opportunities.

Through mentorship, MWBEs can learn from larger firms and develop the necessary skills to help scale their businesses. This new citywide program is designed to allow selected Mentor-Protégé pairs to gain additional educational and networking opportunities directly from participating city agencies.

The following City agencies have committed to participating in the 2020 program:

  • Denver Public Works
  • Department of General Services
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Denver Parks and Recreation
  • National Western Center

Here is the full City Agency Commitment Statement.

The City & County of Denver will not be matching mentors and proteges. Participants must self-select and submit one joint application. Pairings selected to participate in this pilot program must be committed to dedicating time and resources to successfully achieve goals outlined in their development plan. 

Five pairings will be selected into the pilot program and will have the opportunity to select which agency they would like to work with. 

Please review the Citywide Mentor Protege Pilot Program Overview for additional information.

Are your ready to apply? Please download and complete the following two forms:

The deadline to submit applications and supporting documents is Friday, January 17, 2020.

For questions, please email or call 720-913-1549.


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