LEADING EDGE™ for Entrepreneurs


Starting a business is not for the fainthearted. Most of us were never taught to be business owners; we were taught to be employees. 

LEADING EDGE™, formerly known as NxLeveL, is an 11-week course designed to teach you how to start and grow a successful business based on an actionable business plan. Through a blended-learning format combining an online learning platform with classroom sessions, participate in interactive learning exercises, hear from experts and receive online resources to help you start or run a business. By the end of the course, you will understand the aspects of running a business, have a written business plan or strategy and test your model for financial viability.



  • Ten three-hour sessions including interactive group work and guest speakers
  • Access to an online learning platform with weekly reading and presentations, group discussion forums, homework, financial spreadsheets and templates to build your plan of action
  • Minimum of five hours of one-on-one consulting
  • Feedback on your business plan or strategy two times during the course
  • Introduction to potential lenders at a Funding Options Panel
  • Free registration to workshops (excluding QuickBooks I) at the Denver Metro SBDC while enrolled, valued at over $500
  • Entry into a class business plan competition for a chance to win prizes and have your business plan reviewed by a banker and an accountant 
  • Entry into an annual statewide business plan competition with cash prizes
  • Eligibility for the Loan Request Preview program, putting you on the fast track to funding if needed
  • Optional participation in Trout Tank, a pitch event held one month after graduation where you will pitch your idea to lenders and investors



Payment is not required upon registration, but must be completed by or on the first day of class. 

                    $645 Standard Fee
  $375       Each additional employee
  $275 Retake Fee


Click on the scholarship titles below to learn more. 


This course is held three times per year, in the spring, summer and fall. 

  Registration Opens Nov. 12, 2015
                Info Sessions Dec. 3, 2015 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. | RSVP
Jan. 14, 2016 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. | RSVP

  Registration Deadline       Jan. 26, 2016
  Course Sessions Jan. 28 - Mar. 31, 2016 | Thursdays | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  Graduation Apr. 28, 2016 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  Statewide Graduation at
the Governor's Mansion          
Jan. 2017


Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market St., 5th floor
Denver, CO 80202

Discounted valet parking for $6 is available through P.F. Changs valet service.


  • Greg Durocher

    Greg Durocher

    Leading Edge Facilitator

    Start-up, business planning





    For questions, please contact Alea Kilgore at Alea.Kilgore@denversbdc.org or (303) 620-8076.

    With Gratitude to Our Sponsors:

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