KUSA - For this week's Tech Tuesday, Gary Shapiro sat down with 9NEWS Technology Expert Scott Yates to talk about a hub that's at the center of helping to build Denver's reputation for growing our economy by nurturing new technology companies.

"If you aren't growing, you're dying." That's a common expression for business, and it can apply to cities as well. While Colorado has done better than a lot of other states in creating new jobs, the leaders with the Colorado Technology Association, the Downtown Denver Partnership and the city of Denver knew that they want to keep a foot on the accelerator for growth. That's why they created the Commons on Champa. Comcast and a number of other businesses made contributions to help create the space.

It's a location and set of programs that was put together in what had been admin space near the DCPA. The calendar of activities is packed, and the quality of the programs just keeps improving.

It's been going for more than a year now, and people from outside of Colorado are beginning to recognize its success here in Denver.

The team there recently got news that it was awarded a grant from the Kauffman foundation for $400,000 to help female- and minority-led startups succeed. This was one of the larger grants from the foundation, and the only one in Colorado, so that should spark lots of great activity from them in 2017.

Common Holiday Party

And for the event, of course, we are highlighting one at the Commons: It's a "mashup" holiday party hosted by a half-dozen different tech meetups. It will be a great chance to network and learn about what's coming for next year.

It's free, and will be held Wednesday, December 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver, Colorado 80204

Each Tech Tuesday Scott Yates showcases new and emerging companies that are doing great things in Colorado, along with tech events. This post was written by one of the freelance writers working with the blog writing service BlogMutt. Do you want to see your business featured in a future #TechTuesday segment? Build an interesting business and then go to a startup event, and Scott will probably see you there.