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2019年2月12日 星期二

Denver's Wurk Raises $11M | Broomfield's Phonesuite Announces Merger

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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Nick: We are one day out from our Startups to Watch event and a small amount of tickets are still available.

If a panel discussion with some of Colorado's brightest startups wasn't enticing enough, come grab a beer on Inno at Denver Beer Co. for some post-event networking.

RSVP here if you haven't already. For now, let's drop a Beat...


The Big One

A breakdown on the day's biggest Inno story.

It's Würking

As legalization spurs cannabis companies across the country to sprout up, the need for cannabis focused human resources and payroll services increases.

Denver-startup Würk is capitalizing on that, announcing $11M in funding to facilitate further expansion of its platform.

Würk, which launched in 2015, provides cannabis businesses with services to streamline recruiting, scheduling and paying employees.

With the funding, Würk plans to expand its management platform, adding dedicated human resource, payroll and tax experts to its offered services.

"Our technology ecosystem allows cannabis companies to recruit, retain and optimize the efficiency of their rapidly growing workforces," said Keegan Peterson, founder and CEO of Würk. "Multiple new states came online in 2018, and with a number of markets planning to implement a regulated cannabis program this year, the industry needs these critical business applications in place to support it at scale."

As more states legalize cannabis every year, more people are entering the space every year. But, Peterson said larger providers haven't yet caught up.

"We're looking to offer the benefits and all the services that traditional companies have the luxury of having, but cannabis companies don't yet have," he said.

[For more on Würk's hiring and growth plans, check out our story here.]


Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves today.

PitchNo.Co

Innovation in Colorado isn't limited to just Denver and Boulder.

LaunchNo.CO, in conjunction with Fort Collins StartUp Week, is hosting its 2nd annual PitchNo.CO for companies operating in Larimer and Weld counties and nominations close tonight.

If your company is under five years old, operates in Longmont, Larimer or Weld counties and have less than $500K in revenue, apply here.

Participants will have a chance to share prize money and prize packages from the event sponsors.

Phone Company Merger

Broomfield-based Phonesuite announced a merger with Baltimore-based Opulent Cloud to create a combine cloud-based phone solution.

In the partnership, Phonesuite will continue to provide all services and support for its hospitality customers. While Opulent will lead the efforts for new customer sales, and existing customer service & support for Phonesuite call center customers.

More on the merger here.

In The Know

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Elsewhere in Inno

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In The Community

The events and happenings to know about tonight and this week.

Coming Up


Random & Ramblings

The fun stuff.

Deals for Teachers

As the Denver teachers strike enters it second day, a host of local restaurants are offering deals. Check out Westword's list here for free and cheap food for teachers.

A local dispensary is also getting in on the act.


Beat Gotta Eat

We've predicted who we think will do big things in 2019, now meet them at our Startups to Watch meetup on Feb. 13. Last chance to RSVP, we'll see you tomorrow!


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