Citywide Mentor-Protégé Program


As part of the City and County of Denver’s commitment to help expand the capacity of minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs), the city has created the Citywide Mentor-Protégé Program to help address some of the challenges faced by small firms as they pursue city contracting opportunities.

Through mentorship, MWBEs can learn from larger firms and develop the necessary skills to help scale their businesses. Through this program selected firms - mentors and protégés - gain valuable educational and networking opportunities, while interacting with participating city agencies.

The city does not match mentors and proteges--you must self-select your partner and submit one joint application. Pairings selected to participate must be committed to dedicating time and resources to successfully achieve goals outlined in their development plan.  

Application 2023

The Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO) will open applications for the 2023 program later this year. Stay tuned! 

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 cohort!

Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI)

Team 1 
Mentor: Muller Engineering Company | Protégé: Empowercom 

Team 2
Mentor: PCL Construction | Protégé: Burgess Services 

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Team 1
Mentor: HNTB Corporation | Protégé: Peak Consulting Group 

Team 2 
Mentor: HSS, Inc. | Protégé: American Automation Security

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) 
Mentor: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. | Protégé: SurvWest

Mayor's Office of the National Western Center (NWCO) 
Mentor: Flatiron Construction | Protégé: Ram-Co Trucking Services