Denver Startups Reshaping Employee Engagement

Denver is home to a thriving culture of startups and innovative entrepreneurs. As the workplace evolves in cities across America, Denver has seen a major increase in the amount of standout tech companies inhabiting its community, robust growth in economic opportunity, and a rapidly growing number of young, entrepreneurial professionals flooding their city.

As these innovative companies expand, so does their impact in the community, and the unique ways they engage their employees and empower them to give back. With Denver Startup Week on the horizon, it is more apparent than ever that Denver’s collaborative culture is reshaping what it means to be a startup ecosystem. Want to help create more impact through Denver’s startup community?Join us as a team or spectator at Startup Games’ headline event at Denver Startup Week on Wednesday, September 26!

In the meantime, here are just some of the companies in  Denver that are rethinking corporate responsibility.





HomeAdvisor, a digital operator of the largest home services marketplace across the globe, takes an active role in the community and encourages employees to get engaged.

In 2015, HomeAdvisor was awarded Community Partner of the Year by Children’s Hospital Colorado Blood Donor Center. In Denver alone, HomeAdvisor supports Dress for Success, Denver MiCasa, Food Bank of the Rockies, Junior Achievement, and Special Olympics. HomeAdvisor was named a Denver Post “Top Workplace” for the sixth consecutive year due to its employee engagement and retention techniques. Aside from offering standard employee benefits, HomeAdvisor offers employees to take eight paid hours off per year to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations, set a goal to log more than 5,000 employee volunteer hours per year, and hosts charity events such as basketball tournaments.

HomeAdvisor won second place at the 2018 Denver Startup Games, raising $4000 for Open World Learning, an after-school program dedicated to teaching computer technology to Denver-area students.





SpotX, a video advertising platform for online publishers, media owners, and advertisers, launched their community engagement program back in 2015. SpotX For Change offers sponsoring volunteer opportunities for employees and a gift matching program that matches 100% of the financial donations their employees make each year.  Some organizations that SpotX sponsors include American Heart Association, United Way, and Dumb Friends League.

SpotX employees volunteered at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, building shelters for half a dozen mama bears and their cubs. SpotXers volunteered with Greenhouse Scholars, Urban Peak, Children’s Hospital, etc.

When SpotX competed in the 2018 Denver Startup Games, they supported Greenhouse Scholars with their winnings, a nonprofit focused on developing leaders that will evolve low-income and underveloped communities around the world.

Aetna Digital



Aetna Digital, a company developing a smart, connected, and more enjoyable digital healthcare experience, has been recognized as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the U.S. for the sixth consecutive year. “Building a healthier world,” is the mission Aetna Digital pursues every day, through their work and community efforts. In 2016 and 2017, they donated more than $14.6 million through the company’s matching gift program. About 30,000 Aetna employees participated in employee engagement initiatives and employees donated more than 945,000 volunteer hours.


They have supported campaigns such as The Denver Rescue Mission, The Movember Foundation, Pink Vail, Bike MS Colorado, and Bonfils Blood Center. They have frequent deliveries of surplus for “Free Food Friday” lunches and employee donated 1,134 pound of food for the 2015 holiday food drive. They have participated in projects such as Project Angel Heart, Habitat for Humanity, Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child, Ronald McDonald House Denver, and more.


Zoom Video Communications



Zoom Communications, which provides video and web conferencing software platforms, placed first in The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 survey in the small workplace category. Aside from the great benefits of a fully stocked kitchen, a game room, etc., the company holds monthly outreach and volunteer events in various areas of the community. The company was designated a special award winner among small employers in the Top Workplaces survey for “meaningfulness.”

The Happiness Crew maintains the company culture through events, celebrations, community involvements, and volunteering. By giving their employees volunteer paid time off, the Happiness crew coordinates volunteer events for all Zoom Denver employees to have access to. They have volunteered at a number of organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Brent’s place, Denver Food for Thought, MS Society, and the Ronald McDonald House. 


Cloud Elements


Cloud Elements, a cloud API integration platform built to support developers, is a innovative company founded in 2012 that is already known for being a great workplace (they’ve been recognized by Outside Online as one of the country’s best places to work) that is dedicated to promoting employee engagement in the Denver community.

Cloud Elements participated in the Denver Startup Games in 2018, raising $1500 for Roundup Ranch, a local Denver charity with the mission of proving classic, fun camp experiences to children with serious illnesses. They won the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Team Spirit Award for going above and beyond in sportsmanship, commitment, and outfits at Startup Games this year.


As workplace trends across the world are being redefined by a growing population of innovative, charity-minded employees, it’s no wonder that innovative, charity-minded startups are stepping up to make a bigger impact. To celebrate the Mile High City’s philanthropic and entrepreneurial ecosystem, join us at Denver Startup Week, taking place September 24th-28th.

Startup Games is a fun way to give back, and a great networking and team building opportunity that encourages employees to unite and compete for causes that matters. Founded in 2012, Startup Games has given away over $500,000 to local charities. Register your team and learn more about getting involved at Startup Games Denver at