Wednesday August 16, 2017 0 comments
LOVELAND -- The Warehouse Business Accelerator, a public-private regionally supported economic development engine, announced the appointment of Bryan Pederson as leader and executive director for the organization.
Pederson began his new role in July and brings to the Accelerator more than 10 years of regional business and community development experience that includes former leadership of Thrivent Financial’s community engagement initiatives in Central California and formation of the Safe at Home program with Rebuilding Together Peninsula.
“Bryan as the Executive Director is the perfect fit in our city’s economic eco system as his passions and purpose is driving business development and community engagement,” said Jay Dokter, The Warehouse founder.
“His servant leadership, networking capabilities, and positive attitude make him ideal for the position.
"The Warehouse program is distinctly different from other business incubator programs because of the maturity of the companies it serves.
"Companies enabled by The Warehouse are typically graduates from the incubator phase. They have a tested product and are ready to "scale up" to bring their product to market, generate revenue and hire employees."
“I look forward to serving and partnering with the area’s stage II companies in this capacity,” said Pederson. “I am dedicated to this sector because it is a primary driver of economic growth and creator of jobs in our communities.
“The Warehouse Business Accelerator plays a key role in supporting and developing company capacity to improve this region’s quality of life.”
The Warehouse's primary funding source comes from the Loveland Business Partnership (LBP) with collaboration and support from the City of Loveland and other organizations.
The Warehouse provides select incubator graduates and Stage II companies access to an integrated regional ecosystem. This includes expert advice, capital, supply chain partners, research resources, market connections, and physical resources for the purpose of accelerating their revenue growth, scale-up, and growth of primary jobs.
“The Warehouse's founders have been working alongside many of the existing entrepreneurial support entities to build out a missing piece of the regional ecosystem in Northern Colorado,” said Douglas Rutledge, LBP board member.
“Collaboration, a regional footprint, local, state, international sources of capital and tech industry cluster development are all ingredients to The Warehouse's success.”
The Warehouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and eligible to receive funding through sponsorship, in-kind donations, grants and government sources.
The Loveland Business Partnership (LBP) is an organization of Loveland business leaders interested in promoting and supporting business growth and opportunity within the city that provides high-quality employment opportunities for current and future citizens.