The Inaugural Succeeds Prize brought together nearly 800 leaders from Colorado’s business, education, and government communities to celebrate our public schools and educators as the heroes they are. $137,000 was awarded to top-performing public schools across the state, as well as the education innovators disrupting the status quo.

Year 2 is here and it will be even bigger.

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Over $150,000 will be awarded.

Join us.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Do I need to register?
Yes. This is a free event, but your RSVP is required in order to ensure you have a seat. You can do so here. For questions, last minute changes, or any issues using the site, please contact Madison Knapp (mknapp@coloradosucceeds.org | 612-708-9344).

When will I get my tickets and do I need to bring them to the event?
*UPDATE* Tickets will not be disseminated in advance of the event. All you need to do is show up and provide your name. Your seating assignment will be provided to you at that time. We will also have staff on-site to support with any day-of registration/seating issues.

Where do I park?
The Denver Performing Arts Complex is located in downtown Denver. The complex’s parking ramp has entrances on 14th & Arapahoe and 13th & Champa. You can also find ramp parking at the nearby convention center and street meters. Public transportation, Ubers, and Lyfts are great options for this downtown event – there will be a dropoff location outside the main entrance on Curtis & 14th Street.

What is the attire?
As it’s a special night for Colorado’s educators, the majority of guests will be in business or cocktail attire. Please dress in whatever makes sense for you!

Will there be dinner?
No. There is a 1-hour reception during which drinks and snacks will be available for purchase (cash/card). Special treats will be available for our educators. Food and beverages may be taken into the theater.

Where will I sit?
As this event is taking place in a theater, there are NO TABLES. Seats will be assigned according to group (sponsor, finalist, general admission). Guests in the general admission category will be seated with the individuals they register with.

What is the “mindSpark Learning Teachers’ Lounge”?
This is a special space dedicated to our VIPs – educators! The Teachers’ Lounge will be located on the lower level in the Chambers Grant Salon. It can be accessed by the main entrance.

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The Awards

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The Selection Process

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The Sponsors

$150,000 will be awarded in 6 categories:

  • ¬†Transformational Impact in an Elementary School
  • Transformational Impact in a Middle School
  • Transformational Impact in a High School
  • Excellence in STEM Education
  • Excellence in Education Innovation
  • Excellence in Technology Enabled Learning

Transformational Impact Awards: 
Data-driven process conducted by an external analyst and committee of business, civic, and education leaders to determine public schools making transformational gains in academic achievement.

STEM Award:
Application process open to all public schools who go beyond traditional course offerings, connect ALL students to STEM experiences, develop and apply 21st century skills, and focus on equity to support students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers.

Innovation & Technology Awards:
Application & live-pitch process open to any person or group of people working in a public school. Ideas must clearly state the problem, how your innovation or technology will solve that problem, and how the money will be used to support implementation, impact, and scale.

The Succeeds Prize is Presented Collaboratively by:

  • Colorado Succeeds
  • 9NEWS
  • mindSpark Learning

Reception Sponsor: Climax Molybdenum

Award Sponsors:

  • TTEC
  • DaVita
  • Western Union
  • Ball Corporation
  • Janus Henderson Investors
  • Arrow Electronics

With relentless collaboration, enthusiasm, and support from Colorado’s business community.