FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 11, 2018 | Grand Junction) – The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) announces Bonsai Design, headquartered in Grand Junction, as a new member of their network. BEN is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the State of Colorado and is administered by the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. In parallel with other Silicon Flatirons projects, like Startup Colorado and the CU-Boulder campus entrepreneurship initiative, BEN identifies promising Colorado-based companies across industries and geographies, and provides guidance and meaningful connections to help these companies grow. With the help of our advisor network, BEN leverages expertise across a range of disciplines, connecting and supporting our community and network members by building relationships, providing educational resources, and supporting scale-up growth through a range of offerings.

Bonsai Design is an aerial adventure course design builder with installations across the U.S. and internationally with the mission of designing and installing adventure programs that enhance the lives of all people who participate on the courses. Each course is a custom design, no matter how large or small. Bonsai Design actively participates in economic development on the western slope of Colorado and is currently working with the City of Grand Junction and Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) on the RIVERFRONT at las colonias PARK development. Sarah Shrader is also an active participant on the GJEP Board of Directors.

“Thaddeus and I are incredibly grateful to be a part of the Blackstone Entrepreneur’s Network.  We feel really lucky to have a group of highly skilled, experienced, and successful professionals to advise us on our growth” said Sarah Shrader, Bonsai Design Owner and Co-Founder.

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