2024 Business Awards Start-Up of the Year Finalists

Every year, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce celebrates businesses shaping the future of Denver’s economy. Be part of the excitement at the 2024 Business Awards, sponsored by BOK Financial, on April 25, 2024, and witness the winner announced live! This year’s Start-Up of the Year finalists are Daddy’s Homemade Syrup, Original Account Strategies and Titan CEO. Get to know each of the organizations below.

Daddy’s Homemade Syrup

Daddy’s Homemade Syrup started when Dannie (aka Daddy) started paying closer attention to products on the shelves and realizing the high amounts of fructose corn syrup. Driven by a need for cleaner ingredients for his family, he crafted his own syrup, and the family sold their first six jars at a garage sale. Daddy’s Homemade Syrup, true to its commitment to all-natural and simple ingredients, has expanded its offerings to include various flavors. As the business grows, they explore ways to enhance the versatility of their syrup—integrating it into cocktails, mocktails, and broadening their product line to include sweet treats and dry mixes like pancake mix.

Original Account Strategies

Original Account Strategies emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic when founder Alisha Harris, having lost her job in the food industry, recognized a critical need among government contractors: effective storytelling, particularly in visual formats. From this insight, the company blossomed into a dynamic force in Denver, specializing in website design and a suite of services. As a black-woman owned small business, they prioritize authentic connections, delving deeply into the ethos of their clients to unearth hidden value and refine storytelling strategies. With a diverse team spanning industries from construction to technology, Original Account Strategies thrives on connecting with remarkable individuals and organizations, infusing their projects with genuine humanity and a commitment to showcasing the full brilliance of their clients’ visions and identities.

Titan CEO

Titan CEO, established in 2019, initially focused on creating peer groups with the aim of working with 24 of them, but swiftly expanded into eight markets. Offering executive coaching, events, and fully developed peer groups for CEOs and C-Suite Executives, Titan CEO provides a dynamic platform for leadership development. Led by facilitators and boasting diverse representation with 40% women, these peer groups foster collaborative learning and professional growth. Additionally, Titan CEO hosts the prestigious Titan 100 Awards and retreats, furthering their commitment to recognizing and empowering industry leaders. With a mission to facilitate executive connections and promote growth, Titan CEO empowers leaders to thrive as industry titans.