Eligibility & Application

2024 Applications are live!

Program Application 

2024 Mentor-Protégé Application

Download the application in PDF 
email completed PDF to [email protected]

Program Guidance

Mentor-Protege Program Guidance

Application Timeline

  • Sept. 11, 2023 - Applications available
  • Nov.  10, 2023 - Applications due
  • Dec. - Selections communicated
  • Jan./Feb. - Past year recognitions and New Year kick-off

What are the Eligibility Requirements?


  • Active CDOT ESB certification at the following levels:
    • Construction: Levels 1, 2, and SBE
    • Professional Services: Levels 1 and 2 (SBE consultants are not eligible to be Proteges in the ESB Mentor-Protege program)
  • In business at least 2 full years
  • Must be seeking business growth and expansion opportunities
  • Solo entrepreneurs will only be considered if prepared to hire while in the program


  • Completed (closed out) at least 3 projects with CDOT as a prime or sub OR performed at least $3M in CDOT contract work
  • Be actively prequalified with CDOT (MPA/technical prequal for consultants; B2GNow approved prequalification for contractors)
  • DBE and ESB certified firms may be Mentors