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    1. Colorado metros make list of most innovative cities

      Colorado metros make list of most innovative cities

      Three Colorado metro areas have been ranked in the top 25 most innovative cities in the U.S. Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland and Greeley all made the list, compiled by 24/7 Wall St. The ranking is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the year 2015, the most recent year available. The ratings look at number of patents issued for 100,000 residents. Boulder ranks No. 4, with 260.2 patents filed per 100,000 residents in 2015.

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    2. Silicon Flatirons to search for new director as Weiser becomes AG

      Silicon Flatirons to search for new director as Weiser becomes AG

      Silicon Flatirons has announced it will start the search for a new executive director in January; its founder and current executive director Phil Weiser was elected to be the state’s attorney general. Weiser led the group, which promotes technology and innovation in Colorado, for 19 years. Silicon Flatirons’ mission has been to support entrepreneurs, elevate policy discussions and prepare students for careers in technology policy and entrepreneurship.

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    3. LogRhythm software update to help customers SOAR above security threats

      LogRhythm software update to help customers SOAR above security threats

      LogRhythm Inc., a security intelligence company, is seeing success in its latest software update which makes cutting-edge ideas in cybersecurity more accessible. The company’s latest software release, version 7.4 of its NextGen SIEM platform, makes it easier to use SOAR techniques — security orchestration, automation and response — a cybersecurity concept that first become popular about 18 months ago.

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    4. Zayo to provide dark fiber to data-encryption company

      Zayo to provide dark fiber to data-encryption company

      Quantum Xchange, a secure communications and encryption provider, is partnering with Zayo Group Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) for dark fiber that will be used to provide the first Quantum Key Distribution, or QKD, network in the United States. Zayo, based in Boulder, is providing access to almost 500 miles of existing optical fiber spanning from Boston to Washington, D.C. Quantum Xchange will use the dark fiber to activate the initial leg of its QKD network.

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    5. Silicon Flatirons to hold conference on #GiveFirst and startups

      Silicon Flatirons to hold conference on #GiveFirst and startups

      Silicon Flatirons is hosting its annual entrepreneurship conference on Wednesday, where it will discuss and analyze the #GiveFirst mentality for entrepreneurs. #GiveFirst is the mindset of individuals doing something good without securing a benefit. It’s not altruism — some sort of return is expected eventually — but it’s also not transactional.

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    6. UCAR signs agreement to continue managing NCAR

      UCAR signs agreement to continue managing NCAR

      The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation to continue management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research for five years. The agreement is up to $630 million, depending on the availability of funds. “NCAR is among the nation’s greatest scientific success stories,” William Easterling, the head of the NSF Directorate for Geosciences, said in a prepared statement.

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    7. Colorado to provide another cycle of work training grants

      Colorado to provide another cycle of work training grants

      The Department of Labor and Employment has begun the fourth stage of recruiting grant applicants for the Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Key Training Act, more commonly known as the WORK Act. The WORK Act Grant was established in 2015 after lawmakers recognized that a four-year college program was not for everyone. The grant promotes skills-training with hands-on instruction in the workplace, including apprenticeships, internships and on-the-job training.

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    8. Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund invests in startup

      Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund invests in startup

      The Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund has made an investment in the Israeli startup Kando. Kando monitors wastewater in real-time through a cloud-based software solution that tracks and monitors key wastewater quality parameters, making it ideal for wastewater utilities to gain insight into their system dynamics. The ICI is joining other investors in Kando’s Series A round of financing. Kando will use the funds for product and business development as the company grows.

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    9. Pitch competition looks to promote Adams County innovation

      Pitch competition looks to promote Adams County innovation

      A new pitch competition is coming for Adams County startups. The StartUp North Adams County Pitch Competition is the first to be open exclusively for business owners and entrepreneurs specifically in Adams County. The winners are competing for a $20,000 prize package that includes legal services from Lewis Brisbois, marketing services from Honest Films and pitch preparation and advice from Rockies Venture Club. The prize package is being raised through private funds.

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    10. Denver Startup Week launches Sept. 24

      Denver Startup Week launches Sept. 24

      Denver Startup Week will take place Sept. 24 to 28 across Denver. The event, which features panels and activities surrounding Denver’s startup community, features six main tracks this year: designer, developer, founder, growth, maker and product. There are also several topics and industry clusters: IOT, healthtech, cannabis and blockchain. Basecamp for Denver Startup Week will be located downtown in The Commons at 1245 Champa Street and will be sponsored by Chase for Business.

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    11. One entrepreneur brings more coworking to Greeley

      One entrepreneur brings more coworking to Greeley

      There’s a new coworking space in downtown Greeley. Eight-0-Eight is a coworking concept from Tim McCarthy, who initially started the project when he was looking for a new office for his company. After purchasing a historic building at the end of 2016, McCarthy started restoring the building — built in 1919 — and decided to turn it into coworking space. “Greeley is super cool,” McCarthy said. “I like small businesses, I’m an entrepreneur who owns three businesses myself.

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    12. Carbon Black says talent drove decision to choose Boulder

      Carbon Black says talent drove decision to choose Boulder

      As Carbon Black Inc. announced internally that it was opening an office in Boulder and would relocate some employees from its Boston headquarters to the new location, Chief People Officer Amy Robinson said there was a deluge of requests from employees to be considered for the move. “We had a list of people interested in moving out there,” Robinson told BizWest after the company’s official announcement.

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    13. Greeley ag-tech company raises nearly $9 million

      Greeley ag-tech company raises nearly $9 million

      Xiant Technologies Inc., an agricultural-tech company, has raised nearly $9 million in capital. The Greeley-based company raised $8,999,941, according to a Form D filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 16. The company raised the funds through an equity offering, as well as an option to acquire other securities and securities to be acquired upon exercise of an option. The date of first sale was Aug. 8.

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    14. Talent, financing, IP on minds of Boulder innovators

      Talent, financing, IP on minds of Boulder innovators

      The Front Range is a national hub for innovation, but it’s not without its stumbling blocks: financing, talent acquisition and protection of intellectual property, to name a few. CEOs of startups, entrepreneurs, leaders of accelerator and economic development experts discussed the state of Boulder’s innovation economy at BizWest’s CEO Roundtable on Tuesday.

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    15. Talent acquisition, security breaches weigh on NoCo tech CEOs

      Talent acquisition, security breaches weigh on NoCo tech CEOs

      Northern Colorado’s tech industry CEOs have two major issues at hand: gathering and retaining talent and maintaining security for their own companies and their clients. Leaders in Northern Colorado’s tech community discussed these subjects at the BizWest CEO Roundtable on Tuesday afternoon. When it comes to talent, a significant roadblock — as it is in many industries — is finding hourly workers for jobs like manufacturing and technical work.

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    16. Innosphere seeks applicants for incubator programs

      FORT COLLINS — Innosphere is seeking applicants for its fall entrepreneur programs. The Fort Collins-based incubator is seeking science and tech companies that are in the startup and scale-up stages. The programs will focus on getting the companies ready for investment, working with experienced advisers, exit planning and top-line growth, among other necessary skills. The application for both the startup and scale-up program is Aug. 15.

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    17. Google gives more than $2M to Ncwit, Cu Boulder

      Google gives more than $2M to Ncwit, Cu Boulder

      BOULDER — Google is granting more than $2 million in investments to the cause of furthering women in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math education, turning over the second floor of its former office space on 26th Street in Boulder to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. NCWIT, founded at the University of Colorado Boulder, will use the space for their new national headquarters.

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    18. Front Range business leaders join the startups they’re helping

      Front Range business leaders join the startups they’re helping

      Seven business leaders are looking to grow the success rate of later-stage startups by taking an entirely new approach to the accelerator concept. Growth Sherpas is a new accelerator with partners in Boulder, Longmont, Denver and Castle Rock. Rather than the traditional accelerator, where several (usually early-stage) startups join and graduate a program during a certain amount of time and get advice and guidance from mentors, Growth Sherpas is taking a more embedded approach.

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