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    1. Governor signs employee ownership executive order

      Governor signs employee ownership executive order

      Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the Commission on Employee Ownership. The order is meant to encourage employee ownership of businesses. “Increasing employee ownership will help support a strong economy and promote job security in communities across the state,” said Polis when he signed the order.

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    2. Tech-industry jobs grow 2.5% statewide in 2018

      Tech-industry jobs grow 2.5% statewide in 2018

      Colorado’s technology sector added 7,175 jobs last year, taking the industry to 292,902 workers, up 2.5 percent. That’s according to the Cyberstates 2019, CompTIA’s guide to national, state and metropolitan-area tech analytics. Colorado ranks 15th nationwide in terms of net tech employment as a percent of the total workforce, and 11th in terms of technology jobs added in the past year.

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    3. CU tech transfer impacts U.S. economy by $1.9B

      CU tech transfer impacts U.S. economy by $1.9B

      The domestic economic impact of commercialization activities at the University of Colorado Boulder over the past five years amounted to $1.9 billion, with $1.2 billion of that in Colorado. The impact of the university’s technology transfer — the transfer of university research and inventions to the private sector — was recorded in a recently released report titled, Economic Impact of Tech Transfer on the State and National Economy.

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    4. Greeley voters approve sales-tax measures, Erie says ‘yes’ to broadband

      Greeley voters approve sales-tax measures, Erie says ‘yes’ to broadband

      Weld County communities voted on a variety of sales-tax and other measures Tuesday. Greeley voters overwhelmingly supported an extension of a 0.30 percent sales tax for streets. Ballot measure 2O — dubbed the Quality of Life measure — received 15,763 votes in favor and 7,611 against, or 67.44 percent to 32.56 percent. The measure was first approved in 2002 for recreational and cultural improvements.

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    5. Zillow unveils Denver home-buying service

      Zillow unveils Denver home-buying service

      Home owners in Denver now have the option of receiving cash offers for their homes from Zillow. The Denver Post reports that Zillow launched the Zillow Offers service on Monday, presenting the service as one that frees home owners from the hassles of selling their homes, such as showings, additional maintenance and cleaning, and allowing them to set the time of closing. Sellers interested in receiving an offer from Zillow can click on a tab on the Zillow website to request an offer.

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    6. St. Vrain innovation center to host open house

      St. Vrain innovation center to host open house

      The St. Vrain Valley School District will celebrate the opening of its new innovation center at an event 1 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28. The school is located at 33 Quail Road in southeast Longmont. The innovation center, a 50,000-square-foot facility that opened this year, was built using 2016 bond-issue money. It uses a curriculum that helps students apply knowledge to multiple emerging technological fields.

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    7. Sphero releases new educational toy called BOLT

      Sphero releases new educational toy called BOLT

      Sphero Inc., the company that builds robots such as the BB-8 droid used in Star Wars movies, has launched a new robotic ball it is calling BOLT. The device is intended as an educational tool and comes equipped with the Sphero Edu application. It will help users dig deeper into science and technology, according to information supplied by the company and reported by the Daily Camera. The company said BOLT is suitable for all ages and knowledge levels. It sells for $149.99.

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    8. CU Boulder sponsored research sets record

      CU Boulder sponsored research sets record

      Sponsored research funding at the University of Colorado Boulder reached a record-breaking $511.1 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, topping the $507.9 million recorded the prior year. Numbers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year are preliminary, with final numbers expected later this year. The CU system as a whole also saw record levels of research funding, bringing in $1.053 billion in 2017-18.

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    9. Fintech startup CULedger raises $8.5M

      Fintech startup CULedger raises $8.5M

      A startup that provides distributed-ledger technology for credit unions has raised $8.5 million. The Denver Business Journal reports that CULedger, based in Denver, has raised the funds out of a Series A funding-round target of $10 million. CULedger includes as an investor Credit Union Strategic Partners, a for-profit subsidiary of Mountain West Credit Union Association. CULedger spun out of Credit Union National Association in June 2017.

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    10. Denver-based Galvanize raises $43.3M

      Denver-based Galvanize raises $43.3M

      Galvanize, the Denver-based company that provides technology education and startup resources, has raised $43.3 million. BusinessDen reports that Galvanize reported the fundings in a Form D filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The funds included $32 million in Series C funding, plus a convertible note. Some of the funds will be used to acquire Hack Reactor, a San Francisco-based coding school.

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    11. Zayo completes fiber route between Dallas, Los Angeles

      Zayo completes fiber route between Dallas, Los Angeles

      Zayo Group has completed a long-haul dark-fiber rout between Dallas and Los Angeles, enabling diverse connectivity between major West Coast data center markets to Dallas, one of the largest data center and interconnection markets in the United States. Zayo began development of the 2,000-mile route in 2015, which included upgrades and new construction.

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    12. Catalyze CU accelerator concludes summer cohort

      Catalyze CU accelerator concludes summer cohort

      Catalyze CU, a 10-week, summer startup accelerator designed for University of Colorado students, faculty, and staff, concluded its 2018 cohort by hosting its fifth annual Demo Day this week. This year’s cohort focused on a range of technologies and products in areas such as smart home technology, natural foods, STEM and agriculture tech, among others.

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    13. Galvanize, Colorado Technology Association award scholarship

      DENVER — Galvanize and the Colorado Technology Association have awarded a full-tuition scholarship for the Galvanize Web Development Immersive in Denver. The program enables women of all professional backgrounds to transform their career through a six-month immersive program in software development. The scholarship was awarded to Sonja Chacon, a marketing professional who has worked in the travel industry for six years.

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    14. Massachusetts company buys Boulder-based optics firm

      BOULDER — Research Electro Optics Inc., a Boulder-based optics company, has been acquired by Excelitas Technologies Corp., a photonics company based in Waltham, Mass. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Research Electro Optics manufactures high-precision optical components, optical thin-film coatings, and optical subassemblies, as well as high-performance HeNe lasers for instrumentation and metrology applications across a wide range of market sectors.

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