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    1. Techstars report: Startup founders laud diversity but downplay impact on bottom line

      Techstars report: Startup founders laud diversity but downplay impact on bottom line

      A new study released Monday shows that startup founders put a high premium on building diversity within their companies, though only 23 percent believe doing so will help their bottom lines.

      Coinciding with Denver Startup Week, Chase bank and Boulder-based Techstars released the study, titled Tech Startups: Diversity & Inclusion...

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    2. JPMorgan Chase gives grants to 4 Colorado nonprofits to kick off Denver Startup Week

      JPMorgan Chase gives grants to 4 Colorado nonprofits to kick off Denver Startup Week

      JPMorgan Chase is kicking off the 2016 Denver Startup Week Monday by handing out checks to four Colorado nonprofits that each have a mission to help launch startups.

      The mega-bank has earmarked $240,000 for the Colorado organizations — each will get $60,000.

      One of the grants will go to The Commons on Champa — a downtown Denver nonprofit co-working and event venue that the city, Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Technology Association opened in May 2015...

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    3. At tech conference, scrappy students from a low-income STEM school have something to prove | Chalkbeat

      At tech conference, scrappy students from a low-income STEM school have something to prove | Chalkbeat

      The teenagers from Thornton hop around the giant wooden blocks stacked in three-foot towers, trying to figure out which piece can be removed without it all crumbling down. The team from Academy High School has come here, to an annual tech competition, to prove they can stack up against students from places of privilege, from schools that always make the best-of lists. The Giant Jenga tournament is their best chance.

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    4. Amazon tech operation opens in Colorado; hiring under way

      Amazon tech operation opens in Colorado; hiring under way

      Amazon is hiring workers for its Amazon Web Services division locally, and the online giant has opened a tech office in Broomfield.

      The Seattle-based company (Nasdaq: AMZN), which hasn't had a tech presence here, joins a growing list of some of tech’s biggest names — Google, Oracle, Twitter — with a presence in the area. Just how big the technology arm of Jeff Bezos’ business aims to be here isn’t known.

      The company posted a job description on LinkedIn over the summer for an office manager…

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    5. How one Colorado school district has embraced STEM as a way of life | Chalkbeat

      How one Colorado school district has embraced STEM as a way of life | Chalkbeat

      P-TECH is a growing national effort that brings together public schools, community colleges and tech companies in an effort to provide traditionally underserved students a more robust education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and the promise of a good job.

      The program is a natural fit for the St. Vrain Valley district, which for nearly a decade has devoted energy to STEM offerings with the aid of millions in federal tax dollars. Now, it is focusing more effort on serving its growing population of at-risk students — with P-TECH being one example.

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    6. Denver startup raises more money to hire more people

      Denver startup raises more money to hire more people

      Dizzion, a Denver-based maker of virtual computer technologies for businesses, said it's raised more money. On Wednesday, Dizzion announced a $6.4 million Series A1 funding round co-led by investors Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners, with participation from Point B Capital and Correlation Ventures. That funding follows a January 2015 round of funding of nearly $4 million. Dizzion said it will use the latest round of funding "to grow its staff, expand its partner program and further…

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    7. Few Colorado kids have access to STEM experiences, Chalkbeat survey finds | Chalkbeat

      Few Colorado kids have access to STEM experiences, Chalkbeat survey finds | Chalkbeat

      In Longmont, preschoolers learn the basics of coding by giving directions to a robot named Dash that moves across the floor.

      In Pueblo, fifth graders study the way germs move around the room and must decide whether soap and water or hand sanitizer does a better job of stopping them.

      In Northglenn, high school seniors spend months studying genetically modified foods and then pitch industry experts ideas on how to curb hunger in developing countries.

      These are just some of the many examples of the work thousands of Colorado students are doing in classrooms across the state that have put ...

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    8. UNC faces tech curriculum crisis | uncmirror

      UNC faces tech curriculum crisis | uncmirror

      UNC has continued to provide teacher education since its inception, all the while gaining a reputation for quality in its nursing, business and performing and visual arts programs. Through it all, a liberal arts education is always something that UNC has promised. But with only a software engineering degree and a physics degree with an engineering emphasis to offer to students, UNC’s focus on growing industries in the technology sector is much less than its competitors' across the state.

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    9. CU Denver business plan competition broadens its scope

      CU Denver business plan competition broadens its scope

      Not being a student at the University of Colorado Denver will no longer automatically exclude entrepreneurs from winning cash (and possibly winning over investors) at the annual Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition. It's the first time in the competition's 15-year history that non-collegiate startups can participate, CU Denver announced. Startups that are part of the "non-collegiate track" will compete against one another at the Oct. 13 "Pitch Night," where they will offer their idea to both the…

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    10. CU Boulder Leeds business school dean stepping down

      CU Boulder Leeds business school dean stepping down

      David Ikenberry, dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado since 2011, "has reconsidered and will decline an offer to be reappointed as dean," CU announced Tuesday. Ikenberry, who had been offered reappointment through 2021, will join the Leeds faculty, the CU announcement said. He previously had accepted reappointment, but according to the CU announcement, "in recent months he has had more in-depth conversations with faculty and staff about the collegiality throughout…

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    11. CU now offering a minor degree in space

      CU now offering a minor degree in space

      Students at the University of Colorado at Boulder can now obtain a minor degree in space. The new Space Minor degree is open to all students at the school, and students will be required to complete 15 credit hours, or five classes, to obtain the minor degree, according to CU. According to CU, the global space economy grew by 9 percent in 2014, reaching a total of $330 billion worldwide. “The Space Minor provides CU Boulder students, both technical and non-technical majors, with an opportunity…

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    12. Smart digital textbook project at CU Boulder may help students learn better

      Smart digital textbook project at CU Boulder may help students learn better

      The words that students highlight in their textbook may soon be used to create customized quizzes and reviews that will help them grasp concepts better. That's because of a new, four-year joint research project at the University of Colorado Boulder, Rice University and the University of California, San Diego in which researchers are working to create "smart" digital textbooks that will help them assess how students learn and how much information they retain when studying...

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    13. Vail becomes epicenter of regenerative medicine

      Vail becomes epicenter of regenerative medicine

      VAIL — The world to come has been discussed in Vail during the past few days, and the material was indeed futuristic.Hosted by the locally based Steadman Philippon Research Institute, the Vail Scientific Summit wrapped up on Saturday with speakers from across the country discussing the latest in stem cell research and regenerative medicine.The Steadman Philippon Research Institute has housed a cluster of leaders in the field of regenerative medicine during the past couple of years, with about 20 of the world’s most respected physicians and scientists currently using the institute to conduct their research on how to ...

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    14. Colorado Springs-based defense contractor adding 85 jobs

      Colorado Springs-based defense contractor adding 85 jobs

      Colorado Springs-based defense contractor Intelligent Software Solutions Inc. plans to hire up to 85 employees, most of them locally, to complete work on Air Force contracts recently or soon to be awarded, CEO Jay Jesse said.

      ISS has received more than $60 million in contracts, extensions and task orders so far this year and is expected to receive another task order soon valued at $40 million that, along with other classified work the company cannot disclose, is triggering the hiring push, Jesse said.

      "The previous two or three years were down for us, triggering layoffs, But now we have several ...

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    15. DPS board to vote on Emily Griffith sale to hotel developer for $26 million

      DPS board to vote on Emily Griffith sale to hotel developer for $26 million

      Denver Public Schools Board of Education will vote Thursday on the sale of the historic Emily Griffith Opportunity School facility to local hotel developer Stonebridge Cos. for $26.1 million. The nearly 2.5-acre site at 1250 Welton St. was granted historic designation by the Denver City Council in May, preserving certain aspects of the property and the building envelope while allowing other parts of the site to be redeveloped...

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    16. Galvanize to expand tech developer bootcamps with new $45M investment – The Denver Post

      Galvanize to expand tech developer bootcamps with new $45M investment – The Denver Post

      New York man rescued after fall on Crestone Needle With a fresh $45 million round of investment announced Monday, tech educator Galvanize plans to expand the way it teaches the business of web development and data science to students and helps companies looking to upgrade skills of existing employees. Online and off-campus classes intermingled with the traditional six-month, in-building program are in the works...

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