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    1. Denver a top 10 city for IT job growth

      Denver a top 10 city for IT job growth

      Denver is ranked among 10 "hot cities for IT pros in 2015" by InformationWeek. The business-technology news outlet used data for the year ending in January from tech jobs site Dice.com to compare markets with at least 500 information-technology job listings. "Recruiters at both Eliassen and Mondo picked Denver among their hottest IT hiring markets so far in 2015," the report says.

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    2. 10 entrepreneurs, 10 health care problems, 10 days to find solutions

      10 entrepreneurs, 10 health care problems, 10 days to find solutions

      For 10 years or so, early-career entrepreneurs have come together at events like startup camps and small-business incubator meetings to try to get a venture off the ground. But Tom Higley — who has started six companies and worked as CEO of two others over the past 20 years — muses that no efforts have been made to bring together proven entrepreneurs to find market-based solutions to societal problems. As of Tuesday, however, Higley is taking on that effort himself.

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    3. 25-acre tech park anchored by Mikron Group planned in Arapahoe County

      25-acre tech park anchored by Mikron Group planned in Arapahoe County

      A 25-acre technology park anchored by Swiss machining and automation manufacturing company The Mikron Group will break ground Tuesday in unincorporated Arapahoe County near Dove Valley Regional Park. Potomac Technology Park, a $16 million development, will include a 70,000-square-foot build-to-suit office and flex industrial building for Mikron Automation, which will relocate and expand its operations from Aurora. Mikron is based in Biel, Switzerland, and has locations all over the world.

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    4. One Denver company picked to make its pitch in Houston

      One Denver company picked to make its pitch in Houston

      A single Denver company has been chosen to participate in the Houston-based Hatch Pitch competition for early-stage technology companies. More than 200 companies from across the world applied for the chance to take part, according to the Houston Business Journal. The idea behind the competition is to draw attention to startups outside Silicon Valley.

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    5. Which Coloradan made the Upstart 100?

      Which Coloradan made the Upstart 100?

      Jared Polis — the Colorado congressman, entrepreneur and philanthropist — has been named to Upstart Business Journal's first-ever Upstart 100 list of intriguing people driving the new economy. The Boulder Democrat represents Colorado's 2nd Congressional District in Congress and has been at the center of the debate of regulation of oil and gas activities in Colorado. Before joining Congress in 2009, Polis was a founder of e-commerce businesses — greeting-card website BlueMountain.com and online…

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    6. 2 Colorado cities named among top 10 innovative tech hubs (Slideshow)

      2 Colorado cities named among top 10 innovative tech hubs (Slideshow)

      Innovation and entrepreneurship thrive in Colorado — so much so that a new study says that two Colorado cities are among America's 10 most innovative tech hubs. The cities are among eight in the western U.S. that the report, from financial website NerdWallet, named as places where the impact of tech funding, innovation and startup activity are the strongest. Only two on the East Coast made the list. Click the image above to view the top 10 innovative hubs for startups, including what the study…

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    7. Colorado job report pinpoints sectors with most future growth

      Colorado job report pinpoints sectors with most future growth

      The construction, healthcare, finance and information technology sectors are projected to have the highest growth rates in the coming years in Colorado, according to the 2015 Job Skills Report released Monday.

      The report, compiled annually by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, uses data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to analyze degree programs offered by state public and private institutions, as well as…

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    8. NRG Energy, SunShare sign Colorado community solar deal

      NRG Energy, SunShare sign Colorado community solar deal

      Denver's SunShare, a community solar power developer, has teamed up with a deep-pocketed partner, a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., to finance and build about 10 megawatts of new community solar power projects in Denver and Colorado Springs.

      The projects are capable of supplying enough power to support 1,600 homes for 20 years, says SunShare, which is partnering with NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) that owns or has partial investment in some 150 renewable energy projects totaling…

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    9. TechStars raises large startup investment fund

      TechStars raises large startup investment fund

      TechStars CEO and angel investor David Cohen has his $150 million venture fund to invest in startups and growing tech businesses. Cohen announced Wednesday that he's raised the $150 million TechStars Ventures Fund. It's intended to make seed-stage and Series A investments, largely in companies in the tech startup accelerator bootcamps that Boulder-based TechStars holds in the U.S. and Europe. It's not clear what limited partners put money into the TechStars fund. "It's a small group of some of…

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    10. Denver cloud technology startup raises $3.9M VC investment

      Denver cloud technology startup raises $3.9M VC investment

      Dizzion, a Denver-based maker of virtual computer technologies for businesses, has raised $3.9 million in venture capital, an investment that will help the company double its staffing in coming months. The series A investment was led by Grotech Ventures, a Vienna, Virginia-based firm with a Denver presence, and Access Venture Partners, based in Westminster. Point B Capital, Correlation Ventures and Service Provider Capital also participated in the round.

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    11. NexGen Storage re-emerges from SanDisk to be independent startup again

      NexGen Storage re-emerges from SanDisk to be independent startup again

      A data storage company acquired in a high-profile $119 million deal in 2013 is back as an independent, growing company. NexGen Storage Inc., based in Louisville, spun out Jan. 8 from being "buried in the depths of a big corporation," co-founder John Spiers said. It has plans to hire dozens of people in coming months as it again tries to claim a chunk of the $30 billion data storage hardware market. "At the end of the day, it all turned out great for us," said Spiers, NexGen's CEO. "The founding…

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    12. Events-app maker Veuvent relocates from Colorado to Texas

      Events-app maker Veuvent relocates from Colorado to Texas

      Vuevent Inc., a Boulder-based company that developed a mobile application designed to enable users to both find and monitor events such as concerts, has relocated to Austin, Texas. Vuevent, which was founded in 2013, moved to Austin last week so the startup could test its effectiveness in a better place than Boulder, CEO Brenton Shafer told the Austin Business Journal Friday in an interview. The company employs 11 workers, six of whom are based in Austin. "Austin is just a little bigger market…

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    13. Denver rises in top 10 ranking for science, tech professionals (Slideshow)

      Denver rises in top 10 ranking for science, tech professionals (Slideshow)

      The Denver metro area is inching its way up the list of top places for STEM graduates. STEM refers to the science, technology, engineering and math sectors, and is associated with statewide initiatives to draw companies to the state, as well as produce graduates with degrees in those fields. After claiming the No. 9 spot on a NerdWallet ranking last July, the Denver metro area landed the No. 4 spot on a recent WalletHub ranking that looks at the best and worst areas for STEM professionals.

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    14. Colorado health exchange snafus trip up thousands as cost overruns mount

      Colorado health exchange snafus trip up thousands as cost overruns mount

      A multi-million-dollar IT system that Colorado officials promised would make signing up for health coverage simple has instead snagged thousands of customers and now will cost several hundred thousand dollars — if not millions — to fix.

      Managers at Colorado's health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, plan to ask their board members on Monday to approve an emergency infusion of $322,000 for the next month to try to help customers get coverage by the Feb. 15 deadline. No warranty covers the…

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    15. 4 Colorado cities rank among nation's 20 'best performing' for jobs, tech (Slideshow)

      4 Colorado cities rank among nation's 20 'best performing' for jobs, tech (Slideshow)

      Denver and three other Colorado metro areas are among the nation's top 20 "best-performing cities" of 2014, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Milken Institute. The report aims to identify "where America's jobs are created and sustained. "

      The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area comes in at No. 12 on the list, up from No. 15 in 2013. • For the ranking of three other Colorado cities in the top 20, as well as other U.S. cities, click on the image above. Milken — an economic…

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    16. Hot Denver startup bought by California's VSCO

      Hot Denver startup bought by California's VSCO

      Artifact Uprising, the fast-growing Denver online photobook startup, has been bought by Visual Supply Co., an Oakland, California-based maker of apps and software for creative industries. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Artifact Uprising will remain in Denver as an autonomous business, the companies said. The deal is intended to help the 14-employee Artifact Uprising expand and keep adding online sales of its hand-crafted photobooks.

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    17. Where Colorado colleges stand in U.S. News online-education rankings

      Where Colorado colleges stand in U.S. News online-education rankings

      U.S. News & World Report is out with its rankings of the top online business education programs offered by colleges and universities, and several Colorado schools rate highly. • The University of Denver's Daniels College of Business is the highest-ranked online graduate business program in the state, at No. 22. DU is followed by Colorado State University, at No. 31, with CSU's all-online Global Campus program ranked separately at No. 53.

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    18. Colorado's Boecore expands eastern HQ

      Colorado's Boecore expands eastern HQ

      Boecore Inc., a missile defense systems company based in Colorado Springs, continues to grow following an expansion to its eastern-region headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. CEO Kathy Boe started the company in her basement 14 years ago. "We are pleased to be growing our Huntsville presence as we continue to support the mission of our Huntsville customers," Boe said. In 2013, Boecore was awarded a $30 million, five-year contract to provide information technology support to the U.S. Army Space…

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    19. SparkFun: Inspiring innovation, tech literacy and community fun

      SparkFun: Inspiring innovation, tech literacy and community fun

      For more than a decade, SparkFun, a Boulder, Colo.-based online retailer and education center for consumer electronic components, has been a creative launch pad for tech-influenced hobbyists. Now, with an extended line of credit from Chase, the company has been able to broaden its platform and inspire a whole new generation of inventors.

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    20. 9 game-changing innovations that came from Denver

      9 game-changing innovations that came from Denver

      Innovation is the driving force behind American business. If we weren't constantly creating new products, our country of entrepreneurs would never be able to carve out new markets and push the dream forward. So let's take a moment to appreciate the inquiring minds of the world, the ones who solve problems with creative solutions, and the ones who made their dreams a reality. Here are nine inventions and ideas (big and small) that were born in the Denver area. They are in no particular order. 1.…

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    21. Boulder won't stand in the way of Google

      Boulder won't stand in the way of Google

      The Boulder City Council won't second-guess the planning board's approval of Google's plans to build a four-acre campus in town. The Daily Camera reports that although some members of the city council expressed concerns about a few aspects of the project, they didn't recommend reviewing the planning board's decision, which was reached earlier this month after a seven-hour meeting.

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    22. Colorado secures $65M for health care innovation

      Colorado secures $65M for health care innovation

      Colorado has been given $65 million that will be used over the next four years toward developing a plan to integrate physical and mental health care. The State Innovation Model funding came from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday announced the awarding of the grant. The governor said in a statement the money "will support our efforts in another critical factor of well-being, which is the integration of physical and behavioral health.

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