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    1. Foundry Group adds investment veteran, eyes funding of other VCs

      Colorado’s best-known technology venture capital firm has added a private equity veteran and is expanding its focus to funding other VC firms focused on early-stage startups.

      Boulder-based Foundry Group has hired Lindel Eakman, who managed private equity investments for Austin-based UTIMCO and who has been Foundry’s biggest investor.

      UTIMCO (or University of Texas Investment Management Co.) is the external corporation overseeing investments for the $35 billion endowment of the University of…

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    2. Denver tech company that helps sales reps sell raises $6M

      CommercialTribe, a Denver tech company that makes software to help sales representatives, said it's raised $6 million in new funding. The money, CommercialTribe said, came from from Boulder Ventures, Grotech Ventures, and Access Venture Partners. The company said it will use to money to "expand their platform for sales leaders and enablement professionals to onboard reps, launch new products, and continuously improve rep performance.

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    3. Welltok buys Silverlink, raises $45M

      Denver health technology company Welltok said it's acquired healthcare communications company Silverlink, and has also raised $45 million.

      Welltok didn't say how much it paid for Massachusetts-based Silverlink, but said "to support part of the acquisition," it said it raised $45 million from venture firms Georgian Partners, EDBI (the corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board) and Flare Capital Partners, "as well as a number of existing institutional and strategic investors."

      That…

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    4. CDOT unveils $20M tech program to make roads safer, faster

      CDOT unveils $20M tech program to make roads safer, faster

      The Colorado Department of Transportation is committing $20 million in a bid to bring high tech to the state’s aging transportation network.

      The project, dubbed RoadX, aims to team the public sector and private companies to deploy “comprehensive technology solutions” over the next 10 years can help make Colorado’s roads “crash-free, injury free, delay-free,” the agency announced Tuesday.

      “RoadX isn’t just an investment that we believe is smart with our taxpayer dollars,” said…

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    5. Catalyst health-tech campus in RiNo: Here's what it will look like, who's moving in

      The developer of Denver's Catalyst Health Care Innovation co-working campus today announced two of its future tenants. Also today, the first renderings of the project, designed by The Beck Group, were released. BurstIQ, a data-management company focused on the health care industry, will be one of the occupants of Catalyst.

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    6. Westminster company acquired in wireless network technology deal

      An international wireless network services company based in California has acquired a Colorado software company that makes wireless security products. Ruckus Wireless Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) bought Westminster-based Cloudpath Networks. Terms were not disclosed. Ruckus sells Wi-Fi service to about 56,000 customers, most of them large companies, universities, school districts, public venues and stores. It has about 940 employees, more than half of them outside the U.S.

      Cloudpath employs 12 people. It…

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    7. Colorado among the 10 most entrepreneurial states in the nation

      Denver Startup Week is behind us, but its growing popularity may be one indication of why Colorado landed among the 10 most entrepreneurial states in the nation. Colorado is the second-best state where small business loans and startups abound, according to a new NerdWallet report. The San Francisco-based company pored through data from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau and a report on small business activity compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the National…

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    8. University partnerships vital to a healthy Colorado economy

      University partnerships vital to a healthy Colorado economy

      Metropolitan State University of Denver student Jeff Pollmiller has two classrooms: one with desks, and the other with spacecraft. Jeff studies in MSU Denver’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program, but this fall, he’s working here at Lockheed Martin’s Littleton plant in our state-of-the-art additive manufacturing lab—using what he’s learned to complete his senior engineering project.

      National Manufacturing Day was Oct. 2 and I found myself reflecting on how young minds like Jeff go…

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    9. MSU Denver aerospace program poised as industry looks for diversity (Slideshow)

      MSU Denver aerospace program poised as industry looks for diversity (Slideshow)

      Workforce diversity in the U.S. space industry edged out new manufacturing technologies, small satellites and 3-D printing as main topic Thursday during groundbreaking celebrations at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dozens gathered to kick off construction of the school’s $70 million aerospace engineering center in Denver. Much of the talk was about the important push for more ethnic and gender diversity in the aerospace work force, and how the growing city university can help.

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    10. Next Silicon Valley? How about Colorado?

      Colorado as the next Silicon Valley? The state's positioned well, according to news and tech website Mashable. Mashable cited extremely high residential and commercial real estate costs in Silicon Valley for reasons why four other U.S. tech areas were primed to be the next tech mecca. "The tech scene in Colorado is on fire, particularly for companies that specialize in natural foods, computer storage and biotech," wrote Mashable, adding that the three other U.S. regions rivaling Silicon Valley…

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    11. Startup Week: Denver gets updated directory of VC firms and angel investors for entrepreneurs

      After all the great ideas, the networking and mentoring sessions at Denver Startup Week, now entrepreneurs need money.

      Capping off the weeklong event, the Denver Office of Economic Development today released the fourth edition of a resource directory that lists venture capital firms, private equate firms, alternative financing organizations, and angel investors.

      The guide, Denver Capital Matrix, is a resource directory of funding sources for Denver small businesses and entrepreneurs.

      “Access…

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    12. Record people register for Denver Startup Week

      On Tuesday night, one of the organizers of Denver Startup Week told a standing-room only crowd that more than 9,000 people had registered for events.

      Cheers erupted.

      Wednesday morning, Denver Startup Week hit a new milestone with 10,000 people registered to attend one of the more than 230 events in downtown Denver.

      “We’re sending a strong message to the country that Downtown Denver is an epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver…

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    13. Startup Week: Brad Feld, Sean Wise draw full house with their 'Excellent Adventure' tales

      A panel discussion at Denver Startup Week was dubbed “Brad and Sean’s Excellent Canadian Adventure."

      It was a slideshow with maps and graphics of the book tour by Brad Feld and Sean Wise hawking their effort, “ Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job.”

      The co-authors Tuesday waxed on about their promotional tour through Canada -- the cities, the food, and the people. But through the humor, disclaimers and references to "South Park"’s ongoing theme of “Blame Canada,”…

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    14. A Colorado city is one of the 10 best for millennial entrepreneurs

      With Denver Startup Week in full swing, one nearby Colorado city is one of the best in the nation for people under age 34 looking to build a business.

      Boulder is the No. 3 top city in the U.S. for millennial entrepreneurs according to a new survey that asked 3,726 young people about small-business friendliness.

      The study, conducted by Thumbtack — a website that connects consumers to service professionals and small businesses — was a supplement to an earlier study that surveyed 18,000 small…

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    15. 20 Colorado colleges ranked on grads' starting career pay (Slideshow)

      20 Colorado colleges ranked on grads' starting career pay (Slideshow)

      The average Colorado student's debt load upon graduating is $24,530, according to the Institute for College Access, a nonprofit nonpartisan research organization. And with that — plus the ever-growing rise in college cost — on students' minds, how much a graduate can expect to get paid is more important now than ever. PayScale.com, an online crowdsourced salary database, crunched the numbers on the amount graduates with a bachelor's degree from 20 Colorado colleges make to determine the average…

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    16. Denver online travel firm says it raised $1.35M

      Denver online travel firm says it raised $1.35M

      Pana, a Denver online travel firm, said it's raised $1.35 million in a seed funding round. Pana said it will charge users $25 a month for its standard online concierge travel service and $250 a month for its "Luxe" service. A free service is expected later this year. The company said the seed funding came from Techstars, 500 Startups, FG Angels, Flight.vc, and Galvanize Ventures, and will be used "to rapidly increase product distribution and further develop its proprietary AI technology.

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    17. Weather satellite startup to begin production in Colorado

      Weather satellite startup to begin production in Colorado

      A company aiming to build and launch a fleet of satellites collecting private weather data is starting to build its satellites locally and will hire more employees as it develops its business. PlanetiQ, formed in Bethesda, Maryland in 2012, will produce its first two "micro-satellites" in Boulder and aims to eventually build 10 more to have a constellation of satellites about 500,000 miles above the earth.

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