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    1. Innovation Arises from Deep in the Mountains with Gunnison's ICELab

      Innovation Arises from Deep in the Mountains with Gunnison's ICELab

      Gunnison, Colorado, in many ways, is an island – far removed from the Front Range and only loosely connected to the western slope. Which is why Western State Colorado University’s ICELab (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) accelerator leadership team recently took a trip to Hawaii. Delaney Keating, Strategic Partnerships and Program Development Director, says they wanted to understand how venture accelerator Blue Startups navigates the challenges of isolation.

       

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    2. Why Fintech Startup Obsidian Loves it in Durango

      Why Fintech Startup Obsidian Loves it in Durango

      At Obsidian, a financial tech startup based in Durango, we could not have chosen a better, more beautiful place to run our business. All of our employees either currently live or have lived in Durango, and a few of us have even owned local businesses in town. Our employees spend their time outside of work hiking in the La Plata mountains, skiing at Purgatory Ski Resort, drinking beverages from our numerous local craft breweries, and just enjoying all of the sights and experiences Colorado has to offer. Most of us have traveled from other parts of the world to come ...

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    3. Fintech and Fort Lewis College Power Durango's Growth

      Fintech and Fort Lewis College Power Durango's Growth

      Along Colorado’s western slope, the combination of a growing financial tech (fintech) sector and top-notch engineering talent coming out of Fort Lewis College has Durango well positioned for the future.

      Mercury Payment Systems – a leader in credit card processing and payments – long had been at the center of everything Durango tech, and that’s continued since Vantiv acquired them in 2014. What’s sprouted is an intriguing mix of fintech that often can be traced back to Vantiv/Mercury. Upstarts like Obsidian and Monetary are building out a presence that’s quickly making headlines.

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    4. Montrose, Western Slope Leaders Energized by Strengths and Eager to Address Needs

      Montrose, Western Slope Leaders Energized by Strengths and Eager to Address Needs

      Remote working has never been more viable, especially in the tech industry, and Montrose along with the rest of Colorado’s western slope is working to capitalize.

      At a panel discussion along the Colorado Tech Tour on Wednesday, leaders from Montrose and surrounding communities talked about the strengths of their region and what’s missing to become a sustainable tech hub.

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    5. Colorado Springs has Potential to Launch Careers in Cyber

      Colorado Springs has Potential to Launch Careers in Cyber

      The cybersecurity industry is booming in Colorado Springs, all that’s left is to train the students and military veterans who call it home.

      Patty Bonvallet, technology development manager at Boecore, believes it’s well within reach. Speaking during a panel on the first stop of Colorado Tech Tour, she lauded the potential of capturing students’ interest early. Boecore has started an apprenticeship program for high school students to get on-the-job training.

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    6. National Cybersecurity Center Starts to Take Shape

      National Cybersecurity Center Starts to Take Shape

      The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) was set in motion when Gov. Hickenlooper traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2015 to tour their collaborative center. When he came back, he laid out the vision of a public-private partnership that would put Colorado on the map at the forefront of cybersecurity training, research and response.

      Today, that vision is beginning to take shape. In 2016, the state Legislature provided $8 million to buy an old TRW building owned by the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. One step at a time, the NCC is building out two massive spaces – 65,000 square feet ...

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    7. As Tech Industry Booms in Colorado Springs, So Does Need for Talent

      As the first city to log in to the World Wide Web in 1968, Colorado Springs has a rich history in advancing the information technology industry.

      With a highly skilled workforce, sophisticated communications networks, and high quality of life, Colorado Springs serves as home to several large employers, such as FedEx, Hewlett Packard and Oracle, who have located their in-house software development and systems engineering operations in the community. The region is also home to many companies that develop software for industries such as e-business, aerospace and defense, gaming, telecommunications, finance and more.

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    8. Colorado Tech Tour: Frisco elementary students get jumpstart with app dev program

      Colorado Tech Tour: Frisco elementary students get jumpstart with app dev program

      Take yourself back to 2nd grade, if you can. Memories of recess may come to mind, but how about diving into hard skills for a future career?

      In the mountains, elementary students from 2nd to 5th grade are getting a head start thanks to a partnership between EVO3 Workspace, Boulder-based startup Bitsbox and Frisco Elementary School on a program to introduce JavaScript app development to 500 kids in 500 days. The joint effort wrapped up a pilot program two months ago. After receiving an incredible response from the kids and parents, EVO3 founder and managing director Aaron Landau is ready ...

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    9. Colorado Tech Tour: Altona Middle School Students' Diction Defender App Strives to Help Teach English

      Colorado Tech Tour: Altona Middle School Students' Diction Defender App Strives to Help Teach English

      More than 10 percent of today’s public school students are English language learners (ELL) and even more students speak a language other than English at home. This includes a group of students from Altona Middle School in Longmont who were selected as the Best in Nation winners in the fourth annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

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    10. Colorado Tech Tour: U.S Olympic Training Center brings the top tech for elite athletes

      Colorado Tech Tour: U.S Olympic Training Center brings the top tech for elite athletes

      “In Olympic and Paralympic competition, the difference between 1st and 4th place is often less than one percent,” says Aron McGuire, Director of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (CSOTC). For the approximately 20,000 Olympic hopefuls that come through Colorado Springs each year, the facility provides world-class nutritional, physiological, psychological, and technological support...

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    11. Colorado Tech Tour: Colorado Springs Tech You Need to Know

      Colorado Tech Tour: Colorado Springs Tech You Need to Know

      On Monday, we launched into the Colorado Tech Tour with a roundup of incredible companies and organizations quietly doing amazing work in Colorado Springs that's putting our state on the map. Here's just a sample of what the night held, but dig in further to see what Southern Colorado is up to.

      National Cybersecurity Center
      Kickstarted by Gov. John Hickenlooper last year and given legislative backing this past session, the 501c(3) nonprofit National Cybersecurity Center dedicated to helping respond the threats, train officials and conduct research is getting ready for early operations to begin November 1....

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