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    1. Colorado SBDC to hold Northern Colorado Women’s Conference in Greeley

      Colorado SBDC to hold Northern Colorado Women’s Conference in Greeley

      The Colorado Small Business Development Center is hosting the third annual Northern Colorado Women’s Conference on Oct. 18 in Greeley. The event, held at the Doubletree Hotel at Lincoln Park, will include breakout sessions on employee retention, marketing, donor relations and a keynote speech from Wende Curtis, owner of ComedyWorks.

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    2. UCAR signs agreement to continue managing NCAR

      UCAR signs agreement to continue managing NCAR

      The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation to continue management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research for five years. The agreement is up to $630 million, depending on the availability of funds. “NCAR is among the nation’s greatest scientific success stories,” William Easterling, the head of the NSF Directorate for Geosciences, said in a prepared statement.

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    3. Colorado to provide another cycle of work training grants

      Colorado to provide another cycle of work training grants

      The Department of Labor and Employment has begun the fourth stage of recruiting grant applicants for the Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Key Training Act, more commonly known as the WORK Act. The WORK Act Grant was established in 2015 after lawmakers recognized that a four-year college program was not for everyone. The grant promotes skills-training with hands-on instruction in the workplace, including apprenticeships, internships and on-the-job training.

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    4. 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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    5. Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund invests in startup

      Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund invests in startup

      The Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund has made an investment in the Israeli startup Kando. Kando monitors wastewater in real-time through a cloud-based software solution that tracks and monitors key wastewater quality parameters, making it ideal for wastewater utilities to gain insight into their system dynamics. The ICI is joining other investors in Kando’s Series A round of financing. Kando will use the funds for product and business development as the company grows.

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    6. Innovation Summit: IP mistakes drive down valuations

      Innovation Summit: IP mistakes drive down valuations

      Mistakes made in protection of intellectual property can drive down business valuations — and even kill some investment or sale deals prior to closing, according to experts speaking at the inaugural Rocky Mountain Innovation Summit in Broomfield. The event took place Thursday at the Omni Interlocken Hotel and was presented by Berg, Hill, Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP, a Boulder law firm.

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    7. Pitch competition looks to promote Adams County innovation

      Pitch competition looks to promote Adams County innovation

      A new pitch competition is coming for Adams County startups. The StartUp North Adams County Pitch Competition is the first to be open exclusively for business owners and entrepreneurs specifically in Adams County. The winners are competing for a $20,000 prize package that includes legal services from Lewis Brisbois, marketing services from Honest Films and pitch preparation and advice from Rockies Venture Club. The prize package is being raised through private funds.

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    8. Denver Startup Week launches Sept. 24

      Denver Startup Week launches Sept. 24

      Denver Startup Week will take place Sept. 24 to 28 across Denver. The event, which features panels and activities surrounding Denver’s startup community, features six main tracks this year: designer, developer, founder, growth, maker and product. There are also several topics and industry clusters: IOT, healthtech, cannabis and blockchain. Basecamp for Denver Startup Week will be located downtown in The Commons at 1245 Champa Street and will be sponsored by Chase for Business.

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    9. 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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    10. One entrepreneur brings more coworking to Greeley

      One entrepreneur brings more coworking to Greeley

      There’s a new coworking space in downtown Greeley. Eight-0-Eight is a coworking concept from Tim McCarthy, who initially started the project when he was looking for a new office for his company. After purchasing a historic building at the end of 2016, McCarthy started restoring the building — built in 1919 — and decided to turn it into coworking space. “Greeley is super cool,” McCarthy said. “I like small businesses, I’m an entrepreneur who owns three businesses myself.

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    11. Carbon Black says talent drove decision to choose Boulder

      Carbon Black says talent drove decision to choose Boulder

      As Carbon Black Inc. announced internally that it was opening an office in Boulder and would relocate some employees from its Boston headquarters to the new location, Chief People Officer Amy Robinson said there was a deluge of requests from employees to be considered for the move. “We had a list of people interested in moving out there,” Robinson told BizWest after the company’s official announcement.

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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. Greeley ag-tech company raises nearly $9 million

      Greeley ag-tech company raises nearly $9 million

      Xiant Technologies Inc., an agricultural-tech company, has raised nearly $9 million in capital. The Greeley-based company raised $8,999,941, according to a Form D filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 16. The company raised the funds through an equity offering, as well as an option to acquire other securities and securities to be acquired upon exercise of an option. The date of first sale was Aug. 8.

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    15. Time running out on atomic-clock station in Fort Collins

      Time running out on atomic-clock station in Fort Collins

      The National Institute for Standards & Technology based in Boulder may close its time-signal radio station in Fort Collins that broadcasts time and frequency information from its atomic clock in Boulder as part of agency-wide  proposed budget cuts. President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request for NIST proposes to cut the agency’s budget from its fiscal year 2017 enacted level of $954 million to $629 million, a 34 percent decrease.

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    16. Talent, financing, IP on minds of Boulder innovators

      Talent, financing, IP on minds of Boulder innovators

      The Front Range is a national hub for innovation, but it’s not without its stumbling blocks: financing, talent acquisition and protection of intellectual property, to name a few. CEOs of startups, entrepreneurs, leaders of accelerator and economic development experts discussed the state of Boulder’s innovation economy at BizWest’s CEO Roundtable on Tuesday.

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