Monday March 13, 2017 0 comments
DENVER -- Colorado Technology Association (CTA) announced the launch of the Colorado Tech Nucleus (CTN), an initiative that will connect the state’s most promising emerging companies with its top enterprise tech CXOs.
CTA said the Nucleus will strengthen the bond between those two distinct communities through advisory sessions, impactful events and collaborative opportunities to accelerate Colorado’s fast-growing tech ecosystem.
Founded by 12 executives from DaVita, Dish Network, Vail Resorts and more, the Nucleus is in the process of building out its network of executives and entrepreneurs with solutions for enterprise. Led by CTA, the network will engage regularly throughout the year to forge new relationships and elevate Colorado tech.
“This is the enterprise community’s fast pass to Colorado innovation,” said Vin Melvin, Arrow Electronics CIO, and David Anderson, CH2M SVP and CIO, who are CTA Technology Council co-chairs and founding CTN members.
“Even more than that, this is a clear step for experienced executives to pave the way for the next generation of entrepreneurs so they can hone their product, grow their team and remain rooted here in Colorado.”
Organizers said programming will center around monthly virtual sessions where emerging companies can share their product with executives to quickly source expert advice, gain greater visibility in the wider tech industry and increase their potential for future technology adoption.
“The Denver-Boulder metro is home to some of the strongest startup communities in the country, if not the world,” said David Gold, managing director at Access Venture Partners and founding CTN member.
“What’s missing is a direct path for startups and enterprise to connect in a way that both benefit immensely. There’s no better place to be for a startup developing on an enterprise scale, and for local startups to know that those products have a committed audience in Colorado.”
“It became clear through conversations across the community that this is a huge gap,” said Andrea Young, CTA president and CEO and founding CTN member.
“We’re thrilled to have found so much support from the founding Nucleus members and the entrepreneurial tech community, and we can’t wait to grow this network into a force that further solidifies Colorado’s standing as the definitive tech hub between the coasts.”
The Nucleus is being launched in conjunction with C-Level @ A Mile High on March 16. More than 65 executive celebrities with $2 billion-plus in combined IT project spend will auction their time to bidders, helping keep business in Colorado and powering CTA’s drive to advance the state’s tech community.
For tickets, go to clevemilehigh.org.
Colorado Tech Nucleus founding members include:
Dave Anderson, SVP & CIO, CH2M
Alan Cullop, CIO, DaVita
Mark Endry, VP of Global Enterprise Services, Arrow Electronics
David Gold, Managing Director, Access Venture Partners
Jeffrey Grayson, SVP & CIO, Intrawest
Mike Marcotte, CEO, acumen digital
Rob Meilen, CIO
Vin Melvin, SVP & CIO, Arrow Electronics
John Swieringa, EVP of Operations, Dish Network
Robert Urwiler, EVP & CIO, Vail Resorts
Kim Brown Wilmsen, SVP & CIO of North America IT, Arcadis
Andrea Young, President & CEO, Colorado Technology Association