Colorado ranks highest on CES 2020 scoreboard of “Innovation Champions”

Wednesday January 8, 2020 0 comments Tags: Colorado, CES 2020, CTA, Gary Shapiro

LAS VEGAS -- Colorado placed No. 1 on the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) scoreboard of states doing the most to promote innovation.CES_logoUSE 

Colorado was named one of 15 “Innovation Champions” by Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which owns and produces the annual CES event that features the latest in consumer electronics and tech innovations.

These 15 states have done the most to foster innovation including educating their populations in critical scientific and engineering fields, maintaining friendly tax policies and giving innovators freedom from burdensome rules, CTA said.

The biennial Scorecard, which ranks all 50 states on how well their policies support innovation, named Colorado, Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Utah, Virginia and Washington as repeat Champions from the 2018 Scorecard.

Colorado received its highest grade on the 2020 Scoreboard -- A+ -- for “Entrepreneurial Activity.”

To view the CES 2020 Scoreboard, click here.

CES 2020 opened Jan. 7 and runs through Jan. 10 in Las Vegas.

With more than 4,400 exhibiting companies, including 1,200 startups, CES 2020 features the latest transformative technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, vehicle technology, digital health and more.

“The innovation on display this week at CES embodies the drive and passion that fuels our industry and furthers economic growth on a global scale,” said Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO.

“The entire tech ecosystem is here at CES 2020, and the products and technologies launching this week will inspire, connect and change lives for the better.”

Five states from the Heartland of America -- Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska -- joined this year’s Innovation Champion ranks. 

“This list proves that American innovation is not confined to the coasts,” Shapiro said. “We’re proud to recognize those states doing the most to unleash innovation and fulfill the potential of technology -- creating jobs, powering our economy and delivering life-changing benefits.

“Our Scorecard emphasizes forward-thinking policies proven to help today’s innovators create a better future. That’s why, this year, we began measuring how well states enable 5G connectivity -- the platform for emerging technologies from smart cities to digital health -- and what they’re doing to develop the workforce of the future."