Innovators Colorado marks official program launch
Tuesday July 21, 2015
DENVER -- DaVita, Cable Labs, Gates Corporation, Ciber, Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Universal Mind, Aspen Skiing Company and STARTEK today announced they have banded together to launch “Innovators Colorado,” resulting in a collaboration of “Chief Innovation Officers” at some of Colorado’s most innovative companies.
The collaboration will work on solving each other’s biggest innovation challenges and help each other build the most cutting-edge innovation systems in the world, organizers said, giving both Colorado and the companies a competitive edge in their respective industries.
This program will be the first regional chapter of Innovators International -- a premier innovators collaboration -- with global members such as 3M, Pernod Ricard, Tata, Clif Bar and others around the world.
Organizers said the collaboration is member-directed, does not allow competitors, and is by invitation only. The group will be gathering at each company headquarters throughout the year to work through each company’s respective innovation challenges.
Partner of Innovator International and organizer of the Colorado chapter is the Centennial-based incubator Innovation Pavilion. Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion chairman, said he is confident the local chapter will benefit not only the members of the group but also contribute to the economic growth of the state.
“Innovators International has proven to be able to help its members to achieve sustainable innovation results and secure long-term, top-line growth, and Innovation Pavilion is proud to be the portal and facilitator of this global experience.”
“Innovators Colorado plays such a critical role in bringing the innovation community together in Denver and introducing us to national and international leaders in this space,” said Bill Myers, DaVita HealthCare Partners VP of marketing and communications. “Innovators Colorado is essential to building a stronger innovation community.”
“Innovators International’s Colorado chapter provides a great opportunity for Denver companies to tackle their innovation challenges through the collaborative effort of industry leaders,” said Christian Pape, VP of Innovation at Cable Labs.
In addition to recognition from members of local industries, Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, said the local chapter is a driving force for Colorado’s innovation progress.
“As a hub for innovation, Colorado is an ideal place to create a local chapter of Innovator International,” Brough said. “We’re home to a smart and healthy workforce and have a long history of collaboration and a true desire to think outside the box.
“We’ve worked hard to build a culture of innovation across sectors and industries in every corner of our state and are excited to see how Innovator International helps move innovation forward right here in our backyard.”