Monday September 29, 2014 0 comments
LOVELAND - The inaugural "Accelerate CO: Advancing Colorado's Innovation Ecosystem" is set for Oct. 1-3 at the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology, 815 14th St. SW in Loveland.
Hosted by the City of Loveland, the symposium and innovation showcase is free and designed for companies, entrepreneurs, engineers, educational institutions, students, government agencies and nonprofits specializing in innovation, technology advancement and manufacturing.
"In today's business landscape, success comes through innovation and innovators are not only modernizing their products and services, they are enhancing how business is done," said Marcie Erion, event organizer with the city.
"They are collaborating, crowdsourcing ideas and problem-solving. The best innovation comes through access - access to knowledge, to case studies, to research and to partners.
"Unlike many other symposiums, Accelerate CO provides programming and networking opportunities at no cost to attendees so that all innovators, no matter their current access to capital, can continue to bring new ideas to market, advance their industries and thus advance our Colorado economy."
Topics for the event include:
- The business of innovation - how the landscape is changing at the corporate level
- Financial support and collaboration opportunities
- Trends in venture capital and angel network support
- New approaches to product and technology design
- Business resources including incubation and acceleration programs and government purchasing programs
The event will include an innovation showcase and the chance to hear from Lockheed Martin, NASA, Aleph Objects, SparkFun, Rockies Venture Club, HumaneX, Edison Welding Institute, Southwest Research Institute, XMS Capital Partners, Colorado Angel Network, the new Denver U.S. Patent Office, Idaho National Labs, iBridge and more.
The symposium was created after the city witnessed the success of its tech transfer program with participating businesses. The city said it intends to host Accelerate CO annually.
"Loveland is committed to providing free access to information and connections for all companies looking to contribute to Colorado's economy," said Erion.
"Investing in our entrepreneurs, education partners and students is a great way to support overall excellence in innovation and spark more innovation critical thinking and support."
To register or for more information, visit here.