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Boulder Economic Summit 2017

Join us for the 2017 Boulder Economic Summit: The Innovation Imperative, the signature annual event hosted by the Boulder Economic Council. As an epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurship, Boulder knows what it takes to innovate: a sustained commitment to scientific research, a world-class workforce, and an economic climate that rewards creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. It …

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Colorado’s venture capital up during first quarter, new report says

Denver Post – Venture capital investment rose in Colorado and nationwide during the first quarter of this year, according to the second report in as many days that points to a robust VC environment in the state. Read more.

Sphero Inc. seeking $43 million in private equity

BizWest Media – Sphero Inc., the toy and robotics company that catapulted to success in 2015 with its make of the Star Wars BB-8 droid — has raised nearly $24 million in private equity and looks to raise another $19 million more, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more.

Zayo hires Level 3 executive as its new president

The Denver Post – Boulder telecom selects Andrew Couch as incoming president. Read more.

A Colorado mid-sized city is ranked the best to visit in the Mountain West; 9 cities in top 25

BizWest – When it comes to determining the “best” mid-sized city in the Mountain West region to visit, Boulder sits atop the list. Read more.

Once a niche, Boulder’s creative services industry sees boom times

Boulder Daily Camera – Boulder County now a hub for marketing, advertising.  Read more.

Brooklyn-based luxury co-working company buys Boulder’s PivotDesk

BizWest – PivotDesk Inc., an online marketplace for office sharing, was bought by one of the largest high-end co-working companies, Industrious. Read more.

Specialized leases space in Boulder for ‘innovation center’

BizWest — California-based Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. has leased 14,400-square-feet of industrial space in Boulder where it will build out its newly conceived Specialized Innovation Center. Read more.

Boulder’s 1908 Brands umbrella expands in natural products market

Boulder Daily Camera – At the beginning of 2016, Steve Savage had an ambitious goal for his company, 1908 Brands. Already sitting on two natural products companies, Boulder Clean and CompoKeeper, Savage had just finished a third acquisition and was looking to end the year with four to six more brands in the 1908 portfolio. …

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Federal labs in Boulder and across Colorado seen as $2.6B economic driver

Boulder Daily Camera – Federally funded research facilities in Boulder and the rest of Colorado contributed about $2.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2016 and supported more than 17,600 jobs, according to a report issued today by the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. Read more.
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