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the colorado innovation network

With our open and progressive business culture, rich R&D community and our inclination towards constant experimentation, Colorado is the epicenter of today’s innovation conversation.

The Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) is a physical and virtual network of innovation leaders fostering collaboration around ideas, talent, capital and the entrepreneurial spirit. COIN advances connections in the global innovation ecosystem whereby Colorado is globally recognized as the most innovative state in the nation.

colorado fast facts:
a leading innovation economy

  • the fastest growing economy
    in the united states

    (Business Insider, 2014)

  • 2nd most
    highly-educated state

  • 30 federal
    research labs

  • denver listed as
    8th most “future-ready” city

    (Dell Future Cities Study, 2015)

  • most active state

    (United Health Foundation, 2015)

  • 1st in nation for
    arts participation

    (National Endowment for the Arts, 2015)

  • 4th in nation for
    startup activity

    (Kauffman Foundation, 2015)

  • home to the first startup
    weekend and the
    largest startup weekend in the world

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the state of innovation:
annual reports

Take a deeper look at innovation in Colorado. For each of the past four years, the Colorado Innovation Network has published innovation reports that explore and evaluate Colorado’s innovation progress. Founded on the pillars of Talent, Ideas, Capital and Entrepreneurship, these reports examine data, statistics and qualitative insights across these elements which are fundamental to the promotion of innovation. The future economic growth of Colorado will depend on the state’s continued ability to encourage innovation in an environment conducive to its development and adoption.

the COIN Summit

COIN has produced four annual innovation summits which have brought together the network and inspired innovators around the globe. To view footage from our past COIN events visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/coincolorado.

Planning for future convenings, with a focus on public sector innovation, is currently underway. Please check back for more information.

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help us imagine what colorado can be

How would you connect Colorado’s youth to a healthier lifestyle? That was the $25,000 question. The Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and LiveWell Colorado teamed up to harness the power of the collective to solve some of Colorado’s most daunting dilemmas. “Imagine Colorado,” a first-of-its-kind statewide open innovation challenge, explored new collaborations and encouraged originality to yield positive social impact outcomes. View the winners from the inaugural challenge and learn more about open innovation at www.imagineco.us.