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Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

1625 Broadway, Ste. 2700
Denver, Colorado 80202
Telephone: (303) 892-3840(303) 892-3840

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Countdown to 2014 Summit

The COIN 2012 SummitHighlight Video

The inaugural COIN Summit event was a huge success, bringing together delegates from across the state and around the world from a cross section of leaders from industry, non-profit, government, academia, research labs, and entrepreneurs.

The COINSummit ‘12

This two-day event offered a platform for 250 innovation leaders from around the globe to connect on powerful innovation topics. With the Denver Art Museum as the backdrop, speakers addressed a variety of themes including the Power of Innovation Networks, Finding Your Everest, Leadership in Government, and Colorado’s Startup Story.

Day OneAugust 29

The first day ended with an event hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, who treated our guests to an evening of surprises, from an elevator ride with a barber shop quartet to a “sound bar” where the menu consisted of your favorite tune. The event challenged our attendees to be ever aware of the impact of creative collisions.

  • Delegation Welcome
  • Governor John Hickenlooper
  • The Role of Innovation in Creating Successful Businesses and Sustainable Communities
  • Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
  • The Power of Innovation Networks in a Global Economy
  • Robert C. Wolcott, Co-founder & Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network
  • Peter Bryant, Senior Fellow, Kellogg Innovation Network
  • Jørn Bang Andersen, Senior Advisor Innovation, Nordic Innovation
  • Anna Catalano, Former Vice President of Marketing, BP
  • Innovation in Colorado’s Key Industries
  • Teresa Taylor, Executive Advisor, State of Colorado
  • Denver’s Future as an Innovation Community
  • Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City and County of Denver
  • Finding Your Everest
  • Luis Benitez, World-renowned Mountaineer
  • The Path Forward: Cultivating Strong University-Industry Relationships
  • David Allen, Associate VP, CU Tech Transfer Office
  • Chas Eggert, President and CEO at OPX Biotechnologies
  • Don Elliman, Chancellor, CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus
  • George Kembel, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Stanford Design School
  • Lesa Mitchell, VP, The Kauffman Foundation
  • COIN Initiatives: Improving our State’s Climate for Innovation
  • Ken Lund, Executive Director, CO Office of Economic Development and Int’l Trade
  • Ajay Menon, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Colorado; Dean, College of Business, CSU
  • The Urban Innovation Coalition: Creating Cultures of Innovation
  • Tamara Door, President and CEO, Downtown Denver Partnership
  • State of Colorado Innovation Index
  • Stephan Weiler, Professor of Economics and Research Associate Dean at CSU
  • What hosting the U.S. Patent Satellite Office Will Mean for Colorado?
  • Theresa Rea, Deputy Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Colorado’s Start-up Story
  • Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Dinner Event
  • Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House
  • Dessert and Reception – ALOTOFTHISALOTOFTHAT
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Day TwoAugust 30

The inaugural summit concluded with commitments for action from COIN and the state’s leaders on ways to make Colorado the most innovative state in the nation. The specific topics discussed include technology, talent, branding, and education.

  • The Reinventors – How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change
  • Jason Jennings, Business Thought Leader/Best Selling Author
  • Mike Long, Chairman, President and CEO, Arrow Electronics
  • Building Local, State, and National Public-Private Innovation Programs
  • Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President and Chairman, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
  • Kim Madigan, Chief Executive Officer, Adamworks
  • Diane Dimeff, Executive Director, eSpace
  • Innovative Leadership in Government
  • Geoff Smart, Ph.D. Chairman & CEO of ghSMART; Author, Leadocracy
  • Aaron Kennedy, Founder, Noodles & Company; Chief Marketing Officer, State of Colorado
  • Kathy Nesbitt, State Personnel Director, State of Colorado
  • Kristin Russell, Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, State of Colorado
  • The Innovator’s Manifesto: Predictable Innovation for Breakthrough Growth
  • Michael Raynor, Director, Deloitte Consulting
  • Collaborate for Colorado Breakout Sessions
  • The delegation will be divided into four rooms to discuss innovative ideas that can impact Colorado’s future.
  • Commitments to 2013
  • Delegates and organizations that have formed commitments for 2013 will share their goals and requests.
  • Final Address and Farewell by Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Summit Closing Reception Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Art Museum

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The Coin 2012Summit Speakers

A diverse group of orators representing different perspectives, expertise, and experiences that will challenge the way you think about innovation.

  • Muhtar Kent

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    The Coca-Cola Company

    Mr. Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978 and has held a variety of marketing and operations leadership roles throughout his career in markets across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
    In 2005, Mr. Kent was appointed President of Coca-Cola International, responsible for overseeing all operations outside of North America. In 2006, he assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer and in 2008 was elevated to President and CEO. He was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009.

    Mr. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Hull in England and a Master of Science degree in Administrative Sciences from Cass Business School, City University London.
    Active in the global business community, Mr. Kent is co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, and a member of the Business Roundtable and the U.S. ASEAN Business Council. He is also Chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and was recently appointed as a member of the Eminent Persons Group for ASEAN by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. He serves on the boards of Special Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Emory University.

  • Peter Bryant

    Senior Fellow and Honorary Co-Founder
    Kellogg Innovation Network
    Kellogg School of Management
    Northwestern University

    Peter Bryant is a Senior Fellow and Board member of the Kellogg Innovation Network (part of the Kellogg School of Management) and a Partner with the strategy consulting firm Clareo. Peter is an executive business strategist with more than 30 years of experience developing and driving high growth strategies for companies in the US, Asia Pacific and Europe. He has advised executive teams at a range of enterprises, from emerging businesses through to Global Fortune 500 companies. He has expertise in a broad range of sectors including resources, energy and clean tech, CPG & technology. He has held senior leadership roles at companies that included GE and Computer Associates.

    Mr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and is an alumnus of the Kellogg School of Management. Peter is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Accountant of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a Senior Advisor to the investment bank Q Advisors. He also holds numerous board positions, including COIN and the CCIA Public Policy Committee.

  • Robert C. Wolcott

    Co-Founder and Executive Director
    Kellogg Innovation Network
    Kellogg School of Management
    Northwestern University

    Wolcott is Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a member of the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship for Kellogg in Evanston, Miami and Hong Kong (with HKUST), and is formerly a visiting professor at the Keio Business School (Japan). He also serves on the advisory boards of Nordic Innovation for the Nordic Council, Oslo, Norway, and GE’s Innovation Accelerator.

    His book with Dr. Michael Lippitz, Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation (McGraw-Hill, 2010) shares a decade of research regarding the emerging approaches companies use to take innovation from idea to market at scale and has been published in Chinese and Japanese. Wolcott’s work has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Business Week, The Financial Times (European Edition), The New York Times and numerous overseas publications. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide.

  • Tami Door

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Downtown Denver Partnership

    Tami Door serves as President and CEO the Downtown Denver Partnership. The Partnership works to create an economically viable center city in Denver. The organization focuses on urban planning, economic development and the overall environment in Downtown. Key organizational accomplishments under Ms. Door’s leadership include the development and implementation of a nationally recognized 20-year plan for Downtown Denver, the redevelopment plan for the 16th Street Mall, the formation of the Theatre District and the redevelopment of 14th Street into the Ambassador Street. The Partnership also launched the Rocky Mountain West Urban Leadership Symposium to bring together leaders from across the Rocky Mountain West to forge relationships and collaborate on city-building. Door serves on the International Downtown Association Board of Directors, as Chairman of the Auraria Higher Education Center, Co-Chairman of the Homeless Commission, Treasurer of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Citywide Bank Board of Directors and as a member of the Young President’s Organization. She previously served as the Executive Vice President of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest regional chamber. She has been recognized as 40 Under 40 in both Detroit and Denver, 9News Civic Leader of the Year, Denver Business Journal Power Broker, one of Colorado’s 100 most influential women and as a Distinguished Leader by the University of Colorado Board of Regents. She is highly recognized for her approach to building cities through leveraging cross functional public / private-sector relationships.

  • Geoff Smart, Ph.D.

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    ghSMARK; Author, Leadocracy

    Geoff Smart is a CEO, bestselling author, and social entrepreneur whose mission is to create, communicate, and put into practice useful ideas about leadership.

    Geoff serves as Chairman & CEO of ghSMART. ghSMART is a leadership firm for CEOs and investors, which Geoff founded in 1995. The firm was named one the “world’s top firms” in Broderick’s The Art of Managing Professional Services. It is the subject of two Harvard Business School Cases that are taught to all 900 first‐year MBA students, titled “ghSMART & Co.: Pioneering in Professional Services.”

    Geoff is co‐author, with his colleague Randy Street, of the New York Times bestselling book Who: The A Method for Hiring. Who is one of the most‐acclaimed books in the world on the topic of hiring leaders, which The Wall Street Journal calls “the most important aspect of business.” Shanghai Daily named Who a “Top 5 Business Book in China” and Canada’s Globe and Mail named it the “#1 Best Business and Management Book of 2009.” Geoff is also author of Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government. In the 1990s, he co‐created the Topgrading philosophy of talent management.

  • Mark Sirangelo

    Corporate Vice President and Chairman
    Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems

    Mr. Sirangelo’s industry board memberships include being the Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the founding and current Chairman of eSpace, The Center for Space Entrepreneurship and a Trustee for the Aeronautics Industries Association. His charity boards include being a board member and trustee of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and a founder, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the International Centre for Children.

    Corporate and personal awards include NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame, the Defense Industry’s Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, being a finalist in Ernst &Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and on Inc. Magazine’s top 200 companies. Mr. Sirangelo holds Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees, has been scientifically published, has served as an officer in the US Military and is a licensed pilot.

  • Stephan Weiler

    Professor of Economics and Research Associate Dean
    Colorado State University

    Stephan Weiler is a Professor of Economics and Research Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. He received his BA (Honors) in Economics and MA in Development Economics from Stanford University in 1988, and his Economics PhD from UC-Berkeley in 1994 where he studied with eventual 2001 Nobel Laureate George Akerlof. From 2004 to 2006, Stephan was appointed as Assistant Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve’s Center for the Study of Rural America to lead the Center’s applied research work. The Center was the focal point in the Federal Reserve System for rural and regional development issues, providing cutting-edge research perspectives to private, public, and nonprofit decision makers.

    Stephan became a frequent speaker before industry, university, and public policy audiences throughout the nation, is a regular contributor to media outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal to National Public Radio, and has published over eighty articles, book chapters, and policy papers. His research has spanned a variety of development and labor market issues in Africa, Appalachia, Europe, and the American West. His current work focuses on regional economic growth and development, particularly in struggling rural areas, combining theoretical, empirical, and policy analyses on topics such as geographic informational asymmetries, public/private partnerships, industrial restructuring, land use, immigration, entrepreneurship, and the environment.

  • Michael Raynor

    Director, Deloitte Consulting

    Michael Raynor works with entrepreneurs and executives in organizations of all sizes and across a wide variety of industries, exploring the challenges of innovation-driven growth, and creating and sustaining exceptional performance. Raynor has captured some of what he’s learned in three books: The Innovator’s Solution, The Strategy Paradox, and The Innovator’s Manifesto. Raynor have a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, an MBA from the Ivey Business School in London, Canada and a philosophy degree from Harvard College. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario with my wife and children.

  • Teresa Taylor

    Executive Advisor, State of Colorado

    As CEO of Blue Valley Advisors, LLC, Teresa advises companies, government agencies and other endeavors on vision, strategy, operations and public affairs.

    She retired from Qwest as the Chief Operating Office where she was responsible for the strategy and daily operations of the Sales, Product Marketing, Network, and IT organizations. During this time she led 30,000 employees and drove the companies execution of serving customers, the overall Network and IT deployment and represented the company with Investors and Wall Street.

    Ms. Taylor led the telecom giant through an acquisition, facilitating the $20 billion process and navigating the complexities of a large corporate merger.

  • Teresa Stanek Rea

    Deputy Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

    Teresa Stanek Rea is Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Rea oversees an office that encourages innovation and technological advancement, and helps businesses protect their investments, promote their goods and safeguard against deception in the marketplace.

    Ms. Rea joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Director. She is a leading attorney in the field of intellectual property with more than 25 years of legal experience and a past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Before joining the USPTO, Ms. Rea was a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington, D.C., office where she focused on intellectual property and dispute resolution related to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life science issues. Rea has experience in drafting infringement and validity opinions, as well as experience in interference and licensing matters.

  • Kim Madigan

    Chief Executive Officer
    AdamWorks, LLC

    Kim Madigan is the founder and CEO of AdamWorkds, LLC, a small, veteran-owned engineering and manufacturing company for the Aerospace and Defense Industry, located in Centennial, Colorado. Established in 2007, AdamWorks has grown from a start-up to a profitable business employint 30 people with 2012 expected to be its best year yet.

    Prior to founding AdamWorks, Ms. Madigan worked for fifteen years in management and mergers and acquisitions in multiple industries including software, retail and manufacturing. Having spent her career specializing in rapid growth organizations, she has managed the attraction and retention of employment from dozens to thousands, applying innovative strategies for recruiting, motivating and managing the top talent in each of the industries in which she has worked to ensure the successful execution of the business mission.

    Ms. Madigan has been a Colorado resident since 1997 and holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, Denver.

  • Kathy Nesbitt

    Executive Director
    Department of Personnel and Administration
    State of Colorado

    Kathy Nesbitt serves as Executive Director and Director of Personnel for the State of Colorado. Appointed by Governor Hickenlooper in January of 2011, Kathy has exhibited qualities as a visionary leader. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of human resources and development. Her innovative direct leadership is making strides towards an exciting new attitude and operation. She inspires a “can do attitude” and has molded an agenda to renovate strategic goals, visions and values for her department. Kathy’s keen sensibility and listening skills set her apart as an effective and efficient leader. Her ability to construct a collaborative team has shown great potential for the future accomplishments of the department.

    Kathy previously served as Human Resources Director and Interim Vice President of Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado Region. She extended her vision of client focused interactions to empower a collaborative environment for 5000+ employees. While at Kaiser Permanent some of Kathy’s successes involved results in employee & labor relations, safety benefits and leadership development.

  • Kristin Russell

    Secretary of Technology and Chief Innovation Officer
    State of Colorado

    Kristin D. Russell is a dynamic and innovative executive with more than fifteen years experience in operations leadership, IT, and organizational design and development. In February 2011, Kristin was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as the state’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer. Kristin is responsible for leading the state’s technology economic development efforts and promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for new and relocating technology companies as well as for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of government through the use of shared information and technology. She also chairs the Colorado Innovation Network Board of Advisors.

    Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, she was the Vice President of Global IT Service Operations at Oracle where she was responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. Preceding her affiliation with Oracle, Kristin held various leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. including serving as Vice President of IT Operations. She has also held roles in customer management, statistical process control analysis and employee training and development while at Citigroup and Southern Pacific Transportation Lines.

  • jason jennings

    Business Thought Leader
    Best Selling Author

    Jason Jennings is a researcher and one of the most successful and prolific business and leadership authors in the world and his greatest thrill is helping lead individuals and companies to their full economic potential.

    He began his career as a radio and television reporter and was the youngest radio station group owner in the nation. Later, he founded Jennings-McGlothlin & Company, a consulting firm that became the world’s largest media consultancy and his legendary programming and sales strategies are credited with revolutionizing many parts of the broadcasting industry.

    He traveled the globe in search of the world’s fastest companies for his landmark book, It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small – It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow. Within weeks of its release it hit the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and New York Times Bestsellers Lists. Now published in 32 languages, USA TODAY named it one of the top 25 books of the year!

  • Jorn Bang Andersen

    Director of Global Programs
    Senior Advisor Innovation

    Jørn Bang Andersen serves as Advisory Board Member to Kellogg Innovation Network and Director for Global Programs and Senior Innovation Advisor to Nordic Innovation, an organization for the five Nordic countries. Before he worked as special advisor to Denmark’ Ministry of Industry on innovation and business, deputy director to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s Invest in Denmark as marketing and business development manager and advisor on the ministry’s global innovation strategy. Internationally worked for the European Commission on business co-operation with Asia, and been Denmark’s senior advisor to Estonia and Latvia on transition to market economies and EU membership. Private sector engagements have been as founder of Hansa Consulting House and Nordic and East European Area Manager for Interlace. Andersen has a MA in political science from Aarhus Uni. DK and a MA in Western European Politics from University of Essex, UK. Andersen has published books and articles on innovation and lectured on the issue in Denmark and internationally.

  • Ken Lund

    Executive Director, CO Office of Economic Development and Int’l Trade

    Ken Lund currently serves as the Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade. In this capacity Ken oversees the State’s initiatives and programs in business recruitment and retention, small business advocacy and assistance, business finance/business lending efforts, and supports the state’s tourism marketing and outreach initiatives through the Colorado Tourism Office.

    These roles are essential in the ongoing outreach and coordination of economic initiatives across the State, ensuring that the State’s goals for economic prosperity and sustainability are achieved in an intelligent and synchronized fashion, founded on the principals of broad consensus and collaboration across the various communities in Colorado. Prior to taking the role of executive director, Ken was hired by Governor Hickenlooper to be his Chief Legal Counsel.

  • Lesa Mitchell

    Vice President Advancing Innovation
    Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

    Lesa Mitchell is vice president of Innovation and Networks for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In this capacity, Mitchell’s responsibility is to identify programmatic or policy levers that can accelerate invention and innovation. Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Foundation is defining and codifying alternative commercialization pathways, and identifying new models to foster innovation. Mitchell was instrumental in the founding of the Kauffman Innovation Network/ iBridge Network, the National Academies-based University–Industry Partnership, and leader in the replication of innovator-based mentor programs across the United States. Lesa is a formal advisor to the NSF i-Corp program, Modern Meadow and Faster Cures.

    Prior to joining Kauffman, Mitchell spent twenty years of her career in global executive roles at Aventis, Quintiles, and Marion Laboratories and founded an electronic clinical trials consulting business in support of global pharmaceutical clients.

  • Luis Benitez

    World-Renowned Mountaineer/Organizational Development
    Vail Resorts

    At age 39, Luis Benitez stands among the world’s foremost high altitude mountaineers and Leadership Development consultants. On May 21, 2007, Luis achieved his sixth summit of Mt. Everest..

    In 1992, Benitez was hired by the prestigious Leadership Development organization; Outward Bound. From 1992 to 2005 he initially conducted courses in mountaineering, rock climbing and avalanche training, as well as teaching skiing, ice climbing and kayaking all with the fundamentals of leadership, effective communication, and problem solving at the core of the curricula. In 2005 he transitioned to Outward Bound Professional, developing and leading innovative domestic and international team building and Leadership development programs such as the Executive Leadership Expeditions.

  • Mike Long

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Arrow Electronics Inc.

    Michael J. Long is chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Arrow Electronics, Inc.

    Prior to being named CEO in May 2009, Long served as president and chief operating officer (COO) of Arrow, with responsibility for all of the company’s operations and business units.

    Before that, Long served as senior vice president of Arrow and president of the company’s Global Components business with responsibility for overseeing Arrow’s semiconductor, passive, electromechanical and connector products and services businesses worldwide.

    Long has been with Arrow since 1991 when Arrow merged with Schweber Electronics, a company where he held various leadership roles from 1983 to 1990. In 1994, Long was president, Capstone Electronics, an Arrow company, and from 1995 to 1999, he was president, Gates/Arrow Distributing.

  • Michael Hancock

    Mayor
    City and County of Denver

    From school-age kid to hard-working adult, Mayor Michael B. Hancock has always been a leader. Despite adversity and tragedy, he has always found a way to triumph. With a passion for public service, Mayor Hancock has always fought on behalf of the people and businesses of Denver. The Mayor grew up in Denver. He was the youngest CEO of an Urban League chapter anywhere in the country and served two terms as Denver City Council president where he was widely recognized as one of the most accessible, constituent-oriented elected officials anywhere and a leader on neighborhood issues, city finances, economic development and children’s issues. He believes in bringing different groups together to find common-sense solutions to complicated challenges, and, as Mayor, he believes that by working together we can build on our past and create a world-class city where everyone matters.

  • Diane Dimeff

    Executive Director
    espace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship

    Diane Dimeff is the executive director of eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship where she oversees the three programs the Center offers: The eSpace Business Incubator, the Straight to Space workforce development program, and the Venture Design program with the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also teaches entrepreneurship, market analysis, and strategy in the CU Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) Graduate Projects course, a course supported by eSpace.

    Diane has over 30 years of experience in the field of education – as a teacher, consultant, and program developer. Prior to joining eSpace, Diane was the associate dean at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus, the assistant dean and director of MBA programs at the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder, executive director of the evening and weekend MBA programs at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and director of MBA programs at the University of San Francisco.

  • David Allen

    Associate Vice President, Technology Transfer
    University of Colorado

    David N. Allen came to the University of Colorado in February 2002 to manage the Technology Transfer Office (TTO). As Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer he has responsibility for intellectual property and technology licensing across all CU campuses. In the past ten years TTO secured $162M in licensing revenue and related fees, and spent $35M on operations. On average per year, CU TTO is responsible for 35 to 40 exclusive licenses and options, which includes 10 start-ups per year. Over half of the licenses are granted to Colorado companies and the vast majority of start-ups are located in Colorado. From 2002 to 2012, CU start-ups have raised over $1.4B in investment capital, which includes over $1B in VC and private equity funding, and an additional $395M from public equity markets. Since 2005 TTO has managed technology maturation (Proof of Concept) programs and a seed investment program. To date, TTO’s POC programs have involved 113 projects and $13.3M of cumulative funding.

  • John Hicken-
    looper

    Governor
    State of Colorado

    A geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council) before being elected Mayor of Denver in 2003. John Hickenlooper was elected Governor of Colorado in November 2010. He took office two months later. His ambition for the state is even bigger than his name.

    Governor Hickenlooper, drawing on his diverse background as an exploration geologist and restaurateur, is bringing bright creative leadership and innovative thinking to the state Capitol. His boundless energy and Western spirit of collaboration are generating tremendous optimism and confidence in Colorado’s future.

  • George Kembel

    Executive Director & Co-Founder
    Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University

    George is an entrepreneur and investor turned educator. He co-founded and now leads the d.school.

    Passionate about nurturing the creative potential of others, George spends his time working with students, teachers, leaders, and investors to unlock the latent innovative capacity of their teams and organizations.

    Under George’s leadership, the d.school has grown from a few projects and a classroom of students to hundreds of projects, thousands of students, and a cutting edge 30,000 sq.ft. facility at the center of campus. George has scaled the d.school’s impact even more dramatically. From a napkin manifesto to a widely recognized leader in innovation and education, the d.school has helped usher in a larger global design thinking movement. Schools and universities around the world are starting d.school-like programs, and the start-up companies and projects that have spun out of the d.school have already impacted millions of lives.

  • Don Elliman Jr.

    Chancellor
    University of Colorado-Denver

    In March of 2012, Don was appointed interim Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver. CU Denver comprises the institutions at both the CU Denver downtown campus with undergraduate and graduate programs across a broad range of disciplines, and the Anschutz Medical Campus with the schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health. Prior to that, in 2011, Don was the Executive Director of the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology on the Anschutz Campus.

    From June of 2009 to January of 2011, Don served as Chief Operating Officer for Colorado. In that position he assisted the Governor in the management of all State agencies. He was also the Chair of the Colorado Recovery Accountability Board, established in March of 2009, with responsibilities for oversight of spending in Colorado under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Chas Eggert

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    OPXBIO Biotechnologies Inc

    Charles R. (Chas) Eggert is applying over 35 years of experience in the global specialty-chemical industry to the leadership of OPXBIO. Prior to joining OPXBIO in September 2008, Chas was president of the Specialty Polymers Group, a $500 million revenue division of Akzo Nobel. Earlier, he held top management responsibility for the Food Ingredients – Europe and global Personal Care business units of ICI prior to the acquisition of ICI by Akzo Nobel. While at ICI, he was a board director of the American Chemistry Council. Mr. Eggert began his career with Monsanto Company, progressing through roles in technology, manufacturing, business development, marketing and general management. His work at Monsanto included an assignment as vice president of Monsanto Venture Capital. Chas is a board director of BIO – The Biotechnology Industry Organization, as well as a founding director and chairman of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association. Chas earned an MBA in marketing and finance from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. in biochemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Washington University.

  • Brad Feld

    Co-Founder and Managing Director
    The Foundry Group

    Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-foundingFoundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

    Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoor, Cheezburger, Fitbit,FullContact, Gnip, MakerBot, MobileDay, Oblong, Orbotix, SEOMoz, Standing Cloud, and Yesware for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad was an executive at AmeriData Technologies after it acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications.

  • Anna Catalano

    Independent Director
    Mead Johnson Nutrition, Willis Group Holdings, Chemtura Corporation, and Kraton Performance Polymers
    Former Group Vice President of Marketing
    BP

    With more than 25 of corporate experience, Anna C. Catalano manages a diverse board portfolio, serving as an independent director on the boards of Mead Johnson Nutrition, Willis Group Holdings, Kraton Performance Polymers, and Chemtura Corporation. In the not-for-profit sector, she is deeply passionate on the topic of senior care and aging, and is a board member of the Houston/SE Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a renowned expert on the topics of marketing and strategic branding, international business development, and is an outspoken champion of women in business. Having held executive positions in Asia, Europe and North America, she holds a broad perspective on the challenges of operating in a global environment.

    As Group Vice President, Marketing for BP plc from 2000 to 2003, she was instrumental in the internal and external repositioning of the BP brand, and was a primary voice behind the campaign to establish BP’s “Beyond Petroleum” positioning.

  • Ajay Menon

    Chief Innovation Officer
    State of Colorado
    Dean College of Business
    Colorado State University, Fort Collins

    As Dean of the College of Business, Ajay Menon provides strategic direction for the College of Business. His responsibilities include: providing leadership for the College of Business; developing and maintaining relationships with all external stakeholders of the College; obtaining financial resources for the College to achieve its vision for success; broad oversight of the senior management of the College.

    Dr. Menon holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and has been on the Marketing Department faculty since 1991. His teaching and research expertise lie in the areas of International Marketing, New Product Development & Management and Strategic Market Planning. His research interests focus in the areas of customer loyalty, new product management, and strategy implementation. He has coordinated and participated in several discussion round-tables on these and related topics at national and international forums. Dr. Menon’s research has appeared in the leading marketing and business journals. In addition, he has received several recognitions for his classroom teaching, including being named “Professor of the Year.” Dr. Menon has been a consultant to several leading companies in Colorado

  • Aaron Kennedy

    Chief Marketing Officer
    State of Colorado

    Noodles & Company founder and career brand strategist, Aaron Kennedy, has recently been named Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Colorado.

    Kennedy was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and was inducted into the Inc. Magazine Hall of Fame for making the Inc. 500 list of “Fastest Growing Private Companies” five years in a row. He is also actively involved with the next generation of business leaders and serves as a frequent guest lecturer at several universities including the University of Colorado, University of Denver and University of Wisconsin. Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors for Silver Oak Winery, Sartori Company and advises multiple entrepreneurial companies.

    Prior to launching Noodles & Company in 1995, Kennedy served as marketing director for New York-based brand strategy and design firm Brandimage, where he directed projects for some of the world’s largest companies including Coca-Cola, Burger King, Sears, Pfizer, Swiss Army Products, and the PGA Tour. Prior to that, Kennedy managed brands for global powerhouses Pepsi and Kraft Foods, where he was part of the team that developed the $1 billion brand Lunchables.

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