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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

For press inquiries contact Kelly Underell at kelly.underell@state.co.us.


Programs & Initiatives

COIN partners with organizations and individuals to study key drivers and inhibitors of innovation and deliver programs and initiatives that will make an impact. We understand risk taking has to be part of the equation to drive ideas forward, and this is something we embrace. COIN is innovating daily on new ideas that will have an impact on the innovation ecosystem. We recognize not all of these will ultimately prove to be successful, but we know progress will only be made if we try.

The 2014 Innovation Report: The State of Innovation

Annually, the Colorado Innovation Network issues an innovation report that measures Colorado’s innovation progress. The report evaluates innovation in Colorado across four categories – ideas, talent, capital and entrepreneurship. This year’s report, done in collaboration with PwC, identifies opportunities and initiatives in order to accelerate Colorado’s entrepreneurial momentum.

Have a look at our 2014 Colorado Innovation Report or check out last years report.

The State of Innovation: Colorado 2014 Report 1

The State of Innovation: Colorado 2014 Report 2


Glorious Failure: In Search of Success Innovation Challenge

In May 2013, COIN launched the Glorious Failure: In Search of Success Innovation Challenge, which was designed to showcase and accelerate innovators with high-growth potential ventures who are willing to share their lessons learned from obstacles and adversity.

Listen to Governor Hickenlooper to learn more!

Winners Announced!

The four finalists were selected to pitch at the COIN Summit on August 29, 2013. The overall winner, as selected by the COIN Summit delegation has been announced!

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Grand Prize Winner

Rachio: Smart Landscapes: (Denver) Rachio is a technology startup that makes it easy and affordable for homeowners to have a beautiful, productive, resource-optimized landscape. Their first product, Iro, is an internet-connect irrigation timer that can be controlled through a smartphone or computer and automatically adjusts to save homeowners time, money, and water. Rachio was the winner of the online public vote, advancing it to the final round of the competition.

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Runner Up

Lightning Hybrids: (Loveland) Lightning Hybrids makes a unique and cost-effective hydraulic hybrid system for medium-duty fleet vehicles.

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Third Place

Double Helix, LLC: (Boulder) Double Helix LLC is a startup out of the University of Colorado, Boulder that develops and commercializes computational optical-digital technologies used in range estimation, super-resolution microscopy, and three-dimensional (3D) imaging. The company designs products that integrate micro and nano technologies with computational algorithms to offer improved performance in conjunction with reductions in cost, size and complexity.

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Lenimen: (Denver) Lenimen’s intellectual property is set to change the standard of care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as is relates to the screening, identification, risk stratification, and the development of new care paradigms and pharmacological therapies.

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