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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


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.

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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The 2013 Innovation Report: Accelerating Colorado’s Entrepreneurial Momentum

Annually, the Colorado Innovation Network, in collaboration with Colorado State University, 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 identifies opportunities and initiatives in order to accelerate Colorado’s entrepreneurial momentum.

Have a look at our 2013 Colorado Innovation Report or check out last years report.


Urban Innovation Coalition

To increase the flow of ideas, talent, and capital across regions, Colorado city centers are working together to identify and implement programs and projects to accelerate innovative business in their respective communities.

In partnership with the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Urban Innovation Coalition is creating a formal network across metro areas to share best practices, information and opportunities to support start-ups and growth of existing companies. The goal of the program is to create a formal network across metro areas to share best practices, information and opportunities to support start-ups and growth of existing companies; identify unique programs that will inspire innovative companies and support their growth; develop joint programs to create consistency and efficiency in meeting the needs of an early-stage business; launch tools and resources to support start-up and growing businesses to programs and each other; and identify core elements in each ecosystem that will support and attract innovation in Colorado’s city centers.

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