Innovation Pavilion (IP) released a new brand for its thriving corporate innovation offering: GO2O! Corporate innovation forms a core tenet of IP’s three-legged innovation services, which also includes city innovation and transformation of education. While IP has long sustained deep relations with corporates across the United States, the first initiative to be specifically launched under the GO2O! brand is a second-stage hypergrowth accelerator.

The GO2O! accelerator comes at the heels of years of research into best practices and the successful completion of a TechrIoT XLR8 accelerator and Colorado Demo Day in 2016. Building upon these experiences, GO2O! brings a unique model that not only fulfills an underserved need, but also complements the plethora of early-stage accelerators in operation.

Read the press release here


Join us at GO2O! Accelerator Information Session & Webinar

Date: Tuesday, July 18
Join Innovation Pavilion to learn more about its brand new GO2O! corporate innovation brand and applications for its second-stage accelerator. Stop by IP’s headquarters in Centennial to attend in person or watch live at

NovaSpace’s liftoff event excites community

On June 8, Innovation Pavilion officially launched its space innovation community, NovaSpace, with a two-phased “liftoff” event. The evening began with a panel of industry leaders speaking to changes in the industry, the specific effects on the Colorado space cluster, and concrete initiatives to accelerate it into a national and global hub. Panelists included David Markham (Lockheed Martin Space Systems), Chris Moran (Lockheed Martin Ventures), Jay Lindell (CO Office of Economic Development), Bill Hosack (Orbital Micro Systems), Randy Owen (Metropolitan State University of Denver), and Ellen Chang (LightSpeed Innovations). They were joined by an esteemed group of guests in attendance and community members watching online. The official launch event followed the panel wherein NovaSpace was unveiled before a large audience and David Markham delivered the keynote address. The event turned out to be a success and we are looking at this strong turnout and appreciation as testament to the need for and popularity of this initiative.

Colorado Innovation and Technology Experience

Redflint is partnering with Innovation Pavilion, Colorado Technology Association and the National Cybersecurity Center to host a Colorado Innovation and Technology Experience, with sessions on July 13 and 14. Join the innovation, tech, education and business communities for an immersive experience of the future of technology and hear about 21st century business innovations.

  • Interact with some of the latest technology at your own pace while connecting with experts in the respective fields.
  • Explore data visualization tools, virtual reality, the world of hacking and much more.
  • Uncover what Colorado Technology Association has in store for the near future, and how your participation is key.
  • Observe how the Innovation Pavilion is changing the landscape of tech communities and how the future of technology will intersect in Colorado and across the U.S..
  • Gain knowledge on what the National Cybersecurity Center has been doing since being initiated by Gov. Hickenlooper and what they can do for your organization.
  • Hear from University of Phoenix/RedFlint how the landscape of higher education is changing rapidly and what is being done to provide skills-based education to technologically focused employees/employers.
You can register for any of the below time slots:
  • July 13 // 9 am – Noon
  • July 13 // 1 pm – 4 pm
  • July 14 // 9 am – Noon

Innovation Pavilion at Parker Days!

Innovation Pavilion (IP) was a first time participant in the Parker Days Festival, June 9-11, 2017.  IP team members and volunteers interacted with a variety of members from the community, including town officials, educators, parents and children. Highlighting the various programs offered at Innovation Pavilion, the IP team was also drawing excitement with the news of our Innovation Pavilion campus coming soon to Parker.  “Innovation Pavilion has been working with the Parker business community for almost two years and we are excited to finalize plans with the town leaders on a campus location before years end,” states Jennifer Bustamante, Community Manager for Innovation Pavilion – Parker.


This year was a record setting year for the Parker Days Festival as 250,000 people were in attendance.  Innovation Pavilion looks forward to being a long time partner in the Parker Days Festival for years to come.

Connect Now featuring David Gold

On June 28, David Gold from Access Venture Partners shared his investment insights and stories with a rapt group of entrepreneurs at the Innovation Pavilion.  The event was part of our ongoing series of investor Q&A sessions in conjunction with IP’s ConnectNow program.  David highlighted the importance of entrepreneurs knowing whether it is actually appropriate for their companies to pursue venture capital.  He noted that VC investments are a good fit for only a small percentage of startups.  He speaks from a great deal of experience, as AVP has been actively investing since 1999.  The firm has had a number of exciting exits from its portfolio, including the recent sales of Craftsy to NBCUniversal and AlchemyAPI to IBM.  When opportunities are on track, AVP will invest in multiple rounds to support their companies’ growth.  They also play an instrumental role in supporting their portfolio companies strategically and through team building.  So while a VC investment is not always appropriate, in the right circumstances it can lead to a highly beneficial partnership and great outcomes.

The investor Q&A sessions are associated with the ConnectNow program, a core component of IP’s Access to Capital services.  The program is conducted in partnership with Pluribus Capital and is focused on assisting companies with preparing for and meeting with the right investors for their company.  The program is managed by Murray Arenson, the CFO of Innovation Pavilion and a 25-year investment professional.

K4 Deal Screening

Are you an Entrepreneur looking for funding? Fill out an online application before July 10th to participate in our Keiretsu deal screening. A pitch deck and an executive summary with a company overview will also be required. For your application to be considered, you must email with a short introduction of you and your company. Chosen applications have the opportunity to pitch their company in our monthly Denver Keiretsu Forum Chapter event. There is a minimal fee to present for those selected.

Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. It is a network of capital, resources and deal flow with 53 chapters worldwide and over 2,500 investor members. It is the largest group of Angel’s in the world by size, number of deals done each year, and by amount invested each year.

The Denver Keiretsu Forum Chapter is partnered with Innovation Pavilion to bring high quality deal flow in the Colorado region. Please contact for more information or click here for an online application.

Event Details:

July 17th at Innovation Pavilion

Time: 2-5pm

IP in the Land of Lincoln

Over the past year, Innovation Pavilion and the City of Joliet, IL have met to discuss bringing an IP campus to the Prairie State. Recently, IP visited representatives from the city to present IP’s model and were received with great enthusiasm. According to The Times, the mayor of Joliet Bob O’Dekirk was thoroughly impressed and said of IP’s campus model “It’s an exciting concept.” Joliet (dubbed The City of Excitement) is a mere 40 miles from Chicago and is the third largest city in Illinois. The city council of Joliet is set to vote on July 18, which would make it IP’s fourth location.

Among Joliet’s government members IP met with, Steve Jones, Economic Development Director and Assistant City Manager, stated that an Innovation Pavilion campus in the city has outrageous potential for multi-use development. “We don’t have this kind of high tech presence,” said Jones, also commenting that the campus would be a “game changer for downtown.” Plans call for major downtown redevelopment, which will go before Joliet’s Economic Development Committee at a meeting July 13.

IP is prospecting two potential locations for the campus. The riverfront campus could go north of the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino or south of Union Station. The Mayor of Joliet and Steve Jones visited IP’s campus in Centennial, CO and were quite impressed, showing strong mutual interest in bringing Innovation Pavilion to the Midwest.

Upcoming IP events

Prime Health 2017 Challenge

Prime Health is seeking all eligible early stage Digital Health/Health Tech Startups who are interested in winning a portion of $150,000 provided by the Colorado Health Foundation. Applications must be submitted through the Valid Eval platform and are due July 7th. Winning companies will pair up with a Colorado Host institution to implement a pilot test of their product. The top 4 companies will receive funds used to offset the costs of this study. Finalists will be given the opportunity to pitch their product in “shark tank” style event on October 19th. This will include a live audience as well as representatives from hosts institutions interested in pairing with the finalists.

More info here

Upcoming IP events

Data Science in DTC

Featuring Victor Amin

What distinguishes the field of data science from the traditional field of statistics? Data science, practiced well, has a radical focus on empiricism and results. Models can and often do function as “black boxes” because we emphasize evaluating them solely based on their inputs and outputs—not their mathematical “goodness.” But a typical analysis focuses on a single number—often an accuracy or F1 score—to define how well a model works. We can (and should) go beyond simple accuracy calculations during model development. By experimenting carefully with inputs and outputs, we can develop a more complete picture of model performance—or even begin to reverse engineer a model for which we have no prior knowledge.



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