Innovation Pavilion (IP) recently solidified a partnership with the City of Joliet, a suburb of Chicago, to develop a new IP location in the city. Together, IP and the City of Joliet will work to bring innovative growth, community and entrepreneurship to the city and surrounding areas. 

On Monday July 17, the city council of Joliet met with IP Founder and CEO Vic Ahmed for a question and answer session on what IP can bring to the suburban city. IP was met with unanimous enthusiasm by the council, ushering an air of excitement for both IP’s expansion efforts as well as a bright future for the economic development for Joliet. “This is a very cutting edge project,” said Economic Development Director Steve Jones, “this is like a big exclamation point downtown.” 

The city officials are enthusiastic about the promise to attract young talent to the ring city and its outlying areas. New ideas and business development has been much anticipated by the city.  “That’s exactly what these funds are set up for,” said Councilman Larry Hug, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, “to stimulate economic development and growth.” 

The council voted 7-0 in favor of the development agreement on Tuesday July 18. The downtown Joliet project, which would encompass 100,000 square-feet to 200,000 square-feet of corporate offices, coworking space, events center, retail shops and millennial-oriented housing, would take three to five years to accomplish. The project will also include a STEM school, 21st Century Library and maker’s space. “This is an exciting new chapter for IP,” said Ahmed, “it’s truly inspiring to think about the possibilities attainable in Joliet.”


Watch Founder/CEO Vic Ahmed present IP’s campus model to Joliet city council

GO2O! applications close after recruitment period

Applications for Innovation Pavilion’s second-stage accelerator closed on July 28 after a recruitment period including an information session (July 18) and happy hour (July 20). Both events provided an opportunity to delve further into the details of GO2O! and answer any questions. The applications suggested a strong interest and are a testament to the popularity and need of the initiative.


Watch information session here: more information, visit or contact

Redflint, Innovation Pavilion, Colorado Technology Association, and National Cybersecurity Center host an Innovation and Technology Experience. 

Innovation, tech, education and business communities connect for an immersive experience of the future of technology and hear about 21st century business innovations.

Attendees interacted with the latest data visualization tools, explored the world of virtual reality, and stepped inside the mind of a hacker and much more during the series of tech showcases:* HTC Vive* Microsoft Hololens* Toolwire Interactive* WOW Factors from Personal Cyber Hygiene and Cyber Hygiene at Work

Watch the recap of the Redflint event

Innovation Pavilion at the Parker Wine Walks!

IP-Parker along with community sponsor Engel & Volkers were one of the many businesses to participate in the Parker Wine Walks on July 28, 2017.  Over 200 community members stopped by the new IP Parker office space in Parker Station, while enjoying wine from Parker’s Purgatory Cellars Winery and music from local artist Greg Baerns. 

The Wine Walks are sponsored by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce and is an opportunity for local businesses throughout downtown Parker to interact with the community in a fun and inviting atmosphere.  Join IP-Parker at the upcoming Wine Walks on Aug 25, Sept 29 and Oct 27.   

Connect Now Monthly Update

ConnectNow hosted its monthly Investor Q&A event in July, which focused on stock options, wages and performance incentives and how they can be designed to be both employee-centric and Investor friendly.  Fred Holt, the CEO of Summit HR Solutions was our special guest.  David Ray and Alice Warren Gregory from Bold Legal provided a legal perspective as well as specific insights around stock option plan creation.

Keiretsu Forum Rockies launched its new website (click here), and we encourage investors and entrepreneurs to check it out for information regarding the organization and details regarding company deal screening and investor membership applications.

The Denver chapter is having its next deal screening event on August 14th at Innovation Pavilion. Click here to apply.

The next Keiretsu Forum Rockies pitch event for Denver chapter members is on August 30th.  Guests are welcome and may RSVP to (accredited investors only).

Marcia McGilley, Executive Director SBDC interviewed show “Inside IP” featuring Marcia McGilley, Executive Director SBDC.

Upcoming IP event

Amazon Alexa With The Voicehacks

The Voicehacks and Amazon Alexa Skills tour is coming to Denver August 3-4 and Innovation Pavilion has an opportunity to get free tickets before they sell out. The event will provide two days of hands-on training by Amazon team members, industry talks and demos. From getting started to accelerating existing skills and voice design capabilities, this event is intended for all levels. You don’t want to miss this.

Register here

Upcoming Partner event

RVC's summer pitchiest

Featuring Victor Amin

Please join RVC for the upcoming events in August. The first event is RVC’s Summer Pitchfest, where we celebrate Colorado’s booming entrepreneurial scene by inviting 7 investment-ready companies to pitch. This event will be held on August 8th from 5 PM – 8:30 PM at the Denver SBDC.

The second event is RVC’s Angel Accelerator, which is a one day program dedicated to give new and existing investors the tools to be able to make smart and successful investment decisions. The RVC’s Angel Accelerator helps angel investors save $250,000 in mistakes by accelerating the educational process to become a seasoned investor. This event will be held on August 17th from 9 AM – 5 PM in Boulder.

Learn more and RSVP Here

Upcoming Partner event

Global Chamber Denver

Sponsorship and participation 

We would like to invite you to participate as a Sponsor or Participant for our upcoming “Global Trade & Investment Forum”  featuring the 55th President of Mexico, Vicente Fox.  The Conference will be held August 29-31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. 

The forum will feature President Vicente Fox throughout the 3 days he is here to meet potential business partners, share opportunities in Mexico and learn about opportunities in Colorado/USA.

Our priority will be to promote and explore new innovative ideas to develop and enhance relations and trade between Mexico and Colorado/USA. We have included special arrangements for sponsors who will contribute to the success of the Forum to have opportunities to have a one-on-one discussion with President Fox.  

We look forward to hearing from you regarding your interest in sponsorship, individual attendance or purchasing a table to represent your company.  Detailed sponsorship information and ticket purchase is enclosed for your review and consideration.

More info here

Upcoming Partner event

Brighton Economic Development

Business Innovation Pitch

Awards competition is open to start-up businesses, as well as established Brighton businesses with up to 25 employees that have been operating up to five years. Awards are open to Brighton businesses, Brighton residents, and/or individuals with plans to have a Brighton-based business.

Three winning entries will be awarded cash prizes to help take their business to the next level, including:
● $15,000 grand prize
● $4,000 second place award
● $1,000 third place award
Learn more and apply here


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