As 2017 approaches a close, Innovation Pavilion (IP) successfully conducted one of its most prolific events of the year. On November 14, Colorado Demo Day showcased the state’s entrepreneurial wealth at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, Calif. Partnering with Colorado Technology Association and several other key players, IP hosted Silicon Valley investors and business leaders at an all-day expo featuring Colorado companies.

At the center of the event were pitches from 18 companies belonging to eight different technology horizontals and various stages of development. Panels comprising Silicon Valley VCs and leading Colorado company CIOs punctuated these presentations. The keynote was delivered by Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer Suma Nallapati.

“It was wonderful to be part of the Colorado tech scene and get much-needed exposure to Silicon Valley,” commented Christopher Glode, CEO of HumanCode, a developer of next-generation personal genomics applications. “We were looking to leverage this opportunity to launch our company the right way and Demo Day provided a conducive structure for a successful endeavor.”

Participants left Demo Day with a sincere appreciation for the value it brought to their companies and ventures. With so many players under one roof, the event was connections galore and created much excitement for future partnerships. Innovation Pavilion and its partners will continue working on various corporate innovation initiatives till and beyond the next Colorado Demo Day in 2018.

“Colorado Demo Day was an incredibly powerful experience for us,” recalled CEO Karl Falk of BotDoc, which brands itself as the secure “FedEx” for data. “It was so great to hear so many inspirational Colorado company CIOs and the state’s CTO, David McCurdy. It was just the right place to make the connections we needed, including with Catholic Health Initiative. We certainly look forward to being back next year.”

To learn more about the presenting companies, click here.

A Letter from our Founder

Dear IP Family,

As we wrap up 2017 and gear up for 2018, we, like so many of you, are reflecting on this past year to learn lessons for the next. It has been an incredible year for Innovation Pavilion on all three of our key offerings: city, corporate and workforce development innovation.

Our public-private partnership campaign to establish innovation campuses has been an unprecedented success. We have found city leaders across the nation looking for just the right partner to make them pioneers in facilitating innovation, technology and entrepreneurship among their communities. As a result, we have achieved our goal of securing five city partnerships by the end of 2017 — you may recall the more recent announcements regarding Joliet, IL and Florence, AZ.

On the corporate innovation front, we are expanding month after month. We rebranded our offering as “GO2O!” and launched our hypergrowth post-accelerator program with a brand new approach. We have focused on companies in later stages of development and are already beginning to see positive impact on our current cohort in session. Our access to funding program is getting stronger by the day as our partnership with Keiretsu Forum helped entrepreneurs raise over a million dollars in just the first few months. While our existing communities continue to grow, we have also begun venturing into newer territories with the launch of NovaSpace, our launchpad for space innovation. All of these initiatives feed into what will rapidly become a powerhouse for innovators: our livestreaming platform IPTV. We have already showcased entrepreneurs, investors and visionaries every week on our “Inside IP” show and have inaugurated four more shows: HR  Executive Exchange, Synchronicity, Talent Talk and Hard Knock Hustlers. Stay tuned for much more!

This year, we finally labelled our efforts in transformation of education with a name as remarkable as the program: XUNO. In addition to having hosted several panels and shows on the topic, we are in full-fledged preparation for launching our bootcamp style academy teaching technical, entrepreneurial and life & leadership skills. You will hear more soon and next year ought to be transformational.

While there is much more to relay, let me leave you with expressions of my profound gratitude for your support and earnest excitement to continue working with all of you this coming year.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year in advance!

Vic Ahmed

On Synchronicity: Why Cities Need a SMART City Alliance

Synchronicity is Innovation Pavilion’s SMART City consortium. Under that umbrella, we host a monthly show discussing topics of utmost importance to a city looking to become “SMART.” For our November show, we gathered a spectacular panel of SMART city experts to speak to a topic near and dear to all of us: “Why Cities Need a SMART CIty Alliance.”

Hosted by Mayor Mike Waid of Parker, CO, the November 6 show featured:

  • Jake Rishavy, VP Innovation at Denver South Economic Development Partnership
  • Vernon Irvin, President for Local Govt, Medium and Small Business Markets at CenturyLink
  • Scott Blumenreich, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer at City of Centennial, CO
  • Shawn Whitcomb, Chief Information Officer at City of Olathe, KS
  • Jay Andersen, IP’s Lead on Synchronicity SMART Cities consortium

The panelists, who ranged from city government officials to corporate executives, touched on a number of key topics: Why are cities just now beginning the process of becoming SMART? What role do customer-driven connected devices play in citizen engagement? How are cities applying innovation, connectivity and technology to traditional and non-traditional departments to improve citizen experience?

To watch this intriguing conversation, click below:

Synchronicity – Why cities need SMART City Alliance?

A New Show on IPTV: Talent Talk!

IPTV has a brand new show: Talent Talk! Today, talent is in control, not companies. There is an expectation now that companies must tell a more authentic story in order to attract the right people. Companies also need to tell that story to different audiences than they’re used to. It’s time to start looking outside of the normal go-to recruiting places to find the right talent. By diversifying your recruiting strategies, you will also start to build more diverse teams. We’ll talk about different ways you can diversify your recruiting and hiring strategies to build a stronger company.

Xuno Talent Talk 11-8-2017

Coming up on IPTV: Hard Knock Hustlers!

Anyone who has ever said being an entrepreneur is easy … simply doesn’t know what they are talking about.


A raw, authentic and unapologetic live/recorded Meetup event called Hard Knock Hustlers is poised to kick off in January in the Denver Area. HKH will be featuring the most notable and iconic founders, brands, and hustlers to bestow their wisdom to fellow hard knock entrepreneurs in the area.


It’s host, Nick Kullin, is a true Hard Knock Hustler who graduated with a Ph.D. from Hard Knocks University. Nick started Second Flight Consultancy, a digital marketing growth hacking agency four years ago and turned it into a seven-figure business in less than 14 months. Prior to that, he developed a software that he sold while he was still high school age. Recently, Nick was named by Entrepreneur as among the top 27 CEO’s under 27. Gaining these accomplishments without a college degree and plenty of battle scars to prove that hustling is hard, but the rewards are rich.

Keiretsu Forum-Rockies going strong and seeking accredited investors

Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest and most active angel network. The Rockies chapter was launched in 2016 with Innovation Pavilion as one of the leading partners. The chapter has had tremendous success in pairing entrepreneurs and investors, and our last event was no different. On November 29, 2017, five companies pitched before investors at our Denver chapter in Innovation Pavilion. These companies were Phytonix Corporation, DropSpot, Zive, ENTvantage and Gemio.

We are constantly looking for SEC accredited investors to join our network and grow their portfolio through introductions to awesome entrepreneurs. To learn more, contact us at or visit

IP member Wampum reaches Trout Tank Finals

We are always happy to hear of our members’ achievements. Most recently, Wampum reached the finals for Trout Tank, a pitch accelerator program conducted by the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center. Wampum provides e-commerce technologies to help their customers accept Bitcoin payments with or without the use of a local bank. To learn more, visit

With help from Trout Tank’s advisors from Rockies Venture Club, SDC, Colorado Lending Source and Pitch Deck Fire, Wampum’s CEO Russell Castagnaro pitched during auditions and qualified for the final.

“IP has been precisely what we needed to get Wampum up and running in Colorado,” Castagnaro reflected.  “The environment is perfect, and the connections that I’ve made here have made a big difference.  I still miss Honolulu, but IP and Denver are giving it a real run.”

Upcoming IP event

Save the Date: IP Anniversary Party on January 18

An annual tradition, an event not to miss. Join and socialize with the leadership of all sorts from across the United States and the Who’s Who of the Colorado tech scene. Innovation Pavilion will celebrate its sixth anniversary on January 18, 2018 at our Centennial headquarters. Save the date and stay tuned for more!

Upcoming IP event

Fortune 500 perspective on IoT

Join our TechrIoT community for yet another quality conversation on Internet of Things. SVP and CIO of Dish Network, Rob Dravenstott, will keynote the event, followed by Mina Mitry, CEO of Kepler Communication.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

4-6 pm

9200 E Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112



Upcoming IP event

STEM education and entrepreneurship

Listen to leading educationist and city officials discussing STEM education and how it relates to entrepreneurship during our December Synchronicity show.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

1:30-2:30 pm

9200 E Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112




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