Innovation Pavilion extends warm greetings to the entire IP family on the beginning of the new year. The turn of the year brings with it an opportunity to learn from the lessons of the past and, standing on our accomplishments, leap forward to the future. The IP team spent 2017 breathing life into a vision of 21st Century economic development across the United States and beyond. While we keep our eyes set on much grander goals, here is small snapshot of how we fared in the past year.

As always, we look forward to your continued engagement in 2018. To learn more about our vision for the future, join us on January 18 for our Sixth Anniversary Party.

Dish CIO shares F500 perspective on IoT

TechrIoT’s December Meetup once again brought the IoT community of the Denver region together to engage with two stakeholders: Rob Dravenstott of Dish Network and Mina Mitry of Kepler Communications.

As senior vice president and CIO of a major industry player, Dravenstott has valuable insights into the world of IoT. His fireside chat delved generally into the future of IoT and specifically, the role Dish envisions for itself in this transformational arena. A discussion hosted by TechrIoT’s Board Chairman Paul Isham touched on several important topics: particular areas of IoT Dish looks to dominate, the IoT Club, and interest in engagement with startups, innovators and the IoT community across Colorado and the United States.

Dravenstott was followed by the showcased company: Kepler Communications, a satellite communications company building an in-space telecommunications network for space-borne assets. Mitry, it’s CEO, gave an insightful presentation to the audience keeping them up to date on the latest on the cutting edge of IoT innovation.

The event, held at IP’s Centennial headquarters, hosted a sizeable crowd that left with new knowledge and connections in the world of IoT.

GO2O! takes cohort to San Diego and provides access to a new market

IP’s GO2O! post-accelerator program finished 2017 with a strong sprint in San Diego — a city that had yet to be explored by much of our cohort. Hosted by LightSpeed Innovations Managing Partner Ellen Chang, the sprint took the entire day on December 15, 2017. The core focus of the event was access to funding, achieved through 10-minute company pitches and an investor panel.

“After mentoring GO2O! companies in Colorado, it was great to bring them over to Southern California to expose them to a new market and group of investors,” commented Chang. “This cohort brings has a lot of potential and I am excited to work with the IP team to continually bring great value to them.”

The GO2O! cohort was joined by several regional companies and key industry influencers, feuling further potential for networking and collaboration.


Arizona and Colorado Leaders Reflect on STEM Education in SMART Cities

Last year’s final Synchronicity show brought with it a special treat: guests from the site of Innovation Pavilion’s future campus! Several municipal and education leaders from the Town of Florence and Pinal County in Arizona joined a selection of Colorado counterparts to reflect on a critical component of a city’s future.

Hosted by Mayor Mike Waid of Parker, CO, the roundtable was focused on “STEM Education and Entrepreneurship in Suburban Communities.” The core panelists consisted of:

  • Tara Walter, Mayor of Florence, Ariz. and K-8 Assistant Principal
  • Jill Broussard, Superintendent at Pinal County School District
  • Chris Knutsen, Superintendent at Florence Unified School District
  • Alex Tuel, Head of School at Colorado Early Colleges-Parker
  • Dr. Penny Eucker, Executive Director at STEM School Highlands Ranch
  • John Trefny, President Emeritus at Colorado School of Mines

The lively discussion was a reflection of the importance of STEM education and entrepreneurship to SMART cities, and an exploration of the best practices to foster such initiatives. The premise of the conversation was that today’s needs are far different from the past and technological transformation compels the workforce of tomorrow to be skilled drastically differently.

The panelists reaffirmed several key tenets of a futuristic education policy: earlier and wider introduction of STEM subjects, cross-curriculum integration, fostering imaginative and innovative thought processes, promoting experiential and experimental learning, and changing mindsets regarding STEM fields and hands-on occupations. These theoretical foundations were supplemented with real-life examples from Arizona where the community was engaged in inspiring students to pursue STEM and connecting students to industry as early as fourth grade.

The rich exchange of ideas was yet another example of the quality content being generated by Synchronicity each month. Do not forget to watch the full discussion below and tune in to the latest episode on January 9, 2018

Bruce Dines of Liberty Global featured on Inside IP show

Inside IP host Shelly Maxwell welcomed Bruce Dines of Liberty Global Ventures to the show. Liberty Global is the largest cable provider in the world and Dines leads its corporate venture capital arms as its managing partner. He shed light on his personal experience, Liberty Global, current landscape for investment and the Denver region’s success factors in fostering entrepreneurship. To learn more, watch the full interview below.

IP welcomes two new member companies to its Centennial campus

Despite branching out into several exciting areas, Innovation Pavilion remains an ecosystem for entrepreneurs looking for productive collisions. We are always enthusiastic to welcome new members to our communities. Two such members recently joined our flagship Centennial campus: Limebox and Area 101. The former specializes in media, web and application development while the latter is a Saas company offering web-based catering procurement and e-commerce solutions. We welcome both to the IP family and wish them the very best for a productive stay at our Centennial campus.

Upcoming IP event

IP Anniversary Party next week!

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.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

5 pm

9200 E Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112

Upcoming IP event

Impact of Consumerism & Tech on Healthcare

Consumers are demanding more from the healthcare system. More transparency around costs, easier scheduling, and telehealth visits are just the beginning of a trend that will completely transform how healthcare systems interact with patients. Hosted by Prime Health, this Meetup will feature Brent Bowman (Vice President at Kaiser Permanente Colorado) and Mark Barnes (CEO and Founder at TeleSpine).


Thursday, January 25, 2017

6 p.m.

9200 E Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112



Upcoming IP event

Hard Knock Hustlers: Doug Simons of Enstrom Candies

Join us as we peel away the cover on our bran new program: Hard Knock Hustlers! Hosted by entrepreneur Nick Kullin, the show will broadcast a frank and candid dialogue on the stories of entrepreneurs. CEO Doug Simons of Enstrom Candies, which went from $500K to $10M+ in revenues, will be the inaugural guest.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

6 p.m.

Streamed live on IPTV and Facebook



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