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Economic Impact

CU-Boulder is one of Colorado’s primary economic engines.We directly impact the state’s new business development, federal research dollars, and overall financial outlook. We take great pride in our ability to train a significant portion of Colorado’s highly skilled workforce.

  • CU-Boulder generated over $60 million in intellectual property revenues through our technology transfer operation between 2003 and 2009–with strong pipelines in biosciences, aerospace, renewable energy, and nanotechnology.
     
  • CU-Boulder has a long history of successful collaboration with federal laboratories and agencies—like NASA, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and others—resulting in a research enterprise with sponsored research funding totaling more than $454 million in 2010.
     
  • CU-Boulder has helped make Colorado’s Front Range one of the nation’s most successful regions for new business development through the Leeds School of Business Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and a strong technology transfer pipeline for business start-ups and venture capital investments.
     
  • In the past five years, 27 new companies—from biotechnology to renewable energy—have been formed based on CU technologies.