While Boulder is already an undisputed hub of tech entrepreneurship - Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the city at the top of its "25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech Startups" - a group of CU students and alumni have brought the mission even closer to home with the opening in February of a unique, student-focused innovation incubator space on University Hill.
Fletcher Richman, managing director of the new Spark Boulder and a ECEE senior participating in the Engineering Leadership Program, says the coworking space is designed to build "a bridge between CU-Boulder and the amazing startup ecosystem that's all over Colorado. We're giving businesses a way to tap into the talent that's on campus while also bringing more visibility and introducing students to the businesses that want to talk with them." Richman, along with environmental design senior Bill Shrum and 2013 MBA graduate Ben Buie, conceived the 5,400-square-foot facility as a nonprofit organization with the help of some $140,000 in donations from corporate partners as well as coordination with the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and the cross-campus New Venture Challenge.
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