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Ranked #14 among U.S. universities by National Academy of Inventors, CU leads in translating innovation into impact

Feb. 15, 2024

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has ranked the CU system 14th among the “Top 100” institutions nationwide for recent patent activity. That prominent position reflects the strength of CU-led discoveries and their potential to be translated into society-benefiting technologies with the support of CU’s robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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LongPath Technologies, a CU Boulder spinout, leads on methane detection

Feb. 12, 2024

LongPath is harnessing quantum technology to detect methane emissions from oil and gas operations, innovation that benefits industry and investors—and the planet. Most recently, LongPath received landmark financial backing from the Department of Energy (DOE) for a loan of up to $189 million to accelerate the scale-up of the company’s monitoring systems.

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CU Boulder part of $160M NSF-funded effort to promote climate resilience

Jan. 29, 2024

CU Boulder Today—The National Science Foundation today announced the Colorado-Wyoming Climate Resilience Engine (CO-WY Engine) as a recipient of its inaugural Regional Innovation Engines program. The prestigious award totals up to $160 million over 10 years and positions the CO-WY Engine at the forefront of the nation's environmental and climate technology initiatives.

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First cohort of CU Boulder’s Embark Deep Tech Startup Creator launches groundbreaking innovations

Jan. 26, 2024

The Embark program pairs seasoned entrepreneurs with university technologies to bring those breakthroughs to market in response to urgent societal needs. The recent Embark Showcase was the pinnacle of the program’s first year working with selected entrepreneurs to provide IP rights, salary support, grant funds and investor introductions to launch startups with real-world impact.

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Colorado Governor holds quantum summit

Jan. 24, 2024

State of Colorado—"Thanks to our partnership with the state, the University of Colorado Boulder and our fellow research institutions will be able to translate cutting-edge quantum research from the lab into a positive impact on Colorado’s people and economy," said Massimo Ruzzene, CU Boulder vice chancellor for research and innovation. "Together, we are supporting the ecosystem through translating research into a quantum workforce engine.”

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‘Untold’ potential: CU Boulder plays huge role in advancing quantum industry

Nov. 30, 2023

Daily Camera—Gov. Jared Polis announced Colorado achieved a federal designation as a technology and innovation hub for the quantum industry. Massimo Ruzzene, CU Boulder's vice chancellor for research and innovation, said CU Boulder's role in quantum is to make new research discoveries and educate the next generation of quantum physicists and engineers.

University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano

Phil DiStefano: Let’s rally behind CU Boulder researchers

Nov. 17, 2023

Daily Camera—In research labs across campus and spinoff companies across Colorado, our faculty—and staff and students who support them—are making discoveries that benefit your health, happiness and economic vitality.

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State and university partner to award over $1.5 million in funding to University of Colorado innovations

Nov. 13, 2023

Sixteen teams of University of Colorado faculty, researchers and graduate student innovators competed for a combined $1.5 million in startup funding grants.

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CU partners with Innosphere Ventures on $2M grant award to advance life sciences innovation

Nov. 10, 2023

Innosphere Ventures—Innosphere Ventures, in partnership with bioscience trade associations and universities, including the University of Colorado, across a six-state region, has been awarded a Build to Scale Venture Challenge grant from the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), part of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

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Turning science into startups

Nov. 6, 2023

Coloradan Alumni Magazine—According to the latest report from the Association of University Technology Managers, which assessed startup creation by universities in 2021, CU ranked fifth nationwide, ahead of Stanford and MIT. CU Boulder produced 20 startups that year and has spun out 179 companies to date. The pace of startup formation is surging, having nearly doubled in recent years.