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Keynote - Dan Powers
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Keynote Presentation:
Colorado's Innovation Ecosystem

Colorado has an incredible spectrum of innovative industries built around a core of universities, colleges and over 30 federally-funded research laboratories and institutes. From aerospace to agtech, bioscience to clean energy, transportation to climate science, CO-LABS convenes and nurtures this network of technology, engineering and scientific stakeholders. With a mission to champion this network and help manifest discoveries from the labs to commercialization, CO-LABS drives collaboration and connectedness between business, government, higher education and public sector organizations. Ultimately, CO-LABS provides success stories and connections with elected officials at local, state and federal levels to emphasize the economic and intellectual benefits of taxpayer-funded research in Colorado. Come learn how CO-LABS builds on this network and the strategic plans to grow their network in 2019.

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM


Dan Powers is the Executive Director of CO-LABS, a consortium of more than 30 federal research laboratories & university institutes, and their ecosystem in Colorado of technology-oriented companies and economic development organizations. Nurturing an informed evolution of society is his mission. A University of Colorado-Boulder alum, he has 25 years’ experience in policy assessment and public engagement for government agencies and economic development organizations. He’s who Malcolm Gladwell would call a connector: Dan loves to find the “right people” from different professional and civic realms who should be introduced to each other.  Since joining CO-LABS in 2016 he’s brought together thousands of people with an interest in scientific discovery and technology commercialization via lab tours, awards events, workshops, conference calls and other relevant gatherings. He is a huge fan of Ted Talks, audiobooks and 70s metal bands. He lives in Colorado with his wife Tara who recently wrote Virtual Teams for Dummies and their two young daughters, who call him a science geek.  

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