The innovation index benchmarks the state of innovation in Colorado by measuring talent, ideas, capital and entrepreneurship, and compares Colorado to nine peer states that are leaders in innovation or close competitors with Colorado for new business: Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Utah.
”The innovation index provides a meaningful assessment of the innovation landscape in Colorado,” said Michelle Hadwiger, Executive Director of the Colorado Innovation Network. “It also serves as a platform by which academia, business leaders and policy makers can influence future outcomes for the prosperity of the Colorado economy.”
Highlights from the 2014 Colorado Innovation Report:
- Colorado ranks among the highest of its peer group states for startup creation and job creation.
- Colorado companies are doing well at obtaining federal grants, yet they need to improve their ability to attract interest from the venture capital community.
- Colorado continues to boast a highly educated workforce and has experienced an increase in STEM degree attainment.
- Colorado has been successful in undertaking new research and translating that research into new findings with commercial potential.
COIN worked in partnership with consulting firm PwC and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade to create the report.