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Quad Innovation Center aims to educate and elevate local innovators

COLORADO SPRINGS – March 28, 2016 – The Quad Innovation Partnership has announced the grand opening of its new 2,000 square foot Innovation Center 5-7 p.m., April 19 at 408 S. Nevada Ave., basement level. The leaders of all four schools, alumni and others will speak at the event. The media is invited to attend.

The Quad Innovation Partnership (Quad) is a team initiative of Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the United States Air Force Academy. This kind of collaboration among a private liberal arts college, community college, public university and U.S. service academy is unprecedented, locally and nationally.

Funded by an exploratory grant from the El Pomar Foundation, the Quad is opening this dedicated innovation space as a long-term home for many partnership- and community-hosted programs related to bolstering local innovation.

While many of the Quad programs are flexible and could be held at a wide range of spaces on the partner campuses or in the community, this new dedicated space opens meaningful opportunities for relationship building between the students, alumni and broader entrepreneurial community.

Unlike other entrepreneurship and innovation centers nationally, which focus on incubating companies and technologies, the Quad incubates talent. Quad programming at the center is designed to elevate, educate and create innovators in Colorado Springs.

The center will:

  • Host events to celebrate and highlight local innovations and opportunities for innovators to engage
  • Conduct educational workshops, master classes and the Quad's signature program. The month-long summer intensive, which celebrates its third year this June, empowers teams of students to create, prototype and validate marketable solutions to compelling community problems
  • Create opportunities for students and recent alumni to put their ideas into practice in the local marketplace

“We’re really trying to be responsive to needs and opportunities,” says Jake Eichengreen, Executive Director of the Quad Innovation Center. “We have a framework, but it’s flexible. If students are passionate about something, we want to build that in — homelessness, robotics, bitcoin, take your pick on the socioeconomic spectrum. Because our community is smaller, opportunities to get involved at a meaningful level are way more abundant here.”

The Quad aims to build a critical mass of broad spectrum innovators here in Colorado Springs by developing innovative professional opportunities with impact for local students and graduates through hands-on events, experiential learning opportunities, and engaging professional development experiences.

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About Colorado College

Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its approximately 2,000 undergraduate students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week segments. The college also offers a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information, visit

About PPCC

Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers 158 associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education. Our 20,000 students range from high-school grads seeking transfer paths to four-year schools to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce to those looking for fresh starts in new careers. For more information, visit

About the University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information,

About the United States Air Force Academy

The U.S. Air Force Academy is a four-year military service academy established in 1954 to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. The U.S. Air Force Academy is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, offering 31 academic majors, an 8 to 1 student to faculty ratio, and an average class size of 19, complemented by 19 research centers, 2 research institutes and 700-plus international opportunities per year for its 4,000 cadets. For more information, visit