Paid, Local and Remote Summer Internships still available with Startups in Southwest Colorado

9 SWIC internships are still available for this summer.  These opportunities are with exciting new growth companies in Southwest Colorado which include current Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) companies, and graduates of both TVA and the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE) in Durango.

Internships are available for current college students or recent graduates and involve both on-site and remote work.  Most internships involve engaging potential customers through social media and marketing, but also offer the opportunity for hands on production of products and services.  All of the internships are listed on the SWIC website internship page,  

These internships provide candidates with a unique chance to get involved with innovative growth companies at an early stage where interns can have a meaningful impact.  Participants in the Spring cohort stated that they felt their experience was both diverse and their ideas were valued.  A recent article in the Durango Herald interviewed Durango companies regarding their experience, 

Employers are looking for applicants to start immediately!!  

Announcing the SWIC Innovation Internship Spring Cohort!

Announcing the SWIC Innovation Internship Spring Cohort!

The Southwest Innovation Corridor Innovation Internship Program has officially launched its first round of internships for the spring! We have matched five Fort Lewis College students and recent alumni with five regional innovation based companies to work together over the next 10 weeks. The students are excited to apply their experience, skills, and knowledge in a highly innovative and entrepreneurial environment, and the companies are eager to develop local talent and help grow their businesses. Keep reading to learn more about the SWIC interns, companies, and projects!

State makes 2-3 million in grants available to emerging companies

In an effort to support the launch and growth of new firms and innovation, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) created several programs and incentives to assist companies in their development, one of which is the Colorado Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant.

Over 40 million dollars in grants has been awarded since the beginning of the program in 2013, 20.751 million in 84 awards were granted in FY2016.  This amount includes funding in several different programs; Proof of Concept, Early Stage Capital Retention, Infrastructure and Export.  2-3 million will be available for this round. Applications for Proof of Concept and Early Stage Capital Retention are open now and are due by 5:00 PM on 3/1/17. 

Only 12 applications have been received for funding from Western Colorado and 1 company funded since inception in 2013.

The program that should be of most interest to companies on the West Slope is the Early Stage Capital Retention program.   Grant funding ranges from $50k-$250k and is intended to help fund companies to develop their technologies and increase sales, thus creating jobs and economic growth throughout the state.