The Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC), A Telluride Foundation initiative, is ramping up to catalyze momentum in rural southwest Colorado to build the innovation-based economy. Funded through an i6 challenge grant from the Economic Development Commission, an Advanced Industries infrastructure grant from the State of Colorado and a family foundation, SWIC primarily works in the 8 county area from Delta to Cortez, the Utah border to Ouray. Leveraging the success of the Telluride Venture Accelerator, SWIC is building on the vast mentor network and active investor community in order to jump start the eco-systems in the larger region to support the launch and growth of innovation-based companies. SWIC seeks to inspire ideas, encourage networking and collaboration and support creation and growth of companies.
Early projects include teasing out ideas by delivering entrepreneurship curriculum to senior engineering students at Ft. Lewis College, encouraging networking through the start of the Entrepreneurs of the Southwest meetup group and Startup Weekend Telluride in December, support for regional co-working facilities and development of the SWIC Innovation Internship program launching in spring 2018. For more info on SWIC -- program description or contact Thea Chase, Director firstname.lastname@example.org.