Have you thought about hiring an intern to get fresh minds and energy working on advancing your company? Has the cost and the process been a deterrent? Did you know that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment offers up to $5000 and the Southwest Innovation Corridor $1000, for qualified internships? Come hear about financial, recruitment and management resources available and meet Ft. Lewis students looking for opportunities!
AND back again this year – GoCode Colorado will kick off with their challenge announcement in January and Durango will once again be one of 5 sites for teams to form.
The Statewide Grant Coordinator, Christina Ostrom, for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will attend the meetup and answer questions about the grant and application process.
Andrew Cole, Project Lead with the Office of the Secretary of State Business Intelligence Center and Elaine Marino, Owner, LadyCoders Productions will be here to talk about GoCode.
More about GoCode… Go Code Colorado is a statewide business app challenge housed in Colorado Secretary of State office. Go Code Colorado brings together a community of entrepreneurs, business partners, and developers to make use of public data through a series of events. These events center around a challenge weekend in five cities across the state, engaging the entire state in two days of innovation. Teams in each of the five cities compete to build apps that use public data to help businesses make smarter decisions. Two teams from each city move on in the competition, getting help from a network of mentors—including a Mentor Weekend in Boulder—as they further develop their ideas. The teams come back together again for a Final Event where they pitch their ideas to judges. The three teams deemed the best are awarded $25,000 and a contract with the state.
More about state grants for internships… In May 2015, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 15-1230. The bill awarded the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) a grant to create a new program to partially reimburse companies offering high-level internships in the innovative industries.
The program awards matching grants up to $5,000 per intern for on-the-job training in the following industries:
1. Advanced manufacturing
6. Energy & Natural resources
8. Information Technology