better. together.

I have an idea…

Where do you go next for the idea? The SCIL Validator program is a 4 week workshop to research, develop, and test your new idea. The workshop covers customer discovery, product/market fit, competitive landscape, prototyping, and business models.

Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL) is a hub that connects entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors, makers, and creatives to each other and to resources that support them as they grow businesses and turn their ideas and inventions into products and services.

 
 
 
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Our Mission

The Southern Colorado Innovation Link’s (SCIL) mission is to leverage a robust innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem to encourage the development and commercialization of intellectual property, to support innovators, entrepreneurs, creatives, and makers (IIECM), to promote the success and growth of commerce, and to foster sustained regional prosperity.

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Our Partners

BETTER. TOGETHER.

More than 20 regional organizations and several strategic alliance groups now work together as the key drivers of this new effort to expand our regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT

SCIL aims to fulfill its mission through a variety of collaborative and strategic efforts which all build on the existing innovation clusters in Advanced Manufacturing (AM) and Infrastructure Engineering (IE).

  • Coordination of Resources

  • Hands-on Technical Assistance

  • Mentorship

  • Experienced Leadership

  • Access to Capital

 

Pueblo’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

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Our Impact

Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL) helps the Startup and Maker Community

  • Connect to one another

  • Locate the resources they need

  • Incubate and grow innovative ideas, products and businesses

  • Start and grow businesses that create jobs

  • Build prosperity in the region

 

SCIL in Numbers

Harley Davidson selected Pueblo, Colorado USA as the quintessential backdrop for the release of their 2019 motorcycle model lineup. The Harley Davidson website is presented in more than 20 foreign languages and features many of Pueblo’s iconic historic landmarks.

Harley Davidson selected Pueblo, Colorado USA as the quintessential backdrop for the release of their 2019 motorcycle model lineup. The Harley Davidson website is presented in more than 20 foreign languages and features many of Pueblo’s iconic historic landmarks.

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MILLION DOLLARS IN INITIAL GRANT FUNDING TO LAUNCH SCIL

Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL) is funded through a generous federal EDA grant at the Commerce Department. Strategic partners throughout the region have also offered assistance to foster the development of a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. A key priority is to coordinate smart planning as a region. While Southern Colorado has a wide array of programs and assets, there exists a need to develop a region-wide plan that coordinates the efforts of organizations throughout the region to reduce or eliminate duplication of services and to maximize available resources.

 

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REGIONAL PARTNERS

SCIL is a collaborative effort of more than 20 regional organizations, including Pueblo Corporate College, PCC, CSU-P, the SBDC, Startup Pueblo, ActivArmor, Bank of the San Juans, CRWC, Evraz, Heberly, JM Eagle, NWSC, PEDCO, EDGIS, PuebloPlex, SCORE, Pueblo West Metro District, RoyceTalks, Summit Brick, and Watertower Place.

SCIL is located in, and serves, the Counties of Pueblo, Fremont, Custer, and Huerfano. With a combined population of 219,889, the region is rural, with the exception of the Pueblo Metropolitan Statistical Area(MSA), population 162,158.

 
 

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YEARS OF INNOVATION & CREATIVITY in the STEEL CITY

From steel manufacturing to sophisticated meat packing plant operations, Southern Colorado has been at the crossroads of innovation and creativity for over 150 years. The Guggenheim and Rockefeller families came to the frontier along the Arkansas River to ‘build the West’ and created a rich and robust culture filled with history, culture and the arts.

 
 
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FEBRUARY 2019

Pueblo Community College and Southern Colorado Innovation Link invite you to a press conference announcing a recent award for a Federal EDA Grant to support innovation in Southern Colorado

SCIL Launch Team / Watch the Video (Video starts at 13:00)

 
 

Get Involved

SCIL is an exciting new platform for entrepreneurs and creatives to flourish in a robust and thriving regional ecosystem. The strength of our efforts is possible through the extensive collaboration and support of partners throughout the Southern Colorado region. We are truly BETTER TOGETHER. If you would like to know more about SCIL and experience it firsthand, consider reaching out and taking part as a participant, volunteer, and supporter.

 

Sign Up For a Program

Do you have idea you want to share? Are you ready to take the next step in your business start-up plan?

Volunteer opportunities

What can you offer SCIL? SCIL offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at all stages of the program.

Make a Donation

SCIL would not be possible without the support of a diverse group of supporters in our community. We offer different ways for you to contribute financial assistance to our initiative. Consider giving today!