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Spark the Springs: A Torch Grants Celebration

Spark the Springs is the first annual Torch Grants Celebration! The event will celebrate the recipients of the 2022 Torch Grants. The entrepreneurs are the first of many flames we hope to spark with Torch Grants in the coming years. Join us as we introduce the recipients of the 2022 Torch Grants and share our vision for the future.

The world’s first venture attractor!

Connecting people, resources, and startup ventures to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Our MIssion

The Venture Attractor is on a mission to drive regional economic development and strengthen the startup ecosystem in Colorado Springs.  The world’s first venture attractor accomplishes this by engaging in activities to build innovative people, resources, and startup ventures. This in turn develops a strong community centered in our region. We focus on early-stage startups in the sectors of sports and outdoors, health innovation, and human performance. Our long-term mission is to spur the organic development of a dynamic regional cluster from these complementary sectors.


Attractor :: Defined

The word attractor comes from physics.
Simply stated, it is a center point of attraction
in which natural systems tend to evolve.

A venture attractor is a center point for a regional,
industry-specific entrepreneurial ecosystem to evolve.

University-based research initiative

The Venture Attractor is a university-based research initiative of the El Pomar Institute of Innovation & Commercialization (EPIIC) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).

The venture attractor model and mission is based on years of faculty research in entrepreneurship, industry cluster formation (i.e. Silicon Valley), regional economic development, value creation in free-market economies, and mature startup venture ecosystems.

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