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Salt Athletic

A sports technology company creating anti-bacterial, anti-odor gear to the highest aesthetic standards.

Defender Imports

Defender Imports

Importing and Restoring Classic Land Rover Defenders

Lead Foot Racing

Giving customers the consistent, safe, and best racing experience for the money!

What is

Spark the Springs?

Spark the Springs was the first annual Torch Grants Celebration! Celebrating entrepreneurship in Colorado Springs and the recipients of the 2022 Torch Grants. These recipients are the first of many flames we hope to spark with Torch Grants in the coming years. Keep scrolling to learn more about the 2022 Torch Grants and the Spark the Springs Celebration!

What are the Torch Grants?

Non-Equity cash grants…

The Torch Grants program is an initiative of the El Pomar Institutue for Innovation & Commercialization (EPIIC)modeled on the hugely successful Arch Grants program in St. Louis, MO. Each Torch Grant includes a non-equity cash grant of $45,000. Ventures selected to receive a Torch Grant participated in two rounds of formal pitching. Each round had a panel of judges who selected the recipients. Each selected recipient is required to establish their headquarters in Colorado Springs for at least one year following the distribution of funds. The Torch Grants only invests in ventures within the sports/outdoors, health innovation, and human performance industry cluster.

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Lead Foot Racing receives a Torch Grants

Spark the Springs in Action!

Sponsors & Partners

Spark the Springs was possible thanks to the support of our partners

All Pro Capital