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Align Sciences Awarded Innovate Longmont Grant

Longmont, Colo.: Innovate Longmont awarded Align Sciences a $25,000 grant as part the Innovate Longmont Innovate Fund created by the Longmont Community Foundation to help early stage startups in Longmont. “Longmont community foundation is proud to support opportunity and enterprise through the innovate Longmont fund.  Align sciences is a perfect fit for the intentions of this fund and we look forward to hearing of their progress,” said Eric Hozempa, Executive Director of the Longmont Community Foundation. Align Sciences, located at 420 21st Ave, Longmont,

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First Cohort Completes Innovate Campus Accelerator Program

Longmont, Colo.: The first cohort consisting of four Front Range Community College (FRCC) students celebrated on Friday, July 12, 2019, the completion of the first Innovate Campus program. Innovate Campus is a summer accelerator program for students enrolled at FRCC in Longmont, Colorado. Both FRCC and Longmont EDP created the summer accelerator program to help students build, launch, and grow their startup. “Innovate Campus gives our students the opportunity to learn critical business ownership concepts directly from local experts,” said Elena Sandoval-Lucero, vice president of

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Innovate Longmont’s Startup Accelerator Now Accepting Applications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2019  Contact Name:        Jessica Erickson, President/CEO                       Organization:          Longmont Economic Development PartnershipPhone Number:      303-651-0128Email:                      Jessica@longmont.org Contact Name:      Sergio R. Angeles, Director of Innovation & EntrepreneurshipOrganization:        Longmont Economic Development PartnershipPhone Number:    303-651-0128Email:                    sergio@longmont.org Longmont, Colo.: Innovate Longmont, a startup platform for entrepreneurs with innovative and transformative ideas, announced today that its Innovate Accelerator program is now accepting applications

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Longmont EDP and CareerWise Colorado Announce Partnership to Connect Longmont-based Businesses with Youth Apprentices

Longmont, Colo:  CareerWise Colorado, a business-led nonprofit implementing a statewide, three-year modern apprenticeship program for high school students, and Longmont Economic Development Partnership (EDP) announced a new partnership to further opportunities to connect Longmont-based businesses with youth apprentices for hard-to-fill positions, and to provide local students with local apprenticeship opportunities that multiply post-secondary options. Under the agreement, Longmont EDP will work in close partnership with CareerWise on the business-facing infrastructure to support apprenticeships in the Longmont area, and serve as a premier business

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North Metro Enterprise Zone boundaries expand in Longmont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019 Contact Name:            Jessica Erickson, President/CEO                       Organization:               Longmont Economic Development PartnershipPhone Number:           303-651-0128Email:                           Jessica@longmont.org Longmont, CO:  The Colorado Economic Development Commission today approved amendments to the boundary area of the North Metro Enterprise Zone within the City of Longmont, providing Enterprise Zone benefits to businesses in additional qualifying strategic portions of the City. Colorado’s Enterprise Zone program provides tax incentives to encourage

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Rigid Bits

“Longmont has been my home off and on since I moved to Colorado more than 12 years ago. I fell in love with the community and in 2015 decided to make it my permanent home. Because of the strong ties with the community, there was no question when I founded Rigid Bits in 2017 that it is where we would set our roots down. As an added bonus, NextLight is the fastest internet service provider in the country, which is a great fit for us.

Rigid Bits provides cybersecurity services to businesses nationwide, providing valuable insight to prevent attacks and respond immediately to cybersecurity events. Since 2017, we have supported 70 businesses across 17 states and a variety of industries. We have experienced 300% year-over-year growth with no signs of slowing down. Our plans are to continue to expand Rigid Bits’ services to support businesses in all industries with their cybersecurity needs, changing the way we work as the industry and threats change. As our growth continues, we will bring on new employees and just last month moved into larger office space in Longmont in preparation for our future”.

– Jeff Oden, Founder