Accelerating entrepreneurship

and job creation.


Innosphere’s mission: Accelerate job creation and entrepreneurship, and create long-term, regional economic impact by offering clients access to a broad network of specialized resources. This is accomplished through efficient, personalized growth strategies that streamline the entrepreneur’s path to success.

Innosphere, founded in 1999, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) startup incubator headquartered in Fort Collins with a satellite office in Denver and specialized facilities at Colorado State University. Innosphere supports highly motivated entrepreneurs working on innovations that matter in the industries of Health, Energy & Advanced Materials, and Enterprise Software & Hardware. Over the years, Innosphere has tracked a 75% success rate for client companies.

Innosphere has offices in Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver

Our Deep Commitment to Colorado - The Scaleup Campaign

Innosphere hit a major milestone in 2018, we hit 20 years in business! And, we are going to be here another 20 years supporting science and technology entrepreneurs and driving economic growth in key industries.

With entrepreneurs, we often ask them the overused question – What problem are you trying to solve? Over the years, at Innosphere we have been actively solving the problems that technical startup founders face in the early years. In the next five to ten years, Innosphere’s Scaleup Campaign is designed to specifically address three economic opportunities and issues facing Colorado.

– The need to drive more startup to scaleup success to supercharge technology job creation

– The lower than expected growth in the technology gross domestic product in Fort Collins, Denver, and Boulder

– The need to increase the flow of capital in the seed stages of funding for science and technology companies – defined as $1.5M and less in capital raise

The Scaleup Campaign has three main components:

– Expand Fort Collins headquarters to add 8k sq/feet of wet lab space to grow the biosciences sector

– Build a 50k sq/feet facility in Denver to support the city’s growth as a technology hub and grow the science and technology sectors

– Enhance program activity to increase the number of startup and scaleup ventures supported

University Partnerships

Innosphere partners with Colorado’s three major research universities to help bring university innovations to market. By working closely with university technology transfer offices, Innosphere matches the inventions to industry expertise for commercial assessment, develops commercialization strategies, facilitates licensing deals, and recruits the management teams capable of launching companies to commercialize the research.


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Mike Freeman
CEO li

Scott Sampl
Director of Operations li

Tom Fuhr
Program Manager-Castle Rock li

Aziza Syed
Education Program Coordinator li

Susan Strong
Boulder Director li

PJ Williams
Senior Associate li

Laura Brantley
Marketing Associate li

Jordyn Kopcow
Human Resource Associate li

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Emily Wilson
Communications Director li

Ben Walker
Life Sciences Program Director li

Mark Gorham
Cleantech Program Director li

Bud Michael
Director, Software & Hardware Programs li

Joey Davis
Innosphere Fund Principal li

Gili Elkin
ICI Fund General Partner li

Jakob Porter
Research Associate li

Erin Kopal
Research Associate li

Executives in Residence

George Hayes
Executive in Residence, Health Care li

Dr. Ben Guiot
Executive in Residence, Chief Medical Officer

Board of Directors

DuWayne Peterson
Board Secretary
Colorado Angel Investors, Vice Chair
Innosphere, Angel-in-Residence

Brian Zimbelman
Board Member
Crawley Ventures

Steve Foster
Board Member
Connect13, LLC

Josh Birks
Board Member
City of Fort Collins, Economic Health Office

Dave Hoesing
Board Member
City of Loveland, Economic Development Department

Todd Headley
Board Member
Colorado State University Ventures

Bob Clancy
Board Member
Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, Vice President

Will Vaughan
Board Member
Colorado School of Mines, TTO Director

Merc Mercure
Board Member

John Leonard
Board Treasurer
Fairfield & Woods, P.C.

Darin Atteberry
Board Member
City of Fort Collins, City Manager

Kevin Cudney
Board Member
Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck

Dr. Alan Rudolph
Board Member
Colorado State University, Vice President for Research (VPR) Office

Todd Campbell
Board Member
1st National Bank

Brent Hendricks
Board Member

Chris Christopher 
Board Member
Innosphere, SAGE

Terri Fiez 
Board Member
University of Colorado, Vice Chancellor for Research

Jane Brautigam 
Board Member
City of Boulder, City Manager

The Innosphere Building

Innosphere is lucky to have a state-of-the-art building located in north Fort Collins: 320 East Vine Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Map)

Parking: Innosphere holds many large events and parking is limited, so there is an overflow parking lot location just east of Innosphere behind the wooden fence.

Building snapshot:

  • LEED Platinum, 30,000+ square feet, 3-story building
  • Private laboratory space equipped with fume hoods
  • Shared printer and kitchen area
  • Small workout room, showers, and changing area
  • A variety of large and small meeting and conference spaces
  • Outside patio area with firepit
  • Secure bicycle pavilion, and access to Poudre River bike trail system

For information on leasing space at our headquarters in Fort Collins, click here.

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320 East Vine Drive, Suite 101
Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
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(970) 221-1301

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