Strong aerospace & defense, cybersecurity, tech, and IT industries in Colorado Springs put the region on the fast track to a leading city in the nation’s tech and startup ecosystem. Over 100 private cybersecurity companies are located in Colorado Springs, home to the National Cybersecurity Center, a nonprofit for cyber innovation and awareness. Startups and small businesses in Colorado Springs gain dedicated support from mentors, higher education institutions, and accelerators.
The veteran population from surrounding air force bases such as Peterson Air Force Base contribute to the emerging talent. Tech-savvy talent in Colorado Springs is recruited from a veteran pool of 80,000+ and five colleges certified by the National Security Agency. Colorado Springs is also home to the Catalyst Campus—a collaborative ecosystem where industry, small business, workforce training, entrepreneurs, startups, and venture capital intersect with aerospace and defense industry to create community, spark innovation, and stimulate business growth.
The below four tech companies are emerging startups that call Colorado Springs home:
Bluestaq delivers advanced software systems to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and participates in the Chamber & EDC cyber diversification program, promoting a more vibrant and sustainable cybersecurity ecosystem in Colorado Springs. In March of this year, Bluestaq received a $280 million contract from the U.S. Space Force for the Unified Data Library (UDL) to expand an existing library of space objects that integrates data from commercial and government sources. The new two-year contract extension is for development and data integration of the UDL through 2024.
Bluestaq was also recognized as a 2020 Colorado Company to Watch and in 2019, recognized by the Colorado Technology Association as the Emerging Tech Company of the Year. Looking for a career with an innovative software company? Check out the careers section on their webpage here.
Located in downtown Colorado Springs, this company is a graphical user interface technology (GUI) company that improves display screens in cars and other products that utilize IoT. Altia recently helped Ford redesign their F-150 truck dashboard displays, scheduled to debut this fall. The displays show navigation and driver-assist features. Altia software has designed instrument and dashboard displays used in more than 10 million Ford vehicles and 45 million cars, trucks, and scooters from other manufacturers, with another 60 million that will be manufactured during the next five years, according to The Gazette.
Looking for a cutting-edge graphics software career at Altia? The company has added 20 employees during the past year to expand its workforce to 100 and plans to add another 10 by the end of 2021 – apply here.
Quantum Metric is a platform that helps companies improve their websites and apps by harnessing continuous real-time feedback from end users. Quantum Metric landed $200 million in venture capital in a deal that values the company at more than $1 billion, making it the first technology “unicorn” in Colorado Springs. The transaction is the largest investment ever in a local startup in Colorado Springs. Quantum Metric’s 120 major customers include Alaska Airlines, Bass Pro Shops, FanDuel, Lenovo, Lululemon, and Western Union.
The company is on an upward spiral which could employ 800 or more people within two years with plans to stay put in Colorado Springs. Join the team and help organizations build better digital products.
BombBomb has a software that converts leads and generates referrals through simple video, making it easy to record, send, and track video messages from your laptop, smartphone, Gmail, Salesforce, and more. During the pandemic, BombBomb’s software allowed teachers to provide feedback and guidance to their students face-to-face, even when they couldn’t be there in person.
The company added a handful of temporary and permanent employees to its staff of 145 during 2020 to meet the demand caused by the pandemic. Named the Best Medium-Sized Company to work for in Colorado by ColoradoBiz Magazine, check out their career page here to learn more.
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