Greeley Rising

Innovation Partnership With UNC

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The City of Greeley’s Economic Health & Housing Department, in partnership with the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business (MCB), launched an innovation initiative in February with an inaugural Innovation Talks series on ‘New Tech in Farming and Food’.

The event featured a keynote address by Jason Suntych, COO/Co-Founder of Xiant Technologies of Greeley, and was hosted by UNC at the Campus Commons. 

The program included:

  • Welcome and opening remarks by Dean Sher Gibbs, Monfort College of Business
  • ‘Entrepreneurship 101’ overview by Eric Fitzsimons of CNE Creative
  • A Fastpitch by Michael Lolley, Chief Executive Officer at Insecticycle
  • Discussion on modular hydroponics as a cattle feed solution by Eric Gostenik of FarmBox Foods
  • Moderated discussion on entrepreneurship agrifood tech by Phil McCready, Economic Development Manager with the City of Greeley/Greeley-Weld Startup
Those interested in connecting with event organizers and panelists can find their links and contact info below: 
  Jason Suntych, COO/Co-Founder of Xiant Technologies
  Eric Fitzsimons, Product Design & Development Lead at CNE Creative 
  Michael Lolley, Chief Executive Officer at Insecticycle 
  Dr. Ajay Jha, CEO/Founder of Innop Global  
  Dixon Dick, Co-Executive Director of CoSolve
  Eric Gostenik, Vice President Operations of FarmBox Foods  

  Philip McCready, City of Greeley Economic Health and Housing

  Isaac Wanasika
  Chair and Professor of Strategy Management Department
  Monfort College of Business

  Philip McCready, PhD
  Economic Development Manager
  City of Greeley

The next UNC Innovation Talks: Engineering Hemp-specific Processing Solutions will take place on Wednesday, March 16 from 3-5:00 p.m.  Attend in-person or online.

Economic Health and Housing

1100 10th Street, Suite 402
Greeley, CO 80631

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

970-350-9380 tel
970-350-9828 fax

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