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David Amster-Olszewski ’09

David Amster-Olszewski ’09 didn’t grow up thinking about solar energy, but during his four years at Colorado College, it became the thing that excited him the most. In 2011, Amster-Olszewski started a renewable energy company called SunShare, which has solar gardens that “grow” energy for business and residential utilities customers in Colorado Springs. At the time that he started the company, he didn’t have an office, so he signed the formation agreements in Tutt Library, which was fitting, because CC was one of SunShare’s first customers.

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Often, the most innovative outcomes come from trying to find a solution to our worst problems

Over 7.5 million children under the age of 5 die from malnutrition and mostly preventable diseases, each year.

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More than 1 billion people worldwide don’t have access to safe drinking water.

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The United States produces 30% of the world’s waste and uses 25% of the world’s natural resources

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Single women make 90% of what men make. Women with children make 73% of what men make.

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At least 10,000 species go extinct every year.

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Funds have been cut in more than 80% of U.S. school districts since 2008, with music, art and foreign language often the first programs to go.

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Some of our past innovators in residence

Michael Hannigan, September 2015-April 2016

Hannigan is the founder and former CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and a Colorado College graduate (class of ’75) and geology professor. He is an expert in non profits, fundraising, and leadership.

Aaron Kahlow, October 2015

Kahlow is the founder of the Mindful Living Institute and one of the most recognized thought leaders in eLearning and digital marketing. He has spoken in 67 different cities.

Carolyn Chen, April 2016

Chen's music reconfigures the everyday to retune our ears using sound, text, light, image, and movement. Her work has been presented at festivals and exhibitions in 19 countries.

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Peak Startup

Peak Startup cultivates a community of innovative entrepreneurs in the Colorado Springs Region. They promote the exchange of information and resources that fuel the entrepreneurial spirit through networking, mentoring, and quality educational programs.


The El Pomar Institute for Innovation & Commercialization (EPIIC) assists creative individuals and organizations in transforming innovative ideas into economic opportunity.

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