Maverick Innovation Center
Maverick Innovation Center


Collaboration and creativity fostered in the Maverick Innovation Center

Colorado Mesa University is calling all student inventors, entrepreneurs and dreamers. These innovators are invited to become the first residents of the renovated and updated Piñon Hall, home to the brand-new Maverick Innovation Center. A living and learning community, the center will open its doors in time for the fall 2015 semester.

The project arose from a suggestion from Grand Junction’s Business Incubator Center to create an incubator dedicated to student entrepreneurs. A number of faculty members have also suggested establishing a campus business accelerator. Thanks to the expertise, facilities and technology available at CMU, the university is well-positioned to make a meaningful impact on the regional economy by cultivating entrepreneurship, business skills and workforce readiness.

The Maverick Innovation Center is intended to foster collaboration across disciplines and CMU’s campuses. The reimagined Piñon Hall will blend living space — a mix of updated traditional-style dorm rooms and new apartments — with a workspace specifically designed to promote integrative participation. The first floor’s garage-like workshop area will include cutting edge technology and room for brainstorming and creating.

When an idea is ready for the next step — becoming a viable product — students will be able to access office space and conference rooms.

The physical space is just one aspect of the creative atmosphere inherent to the center, however. Innovators will also have access to key mentors, including subject matter experts and faculty from many fields, successful entrepreneurs and lenders and investors. There will also be an Inventor-in-Residence — someone with real-world experience who will be able to provide valuable insight to the students.

The center will often host seminars, speakers and networking functions. Occasionally faculty will facilitate discussions designed to inspire curiosity and creativity.

Work on the Maverick Innovation Center at Piñon Hall is well underway. The architect for the project is Design West Architects. The builder is Asset Engineering. The center will be under the direction of Grand Junction Economic Partnership vice chair Tom Benton.

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