Academic Partnership Works to Educate and Incubate Innovators in Colorado Spring
All thanks to GenXYZ winner, Jacob Eichengreen
JACOB EICHENGREEN, 27
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE QUAD INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP
A Fullbright and Venture for America fellow, Eichengreen lost his father just as he was starting his career. “(He) talks about his father’s death as something that taught him who he is at his core and solidified the values he uses to make decisions and pursue his aspirations,” says friend and mentor Dirk Draper.
Eichengreen’s Quad Innovation Partnership between Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and the U.S. Air Force Academy works to educate and incubate innovators in Colorado Springs. The Quad offers market-facing programs that help innovators build their careers in the Pikes Peak region.
Many of Eichengreen’s students come from nontraditional and disadvantaged backgrounds – veterans, single parents and those who have overcome addiction, abuse and homelessness. Nearly a dozen have been hired on to meaningful, leadership-track positions in the last year. A Colorado Springs native, Eichengreen serves as board vice chairman for Peak Startup, a nonprofit that supports the local entrepreneurial community.