Erik Mitisek is Colorado’s new Chief Innovation Officer

The appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper is effective immediately

Gov. John Hickenlooper has named Erik Mitisek, Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Technology Association, as the state’s new Chief Innovation Officer and as the Chair of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) board. The appointment is effective immediately.

Mitisek will oversee COIN to further support and elevate the state’s leading position in the global innovation economy, building on the momentum generated by the network in which Colorado is the epicenter of today’s innovation conversation. Under Mitisek’s leadership, COIN will focus on catalyzing Colorado business development through strategies that broaden connections on a global scale.

Mitisek replaces Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems’ Mark Sirangelo, who had served as COIN chairman and Chief Innovation Officer since August 2013 and whose appointment ended in December 2015.

As CEO of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Mitisek represents Colorado’s technology industry through key public policy and legislative efforts, economic development and industry relations to ensure Colorado is one of the best technology markets in the United States. The organization's 45 person board represents the best of Colorado technology and over 50 percent of the IT workforce in the state and has close working ties with investors and entrepreneurs.

Throughout his career, he has been dedicated to building companies and communities in Colorado that have spanned over 15 years in the online software, luxury, consumer mobile, and online real estate industries – with a focus on innovation and early-stage companies.

In 2010, he co-founded Next Great Place, a premium online travel network backed by Trinity Ventures, to help online travelers easily book complex online vacations. Prior to Next Great Place, Mitisek served as CEO of an online software company Claremont Information Systems, led firm-wide business development and strategic relationships for Exclusive Resorts (a Revolution Company) and helped build XACT Radio, a world-class personalized online music company early in the 2000s.  

Mitisek has been involved in and helping to build the Denver startup and innovation community since 1999. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Technology Association, as a Founder Institute and Techstars mentor, and served as Chairman of BuiltIn Colorado, and was a graduate of Leadership Denver Class of 2006 and served as Co-Chair of Startup Colorado.

Currently, Mitisek serves on the Information Technology Economic Development Advisory Committee for Colorado. He also is co-chairman of Quarterly Forum, a leadership development and civic engagement organization in Denver.

In 2012, as one of the founders and co-chair, Mitisek led the successful organization and production of Denver Startup Week, which was the first and largest event of its kind celebrating entrepreneurship in Denver. In 2015, the program attracted over 10,800+ attendees and was recognized as the largest “free” startup event in the United States. In addition, Mitisek was a founder and partner in leading the efforts of the The Commons on Champa – a 20,000 sq. ft. haven and resource center for those starting up and building companies in Colorado that opened in May 2015.

The Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) was launched by Hickenlooper in 2011 as catalyst for economic prosperity through innovation, fostering collaboration around global ideas, talent, capital & the entrepreneurial spirit. It is a public-private partnership housed in the Colorado Office of Economic Development. COIN facilitates connections in the global innovation ecosystem whereby Colorado is recognized globally as the most innovative state in the nation. To learn more about COIN, visit


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