A brief history of the ICELab

Spawned by students and developed by an entire community, Western State Colorado University’s ICELab serves testimony to the landscape-changing potential of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.  Now, the ICELab supports the University, businesses and communities in the Gunnison Valley through an array of cutting edge services, programs, lectures and commitments.

The idea was simple enough; change the way the world does business.  “Encourage experienced and nascent entrepreneurs to build the assets of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem to empower the community and create a win-win for everyone.”  With extraordinary efforts from every facet of the community, we built the ICELab to manifest these ideals.

On one level, the Lab provides an inspiring space.  Generously funded by support from Federal and state agencies, Gunnison, Crested Butte and the surrounding communities, as well as private donors and foundations, the building is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and internet.  The facility includes office and open co-working space, fully equipped conference rooms, even a coffee-shop/café/tap-house.  Our prime location in Escalante Terrace on the WSCU campus makes the Lab an ideal fusion point for the business community, the University, and the students.

More than a space, the Lab delivers direction, education and other tools to support developing businesses and promote new ideas.  We offer accelerator and incubator programs for start-ups.  With generous assistance from local and regional experts, we promote lectures, presentations and panels pertinent to academics, entrepreneurs and business leaders alike.  Thanks to the infusion of spirit and brainpower from Western students and faculty, the Lab fosters cutting edge business models like conscious capitalism and environmental business management.  Fundamentally, we aim to collaborate with all facets of our region to enhance, support and invigorate our region, our community and our lives.