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WE ARE INNOVATORS.THE QUAD.
and this is what we believe...
  • Our work is a choice that indicates our values.
  • Good isn’t good enough. We learn, we think, we act. We grow courageously.
  • We DO, with integrity in all things.
  • We measure impact through created value, honored commitments and opportunities built for ourselves and others
  • It takes differences of opinion and identity to build worthwhile things.

Creativity is thinking of new things.
Innovation means doing them.

Let’s DO together.

WHO WE ARE

In 2014 the leaders of Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the US Air Force Academy announced a joint initiative to deepen the ability of graduates to innovate in professional settings in the Pikes Peak region. As the only partnership combining the capacities of a private liberal arts college, a state research university, a regional community college and a US service academy in the United States, the Quad’s value is built on the diversity of institutions it represents. Within the Quad network, there are over 40,000 students, 2,000 faculty and some of the most advanced research, analysis and design capabilities in Colorado. We dedicate the right mix of these resources to every project we take on.

WHAT WE DO

For our project partners, we offer access to the collective capacities of four world class institutions of higher learning, open opportunities to build relationships with future workforce, company and community leaders, and deliver distinctive, viable results.

For the students and graduates who work with us, we jumpstart professional growth and capability by offering opportunities to go to work on some of the most important issues facing our community, our region and our world. We expand the universe of opportunity accessible to students who work with us, and ensure they have the skills, experience and networks to capitalize on those opportunities as soon as they graduate.

And, for the community in which we live, we channel the objective expertise of academia into solutions and initiatives that move our entire region forward.

PEOPLE

Jake Eichengreen

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jake joined the founding team of his first business at 19. After completing his undergraduate, Jake moved to Las Vegas to help manage the $50M venture investment arm of Downtown Project, a $400M redevelopment effort spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. Investment work was not for him – a year later he moved into what would become the first of several startup roles, including founding his own financial services company in Uganda. In 2016, Jake joined the Quad Partnership as its first Executive Director. He has steered the partnership through explosive growth, transforming the Partnership from a 15-student summer program to a sustainable institution that offers over 75 students paid opportunities to demonstrate their capability at the highest levels of the professional world each year. Jake is still actively involved in his Ugandan venture, making the 80-hour journey to the remote West Nile region regularly. With alarming frequency, his dreams center on the extra leg room in Economy Plus. He firmly believes that one day those dreams will come true.

Beka Adair

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

A Colorado College graduate, Beka thrives at the intersection of people and economy. She has experience in community-scale economic and workforce development for the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, where she built tools to support talent development and entrepreneurial growth from the ground up. At the Quad, Beka integrates the inimitable talent of each student and faculty advisor into resourceful and capable project teams aligned with each client’s goal. She is committed to building the capacity of burgeoning innovators to meet the needs of economic and community actors throughout the region. When she is not connecting with students and solving the challenges that face business and community leaders, Beka likes to read, create and connect with people.

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