Denver’s high-tech conservation leader.


Get inspired by Chris Klein and his story of leveraging the local start-up community to build one of the nation’s up and coming tech brands

In the summer of 2012, Denver was in the third year of drought and a collective groundswell was emerging around the need to reduce outdoor water use. Frustrated by the lack of smart solutions to the more than 4.5 billion gallons of daily water waste and the damage done to the state, Chris Klein (MBA ’08) set out to find a better way.

Leveraging the Denver Startup Week platform and Denver’s leading tech scene, Klein and others perfected their pitch and product offering through local innovation challenges and quickly drew investor interest and grants from big names like the Amazon Alexa Fund, ultimately securing a $10M series B funding round in 2018. With a smart irrigation industry that is expected to rise from its initial estimated value of $808M to $2.8B by 2026, Rachio is putting Denver on the map.

Go behind the scenes with one of Denver’s leading high-tech conservation start-ups and their quest to revolutionize the way we think about water. Complimentary happy hour sponsored by 14er Brewing Company.

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In Conversation with Nina Sharma

Nina Sharma is known for building strong partnerships, harnessing the talent of the ecosystem, and inspiring others to turn ideas into action. She is the Managing Director of Project X-ITE, the cross-disciplinary innovation initiative at the University of Denver, where she has built a suite of programs to support student-led ventures and careers in innovation. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the Daniels College of Business.