For many, Colorado evokes images of wildlife, mountains, skiing and other (recently legalized) recreational activities.

But did you know that Colorado, and particularly the Denver-Boulder area, is also a hub of innovation and entrepreneurial activity?

According to Startup Colorado, a regional consortium of entrepreneurs who share a vision of expanding entrepreneurship along the "Front Range" of cities stretching from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, Boulder alone boasts no less than 166 startups and 7 investor groups. Some are established and very well-known – Coors Brewing Company and Celestial Seasonings – while others are on the rise now: Camp Bow Wow, Level 3 Communications, Spyder (ski apparel) and Rudi's Organic Bakery.