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Two Longmont businesses recognized for innovation

Kokopelli Outdoor and Prometheus Materials will be recognized for creating world's lightest paddleboard and bio-cement
Prometheus Materials uses algae to create a bio-cement

Longmont businesses have been named two of the four “Innovation Quotient” winners among Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado companies and organizations.

Kokopelli Outdoor and Prometheus Materials, both based in Longmont, will be recognized on June 8 in Berthoud. BizWest’s IQ awards go to local businesses or divisions of companies that have been instrumental in developing the most innovative products and services.

Kokopelli Outdoor developed Chasm-Lite, the world’s lightest and most packable stand-up paddleboard, according to the company’s website. Weighing 12.9 pounds, the paddleboard packs down to the size of a small sleeping bag — about half the weight of traditional inflatable paddleboards.

Prometheus Materials has developed a process that combines naturally-occurring microalgae with sunlight, water and ambient CO2 to rapidly create bio-cement, according to the company. This material offers a strong, durable and low carbon alternative to carbon-intensive concrete products.

Goodie Bag Food in Boulder and Naranjo Civil Constructors in Garden City were also named winners.

Nominations were accepted from the public and evaluated by BizWest’s editorial team. Winners will be recognized in a celebration co-branded with the Mercury 100 Fest-Growing Private Companies Award.