Rockies/Plains Food, Energy, & Water Accelerator
Accelerating CSU-Affiliated Startups at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water through Subject Matter Experts, Embedded Entrepreneurs-In-Residence, and Student Entrepreneurs-In-Training
Colorado State University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with CSU STRATA, the 501c3 non-profit corporation that serves as the technology transfer office for the CSU System, is accelerating CSU and CSU Spur Campus-affiliated startups commercializing technology at the nexus of food, energy, and water. CSU is also proactively working with universities across the broader Rockies/Plains region to expand the accelerator model as new funding and partnerships emerge.
Food, energy, and water are essential for human well-being, and the systems by which they are produced, refined, distributed, and consumed are inextricably intertwined. Because of this, startups working at the nexus of food, energy, and water have unique and evolving needs that necessitate ready-access to a diverse suite of subject-matter experts and well-trained talent to support growth.
- We provide rapid and highly-customized support to early stage CSU-affiliated food, energy, and water founders through a curated network of subject matter experts.
- We recruit, curate, match, fund, and embed student entrepreneurs-in-training into CSU-affiliated client companies for up to one year.
- We recruit, curate, match, fund, and embed seasoned entrepreneurs-in-residence into CSU-affiliated client companies for up to two years.
- We help Colorado founders validate integrated food, energy, and water startup ideas through a range of venture validation and customer discovery programming.