Cleantech teams with universities to offer executive accelerator

By: Steve Monday June 18, 2012 0 comments Tags: Bill Farland, Wayne Greenberg

cleantech fellows institute infographicDENVER - Colorado's three public universities are teaming with the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association's newest program to offer executive training in clean technology ventures to those outside the industry.

CU, Colorado School of Mines and CSU are working with the Cleantech Fellows Institute to help experienced entrepreneurs and executives accelerate their transition into the cleantech sector, stimulating new venture formation, job creation and growth in the cleantech industry.

"Providing introductions to the national cleantech ecosystem, world-class technology and a strategic understanding of the industries within cleantech to seasoned entrepreneurs is critical to venture formation," said Wayne Greenberg, Cleantech Fellows Institute director.

"Our unique partnerships and collaborations with the university and research community in Colorado makes the state an ideal location to provide, build and grow a successful cleantech technology startup."

The technologies used to develop the venture-backed companies are emerging from research laboratories at the three universities and the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden.

Targeted executives are those who have built successful companies in sectors such as aerospace, biotechnology and enterprise technology.

"As CSU's chief advocate for research activities and the promotion of CSU technology intot eh marketplace, I am excited to be a part of this cleantech era of technology development and commercialization,"
said Bill Farland, CSU vice president of research.

"CSU is working to ensure that our most significant innovations are getting out into the marketplace to the people who need then and our partnership with the Fellows Institute supports that mission."

The Cleantech Fellows Institute is the first of its kind with a national focus and is accepting applications through July 27. The program begins in September and combines seminars, lectures, lab visits, capstone and business planning projects on the campuses of the three universities.

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