Colorado's top research schools team with Cleantech Fellows Institute to offer executive accelerator

By: Steve Monday July 2, 2012 0 comments Tags: Bill Farland, NREL, Wayne Greenberg

DENVER - The Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado will partner with Cleantech Fellows Institute to encourage new venture formation, job creation and growth of the cleantech industry.

The new program will offer executive training in clean technology ventures to those outside the industry. The objective is to help experienced entrepreneurs and executives accelerate their transition into the cleantech sector.

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

"Providing introductions to the national cleantech eco-system, 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 make the state an ideal location to promote, build and grow a successful clean technology startup."

"As CSU's chief advocate for research activities and the promotion of CSU technology in the marketplace, I am excited to be a part of this cleantech era of technology development and commercialization," said Bill Farland, CSU's 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 them, and our partnership with the Fellows Institute supports that mission."

The Cleantech Fellows Institute was created by the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and is supported by NREL and Advanced Energy Economy.

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