CREED Community Resources for Entrepreneurs
A robust innovation pipeline helps startup companies efficiently launch emerging technologies into the marketplace, beginning with access to research and development expertise. Entrepreneurs can tap into the energy-focused capabilities and innovations of Colorado's clean tech research clusters including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, CU Boulder, the University of Colorado, and the Colorado School of Mines.
Hands on Coaching
Successful engagement in the marketplace can be a daunting task for innovators. Often, a new product or service may sound revolutionary, but even the most brilliant idea is nothing more unless the innovation can move out of the head of its creator and into the competitive realty of a cutting edge market. Innosphere and Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners provide management and coaching services to empower startups for success.
To stay competitive with emerging technologies, the demand for an increasingly higher skilled and trained workforce is on the rise. The availability of a skilled workforce for clean tech startup and advanced manufacturing companies is critical to the state of Colorado. The collaboration of organizations such as the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA), Colorado Workforce Development Council, and economic development corporations statewide are there to meet these needs.
Policies that positively impact the clean tech industry in the state can have a powerful affect on the economy and the environment. Organizations both representing the issues of big and small companies in the multi-faceted energy sector, and often promoting solutions for policies that may challenge clean energy advancement, include the Colorado Energy Office, Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, and the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition.
Access to Capital
Clean tech startup companies and entrepreneurs need access channels to capital. Financial advice, investment, and strategic opportunities can be found by exploring the diverse access channels offered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the Cleantech Open, the NREL Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and New Energy Capital.
Startup companies are continually facing the challenge of moving emerging technologies out of the lab and into an early commercial or near commercial stage of development. Having access to specialized facilities supporting this process may be found through the NREL Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Solartac, and the CSU Energy Institute Powerhouse Energy Campus. CREED also offers affordable office and conference space.