Fostering the Commercialization of Clean Technologies
CU Cleantech was launched in 2011 to build upon the University's leadership in cleantech and energy research and commercialization. The organization was founded with the purpose of positioning the University as the main regional hub of innovation and commercialization within the rapidly expanding Cleantech ecosystem by creating a collaborative initiative that fosters entrepreneurship, industry involvement and student opportunities. CU Cleantech is located within the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in beautiful Boulder, CO.
For CU Boulder technology researchers/students in all fields looking to apply to the new State of Colorado’s Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) grant funding program, Ray Johnson, the Commercialization Director for CU Cleantech in the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship (Leeds School of Business) operates a technology Market Assessment Program applicable to all technologies and appropriate for most Phase I Pre-Commercial Research “Proof of Principle” proposals under the AIA submittal guideline requirements. You can contact Ray Johnson for support on your proposal to the AIA (i.e. boiler plate language, statements of work and related budgeting requirements along with staffing) to use in your application process. Contact Ray directly by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CU Cleantech is supported and sponsored by our corporate partners who recognize the value in supporting strong entrepreneurial programs at the University as well as engaging in the University’s network and research opportunities. Our partners range from multi-national companies to local start-ups to government organizations. These partners provide market insight, funding and time to support and steer the program to be an internationally relevant organization.
Researchers and Faculty
CU Cleantech has teamed up with the University of Colorado’s Technology Transfer Office and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to provide a structured process for taking our world-class research into the marketplace. CU Cleantech’s commercialization process identifies the best cleantech research at CU and NREL, matches the researchers with an industry lead and a team of motivated students, and assesses the best market opportunities and commercialization path for the technology.
CU Cleantech provides multiple opportunities for student engagement, including internship, full time and project opportunities, the NVC business plan competition, participation in our commercialization program, and connections with local cleantech entrepreneurs and organizations. In particular, the CU Cleantech internship program uses a matching process with proven success to place the best students from all academic disciplines into paid positions in cleantech-focused organizations.
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