Nestled in the center of California, in one of the richest agricultural valleys on the planet and one of the most culturally-diverse regions in the country, Fresno State is a place where students grow from high-impact practices. This is a fertile place to boldly equip and empower our students for success. And the success of our students – the next generation of leaders in our region and beyond – is of utmost importance.
The California Energy Commission awarded Fresno State a $5 million grant to establish the Central Valley Energy Innovation Cluster to successfully commercialize new water-, energy-, and ag-related technologies and innovations. Through the BlueTechValley Innovation Cluster, the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) manages the activities of seven Hubs and multiple program partners to provide key facilities, services, and resources to entrepreneurs located in the 39-county Central Valley region.
The Water, Energy, and Technology Center (WET) is dedicated to nurturing a rich culture of collaboration, community, and connections focused on bringing new innovations to market. The WET Incubator provides an entryway for water, energy, and ag technology-based entrepreneurs and businesses to develop, test, commercialize, and launch new technologies. WET facilities include office, meeting, and plug-and-play space.
The Valley Ventures Accelerator is a program created by Fresno State’s International Center for Water Technology. The main goal is to help promote the growth of participating ventures starting with a strong focus on real world issues, leveraging academic and public resources, and engaging private industry partners. Throughout the program, companies receive close engagement with entrepreneurs and industry leaders in the agriculture, water, and energy technology space. Mentors and speakers come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from successful founders, to experienced investors, to seasoned executives. Through these relationships, Valley Ventures helps to prepare companies to access investment opportunities, generate revenue, and establish a solid understanding of the industry.
The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) and the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) provide state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor testing facilities. For over 35 years, CIT has worked with the public and private sector to advance irrigation technology, water/energy management practices, and standards. All activities reflect the need to integrate agricultural, environmental, and urban concerns.
The wide range of testing capabilities available in the 20,000 square feet of indoor lab space includes sprinklers, irrigation tape, drip emitters, valves (backflow prevention, air vent), pump performance, fire hydrants, controllers, hydro cyclone and screen/disc filters, and water meter performance.
Helle Petersen, Program Manager
California State University, Fresno
5370 North Chestnut Ave. M/S OF18
Fresno, CA 93740
Other regional resources:
Jordan Agricultural Research Center (JARC), a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art research and education facility housing a variety of laboratory space designed to foster collaboration between some of the brightest minds in agriculture, engineering, science, and mathematics.
The University Agricultural Laboratory (UAL) at Fresno State is a 1,000-acre facility located adjacent to the campus. It includes 800 acres of trees, vines, and field crops. Additionally, two-hundred acres are devoted to a winery, dairy, and food processing facilities. The farm offers excellent opportunities to deploy a wide range of water- and energy-related technologies at production level scale.
The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has developed a track record of inspiring students, faculty, alumni, and entrepreneurs to implement their ideas and work towards a successful future. The Lyles Center assists innovators and entrepreneurs of all ages to develop and execute their ideas. The multitude of programs offered at the Lyles Center creates a unique network of accessible resources to advance entrepreneurship in the Central Valley.
The Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED) connects the community to the resources of Fresno State through data, research, industry insights, and connections to collaborators, investors, researchers, affiliates, and new markets.