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WET Center kicks off BlueTechValley project, innovation accelerator

The Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center at Fresno State on Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017, hosted the BlueTechValley Innovation Cluster Kick-Off. Fresno State’s David Zoldoske, director of Center for Irrigation Technology and California Water Institute, and President Joseph I. Castro provided welcoming remarks and a general program overview. The project will benefit much of the Central Valley and generate additional internship opportunities for Fresno State students. Funding from the California Energy Commission has given the BlueTechValley Innovation Cluster the…

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CalSEED Workshop: Foster your business

Join CalSEED staff and partners for a short workshop on how you can get $150,000 to fund your early stage energy concept. Agenda: ​Presentation by CalSEED staff Review of the application process Q & A The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development Initiative (CalSEED) is a funding and professional development program for innovators and entrepreneurs working to bring early stage clean energy concepts to market. CalSEED is a funding initiative of the California Energy Commission. When January 25, 2017 3pm-5pm…

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New Energy Commission program provides $24M in grants for early stage clean energy projects

California Energy Commission announced the Jan 16 launch of the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) initiative which provides $24M in grants for early stage clean-energy concept projects. Awardees can receive up to $150,000 for proof of concept activities. Awardees also will have an opportunity to pitch at a business plan competition for an additional $450,000 in follow-on funding to continue demonstrating the potential merits of their technology. You may download the full news release and the fact sheet….

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UC Davis opens ‘Big Bang’ business competition to the public

Sacramento Business Journal By Victor A. Patton December 6, 2016 A University of California Davis competition geared toward early-stage entrepreneurs and startup companies, which had been primarily reserved for students and school associates, is now open to the general public. The Big Bang! Business Competition links prospective entrepreneurs with researchers, professors and business experts who provide the skills, knowledge and insight to help bring startup ideas to fruition. Go to full story at Sacramento Business Journal

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Fresno State energy-innovation incubator receives $500,000 boost

The Business Journal By Business Journal staff November 15, 2016 Fresno State’s new energy-innovation incubator has received another shot in the arm with a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Central Valley Regional Energy Innovation Accelerator will use the money to help entrepreneurs commercialize new water- and energy-related technologies and innovations. Go to full story at The Business Journal

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Fresno State’s Central Valley Innovation Cluster gears up

The Business Journal By George Lurie August 2, 2016 Nearly a dozen would-be entrepreneurs have already contacted Fresno State’s brand new energy-innovation incubator — and three full-time employees have just been hired to run the program. Earlier this year, Fresno State was awarded a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to establish the Central Valley Energy Innovation Cluster, a business incubator that will focus on providing key services, infrastructure and resources for energy entrepreneurs hoping to successfully…

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University Receives $5 Million Grant To Promote Water And Energy Innovation

Fresno State News By Shirley Armbruster May 31, 2016 Spearheaded by the International Center for Water Technology, Fresno State has been awarded a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to establish the Central Valley Energy Innovation Cluster. The award will be used to provide key services, infrastructure and resources for energy entrepreneurs with the goal of successfully deploying and commercializing technologies and innovations in water and energy, said Dr. David Zoldoske, executive director of water initiatives at…

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