DENVER – September 6, 2013 – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade today announced the first grant cycles for the Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs.
Online applications are now being accepted at www.choosecolorado.com/aiprograms for two of the four grants: Proof of Concept and Early-Stage Capital & Retention grants. Deadlines are the first business day of each quarter.
The Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs (HB 13-1001, HB 13-1193) were created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in these industries by helping drive innovation, accelerate commercialization, encourage public-private partnerships, increase access to early stage capital and create a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness.
Advanced industries are prime drivers of the U.S. and Colorado economy, comprised of engineering and R&D intensive companies that deliver products and services in industries ranging from aerospace to medical devices. Colorado’s advanced industries include: Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Bioscience, Electronics, Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure Engineering, and Technology and Information.
As part of the statewide strategy to support these critical industries in their various phases of growth, OEDIT offers four types of grants and global business support programs.
Grants are available for Proof of Concept, Early-Stage Capital & Retention, Infrastructure Funding and AI Exports. A network of consultants and export training program are also available as part of the AI Global Business Support Programs to support these industries in their efforts to tap worldwide markets.
The AI Accelerator Grant Programs include:
The AI Global Business Support Programs include:
For more information about the AI Accelerator Programs, including upcoming information sessions, guidelines and grant cycles, please visit www.choosecolorado.com/aiprograms.