Colorado’s Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) programs were created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in seven key 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. The seven advanced industries targeted by the Advanced Industries Accelerator are:
For advice on the program, please contact your case manager at CU Innovations.
CU Innovations is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 AIA CU pre-allocation grant application round is now open. All applicants must submit their applications online using this website. Click on the link to download a copy of the application template and the evaluation criteria. Please follow all directions carefully.
Note: The grant limit is $180,000 ($135,000 state + $45,000 matching funds), and CU Innovations will provide the matching funds. (Although the program allows for a total budget of $150,000 + $50,000 match, the state of Colorado expects investigators to apply for follow-up funding for a market assessment study after the proof of concept study is complete, so investigators must reserve $20,000 of the budget for the market assessment phase).
- Jan. 23, 2017 5pm deadline for submission of written applications
- Feb. 8, 2017 Finalists announced and signup for live pitches begins
- Feb. 8th - Feb. 27th Optional online presentation coaching for finalists (more info to come)
- Mar. 6, 2017 Finalist live pitches
- Mar. 8, 2017 Winners announced
Please contact Paul Tabor at Paul.Tabor@cu.edu (include “AIA” in the subject line) with any questions or concerns.