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OEDIT Road Tour: Learn more about the Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator Program

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced that staff will be going on a road tour throughout Colorado to educate people about the Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator Program and how they can apply for and secure grants.

“In just the past three years, Colorado’s AI program has granted over $49 million to 375 organizations, helping them to scale and find great success,” said Stephanie Copeland, Executive Director of OEDIT. “We want to ensure that people in every part of the state are aware of the program and know how to successfully apply for a grant.”

The AI grant team will answer questions at two-hour meetings, as well as discuss the program in detail and give helpful grant training advice.

Tour Stops:

  • Steamboat 8/7
  • Grand Junction 8/8
  • Montrose 8/9
  • Telluride 8/9
  • Durango 8/10

The Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator Programs promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s seven advanced 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.

There are several different AI grants available for people to apply for:

  • Proof of Concept: grant funding is used to identify and pull technologies from research institutions where they were discovered and connect them to private sector where they can scale.
  • Early-Stage Capital and Retention: grant funding is used to fund companies using technologies developed in proof of concept grants and other early stage start-ups that have created viable products that meet a market need and that can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally.
  • Infrastructure Funding: grant funding is used to accelerate commercialization and innovation of AI products and services by building capacity and workforce.
  • AI Export Accelerator Program: grant funding is available for businesses to offset international business development and marketing costs.

For more information, please click here.

This entry was posted on Monday, July 31st, 2017.