This year’s submissions were selected on a competitive basis by evaluating their potential for STEM job creation, impact on cleantech and agtech sectors, the ability to leverage the IN2 network, and funding sustainability.$950,000 in funds will strengthen emerging sustainable technology markets, student-led startups and impact investing initiatives
April 01, 2020. By News Bureau
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has announced eight new Channel Partner Award winners. The award program strengthens sustainable technology initiatives and fosters a creative and collaborative network of cross-industry stakeholders in order to address barriers that startups face on the path to commercialization. Each winner will receive between $75,000-$150,000 and projects will fulfill a wide range of goals—serving emerging Midwest and Mid-Atlantic cleantech markets; supporting educational programs for student entrepreneurs; providing pathways, networks and guidance for high-wealth individuals considering cleantech investing; and more.
This year’s submissions were selected on a competitive basis by evaluating their potential for STEM job creation, impact on cleantech and agtech sectors, ability to leverage the IN2 network, and funding sustainability.
“The Channel Partner Awards establish a continuum of innovation within the IN2 program––from early-stage concept to commercialization,” said Trish Cozart, IN2 program manager at NREL. “By allocating resources to Channel Partner initiatives, in addition to selecting companies for our tech incubator, we’re reaching startups at multiple points along their journey and will get more transformative resources to market.”
Award winners include:
“The Channel Partner Awards help IN2’s cross-country ecosystem of supporters connect and thrive,” said Wells Fargo’s Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer Ramsay Huntley. “The awards and the initiatives they fund help foster meaningful partnerships, create jobs and improve capital flow for our partner network and beyond.”
The nationwide network of IN2 Channel Partners includes 63 cleantech and agtech business incubators, accelerators, universities and industry experts. The IN2 Channel Partner Awards program was established in 2017 with $5 million of committed funding from Wells Fargo to be distributed over four years. Since inception, the program has supported more than 115 events, strategic meetings and trainings, and 29 larger strategic initiatives between 31 organizations. Funded projects have engaged more than 2,369 participants (entrepreneurs, industry and academic representatives and others), created nearly 200 jobs, led to more than $18.2 million in follow-on funding for startups involved and earned $1.8 million in matching funds from outside organizations.
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