About Us

Valley Ventures is dedicated to the advancement of water, energy or technology startups focused on agricultural applications through a four-month accelerator program.

Throughout the program, companies will receive close engagement with top tier industry leaders in the agriculture, water, and energy technology space. Our advisers come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from successful founders who have built and sold companies, to experienced investors well versed in the agriculture tech space, to seasoned executives who run or even own some of the largest agriculture related firms in the nation. 

Through these relationships, we prepare companies to access investment opportunities, generate revenue, and establish a solid understanding of the industry.

Our program offers participating ventures:

  • The opportunity to engage with potential customers, stakeholders, and leading investors.
  • Feedback and guidance by industry leaders. Visit our mentors page for more information.
  • A community of like-minded entrepreneurs to grow with and learn from.
  • Sector-specific startup curriculum tailored to the needs of agriculture, water, and energy tech companies.

The program is structured as four intensive workshops over the course of four months. Additional remote, online collaboration between sessions will also be available. Relocation for companies is not required, with only a requirement of attending the days of those workshops. Valley Ventures does not require equity from the companies who are accepted.

What we are looking for:

  • Scalability: A for-profit business model with high potential to scale internationally
  • State: Must have an MVP and able to show meaningful customer validations (not limited to revenue, can include users, successful pilot studies, strategic partnerships, etc.)

 

Applications for our Fall 2017 Cohort are open. Apply now!

Valley Ventures is made possible thanks to the 2017 i6 Challenge Grant awarded to the International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State University, the California Energy Commission’s Regional Energy Innovation Grant and a network of private and public sector partners. Valley Ventures is housed at the WET Center at California State University, Fresno, strategically located in the heart of the nation’s agricultural hotspot.

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