Our team has already been working on our venture for a while. Is Valley Ventures appropriate for us?
We work with a large array of ventures experiencing different stages of growth. Some ventures are pre-revenue with a prototype ready to commercialize, while other ventures already have around USD$1M in annual revenue. Ultimately, we encourage all ventures to apply, and then we can have an honest conversation about their involvement in the program.
Our venture has already taken some funding. Can we still apply?
Sure. Whether you are looking for further investment or shifting focus to generating revenue, we would encourage your venture to apply.
Our venture doesn’t really need any investment. Does it still make sense to apply?
More than half of the startups we accept don’t need investment. Our focus as an accelerator is primarily on the growth of our ventures through driving revenue, which in turn can increase investment viability.
What if our venture needs a sizable investment?
We consider all companies, regardless of the size of their needed investment.
Do you only accept startups that operate in the water, agricultural, and energy space?
Yes. Valley Ventures may open up to more industries later, but for now, we are following this guideline fairly strictly.
Can a single person apply or does it have to be a team?
Valley Ventures will accept single founders, but our advice remains that one-person startups are tough, and you’re more likely to succeed with a co-founder or team.
I have a great idea for a startup, but I’m not technical. Will you still accept me?
Valley Ventures will consider accepting your venture, but your chances are much better if you find yourself a technical cofounder. Also, we typically only accept ventures as early as having a product that has gone through testing and is very close to commercialization. If you are currently at the research stage and could use additional resources, we would suggest contacting BlueTechValley@csufresno.edu or BlueTechValley.