Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs

Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs

The Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) Program was created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s advanced industries by driving innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early-stage capital, and creating a strong ecosystem that increases the state's global competitiveness.

Your business must be supporting one of Colorado’s seven advanced industries:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • aerospace
  • bioscience
  • electronics
  • energy and natural resources
  • infrastructure engineering
  • technology and information

If you are an angel investor or venture capitalist, learn how you can submit your investment to a qualifying advanced industries company.

Advanced Industries Annual Reports

Overview

Type: Four grants

For: Advanced industries companies

Application deadline: Varies by program

OEDIT division: Global Business Development

Advanced Industries Proof of Concept Grant

This grant provides funding to help Colorado research institutions speed up applied research in advanced industries and commercialize products and services with the private sector. The grant funds pre-commercial research and commercialization preparation. Projects can receive up to $150,000.

Applications are open and due September 1, 2021.

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Advanced Industries Collaborative Infrastructure Grant

This grant helps teams of Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses and nonprofits develop new large-scale projects. Projects need to cover gaps in the advanced industries and identify a matching fund of 2-to-1 non-State funding to State funding.

The next application cycle will open on February 1, 2022.

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Advanced Industries Early-Stage Capital and Retention Grant

This grant helps Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses develop and commercialize advanced technologies that will be created or manufactured in Colorado. Projects can receive up to $250,000.

Applications are open and due September 1, 2021.

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Advanced Industries Export Grant

This grant helps Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses who want to export or are currently exporting. This grant is for small- and medium-sized businesses. It reimburses for international business development and marketing costs. Businesses can apply for up to $15,000 and up to 50% of the approved expenses.

This program is suspended due to COVID-19 and will be re-evaluated in July 2021.

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