Texas State named Channel Partner Award winner by Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator
Texas State University has been named one of eight new Channel Partner Award winners by 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).
The $75,000 grant will be used in support of Big Ideas in innovation and entrepreneurship at Texas State, specifically activities promoting agtech in underserved communities and populations. Programs expected to benefit include the Innovation Lab, 3 Day Startup, Net Impact and the New Ventures Competition at STAR Park.
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. 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.”
About the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator is a $30 million technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation. Co-administered by and housed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, IN2’s mission is to speed the path to market for early-stage, clean-technology entrepreneurs. Launched in 2014 with an initial focus on supporting scalable solutions to reduce the energy impact of commercial buildings, IN2 has since expanded its focus to advance technologies that address the sustainable production of agriculture and housing affordability. For more information, visit in2ecosystem.com.