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 WET Center Graduating Interns

The WET Center team is proud to employ a team of hardworking, dedicated student assistants. As a result of the pandemic, Fresno State's commencement ceremonies have been cancelled, so  we would like to take a moment to acknowledge our students' hard work and academic prowess.

Sydney Zumwalt (top left) graduated from the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology with a degree in Animal Science Livestock Business Management. She plans to work full-time for one of our WET Center members!

Eric Tafoya (top right) graduated from the Craig School of Business with a degree in Business and Marketing. He plans to work full-time at his current internship and eventually return to school for his Master's degree!

Emily Thompson (bottom left) graduated from the College of Arts & Humanities with a degree in Public Relations. She plans to work in the healthcare or non-profit sector.

Kyle Zoldoske (bottom right) graduated from the College of Arts & Humanities with a degree in Communications. He plans to apply to law school and become an environmental lawyer. 

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COVID-19 Resources & Support

Fresno State and the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center are complying with the COVID-19 recommendations issued by the California State University Office of the Chancellor, the City of Fresno, and the State of California.


The WET Center facilities will be closed until further notice. The health and safety of our clients, staff, and families is our first priority. We will monitor the situation closely and keep you updated. Our team will be working remotely and will still be able to assist you.

To request one-on-one hours, please email us with a brief description of your questions/concerns and what support you are requesting and we will be sure to get back to you!

The WET Center website now has a page dedicated to resources and 
 for small businesses during this time. 

Please feel free to email us at with any questions or concerns.


State looks to “microgrids” to solve power blackouts
Microgrids could be the answer to wildfire-caused widespread power outages, according to the California Public Utilities Commission.

Irrigation Association 2020 Faculty Academy to be held virtually
With the emergence of COVID-19, the IA has made the decision to hold their Faculty Academy events exclusively online.

How will COVID-19 impact 2020 trends?
Ag Funder has composed a list of farm tech investment trends for the 2020 year with respect to potential impacts of COVID-19. 

Crops grown with oilfield water are safe, panel finds.
Fruits and vegetables grown with recycled oilfield water in Kern County got a final stamp of approval last month, nearly five years after the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board began what it thought was going to be a three-month process investigating the water's safety.

Paying homage to Donald E. Gumz
Last week, Fresno State approved the naming of the enology building for Donald E Gumz in recognition of his significant gift to the enology program. Our CIT founder, David Zoldoske, was the person who originally got Gumz involved with the enology and CIT program.

Valley Ventures III alum, Upcycle & Co.,  has launched at Target! Check out the announcement by Upcycle CEO, Jared Criscuolo on LinkedIn. 

Your company could have success stories like this and be featured in our newsletter as a WET member! Email us for more information on memberships, and how to apply. 
*Events subject to cancellation/rescheduling as professional recommendations regarding COVID-19 emerge

WET Center Webinar Series | Weekly
Our goal has been (and will always be) to play an important role online by providing innovative resources to our diverse network of professionals, ventures and entrepreneurs. This role is more important than ever before!

To counter the ever-changing news surrounding COVID-19, and to help alleviate the impacts made by quarantine life, we are excited to announce that we will be kick starting our WET Center Webinar Series.

The weekly series will run through April and May and will focus on tips,
 tricks, and strategies on how to best work with essential business tools including websites, social media practices, advertising, sales, 
how to make the best impression from behind a screen, and more.

Cleantech Meetup - Online |May 28
Join CleanStart for a technology-focused monthly gathering that features presentations about products and technologies from companies that are already in operation as well as early stage startups. 

Meet Spooky Action!

This company develops tether systems that supercharge drones. The Spooky Action website highlights how their tether systems allow drones to have more sustainable flight times. They're also compatible with every drone on the market!

As a Valley Ventures II alum, Spooky Action has been able to harness our multitude of services over the years.

Spooky Action was even featured in Forbes magazine! 

Learn all about Spooky Action and their drone technology by visiting their official website!
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Building Carbonization | May 22
Hackathon | May 30
Energy Tech Summit | June 9
Energy Efficiency Forum | June 22
Large Scale Solar USA | June 23
CleanTech Showcase | June 24

Check out Empower Innovation, a
new BTV partnership,
for more events and funding! 


Deep Root Irrigation is
looking for interns!

Click here to view a full list of job postings on our website!


Want to learn more about our webinar series? Check out the video from last week's installment with Dale Bierce, President of Sandler Training! 

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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month! Check out our social media pages to see how we're commemorating the month!

Inverted funding opps

Crop Protection & Pest Management 
Award Amount: 
Application opens: 

Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies Competition 

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program - Phase II
Award Amount: 
May 27, 2020

WaterStart RFP 15
Deadline: June 1, 2020

NIFA USDA Grant Application
Award Amount: 
up to $1M
June 4, 2020

UAIP Collective Grants Program Webinar
Deadline: June 6, 2020
Award Amount: $3M

Women Founders Network Pitch Competition Application
June 30, 2020

LACI Cohort 5
July 12, 2020

NSF: Inclusion Across the Nation
Award Amount: $100,000
July 13, 2020

Renewable Energy Proposals - SoCal Public Power Authority
December 30, 2020

 Check out Funding Wizard for more funding opportunities!


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