Valley Ventures alumni, Upcycle & Co. launches fertilizer at Target
Valley Ventures Cohort III graduate, Upcycle and Company, recently announced the distribution of their Native Soil Fertilizer in the garden section at Target. Upcycle and Company was born out of a need for a natural, chemical-free, and inexpensive fertilizer. Their Native Soil Fertilizer is made from organic waste that grows nutrient-dense fruit and vegetables. “I’d like to express our deepest gratitude to the Valley Ventures team, Fresno State and the California Energy Commission for setting up and funding this program, and for the incredible outpouring of support from the Fresno State community,” said Criscuolo.
Click here to read Jared Criscuolo's LinkedIn post!
Valley Ventures Accelerator:
Now Accepting Applications

The Valley Ventures accelerator is now accepting applications for Cohort V this fall! This six-week, virtual accelerator will provide your water, energy, or agricultural startup with a flurry of resources and connections that will be instrumental in growing your business in California. 

By joining the Valley Ventures program you will:

  • Develop your business in an ecosystem designed for cleantech ventures.
  • Work with teams and organizations that support water, energy, and agricultural technology commercialization.
  • Connect with relevant funding sources and partners.
  • Operationalize a successful business.
To learn more about this accelerator, its benefits, requirements, and more,
click here! To apply for the 
Valley Ventures accelerator, click here 
 Funding And Other Opportunities
COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant
Award Amount:
Until funds are depleted

USDA Solar Desalination Prize

The Elevate Prize
Award Amount:
June 29, 2020

Cooperative Research in Housing Technologies
Award Amount:
June 29, 2020

FFAR Funding for Crop Varieties for Growers
July 8, 2020

LACI Cohort 5
July 12, 2020

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

Women Founders Network Pitch Competition Application
July 15, 2020

ARPA-E Solicitation on Topics informing New Program Areas & SBIR/STTR
Deadline: July 22, 2020

WPTO Small Business Innovation Projects
Award Amount:
Multiple grants and deadlines

USDA Conservation Innovation Grant 
Award Amount: $15M
Multiple grants and deadlines

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

Check out Funding Wizard for more funding opportunities!
Why Semios is Getting Technology Deployment Right
Read all about Semios, their insect monitoring systems and how they're thriving!

UC Berkeley's New Business Practicum recently upgraded to a Clinic
Berkeley Law's New Business Practicum has launched their law clinic, which will connect students to early-stage entrepreneurial ventures to offer them legal support. 

Steady Streams: Bringing Safe Water to California Communities
With a mix of research and outreach, the CSU is addressing one of California's greatest challenges by securing access to safe drinking water for some of the state's most vulnerable populations.

Why the World's Largest Beer Company is Investing in AgTech

“We’re the largest beer company in the world and the largest user of malting barley, so when you think about where investment into breeding research or the supporting tech comes from, if we’re not going to do it, who will?"
*Events subject to cancellation/rescheduling as professional recommendations regarding COVID-19 emerge

WET Center Webinar Series | Monthly

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 strongly encourage you to join in on our monthly webinar series.

Our WET Center Webinar Series features keynote speakers from diverse and innovative backgrounds that aim to help your water, energy and ag-tech business develop and grow. 

Join our Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10 AM here.

Momentum's BRIDGE Webinar | July 7, 2020
The California Energy Commission and Momentum are partnering to help prepare entrepreneurs for the 2020 BRIDGE solicitation. BRIDGE is a competitive grant solicitation for California cleantech startups that have previously received state or federal grants aiming to sustain funding for research topics that have already been invested in. The first BRIDGE solicitation in 2017 provided funding for 12 projects totaling just over $30 million.
Introducing Nanomass! This renewable energy company has utilized a multitude of WET Center programs since they first partnered with us in 2018, including Valley Ventures and TIE. Marcus Che of Nanomass noted that being housed in the Central Valley helped Nanomass gain traction in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

Che also said that our monthly newsletter helped pass along relevant information to his company. Nanomass was created when the founders were inspired to repurpose dead tree wood from forest fires to replace coal in power plants.

Since partnering with us, they have filed a US patent, finalized steps to open their first processing plant in Roswell, New Mexico. Nanomass has also created a plan of action to combat food waste in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about Nanomass by visiting their official website!

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P3 Water Summit | July 8
CleanTech Showcase | July 15
Grid Evolution Summit | July  28

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


Apply to be an Ag Technician for the Fresno County Department of Ag on HireFresnoState!
Job Search > "County of Fresno"

Check out CalAgJobs for more
relevant openings!


Want to learn more about our TIE program? Check out this video!


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Our Valley Ventures accelerator is now accepting applications for Cohort V! Apply here!


GroGuru has been accepted into the Plug and Play Tech Center

BioFiltro, a Valley Ventures alumni, received $250K in funding!
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