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City of Fort Collins Cluster Fund Round II Now Open

The City of Fort Collins Economic Health Office (EHO) is seeking qualified local businesses, sector groups, and industry clusters for the 2016 fiscal year. Partners must share the City vision to advance programs and projects with a positive community impact. Funds available for eligible companies for Round II 2016 total $45,000. Industry clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies, specialized suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a particular field that enhance productivity through collaboration. The City follows the triple helix approach (university, industry, government) for innovative growth, and allocates resources towards a number of local efforts. Target clusters include Bioscience, Clean Energy, Water Innovation, Technology, and Uniquely Fort Collins, which encompasses Fort Collins headquartered businesses in brewing, arts, local food, and cycling. Additionally, target sectors include manufacturing, health, and creative industries. The Economic Health Office remains steadfast in their support of targeted local industry clusters and regional sectors. Please see the application for more details.

Application Open
Mandatory Pre-bid Conference
Application Deadline
Applicant Interviews
Finalists Announced
Award Decisions
Annual Report Due
May 15, 2016
June 1st4pm
June 15, 2016
Week of July 5-8, 2016
July 18, 2016
August 1, 2016
December 16, 2016

Industry Clusters

City of Fort Collins ImageIndustry clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field. Clusters also include the institutions and professional organizations that provide research assistance and support to the industry. What makes Fort Collins' thrive as a hotbed for innovation? Our community has big city ideas and small town relationships. We have a thriving private sector based on 21st century industries, and a top tier research institution to support it. We are proud of our historic past, natural wonders, and engaged community. Innovation occurs across industry sectors in Fort Collins. Craft brewers, bioscience, software, hardware, and clean energy companies contribute ideas, inventions, and products that shape our local economy.

City Awards Round One of 2016 Cluster Funding

The City of Fort Collins Economic Health Office recently selected the first round of the 2016 Cluster Funding Allocation as part of its mission to partner with targeted local industry clusters and regional sectors that advance the economic vitality of the community. This year’s recipients:

  • Northern Colorado Food Cluster  was awarded $30,000 to assist in finalizing the organizational action plan, pursue high impact community projects and federal grants, build regional networks and facilitate supply chain enhancement discussions.
  • SpokesBUZZ  was awarded $30,000 for program development with CSU, Colorado Creatives industries, Bohemian Foundation and the Lincoln Center; for artist talent development; and for industry-wide arts and music promotion, education and marketing.
  • Northern Colorado Bioscience Cluster  was awarded $30,000 to strengthen and grow the mentorship network, build out the talent pipeline and support emerging Northern Colorado bioscience companies through partnerships with Innosphere, CSU Research Innovation Center, UC Health and additional regional stakeholders.
  • Idea2Product (3-D Printing Lab)  was awarded $20,000 to support small business manufacturing, training and educational opportunities, as well as enable small-scale fabrication to expand innovation opportunities in Fort Collins.
  • Rockies Venture Club  was awarded $15,000 to help facilitate the creation of an angel investing network in Fort Collins and offer education programming and mentorship opportunities at Galvanize Fort Collins.
  • Bas Bleu  was awarded $9,000 to target underserved populations and children by creating industry partnerships around maker spaces.
  • BizGirls  was awarded $2,000 to expand the boot-camp-style leadership training program geared toward high school females in Fort Collins and provide scholarship funding for young women from underserved populations for the June program.

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Target Industries / Industry Clusters

Industry clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field. Clusters also include the institutions and professional organizations that provide research assistance and support to the industry.

Innovation Economy in Fort Collins

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What IS Fort Collins’ special sauce? We like to say that the community has big city ideas and small town relationships. Innovation occurs across industry sectors in Fort Collins. Craft brewers, bioscience, software, hardware, and clean energy companies contribute ideas, inventions, and products that positively affect the local economy.

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Bioscience

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The Bioscience Cluster is comprised of companies that research, produce & distribute medical devices, medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and biofuels. With 45 companies in growth mode, close associations with research scientists at Colorado State University, and a diverse product base, this cluster plays an important role in economic development and health in Fort Collins.

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Clean Energy

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The Colorado Clean Energy Cluster is a business-led, project-oriented group of regional partners seeking to have a global impact on energy efficiencies. Focusing on workforce development and economic opportunities, the cluster is at the forefront of the new Energy Economy.

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Software/Hardware

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Despite the ups and downs of the tech sector, Fort Collins remains an attractive location for new businesses. Companies that specialize in data mapping, computer programming, Internet service, software development and computer facilities management are grouped in the Software/Hardware cluster.

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Uniquely Fort Collins

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The Uniquely Fort Collins cluster is made up of companies that are unique, independent, and contribute to Fort Collins high quality of life. Arts, cultural, tourism, breweries, creative firms and hospitality businesses fall in this category.

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Water Innovation

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The future of water safety, water supply and water management is a global issue. Fort Collins area companies and industry partners around the state are ready to take on challenges and discover solutions that are best for the planet, for business and our societies. Colorado State University’s expertise in water research and technology innovation is world-renowned. Combined, these companies and organizations contribute to the economic vitality of our area and beyond.

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