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Finalists Named for August 3 Pitch Night

Six community finalists will pitch their ideas for achieving key Fort Collins carbon reduction goals at a public forum August 3 at the Lincoln Center.

The public pitch night for the Climate Action Plan’s Innovate Fort Collins Challenge will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Theatre. Tickets are required due to limited seating. Register at at www.fcgov.com/pitchnight.

The finalists include a broad range of businesses and organizations proposing solutions to challenges related to waste materials, transportation and energy. The finalists are:

  • Spring Back Colorado
  • Insecticycle LLC
  • Front Range Community College
  • Colorado State University
  • Transition Fort Collins
  • Poudre School District

Finalists will provide a brief overview of their projects at the Pitch Night event, which will make up 15 percent of their overall score. Judges are members of the City’s volunteer Boards and Commissions.

Project Overview

The City of Fort Collins is pleased to offer the Innovate Fort Collins Challenge, a competition that seeks proposals for innovative projects to help achieve the community’s ambitious Climate Action Plan goals. Participating businesses and organizations can explore new ideas or technology, leverage a financial award, and have an opportunity to showcase their project to a broader audience.

The Fort Collins community submitted 58 applications worth $5.5 million for the City’s first Innovate Fort Collins Challenge, which will fund projects capable of achieving carbon reductions in energy, transportation and waste materials.

April 28 was the deadline for submitting letters of intent for the Challenge, which will provide up to $250,000 to innovative projects that help the community reach its Climate Action goals.

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Competition Focus

  • Increased conservation, efficiency and renewable energy by city residents or businesses demonstrated by reduced energy use or increased alternative energy production;
  • Increased use by city residents or businesses of alternative transportation options over traditional automobiles resulting in reduced vehicle trips / reduced single-occupant travel in the city, etc.; and
  • Greater reduction, reuse and recycling of waste materials by city residents or businesses

Eligibility Requirements

  • Clear alignment with targeted themes in application material;
  • Clear articulation of project plan and schedule, budget, goals, metrics and data collection process;
  • Clear linkage to greenhouse gas reductions;
  • Primary project benefits within city limits; and
  • Sufficient, credible and current insurance, licensing and other documentation, as appropriate.

Successful applicants will be eligible to receive financial awards ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 based on approved project plans and budget.

Key Dates

  • Week of April 3rd: Competitive process launched
  • April 28th: Letter of Intent due
  • June 2nd: Full application due (for invited applicants)
  • August 3rd: Pitch Night
  • Awards will be announced in August 2017