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Innovate Fort Collins

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.

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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
  • May 26th: Full application due (for invited applicants)
  • June 28th: Pitch Night
  • Awards will be announced in July 2017