The Warehouse, a Loveland-based business accelerator, is partnering with NASA to help spur economic growth and create primary jobs.
The accelerator, at 1215 S. Grant Ave., is NASA’s first “Adopt-an-Accelerator” in the nation.
“NASA’s agreement to make The Warehouse their first Adopt-an-Accelerator in the nation is a proud moment for all of Northern Colorado,” said Kelly Peters, The Warehouse’s executive director. “This Warehouse tool will allow our region’s firms to have access to some of the world’s brightest researchers.”
Clients of The Warehouse can receive up to 40 hours of NASA assistance in developing technology, problem solving and consulting that can push companies beyond their capabilities, Peters said.
“NASA wants to see commercial solutions developed that grow primary jobs in our region and technology that could possibly help NASA in space,” she said.
There is an open call for companies across the state to apply for the program.
Ensign Power Systems of Loveland will be the first to pilot and benefit from the new partnership. The company makes custom power supply products.
“We hope that this initial collaboration will set the foundation for a successful relationship with NASA in transfer of technology for commercialization of new business opportunities and products for Loveland and Northern Colorado,” President Dan Danowski said.
The Warehouse will work with NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio and receive technical advice from David Lung, DA2 Ventures, who has extensive experience working with the space agency.
The Warehouse accelerator, founded by Jay Dokter and Dan Kamrath, helps successful startups achieve the next phase of development through commercialization of products and services.
“Having additional technology resources available to growing companies is a huge asset to our region” Dokter said.
Dokter is also CEO of YouSeeU, a software company that provides educators a video-based assignment platform. It is a graduate of Innosphere, a business incubator in Fort Collins.
Funding for The Warehouse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, comes from the Loveland Development Fund with support from the city of Loveland an other organizations.
For more information or to apply for the NASA assistance program, visit www.WarehouseInnovation.com