The Rocky Mountains Great Plains region produces more than 25 percent of the nation’s energy and is home to top-tier research universities and DOE National Labs with nationally recognized energy research centers and entrepreneurs. While the 14-state region has much to offer hardtech startups, there is a clear gap in support for early-stage founders emerging from regional research institutions.
REACH (Regional Energy Accelerator for Commercializing Hardtech) is an energy hardtech accelerator that supports founders — entrepreneurs, university faculty, and beyond — with a comprehensive program and resources to scale their technically proven prototypes into products and services with global impact.
REACH strives to:
- Grow the regional energy innovation cluster through collaboration.
- Build connectivity and engagement to promote entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Expand capacity for advanced commercialization services.
- Establish a pipeline of successful REACH graduates to further accelerate hardtech energy startups downstream.
Led by energy experts, driven by collaboration
REACH is led by Dr. Bryan Willson, a renowned university-based innovator, former ARPA-E Program Director, and NSF I-Corps Site principal investigator. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Willson has developed and fine-tuned the CSU/Innosphere model with Innosphere’s CEO, Mike Freeman, who will direct the business incubation portion of the project.