The WET programs and services can assist entrepreneurs and innovators in every step of their journey. The multi-tenant facility is available to water, energy, and ag technology entrepreneurs from around the world. The WET staff is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and creating a rich culture of collaboration, community, and connections.
Situated on the Fresno State campus, the WET provides working and meeting space, access to a robust industry network, incubation and accelerator programs and a collaborative environment to water, energy, and agricultural technology companies in various stages of development. Additionally, it serves as a soft-landing spot for companies looking to establish a presence in California’s Central Valley, also known as the BlueTechValley. The Center is operated by staff of the California State University, Fresno Foundation a 501(c)(3).
The Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center opened for business in Fresno, California in 2007, built through a partnership between the International Center for Water Technology, the Central Valley Business Incubator, and Fresno State. The WET houses an advanced hydraulic testing laboratory which has proven to be an important resource for the industry. The lab is equipped to test or verify a wide range of products such as pumps, fire hydrants, valves, hydrocyclones, motors, water meters, sprinklers and much more. The second phase, WET North, opened in the Summer of 2018 and includes additional offices available for entrepreneurs, plug-and-play space, and meeting space.
The WET Center’s history dates back to the 1990’s, when local industries began selling products developed for the irrigation industry’s needs to meet other industry demands. CIT had established an international reputation for irrigation testing but the activities did not reflect the need for testing of other water products. The stature of an irrigation testing center, as compared to a water testing center, was thought to be restrictive. In addition, CIT was also beginning to attract customers from other industries. In 2001, the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) was established to work in collaboration with CIT.
The new role of ICWT required an expansion of the testing facility. At the same time, the Central Valley Business Incubator was in the process of developing a water-related incubator. Board members of both organizations saw the potential synergy in having ag, water, and energy technology entrepreneurs housed in the new incubator as well as having the availability of testing capabilities and tech-savvy staff in a close environment with one another - and thanks to Fresno State, who donated the land, this idea came to fruition.
Construction of a 13,000 sq. ft. incubator and hydraulic research and testing facility on the Fresno State campus began in 2000 with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The building opened for business in 2007.