The Water, Energy and Technology Center provides business development at different levels through these two key programs:

BlueTech Valley

The BlueTechValley Initiative was established in Fresno in 2011. It strategically leverages the region’s resources and assets to create a fertile environment for entrepreneurs to turn vision into real world solutions.

The BlueTechValley Innovation Cluster will build on the Initiative by providing access to commercialization services that will dramatically accelerate the rate of innovation and growth of water and energy-oriented companies in the 39 counties from central to northern California that the project is covering.

  • Technology evaluation
  • Commercialization support
  • Business plan
  • Access to funding
  • Education/training
  • WET Center physical office space
  • Networking opportunities


Valley Ventures Accelerator

The Valley Ventures Accelerator is a program of the Water, Energy and Technology Center at Fresno State. Its main goal it to help promote the growth of participating ventures. Whether that be involving students, staff, and faculty or setting up a company’s technology on the 1,000 acre farm. It all starts with Fresno State’s strong focus on real world agricultural issues and the involvement with private industry partners. With such a focus on leveraging academic and public resources for the development of the agricultural, water, energy nexus, Fresno State will continue to be an instrumental institution for Valley Ventures.

Throughout the program, companies will receive close engagement with entrepreneurs and industry leaders in the agriculture, water, and energy technology space. Our mentors and speakers come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from successful founders who have built and sold companies, to experienced investors well versed in the agriculture tech space, to seasoned executives who run or even own some of the largest agriculture related firms in the nation.

  • Education
  • Mentorship
  • Financing