With Natural and Organic sales topping $91 billion dollars in 2011, The Innovation Center of the Rockies understands that starting a natural or organic business is an exciting opportunity, yet also a difficult process that often requires targeted guidance and assistance. Our Natural and Organic Program is designed to help early stage companies overcome many of the roadblocks and obstacles encountered in terms of formulating, manufacturing, and distributing a natural or organic consumer product. This guidance takes the form of a subsidized consulting model where the Innovation Center of the Rockies is able to bring highly experienced Advisor teams with extensive experience catalyzing and forming early stage startup ventures. Many of our advisors having founded and secured funding for such companies and have participated in successful company exits.
To determine if becoming a client is a good fit for you and your company, the first step is to understand the goals and objectives for the engagement. The Innovation Center of the Rockies Staff works closely with Clients to identify the key challenges facing the company. Once the issues are pinpointed, the Innovation Center of the Rockies reaches into its Advisor database and handpicks 3-5 individuals with relevant experience and expertise to act as volunteer Advisors for the engagement. The Innovation Center of the Rockies' process facilitates a series of working meetings to address the agreed upon challenges.
Each Client is paired with a Innovation Center of the Rockies Program Manager who acts as the point of contact, provides resources, recruits Advisors, and manages the interaction between the Client and Advisors.
- Proven process to address challenges faced by early stage companies
- Access to relevant, experienced, professional business leaders who have faced similar issues
- Customized engagements and targeted, timely resources to grow your business and meet personal and professional goals
- Opportunities to develop relationships with local industry leaders
- Referrals and introductions to professionals offering targeted expertise who may fit into your emerging growth strategy
The Innovation Center of the Rockies charges a fee of $750 per month for clients located within Boulder County. Outside of Boulder County, the fee is $1,200 per month. Outside of Colorado, the fee is $2,200 per month. The invoicing does not begin until the first Advisor meeting and there is no charge to come in and discuss your unique situation. We do not charge a success fee or take equity in our clients. There is no minimum time commitment for our Clients, although we have found that our typical engagement is 4 months long.
This fee covers a portion of the Innovation Center of the Rockies' operating expenses with the remaining costs covered by our generous Sponsors.
The Innovation Center of the Rockies offers a wide range of services, in addition to this page, please see our Angel Capital section and our Placement Service page.