Admission Criteria:

  • Technology-based product or service
  • Entrepreneurial capabilities
  • Job creating potential
  • Growth potential
  • Documented business plan
  • Team building potential

Entrance Process

The following four-step process is designed to help you prepare for application and entry to Ascent Innovation.

Step #1 – Application

It is important for you to meet with Ascent Innovation's Executive Director to discuss your current or planned business initiative. The Innovation Center has entrance criteria that must be reviewed by both parties to determine your eligibility for application. 

Step #2 – Business Plan

You will be required to submit a business plan upon approval of your pre-application in order to submit a formal request for entry. Alternatively, you may submit a research grant/plan if your work is research toward commercialization applications.

Step #3 – Admission Committee Review

The Admissions committee will review your plan and will utilize the following criteria to determine your eligibility for Ascent Innovation:

  • You meet the criteria for eligibility.
  • Your business plan’s objectives are realistic.
  • You have a sound understanding of your product and market.
  • Your business has potential for sustainability, growth and job creation.
  • You demonstrate the necessary foundation and skill set to accomplish your goals.

Step #4 – Acceptance to the Innovation Center

The Executive Director will advise you when your application is approved. (In some cases clients may be required to submit additional information as part of the review process). Once approval has been granted you will be furnished lease agreement and the appropriate service agreement. Both must be signed prior to occupancy.

* Subletting is not permitted. Should a resident engage in subletting of any kind, there will be an immediate termination of the lease agreement. If a resident has excessive unused space, the resident should inform the Executive Director and accommodations will be made to remedy this situation.


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