ICELab Programs

ICELab Programs

The ICELab offers a wide variety of programming for businesses in various stages of growth. If you’re just getting started, the Small Business Development Center can get you on your feet. If you’re looking to grow, more opportunities to engage with programming and expertise are available.


ICELab Pre-Incubator Program

The Pre-Incubator is a two week prerequisite for the ICELab’s Incubator Program, which nurtures success in early phases of business development.  The program requires one hour per week of group work and one hour of individual work. The one our meetings will either be through zoom or in person at the ICELab on the campus of Western Colorado University. The cost is $100 and the classes meet on Tuesdays at 8 a.m.

ICELab Incubator Program

The Incubator program is an annual program at the  ICELab designed to foster startup companies in Gunnison County. Focused at coaching mentoring, this program is designed to nurture success in early phases of business development. Incubator program will meet three mornings per week over the course of an eight-week program. Founders and teams participating in the Incubator program will develop successful business habits, create a solid business model and expand their entrepreneurial mindset in order to maximize the potential of their idea. The cost of the Incubator is $500 and applications for the next course begin December 1st and close December 22nd, 2020. The Program will begin on February 9th and run until April 1st, 2021

The Incubator program’s focus on startup companies within Gunnison County promises to be  crucial to economic development in both the near term and long term. The ICELab’s local  Accelerator program focuses on the growth of existing businesses and graduated three teams  in 2019.

Moosejaw Outdoor Industry Accelerator

The second-ever Outdoor Accelerator facilitated by the ICELab at Western, will take place in the spring of 2021. Moosejaw Mountaineering, the title sponsor, is one of the top outdoor retailers in the US.

“We’re very excited to be back at Western and in the Gunnison Valley,” said Eoin Comerford, Moosejaw’s CEO. “Our first partnership with ICELab in 2019 was very successful, launching three outdoor companies that are in business two years later. We plan to make this second acceleration program even bigger and better.” 

In partnership with Camber Outdoors and Holland & Hart, the Accelerator is a business-mentoring program that nurtures startups by providing business model coaching, investor connections, marketing support, and a large outdoor recreation network. Our mission is to increase innovation in the outdoor industry by supporting businesses nationwide with exciting new products. Challenging entrepreneurs to create solutions that energize their target markets to enjoy the outdoors with a higher degree of comfort, safety, satisfaction and inclusion.

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ICELab Accelerator Program

Looking to grow your business? The Accelerator Program is an 8 week course designed to help companies already established in the Gunnison Valley take their business to the next level. The ICELab Accelerator Program requires a six hour/week commitment and focuses on identifying strategies and solutions for growth and improvement. During the eight weeks you will be immersed in a curriculum that will develop successful habits, a solid business model and an entrepreneurial mindset. The cost of the Accelerator is $800. Our next Accelerator dates have not been determined yet. For more information email Tanner Whiteford.



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