Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program Application

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Note: There is a mandatory pre-conference meeting on August 16, 2021. 

The Washington State Department of Commerce, hereafter called COMMERCE, is initiating a Request for Proposals (RFP) from industry-led consortia interested in participating in the first cohort of the Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program (ICAP). ICAP is an economic development strategy to strengthen industry ecosystems and accelerate economic development.

Our goal is to support the first cohort over a two-year period and expand the program over the coming decade to:

  • Grow businesses
  • Transform legacy companies
  • Accelerate new start-ups and scale-ups
  • Create high-value jobs throughout Washington
  • Increase export opportunities
  • Establish Washington as a global leader in key industry sectors

COMMERCE intends to award 6-8 contracts to provide the services described in this RFP. Selected organizations will receive $200,000 to $725,000 each through a performance-based contract and will participate in COMMERCE’s cluster development program.

Deadline: 9/3/2021