Image: The Nikola Power team at the Summer Solstice Concert

We’ve been watching the news about the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator with close interest. Founded in Boulder in 2006 by a group that included Colorado’s Democratic candidate for governor Jared Polis, Techstars now runs dozens of accelerators annually. More than 1,000 businesses have gone through their programs, and are worth a combined near 10 billion dollars in market capitalization.

It’s no surprise the program is respected worldwide and is always listed in the top tier of global accelerators, usually among the top two or three, like on Medium’s recent “12 Best Startup Incubators and Accelerators of 2017” (where they are number two).

When Techstars announced last November they were partnering with The Nature Conservancy — an organization that also hit top lists, like “The 6 Best Environmental Groups to Donate to for a Better World” (in Outside Magazine) or “The Top 10 Wildlife Conservation Organizations” (Thought.co), where they are number one — it struck us as a game-changer for clean energy and clean technology. We’re even more excited to see this particular topic being addressed on our home turf in Denver.

The first cohort for Techstars Sustainability starts today, July 16, and we are thrilled to see one of our member companies among the 10 companies selected to participate in the inaugural program: Nikola Power. Congratulations to CEO J.W. Postal and his team.

We’ve blogged about Nikola Power before, in a battery breakthrough company feature.

Nikola is one of two companies from Denver in this Techstars class that is drawn from clean technology businesses wordwide. The second Denver-based organization is Sustain Solutions.

The first cohort of the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator includes:

Aqulytics
Lotic Labs
Nikola Power
NODE
StormSensor
Sustain
ThisFish
Watchtower Robotics
FlyWire
Conserve With Us

We’re looking forward to engaging more with the companies and the program. Read more on the Techstars blog here.