Ascent is a Venture Partners accelerator for research teams building deep tech startups coming out of the University of Colorado campuses in Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver.

Deep tech startups, or new companies based on technological innovation in science or engineering, face unique challenges because of their disruptive nature, intensive research and development, and significant capital requirements. Ascent understands the needs and pathways for deep tech startups to find early success.

Leveraging ecosystem experts, a robust mentor network and Venture Partners staff, early-stage companies will accelerate their viability and traction over four months. Teams will work toward milestones focused on company formation, paths to market, entrepreneurial finance and fundraising, ultimately preparing them for a final pitch to a community of investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts at the Ascent Demo Day.

Program dates

Held virtually, January-May 2023

Time commitment

Weekly workshops + coaching sessions (3–5 hours/week)


  • Teams are working to commercialize technologies based on engineering innovation or scientific discoveries
  • Teams have submitted an invention disclosure form to Venture Partners
  • Teams have completed significant customer discovery in their target market, ideally through I-Corps Research-to-Market programs.

How to apply

Applications for the 2023 Ascent Deep Tech Accelerator are now open!

Learn More and Apply Here

 Application extended to Dec. 9, 2022.

Questions? Contact Nicole Forsberg: