Learn how to apply to the West Gate Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program.
West Gate is looking for talented scientists, engineers, inventors, and founding entrepreneurs with promising technologies to commercialize. Selected innovators must relocate to Golden, Colorado, or the greater Denver area and commit at least 75% of their time to building their companies for the duration of the 2-year fellowship.
To be eligible to participate in the West Gate program, you must:
A formed company is not a requirement to apply to the program. However, if selected to participate in West Gate, you will be required to incorporate your company upon acceptance into the program. Your company must be based in the United States.
If you already have a formed company, to be eligible to apply for the program, you must have an ownership stake in the company, and the company must be U.S.-based.
Company/team applications are not supported. West Gate will only review one applicant per company/team.
This program is not intended for serial entrepreneurs who have already demonstrated an ability to successfully launch one or more startup companies.
Contact us with questions about eligibility criteria.
PHASE 1: NOV–JAN
Applicants register for an account on the application portal.
PHASE 2: FEB–MAR
Up to 20 semi-finalists are invited to participate in a virtual roundtable interview with a panel of experts.
PHASE 3: APR
Up to 10 finalists are invited to participate in an in-person pitch competition in front of a panel of judges and an audience.
PHASE 4: MAY
Three to five selected innovators are invited to participate in West Gate.
PHASE 5: JUN–JUL
Innovators who accept the offer to participate in West Gate relocate to Golden, Colorado, to embark upon their 2-year West Gate journey.