Inspiring Innovation, Investing in Success

The Telluride Venture Accelerator is the first accelerator focused on high growth companies in the outdoor recreation, tourism, natural products, health, energy, water, and education verticals.

Each year we accept up to six businesses, and become a partner in your success. TVA has a 5 month program running from approximately February to July and requires teams to be in residence. Our second cohort will culminate with Demo Day in Telluride July 1, 2014 and Roadshows in Boulder, July 8, and San Francisco the following week.

We invest $25,000, surround you with world-class mentoring, and assist with getting follow-on investment.

Applications for 2015 will open on September 1.

The Telluride Venture Accelerator’s greatest strength is its incredible community of mentors. This group includes 70+ successful, experienced entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and start-up experts eager to lend their expertise to improving your business. TVA also has an entrepreneur-in-residence program that brings in high profile entrepreneurs and subject matter experts for long engagement in-house mentoring. The network is vast and committed to connect you with specific experts as part of our custom mentoring program for participating businesses.

Click the image to view a video about the Telluride Venture Accelerator

Important Dates

2014 Applications: CLOSED

Winners Announcement: Early 2014

Companies in Residence: February-July 2014

Final Investor Presentation: July 2014

2015 Applications Open: September 2014


Winners receive over $500,000 worth of

free services. Providers include Google,

Microsoft Bizspark, and GoDaddy.

Learn more

The Telluride Venture Accelerator is an initiative of the Telluride Foundation

Click below to learn
more, ask questions,
and receive updates.


“TVA provided the financial support to take one of my longstanding ideas to development – this in itself was a thrill! Also, what I learned about product development and all that it takes to start a business is invaluable!”
~ Lara Young, Telluride Action Designs/Hoggle Goggle

“With a vast network of successful business-people from around the world with ties to the community, Telluride is a great place to launch a new business. The Telluride Venture Accelerator truly accelerated’s launch and success.”
~ Sarah Fazendin,