“This accelerator is a well-oiled machine. I’ve been in some other programs that just weren’t as good as this one. It’s ‘structured but human’—not so structured that you’re afraid to break something, but not just organic either—it’s well-focused.”

Debbie Murphy

Ops Central

“The TVX-W experience was a tremendous opportunity for me to learn, practice and engage with colleagues to take my business to the next level. I found the resources I needed to fill my gaps and gained valuable insight from the mentors and consultants who answered my questions and guided my thinking. Collaborating with these talented, entrepreneurial women in tech boosted my confidence and inspired me to work harder than ever. This accelerator was the perfect launchpad for me to reach higher and achieve my goals.”

Elaine Menardi

Lulu TechLabs

“The business accelerator program has really helped us complete our business plan to focus beyond research and development toward products and sales revenue. This is critical and well timed for the next stage of growth for our technology company. The course taught so many aspects of business that we were not well versed in.”

Kim Kelly

Agile RF Systems

“It was great having a team of women, everyone on zoom with their cameras on and engaged with each other. The accelerator brought in very interesting and relevant speakers, and all of this promoted us all to stay engaged and learning. Hearing others’ experiences was very useful, even if our companies were in different areas some of the challenges are the same and it’s great to hear others’ perspectives.”

Melissa Krebs

GelSana Therapeutics

“I felt I belonged – we were a group of women who had families to take care of and at the same time big dreams to chase and impacts we wanted to make in the world. I felt a strong connection with my fellow women cohort members. We understood each other’s struggles and were all so ready to share candid feedback to help each other grow. Sharon, Jamie, and all the coaches have created an action-oriented culture of inclusion, empathy, and optimism.”

Qing Hua

Build a Robot K12

“The timing and relevance of the TVX-W program for our new venture was unbelievable. From advisors who provided selling insight from e-commerce to government contracting, how- to’ s for SBIR grants, and market research to confirm our R&D direction and industry opportunity – we have a higher level of confidence that our decision to launch Rideau Organics during a pandemic was the right thing to do. A real plus was the diversity and support of the cohort. This fast-paced accelerator program gave us a huge push forward. Thank you Colorado SBDC TechSource staff and consultants!”

Laurie Ganong Jones

Plain Skincare LLC

What is TVXW?

TVXW is a 10-part virtual cohort series designed to help female entrepreneurs in emerging companies in Colorado’s advanced industries to overcome hurdles in order to accelerate growth and development. The format, topics and tangible assistance the program offers was developed from success working with early- and second-stage science and technology ventures for more than 10 years. TVXW focuses on growth through non-dilutive capital sources (so you aren’t giving away any equity in your company) and technology commercialization.

When is the program held?

The next TVXW cohort will begin on June 2, 2022. It will be held on Thursday mornings from 9 – 11 am (plus 2 30-minute optional extensions) from June 2 through August 4.

How is the program structured?

The series combines a virtual peer group format with more than 30 hours of strategic growth consulting:

  • 10-Session Peer Group Format
    These weekly 2-hour virtual sessions are facilitated discussions with founders/C-level executives and subject matter experts where challenges and successes are shared to find constructive solutions.
  • 30 Hours of Ongoing, Strategic Growth Consulting
    Lead consultants and subject matter experts provide market research and assistance with commercialization plans, business development and overall business structure—all customized for your business’ stage, situation and goals.

Who should apply?

Because of the federally-funded FAST grant, TVXW is designed for female founders, C-level leaders and executive managers in Colorado’s advanced industries, including:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Bioscience
  • Electronics
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Infrastructure engineering
  • Technology and information

What topics will be covered?

  • Market Research/Customer Discovery
  • Positioning Statements
  • Federal R&D Tax Credits
  • Structure of a Pitch
  • SBIR & Advanced Industries Grants
  • Marketing & Business Model Strategies
  • Value Proposition
  • Identifying Target Markets
  • Sales Team Compensation
  • Building Management Teams
  • Sales/Distribution Channels
  • Protecting & Marking IP
  • Legal Matters
  • Non-Dilutive Sources of Funding
  • Writing Commercialization Plans
  • Building a Dashboard & Performance Indicators
  • Contracting with the Government
  • Accounting for Government Contracts


To apply for TVXW, businesses must:

  • Be a woman-owned science and technology business
  • Have headquarters in Colorado
  • Have the potential for submitting SBIR/STTR proposals


The cost of the cohort is $2,450/participant. However, because of the federally-funded FAST grant, the cost to participate will be fully offset for accepted businesses. No more than 10 businesses will accepted into this exclusive TVX-W cohort.


Jamie Brandess, Program Director

Congratulations to the Winter 2021 TVXW cohort!

Applications for this cohort are now closed. To be notified when the next TVXW application opens, please enter your information below.
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