Nick Rancis’ experience spans numerous roles including CTO, Founder and Executive specializing in venture creation, product development, manufacturing and corporate growth within the renewable energy and water sectors. Leveraging his experience in entrepreneurship and cleantech commercialization in new, emerging and mature markets, Nick leads the TechBridge Program at Fraunhofer CSE.
Before joining the Fraunhofer Team, Nick served as Co-founder and Chief Water Officer (CTO) at Clear Comfort Water leading product strategy, technical sales and applied R&D. Previous roles include Regional Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute and Strategic Partnership Manager at the University of Colorado Cleantech Accelerator. He also served as Senior Scientist for two other venture funded cleantech startups; BioVantage Resources and Solix BioProducts.
Nick mentors teams and startups from accelerators, NGOs and National Labs from across the Globe such as the United Nations Foundation, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and the Cleantech Open. He served as an advising consultant for the National Center for Atmospheric Research facilitating innovative business models and go-to-market strategies for Laboratory Intellectual Property, Board Member of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leed’s School of Business. Nick holds a BS in Microbiology from the Colorado State University where he focused his research in applied molecular genetics and holds seven patents.