Growth Accelerator


Growth Accelerator

Black & Veatch’s Growth Accelerator (GA) is a catalyst for growth and innovation. The GA was created to support strategic and growth-related initiatives to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable infrastructure. The GA challenges convention, discovers new opportunities and drives smart, rapid and profitable growth. We spark, shape and launch innovative solutions to create success for our clients, company, and professionals.


IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator


Black & Veatch’s IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator seeks partnership with startups focused on Renewable and Distributed Energy, Mobility, Agricultural Technology, Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, and other technological processes adding value to engineering services. The program will include equity awards, a 75-day period of collaboration with the Black & Veatch team and program supporters, and a demo day in November.  

Businesses who choose to participate in the IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator will gain valuable training and insight to grow their business through collaboration with a top global infrastructure provider, as well as exposure and networking opportunities with an experienced network of investors, supporters and clients in Kansas City and around the world.  

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New Business Incubator

The GA incubator is a pipeline of growth initiatives that are funded, piloted, and launched (or abandoned). The GA provides resources to help entrepreneurs and growth initiatives achieve scalable market success and serves as a central point for external partnerships. Here are some of the solutions we are testing out.


DataFuze accelerates decision making for infrastructure managers by synthesizing and analyzing imagery, video, LiDAR, and other visual data from multiple platforms.  

NextGen Agriculture

The NextGen Agriculture team helps bring new agricultural technologies to life. From vertical farming to cell-based meats. B&V has the engineering and construction solutions to bring novel food production methods to market and scale.


Solarhood helps customers go solar through innovative mobile and web experiences. It is our first consumer offering, and supports corporations going green. Download the app today!


Black & Veatch’s Transformotorist team commercializes and scales advanced transportation initiatives. From infrastructure supporting autonomous vehicles and electric fleets to new technologies like hyperloop. We are transforming the mobility landscape.

Growth Accelerator Incubator Teams in the News

  • Close of Business

    A podcast for young professionals in the STEM industries discussing innovations that excite. Episode 16's of the 21st Century Agriculture series features real-world ‘ag-startup’ NextGen Agriculture that is breaking ground in providing infrastructure solutions to rapidly expanding indoor agricultural applications.

  • The Good Food Institute

    GFI is dedicated to accelerating the growth of plant-based meat and clean meat – two promising emerging food technologies. Zack Olson, co-founder of Black & Veatch’s NextGen Agriculture business joined leaders from life sciences, chemistry and other companies to discuss how growing the business of clean meat can leverage the knowledge of these parallel industries to accelerate progress.

  • Solarhood Article

    Black & Veatch’s first Business to Consumer offering, Solarhood helps customers take steps to go solar through a mobile or web app experience. Corporations can also benefit from the technology. Founder Luke Oehlerking sat down with Startland News to discusses the app and his vision for Solarhood.

  • Hyperloop One

    Black & Veatch has been part of a coalition working to evaluate the feasibility of Virgin Hyperloop One’s proposed route from Kansas City to St. Louis. We announced the results in October 2018.

  • UAS 60 Mile Flight

    DataFuze’s Co-founder Jamare Bates talks with UAS Magazine about the successful BVLOS (beyond-visual-line-of-sight) flight to inspect transmission lines.

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