To develop, train, and fund next-generation entrepreneurs creating breakthrough solutions to help humanity adapt to the impacts of climate change.
A world prepared for climate change.
The Collider launched in 2016 with the opening of its headquarters in downtown Asheville, North Carolina — also known as “Climate City.” We are the first nonprofit entrepreneurship and innovation center in the United States dedicated to building startups who use climate and weather data to help the world prepare, adapt, and become resilient in the face of intensifying climate change.
We are located just steps away from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, the world’s largest collection of weather and climate data, and the climate and data scientists who work with the data.
We advance our vision of a world prepared for climate change by:
Expanding and accelerating the market for climate products and services by convening and connecting mission-aligned investors, companies, governments and academic institutions.
We host decision makers and entrepreneurs at our industry conferences, partner with companies to organize climate data hackathons and organizing our flagship business conference, CCx: Business, which explores innovation at the leading edge of climate resilience, as part of our annual, 10-day climate extravaganza known as Climate City Expo.
Convening, training, and supporting entrepreneurs, businesses, and scientists who are building data-driven tools and technologies that equip humanity to prepare, adapt, and become resilient to climate change.
We’re making a big push to directly support climate tech startups and emerging entrepreneurs. Exciting announcements to come in March 2019!
Equipping young leaders and emerging talent with the skills, knowledge, and perspectives to lead humanity’s innovative response to climate change.
We host climate data hackathons for students and professionals to explore the potential for climate data to answer important, real-world questions – especially when paired with technology. Our robust internship program offers students opportunities to learn more about the climate tech and adaptation space. We offer student memberships at affordable rates and scholarships to our main conferences in order to create opportunities for the next generation of climate talent.
We convene Asheville’s local climate and environmental community in our space.
Our cowork and office space attract Climate City’s climate tech entrepreneurs, climate consulting firms, and environmental organizations – as well as mission-driven programmers, designers, accountants, and lawyers who are eager to support environmentally-focused organizations. We host weekly educational Lunch & Learns, have a locally-based mentor program, and host weekly happy hours (with a little help from our beer sponsor, HiWire, and kombucha sponsor, Buchi) – in addition to other local events, many of which are free and open to the public.
In 1951, the Federal Government moved all weather records to Asheville, North Carolina, where the archives at the U.S. Weather Bureau, Air Force, and Navy combined to form the National Weather Records Center (NWRC).
In Asheville, the Federal Government was already using one of the largest buildings in the South, the Grove Arcade. It was a desirable location to house millions of pages of weather observations and a rapidly expanding database of computer punch cards. Asheville was also relatively isolated and inland thereby protecting these critical records from both foreign enemy attack, and hurricanes, which were more likely to impact coastal locations.
The organization was incorporated, with all civil weather entities, as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1970. That same year, the NWRC changed its name to the National Climatic Center. In 1982, 12 years later, the organization was renamed the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The National Climatic Data Center moved into its current location, the Veach-Baley Federal Building, a block from the Grove Arcade, in 1995.