Pick My Solar wins SBA’s “Outstanding Small Business” award for 2015

LACI Portfolio Company Pick My Solar was named this year’s “Outstanding Small Business” on May 4th at Los Angeles City Hall. Presented by Mayor Garcetti as part of LA Small Business Week, the recognition comes from the U.S. Small Business Administration‘s Small Business Development Center. Pick My Solar was founded in 2013 and joined LACI that […]


GloSho’15 to be held at the JW Marriott

GLOSHO’15 returns to the J.W. Marriott @LA LIVE, October 21 and 22, 2015. Check back here, at to keep up to date with GLOSHO’15 as the program is developed, speakers sign up, and special events are planned.

GLOSHO Returns to J.W. Marriott @LA LIVE

GLOSHO’15 returns to the J.W. Marriott @LA LIVE, October 21 and 22, 2015. Check back here, at to keep up to date with GLOSHO’15 as the program is developed, speakers sign up, and special events are planned. For the most up-to-date information, sign up for our newsletter to get information delivered to your email inbox. JW […]


LACI Hosts La Kretz Innovation Campus Tours

Join us for an exclusive presentation and walking tour for LACI portfolio companies and strategic partners on the La Kretz Innovation Campus – Los Angeles’ new cleantech industry hub – a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. A fully renovated 60,000 square […]



GLOSHO returns to the Los Angeles J.W. Marriott, October 21 & 22, 2015. Save the date, and be sure to join us! Are you interested in sponsorship, participating, or getting tickets? Watch the GLOSHO website for upcoming details!


Earth Day 2015: A new partnership for innovation between LACI and Greentown Labs

Earth Day 2015 marks the beginning of a bi-coastal partnership between the two leading cleantech incubators in their respective markets. LACI and Greentown Labs have signed an agreement fostering collaboration between the Los Angeles and Boston area


LACI’s mandate in “the pLAn” – Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainability Roadmap

On April 8th, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a landmark Sustainable City Plan outlining a set of wide-ranging goals and directives to improve Angelenos’ environmental and economic quality of life. The plan outlines 13 specific areas for improvement, ranging from local water and energy efficient buildings, to mobility & transit and livable neighborhoods. “We expect at […]

Announcing LACI @ ProspectSV

LACI@ProspectSV offers early stage support for promising clean technology companies designed to prime pilots and increase market adoption throughout California. February 19, 2015 (Silicon Valley, CA) – Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) are excited to announce the launch of LACI@ProspectSV, results-oriented help for promising early stage companies that augment […]


The Advanced Transportation Center of Southern California is open for business at LACI

Center established through California Energy Commission funding to drive regional clean vehicle innovation The Los Angeles branch of The Advanced Transportation Center (ATC) of Southern California is open for business, housed at LACI. The ATC, along with LACI, will move its operations into the 60,000 square foot La Kretz Innovation Campus later this year. The center is being funded by the California Energy Commission […]


LACI awarded Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation grant

Part of $4.5 million grant program to foster economic development and accelerate the global green economy  LACI was recently selected as part of Wells Fargo’s Clean Technology and Innovation (CTI) program, designed to “inspire innovation from entrepreneurs and fund those working on critical environmental issues”.  Application to the CTI program is through invitation only, and LACI […]


A Brief Look Backward, and a Million Thanks

At the end of 2014, LACI quietly celebrated its 3-year anniversary. Collectively, we’ve accomplished a lot in a short amount of time… a testament to the amazing people building companies, providing help, and backing up their commitments to realize a sustainable and efficient world with their actions. Today we take a moment to breathe and […]


Relive GloSho ’14 in Video & Pictures

THANK YOU to the global cleantech community! Over 600 cleantech stakeholders from around the world gathered at LACI’s second annual Cleantech Global Showcase (GloSho’14) in October. Held at the historic Los Angeles Theatre Center in the heart of Downtown LA, this signature event brought the cleantech world together to exchange ideas, facilitate investment and trade, […]


LACI Ranked as Top 10 Global Incubator

The UBI Index has ranked the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in its world-renowned list of top 10 university associated business incubators for 2014 from among over 800 candidates in 67 countries. “The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator is one of the top business incubators in the world,” said Dhruv Bhatli, Co-Founder of UBI Index based […]


GloSho Returns

GloSho’14, the 2nd annual cleantech Global Showcase, brings international leaders back to the heart of LA on October 6-7 to do business. Information, speakers, video and tickets for GloSho’14 can be found at The landmark Los Angeles Theater Center will host GloSho’14, amid beautiful theaters where the sessions will take place and a grand atrium lobby that […]


GloSho Returns on October 6-7 in LA

GloSho’14, the 2nd annual cleantech Global Showcase, brings international leaders back to the heart of LA on October 6-7 to do business. Information, speakers, video and tickets for GloSho’14 can be found at The landmark Los Angeles Theater Center will host GloSho’14, amid beautiful theaters where the sessions will take place and a grand atrium lobby that […]


California Solar Thermal Industry Approaches Tipping Point

Skyline Innovations, an LACI portfolio company now in their 3rd year of operations in California, unveiled a new solar water heating system for low-income housing this week at Coral Wood Court Apartments. With the addition of this multi-family project, Skyline now produces the equivalent of almost 12,000 megawatt-hours of solar thermal energy nationwide. WNC & Associates, […]

JPMorgan Chase features LACI as part of $30M, 5-year international small business initiative

LACI is proud to have the recognition and continued support of JPMorgan Chase & Co (Chase) under their Small Business Forward initiative, a five year, $30 million initiative that supports small businesses by connecting them to critical resources to help them grow faster, create jobs and strengthen local economies. Initial support focuses on four geographic clusters: Los […]


It takes a cluster to raise a startup

The people and partners in LA’s cleantech cluster are awesome.  Combine creativity with methodology… mix deep resources with nimble innovation… add smart policy… season with expertise… and finish with a dash of fun.  Its a recipe for breakthroughs.  Here’s a snapshot of some recent collaborations with partners that are simply stellar to work with. SoCalGas Expands LACI Wishlist Engagement The […]

LACI and Partners Win US Department of Energy Support

Award validates California’s first statewide coalition that helps startups commercialize clean technologies from idea to market adoption. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) will receive more than $729,000 from the US Department of Energy to establish the California Cleantech Commercialization Coalition (4C) program, the first statewide partnership to provide comprehensive support to clean energy startups. Led […]


Autodesk and Honda Join Leadership Council

LACI warmly welcomes Honda and Autodesk as valued members of the Cleantech Leadership Council, a driving force behind the sustainable and thriving clean technology ecosystem in Los Angeles. Honda continues to push its agenda of sustainability and innovation by setting a goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% from its global products by 2020. The LACI family will […]

Cleantech Workforce Needs Becoming Clear

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), in concert with LACI, has published a new study that centers on green jobs in LA.  The report – Clean Energy and Clean Tech Workforce Needs Assessment and Strategy for the LA Region – was developed and prepared by Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors and funded by the Union Bank Foundation. As […]

The Goods, the BEEs, and the Ease

The Downtown Los Angeles skyline isn’t the only thing scaling up these days. The cleantech startup community here at LACI is doing really exciting stuff. Recent highlights include: A New BEE in the Hive Hive Lighting’s high-performance, super-efficient breakthroughs for the lighting market continue with their new BEE Plasma Flood. The light delivers high-quality output comparable […]

New SoCal Tech Center to Promote Alternative Fuel & Advanced Vehicles

Fresh off the wire, and a great win for SoCal… The California Energy Commission has awarded funds to a consortium of Southern California-based organizations led by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) to establish a Southern California Center for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technology. The Center will consist of one virtual hub […]

Zen and the art of e-motorbicycle maintenance: creativity, meditation and innovation

I’d like you to meet the latest addition to the LACI family, Juicer Fine Electric Motorbicycles a talented designer tapping into the growing global electric chopper trend. Certainly all the Silver Lake hipsters hanging at Handsome Coffee Roasters down the road will now have something new to lust after, but beyond it’s obvious Made-in-LA street […]

How vs Why? it matters….

Having a five year old daughter is great – not the emotional roller coaster of which skirt is right with which shoes, or the protracted negotiations over how much Holiday sugar is “enough,” but because one of her favorite words is “why?” And in a world where we always have just more to do than […]

Video Highlights – 2013 Global Showcase

Thank you to everyone for making the inaugural 2013 Cleantech LA Global Showcase such a great success with 25+ companies, 70+ presenters, and 400+ attendees from 20+ countries.  See the video for highlights from the event.

LACI welcomes Ecoponex, Isidore, Revoterial, and Sun-Engine to the family

Please welcome four exciting additions to the LACI family: Ecoponex, Isidore, Revoterial, and Sun-Engine. Reviewing and vetting the folks that apply to LACI is a labor of love, and we see a lot of great people, ideas and companies. Only the best get in. Please join us in welcoming four of the newest companies in […]

LACI Receives $200,000 from JPMorgan Chase

Fresh off the wire… The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) announced today that it will create more than 1,000 jobs over the next five years with the help of a $200,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. The grant will fund key programs focused on advancing sustainable technology development and adoption in the Los Angeles […]

LA Cleantech on Stage: Chase and SCE Host Global Forum November 4-5

On November 4-5, 2013 in Downtown LA, the inaugural Cleantech LA Global Showcase will bring together leaders from Industry, Government, Finance and Academia with some of the region’s leading clean technology startups in an effort to drive innovation, investment and business. JPMorgan Chase is the presenting sponsor for this important event that features over 70 presenters […]

Financial Times highlights benefits, challenges of cleantech incubation

Ross Tieman of the Financial Times highlights the challenges cleantech startups face, and the important role incubators can play.  Here’s a short excerpt: Fred Walti, executive director of LACI, says one of the key lessons since the incubator was set up in 2011 is that “clean tech isn’t media, the Internet or software. This is […]

The New (Profitable) Model of Cleantech Innovation

Innovation is easy, right?   Software/Web innovation has their model nailed. The wham-bam-thank-you-Y-Combinator process combined with caffeine and electrons rapidly ramps companies, creates whole new sets of things consumers never knew they needed (but now simply can’t live without), and delivers market index +3 returns to LPs who continue pouring money into the space. It […]

SoCalGas Establishes $1M Innovation Fund for LACI Portfolio Companies

We’re excited to announce LACI’s collaboration with the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), focused on boosting their R&D efforts to bring targeted, high-potential cleantech solutions to market faster. SoCalGas, the nation’s largest gas distribution utility, will: Leverage LACI’s Market WishList program to identify high-potential cleantech solutions that meet SoCalGas needs in three key areas: fuel cells renewable […]

LA Accelerators & Incubators

Our friends at 4wt Media and Fresh Development have created a great infographic on LA Accelerators & Incubators.  Check it out below, and click here for more info on the effort.

Cleantech LA Global Showcase 2013

A conference that brings the cleantech world to Los Angeles to do business November 4-5, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton/JW Marriott in Downtown Los Angeles Cleantech Los Angeles (CLA) fosters clean and sustainable technology innovation and adoption in the greater LA region.  An important component of this work includes the promotion of international cooperation and […]

The Art of Entrepreneurship – LACI Style

It’s not easy saving the planet from the precipice of imminent demise, and the nature of the challenge tends to attract a certain type of person – typically, they’re motivated by a lot of things in addition to money. Instead of desperately hoping for a desk at Goldman Sachs, those who just want to get […]

New Cleantech Innovation Models – The Rebirth

The most common plea from our portfolio companies is for help raising early stage capital, so I spend a disproportionate amount of time working on this issue, which also means watching how the cleantech space generally is evolving and here at the Incubator, experimenting with new models that are sustainable, profitable and repeatable. Sourcing seed […]

Slash your utility bill with Chai Energy’s new “Summer Saver” iPhone app

LACI Portfolio Company Chai Energy launched a free new iPhone app – Summer Saver – that helps you easily cut your utility bill. Chai smartly tied the app to So Cal Edison’s “Save Power Days” which encourages customers to use less electricity when there’s high demand on the grid.  With Chai’s Summer Saver app, you […]


Breaking ground at the La Kretz Innovation Campus

Construction is officially underway on the La Kretz Innovation Campus in downtown LA’s Arts District, as the groundbreaking ceremony took place yesterday, June 19th, 2013 with over 700 attendees.  Mayor Villaraigosa, LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar, LADWP President Ron Nichols, LA City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, and LACI Executive Director Fred Walti all spoke at […]

LA Cleantech Incubator is getting room to grow

Work is set to begin on the 3.2-acre La Kretz Innovation Campus in L.A.’s arts district, which will give the nonprofit 10 times more space to nurture start-ups… Read the full story here. Article by Catherine Green, Los Angeles Times

Wins & Deals

The latest on some terrific milestones for Chai Energy, ACCESS microPower, and E-Waste Systems… Chai Energy Wins at FLoW Hats off to LACI Portfolio Company Chai Energy for their win at the US Department of Energy FLoW competition.  They took 2nd place out of over 100 competitors judged by blue-chip investors at Caltech’s Resnick Institute, […]

Boots in the spur lessons from the School of Hard Knocks

Attendee responses: … relevant, clear, authentic… … very engaging… … extremely helpful… Bob Musselman, LACI Advisor and accomplished executive, led the latest C-Level Series, “Lessons Learned: Some Useful Advice in Industrial Marketing and Sales.”  Our goal with this ongoing series is to offer LACI Portfolio Companies and Members vital real world knowledge they can use […]

New Deals, Programs, Faces and Collaborations

Skyline Innovations announces major Southern California deal LACI Portfolio Company Skyline Innovations announced a new deal with AMCAL Housing to provide solar water heating solutions to 11 multifamily properties in Los Angeles and San Diego.  AMCAL and the 2,100 residents it serves will receive an instant 30% savings for 10 years.  Skyline continues to impress […]

Region’s Leading Cleantech Initiatives Unite

Clean Tech Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator join forces to increase both efficiency and impact   The region’s leading clean technology initiatives – Clean Tech Los Angeles (CTLA) and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) – are unifying to increase both efficiency and impact toward their complementary charter: champion and continue Los […]

Hive’s plasma lights drive first all-battery-powered commercial for Chevy Volt

Imagine this… a TV commercial where the entire shoot is battery powered – the lights, cameras, and even the car. LACI’s Hive Lighting has pulled off this first ever electrifying milestone with a beautiful Chevy Volt commercial (see video below – make sure to watch past 30 seconds to see the behind the scenes info). […]

Argonne and LACI’s CalBattery strike deal for breakthrough battery technology

The US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and California Lithium Battery Inc. (CalBattery), a Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator portfolio company, announced today that they have signed a licensing agreement for an Argonne-developed, silicon-graphene composite anode material for high-energy lithium batteries. CalBattery plans to move forward rapidly in the commercial scale-up and production of this breakthrough […]

LACI’s E-Waste Systems expands to China with $800k investment and $5M sales commitment

LACI Portfolio Company E-Waste Systems Inc (EWSI) has signed an $800,000 investment and license agreement with Tanke, Inc., which includes a $5,000,000 minimum sales commitment to expand into China. EWSI is an electronic waste management and reverse logistics company that covers every zip code in the Continental US, and now expands to China through their eWaste pure play brand […]

Mayoral candidates discuss the future of LA’s green economy at first 2013 Leadership Council event

2013 Leadership Council kicks off with intimate discussion among all five candidates vying to become the next Mayor of Los Angeles. The first Leadership Council meeting of the year for Cleantech LA and LACI got off to a great start today as we hosted candid, intimate discussions with the five candidates running for Mayor of Los […]

Hive Five – Sundance, SXSW, Sales, Adoption & Recognition

Everybody at LACI loves Hive Lighting. Great team, disruptive technology, big plans, and serious traction… They’re the poster child of what a small, amazing team can achieve. It’s not easy to break into a big market, and they’re making a lot of noise bringing high-quality, super-efficient Plasma lights to film, TV, and digital media productions. […]

96% efficiency = $20 million commitment for 360 Power Group

Ask anyone in the cleantech sector, and they’ll tell you that there are countless inventors that make bold claims. Few prove out. 360 Power Group is poised to prove they’re among the few. With virtual models, simulations and designs complete by a host of experts, their coveted prototype is being built now. It is a […]

GoSolar.LA launches, makes solar simple

LACI Portfolio Company Open Neighborhoods just launched GoSolar.LA with great initial traction. Here’s what we like: It’s easy…  Home or business, they have great info on the process & incentives, offer free assessments, and have cool tools (like the map that shows you a solar profile for your property). It’s local…  LA-based and LA-focused, these folks are […]

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Adds Five Companies to Expand its Portfolio of Green Pioneers

LACI continues to lead the City of LA’s green initiatives with the addition of five promising startups: Skyline Innovations, Magnovate Technologies, Somatis Sensor Solutions, Chai, and Open Neighborhoods. LACI’s partnership with the City of Los Angeles to create green jobs and help bring clean technologies to market continues to gain momentum. LACI and its impressive […]

LACI Receives $250,000 Challenge Grant From The Broad Foundation

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) has received a $250,000 challenge grant from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to help advance the City’s leadership in creating up to 1,600 green jobs in the next five years, fostering economic development, and advancing environmental stewardship in the clean technology sector.  The grant is the first private […]

CalBattery Anode Material Triples Capacity While Lowering Battery Cost up to 70%

CalBattery Anode Material Triples Capacity While Lowering Battery Cost up to 70% Los Angeles (PRWEB) October 26, 2012 California Lithium Battery, a finalist in DOE’s 2012 Start Up America’s Next Top Energy Innovator challenge, has announced the record-setting performance of its new “GEN3” silicon graphene composite anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Independent test results […]

LACI’s Hive Lighting Wins California Clean Tech Open

Congratulations to LACI portfolio company Hive Lighting on receiving top honors at the California Clean Tech Open this week!  Hive won the Energy Efficiency category as one of just six California companies (half of which are from Los Angeles) that will now represent the region in the national finals this coming November. If you don’t know […]

The Relationship of Art and New Technology in LA’s Cleantech Corridor

Excerpt below from full article by Lynette Woo at Untapped Cities   …Jon Miller, Chief Technical Officer of Hive Lighting, meets me at his office in the temporary LACI building on Hewitt Street in Downtown. Hive is one of the portfolio companies housed at the Incubator, which provides affordable workspace for green startups and connects […]

Mayor Villaraigosa Announces New Funding for La Kretz Cleantech Innovation Campus

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Villaraigosa today announced that the City of Los Angeles has been awarded $2.124 million from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the construction of the La Kretz Innovation Campus in the downtown Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor. “The La Kretz Innovation Campus will be a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and policymakers […]

Nancy Sutley, Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality, Visits LACI

Today, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley visited LACI for the second time in a year. Chair Sutley and a key group that included Romel Pascual (Los Angeles Mayor’s Office), Sean Arian (Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce), Kelli Bernard (LA Department of Water and Power), Tom Soto (Craton Equity Partners), Mike Swords (UCLA, Cleantech LA), […]


David Bloom Gives a Great Primer on PR and Social Media

LACI Advisor David Bloom has been helping organizations with PR and social media for a long time, and he’s really good at it.  In fact, he just gave what we think is the best primer we’ve seen to LACI Portfolio Company executives and community members in the latest C-Level Series, “Telling Your Company’s Stories.”   […]

LACI Announces E-Waste Systems, Inc. (EWSI) as its Newest Portfolio Company

LACI is pleased to announce the addition of its newest portfolio company, E-Waste Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:EWSI). E-Waste Systems, Inc. has been established to create a market-leading, integrated business in the emerging waste electrical and electronics equipment industry. The City of Los Angeles is strongly committed to supporting the green economy and to providing assistance to […]

LACI Summer Showcase (video from Future360)

Future360 heads to downtown Los Angeles to the LA Cleantech Incubator’s Summer Showcase, which brings together investors, mentors and advisors for a chance to hear from the incubator’s portfolio companies.

4sphere joins LACI as newest Portfolio Company

I’m pleased to announce that 4sphere has been accepted by LACI as our newest Resident Portfolio Company. 4sphere has developed and patented an alternating wake turbine that has the potential to be disruptive in wind, water, and other forms of renewable energy generation. The design of the turbine is highly efficient and eliminates wake turbulence, vibration, […]

Hive begins assembly operations at LACI’s new Annex

LACI Portfolio Company Hive Lighting has just expanded its footprint by moving into LACI’s light manufacturing/assembly facility, the LACI Annex. Hive’s Annex operations focus on final assembly and quality control of their plasma lights aimed at the entertainment industry. They’ve been very positively received by the entertainment industry and they’re now building their first run of production […]

Experts Show Us How to Do Business with LA County

Did you know that with a $24.2 billion budget, if it were a nation Los Angeles County would have the 19th largest economy in the world?  Staggering, right? As part of the LACI C-Level Series, two fine folks that help manage purchasing for LA County came to show Portfolio Companies and the LACI community how […]

LACI holds first Portfolio Company Showcase in its “Garage”

LACI held its first Portfolio Company Showcase on June 28th, 2012, featuring six Portfolio Companies and a stealth guest.  The informal afternoon was designed to bring the LACI network of advisors, mentors, investors, stakeholders and Portfolio Companies together for greater visibility and collaboration. Held in the new 2500 square foot “LACI Garage,” our newest facility […]

Communication Pro Schools Portfolio Company Execs

As part of our C-Level Leadership Program, LACI Portfolio Company executives received exclusive, in-depth communications training from one of the best in the business. Allen Weiner, Managing Director of Communication Development Associates (CDA), devoted an entire day to a handful of emerging cleantech leaders in Los Angeles in addition to personalized one-on-one follow up sessions. […]

It’s Good to Have Friends

This Spring has been busy for LACI as we’ve had visits from lots of new and old friends, conducted seminars and roundtables, and held the occasional mixer in our spare time. Being equally inconvenient for one and all, LACI is becoming a popular place to visit or just hang out. Good things usually happen at […]

350Green Installs 1st Public EV Fast Charging Station in California

Congratulations to LACI portfolio company 350Green, who installed the first public fast charger in the State of California which will greatly increase the mobility of electric car drivers. The first of 25 fast charging stations was installed at Stanford Shopping Center and manufactured by Efacec USA. Read more in the New York Times here.

Forbes covers LACI & the LA Cleantech Corridor

There was a terrific piece in Forbes today by Lori Kozlowski, titled “Growing Green: Welcome to the Cleantech Corridor.”  It covers LACI and the vision behind creating a cleantech ecosystem here in Los Angeles. Los Angeles already boasts more cleantech start-ups than any other region in the nation, but city leaders believe there’s more to be […]

LACI Welcome DB New Energy

    We’re pleased to welcome DB New Energy to the LACI community as our newest portfolio company. Pioneering proven EV battery-swapping technology in the US commercial fleet market.  DB New Energy is the US subsidiary of China’s DB New Energy Technology Co. DB is a leading technology developer, manufacturer and service provider for electric vehicle […]

Secretary of Labor Solis visits LACI

  LACI has had a very busy couple of weeks on the outreach front, the crowning event being a visit from Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on the 22nd.  Madam Secretary visited LACI to learn about the job creation capabilities of LACI.  We gave the Secretary a tour of the current and future home of […]

Angels Fund Gridtest Systems

We’re excited to announce that LACI portfolio company Gridtest Systems has received funding from a syndicate of investors from the Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels.  CEO Neal Roche and his team have continually impressed us over the past 6 months and its terrific to see the greater Los Angeles investment community support this rising […]

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Part 2

If you would have told me at the end of Week One in DC that it was a warm up for Week Two, I would have broke down and cried. It took the full weekend between Part 1 and Part 2 to recuperate and get ready for the home stretch. As it turned out, we were just getting started.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Part 1

Mike Swords, CTLA Chair and ED of UCLA Strategic Research; Mark Goodstein, new ED of CTLA; Sean Arian, President of Eos Consulting and myself are in Washington to make the case for supporting Los Angeles’ cleantech efforts. While Mr. Swords and Mr. Arian have done this before, this is Mark and my first “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” trip. It’s been a hell of a learning experience and we’ve just completed the first week.

LACI Welcomes California Lithium Battery

We’re pleased to welcome California Lithium Battery to the LACI community as our newest portfolio company. California Lithium Battery Inc. is a start-up California company established in 2011 to develop and manufacture the most technologically advanced and affordable lithium battery for grid scale energy storage, transportation, and renewable energy industries.

LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and La Kretz Innovation Campus moving forward as planned.

As a new era of redevelopment begins in LA, there has been much speculation about the fate of CRA funded projects across the city. Despite the uncertainty, at the City’s clean technology business incubator things are moving forward as planned.

L.A.’s Cleantech Incubator Adds Two Tenants: L.A. Business Journal

Eliosolar, which makes solar power systems and shades for buildings, and ClearWater Holdings, which makes electric motors and generators that power buildings and run power plants, join two other companies already in the incubator at 411 S. Hewitt St. near the Los Angeles River.

DOE Chief of Staff Brandon Hurlbut to Headline Panel at La Kretz Campus on Dec 7

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — On Wednesday, December 7th, from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Southern California Gas Company and the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting Fostering Cleantech Innovation in Los Angeles, which will feature an entertaining and informative panel discussion exploring the future of energy policy in America, and how Los Angeles can play a pivotal role in our nation’s clean-energy future.

LA Times: LACI Example of Cleantech Investment Moving to So Cal

Firms in the green sector raised almost $1.2 billion in the third quarter – up 73% from $684 million collected in the same period last year, according to a report released Wednesday by Ernst & Young. The number of deals in the quarter grew to 76 from 56, according to the report, based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource.

Gridtest Wins at Cleantech Open

Outstanding news… our second portfolio company, Gridtest Systems, just won the Cleantech Open California Region competition in the Transportation category. This competition is very tough as the Cleantech Open is the largest competition of its kind. There were 120 companies competing in six categories in this region. Here’s a link with more details. While I’m […]

And so it begins at the Nickel Diner

Early one morning almost three years ago my partner Neal and I sat in the Nickel Diner on Main Street with Alex Paxton (CRA/LA), Sean Arian (The Mayor’s Office) and a couple of other folks interested in cleantech.