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This self-driving mini-bus could help make traffic fatalities a thing of the past

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune Mike Swords of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator purposefully stepped in front of the self-driving mini-bus doing circles around an empty parking lot in the rain. Quickly sensing the pedestrian, the on-board cameras relayed a signal to the autonomous vehicle’s computer, which told its brakes to engage. The […]

The La Kretz Innovation Campus is a Finalist for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence!

Congratulations to John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Jose Huizar, Morton La Kretz, the community and all city agencies who made this project possible. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Rudy Bruner […]

U.S. Commerce Dept. Awards $500,000 to Cal State LA, Biocom Institute and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator for LABioStart boot camp

Contacts: Robert Lopez, Cal State LA, (323) 343-3044 robert.lopez@calstatela.edu Carolyn Hawley for Biocom, 619-849-5382 Carolyn@canalecomm.com Laurie Peters, LACI, (213) 358-6542 lpeters@LACI.org   LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO– California State University, Los Angeles and its partners the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) have been awarded an i6 Challenge grant of nearly $500,000 […]

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

Los Angeles Daily News – February 6, 2017 – LA Residents Get First Ride in Self-Driving Shuttle During Inaugural Autonomous Vehicle Road Trip

Plans to Build an Entire City with Net Zero Greenhouse Emissions Among Discussions at LACI January Leadership Council Meeting

Pictured: Robert Fortunato, LACI Built Environment Executive-in-Residence; Steve Churm, FivePoint Chief Communications Officer; and Michael Swords, LACI VP Partnerships (Photo credit: Ken Lee) Bi-Monthly Gathering Featured Keynote Address from LA City Controller Ron Galperin, Open Data Initiatives in the City of LA, LA Metro on Measure M and the Japan External Trade Org LOS ANGELES, […]

Fred Walti in Los Angeles Business Journal

Fred Walti, the founding chief executive of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, is stepping down after six years at the helm, Los Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday.

JFAK Converts Brick Warehouse in LA into “Cleantech” Hub – Dezeen

Sculptural light chutes and a vibrant living wall are among the features at this adaptive reuse project by American firm JFAK Architects, for environment-focused companies in Los Angeles.

LACI Launches 2017 Sustainability & Technology Cluster Group Meetings for Energy – Transportation – Water – Waste & Sustainable Materials Built Environment – Agriculture & Food Science

A Full-House Gathering of Government, Industry and Research Participants for the Transportation Tech Cluster Included On-Demand Transit Plan through FASTLinkDTLA   Plans to Put LA’s Clean Energy Industry on the Map Announced at First Quarterly Meeting for Energy Generation & Storage Cluster LOS ANGELES, CA – January 12, 2017 – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator […]

VR Pioneer Announces Groundbreaking AI and Entertainment Collaboration at AI ShowBiz Event at LACI in Downtown LA – Marketwired

“Brett Leonard and Ryan Sheffer embody the spirit of mentorship that we are excited to have on display today at the world’s first conference dedicated 100% toward exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence and the entertainment industry,” added Molly Lavik who is also the creator of today’s Lionbridge #AIShowBiz Event.

Snaps IPO May Make Silicon Beach Worth Silicon Valley Rival – The Mercury News

In October the city held the grand opening of its La Kretz Innovation Campus, a 60,000-square-foot, $47 million accelerator for cleantech startups in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles: A Look Back at 2016 – LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

This was an incredible year for Los Angeles. Here are our highlights of everything we accomplished together in 2016.

Wells Fargo Adds 10 Clean-Tech Startups to Innovation Incubator

Program helps advance energy efficiency for commercial buildings by providing startups with cash grants and in-kind resources to accelerate innovative clean technologies   SAN FRANCISCO, January 11, 2017 Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced it has selected the third round of clean technology startup companies to join the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), […]

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Year in Review: 2016 – LA Downtown News

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator hit its final milestones, with the state-of-the-art facility in the Arts District taking more startup companies into its portfolio and wrapping up construction on an R&D center in conjunction with the LADWP. The $47 million LACI is one of a handful of incubator hubs for budding clean technology companies in […]

Carbon Trust, World Bank Team Up to Combat Climate Change, One SME at a Time – Sustainable Brands

Earlier this year, the World Bank announced a fundamental shift in its role of alleviating global poverty, by refocusing its financing efforts towards tackling climate change through the lens of SMEs. Last month, the group launched a new Climate Business Innovation Network (CBIN) during COP22 in Marrakech to help commercialize and diffuse clean technologies through […]

LA Mayor Steps up Fight Against Climate Change in Boost to LA 2024’s “Green Games” Commitment – Around the Rings

Discussing the new initiatives Mayor Garcetti said: “Reducing L.A.’s carbon footprint means looking at all angles, and buildings are the single greatest source of greenhouse gases in Los Angeles — which is why I set targets in my Sustainable City pLAn to reduce energy use in existing buildings by 14% by 2025 and 30% by […]

Can Cleantech be Egypt’s Greatest Wealth Generator? – Fred Walti – Wamba

The Egyptian cleantech ecosystem is a few years behind its cousin, pure tech, but the sector is beginning to show signs of consolidation.

Government Must Finalise New Bankruptcy Law to Attract New Entrepreneurs: LACI (Fred Walti, Egypt) – Daily News Egypt

CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) Fred H. Walti determined three key factors to attracting American startups to Egypt.

Next Wave (Tony Morberg, China)

Tony Morberg was invited to Shenzhen China to deliver a renewable energy and Cleantech global overview to over 800 investors and entrepreneurs at the 2016 Qianhai International Science and Technology Innovation Summit in December 2016. This event was held by InnoHub, a top Chinese incubator with five operating incubators in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and […]

Leaders in Water Sustainability Gather at LA Kretz Innovation Campus

Gubernatorial Candidates John Chiang and Antonio Villaraigosa Shared Their Vision for a More Sustainable California at the Innovate x Water 2016 Conference Los Angeles, CA—November 18, 2016— Water sustainability solutions and innovation were the hot topics this week with two significant events on California’s on-going drought held at Downtown LA’s La Kretz Innovation Campus. City […]

#AISHOWBIZ, The World’s First Conference Dedicated to Intersection of AI and Entertainment Comes to LA January 2017 – MARKETWIRED

Cal Net Technology Group and Original Shark from Shark Tank, Kevin Harrington, Announce Shark Tank-Style Contest Winners

An Investor Lemon Starts to Squeeze Some Lemonade – EnergyWire

By trial and error and sheer necessity, the clean-tech industry is starting to develop an alternative ecosystem for developing, proving and commercializing clean-tech hardware.

Why Hardware Incubators are Critical to the Future of Making Things – Inc42

Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter.  Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 Bn in 2014, more than triple the amount two years earlier. Meanwhile, the ‘fairy tale’ acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats, and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and […]

Top 10 Startup Ecosystems in the World 2016 – VentureBeat

The top 10 haven’t changed, but there has been movement within the rankings.

Long-Awaited Arts District Park Opens – Downtown News

DTLA—The Arts District is in the midst of an unprecedented residential burst. The 320-apartment Garey Building opened in July. At 950 E. Third St., a mega-development with 472 rental units is under construction. In September, plans were unveiled for a $2 billion development highlighted by a pair of 58-story towers. The list goes on and […]

AIA|LA Design Awards Go To Roberts Pavilion and LKIC

Los Angeles, CA – October 25, 2016 – JFAK is proud to announce that it garnered two awards at the prestigious 2016 Design Awards program Monday night, October 24, 2016, hosted by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA). Roberts Pavilion, a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center at Claremont McKenna College, earned […]

LA Cleantech Incubator To Build Global Innovation Network – Business Line

Partners with Centre for IIM-A, T-Hub Hyderabad, October 25: Fred H Walti II, President and Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, is on a mission in India. Having managed to groom scores of start-ups in the cleantech space, he is seeking to build a global network of innovation, helping entrepreneurs come on its platform. […]

The Industry of Innovation – LA Dreams

There is a palpable fervor in the air of Los Angeles that promises to change the way Angelenos conduct business and live our lives.  We’re not talking about the remaining days of our nation’s political stage, but the industry of innovation that is booming here in Los Angeles. In September, the second annual Los Angeles […]

Hyderabad and Ahmedabad Two Important Cities for Cleantech: Fred Walti – The Dollar Business

In India LACI has tied up with CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship and T-Hub (Telengana Hub) of Hyderabad, for launching green tech incubators. Fred said he is also keen that other cities in India too would make a beginning in the field. Discussing the methods LACI would use in the penetration […]

Silver Jubilee Celebrations

Managed by the Sikh Educational Society (SES), Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiates Public School, Sector 26, on Wednesday celebrated its silver jubilee with great enthusiasm and fervour. Hazuri raagis of Sri Harmander Sahib, Amritsar, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh and Bhai Ramanpreet Singh of Gurdwara Nadha Sahib performed kirtan after the bhog ceremony of akhand path. SES […]

PU Discusses Support of University-based Incubators for Student Startups

HANDIGARH: President and CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) USA Fred H Walti II interacted with the scientists/ faculty members and students from the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) institutions at Panjab University (PU) here on Wednesday. As many as 150 students and faculty members from different CRICK institutions participated in the interaction. […]

LA’s New Innovation Campus Takes Founders Up A Notch

LA’s new innovation campus It takes a cluster to create an innovation community. That’s now happening in the downtown Los Angeles so-called arts district as the startup frenzy increasingly expands to new turf. The new innovation campus near the Los Angeles River in a grubby warehouse area is becoming a cool, fixed-up hub for creative energy to transform […]

LADWP Opens New Campus Downtown – Los Angeles Sentinel

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power engineers will work alongside cleantech experts and startups to test green technology ideas and practices at the La Kretz Innovation Campus that officially opened on October 7 in downtown Los Angeles.

VentureWell and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Partner to Accelerate Cleantech Startups

LADWP and LACI Launch Full Day of Green Technology Activities with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Featuring Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Leaders

Cleantech Hub Opens in Downtown LA – L.A. Biz

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator are now working side by side at a newly renovated, state-of-the-art green-tech campus in downtown L.A. The 3.2-acre La Kretz Innovation Campus, located in a former furniture and fabric warehouse at 5th and Hewitt Streets in the Arts District, houses the LADWP’s […]

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Officially Opens Cleantech Hub

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Officially Opens Cleantech Hub The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) has officially opened up its La Kretz Innovation Campus, its own building at 5th and Hewitt Street, the incubator said on Friday. The LACI–which is run by the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Department of water & Power, […]

La Kretz is L.A.’s HP Garage

Look out Mountain View and Cupertino, La Kretz Innovation Campus in the Arts District is closing hard. La Kretz is L.A.’s HP Garage. It is the place where L.A. entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers are collaborating, promoting and supporting the development of clean technologies and L.A.’s green economy. The Innovation Campus was where I was […]

LA Opens Cleantech Incubator to Partner with Innovators on Green Technology

LA Opens Cleantech Incubator to Partner with Innovators on Green Technology “The La Kretz Innovation Campus embodies the ambition and forward thinking that make Los Angeles a world center for green industry,” Garcetti said. “This campus will foster innovation, create jobs and set an example for cities everywhere,” he said …

LA’s Clean Tech Incubator Has New Downtown Campus

A project to nurture clean technology businesses opens a permanent campus in Downtown Los Angeles Arts District Friday. The La Kretz Innovation Campus now houses the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator in a once-crumbling brick warehouse on Hewitt Street along the L.A. River. It’s been made over into a modern launch pad for new businesses that […]

Grand Opening of La Kretz Innovation Campus Celebrates New Cleantech Hub for Los Angeles

LADWP and LACI Launch Full Day of Green Technology Activities with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Featuring Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Leaders

SBA’s 3rd Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Awards $50,000 to LA Cleantech Incubator

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), through its Office of Investment and Innovation (OII), Office of Native American Affairs, Office of Veterans Business Development, and its federal partners consisting of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education, announced the 68 winners of the third annual Growth […]

Energy Commission Funds LA Energy Innovation Cluster to Aid Entrepreneurs

SACRAMENTO August 16, 2016 –  The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator received a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission today to establish a Los Angeles Regional Energy Innovation Cluster (LA REIC) that will support clean energy entrepreneurship and networking opportunities in the Southern California coastal region. The LA REIC was one of several projects […]

Sustainable City pLAn 2015-16

In LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn First Annual Report for 2015-16, LACI gets called out in the Prosperity and Green Jobs section (chapter 8) for it’s UBI global ranking among cleantech incubators, as well as it’s success with portfolio companies and jobs created. LACI portfolio company Pick My Solar is noted in Local Solar (chapter 2) for the outstanding progress they made in 2015.

OriginClear Forms Strategic Partnership with LACI

OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), a leading provider of water treatment solutions, today announced that it has agreed to become a strategic partner of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). OriginClear has relocated its headquarters to the La Kretz Innovation Campus (La Kretz) in downtown Los Angeles and intends to support the cleantech community by mentoring entrepreneurs in the newly-formed cluster of water technology startups.

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LACI Welcomes Computrols as a Sponsor and Mentor

Building automation company, Computrols, Inc., has recently joined the ranks of LACI’s list of sponsors. We are excited to welcome Computrols not only as a sponsor but also as an advisor and mentor to our up and coming companies whose aim is to build more sustainable buildings.

Verge Hawaii Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

Verge Hawaii – Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

Are you developing an innovative solution in distributed or renewable energy, transportation, agriculture, water, or cybersecurity? Apply now to participate in VERGE Accelerate this June 21-23 at VERGE Hawaii: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit in Honolulu.

Attend Venture Summit West 2016

Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious  Venture Summit | West being held on March 1st – 2nd , 2016 at the Computer History museum in Mountain View.

LACI Year In Review 2015

2015: The Year in Pictures

LACI Ranked #3 On UBI List of World Top University Associated Business Incubators for 2015

This is the second consecutive year LACI has received an honor from UBI’s world-renowned rankings, as the 4-year old incubator was recognized as the #6 Incubator globally by UBI in 2014. LACI has proven a successful incubation and commercialization model and established itself as a global leader among cleantech incubators, helping over 40 companies, who have raised $60 million and have created more than 700 jobs.

Vice President Joe Biden Visits LACI

“This (La Kretz) is a unique place to build a company…a cleantech entrepreneur can take an idea, do research, go down the hall and prototype, then go across the hall to LADWP, and test and get an idea certified…then get a chance to get the idea to marketplace. This is the model for the future.”

Pick My Solar Wins at Techweek Launch LA

Congratulations to LACI Portfolio Company Pick My Solar, who won the $50,000 prize as champions of the Techweek Launch LA pitch competition on Friday November 13.

UBI Recognizes LACI as One of Two High Impact Incubation Programs

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (November 3, 2015) – At the UBI Awards and Networking Event in Toronto on November 3, 2015, it was announced that the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) was recognized as one out of only two High Impact Incubation Programs in North America, based on UBI’s Global Benchmark Study of 2015. LACI was noted for its contribution to the growth of its local economy by catalyzing job creation, providing high-quality incubation services to its client startups, especially on access to fund indicators.

A New International Partnership in Support of Cleantech Entrepreneurs

Tuesday was the dawning of a new international collaboration as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and MaRS Cleantech, a division of MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, have announced an co-operation agreement aimed at increasing the adoption of clean technologies and the advancement of a sustainable future for both cites.

SoCal Edge: Accelerating Investments in Innovative Building Technologies

Any time industry leaders and stakeholders are brought together great strides can be made toward accomplishing mutual goals. The Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) provided a platform to do just that during its Third Annual Building Technology Showcase, where leading technology companies gave fast-pitch presentations on the best energy and water solutions available in the marketplace to the LABBC’s network of property owners, property managers, and contractors.

Hyperloop, Lyft Execs Predict Profound Shifts in Personal Mobility

The day after ‘Back to the Future’ ‘Day, leaders at the GloSho15 conference predicted a near future of self-driving electric cars and 15-minute trips from L.A. to Vegas: “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel — this is existing technology.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Deliver Keynote Address at GloSho15

A long-time champion of sustainability and job creation, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver the keynote address on the morning of October 21st, Day 1 of GloSho’15. In April, Mayor Garcetti released L.A.’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn, a roadmap for accomplishing back to basics short-term results while establishing a path to strengthen and transform LA in the decades to come. By taking on the challenges of the environment, economy and equity together, the Mayor’s pLAn is moving the City of Los Angeles towards a truly sustainable future.

New U.S./India Collaboration to Take On Issues of Global Sustainability

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is now partners with the Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) of Ahmedabad, India, working together to expand resources and market access for cleantech startups in the U.S. and India.

LACI Wins Grant in SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

White House Cabinet Member Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) returned to her hometown Tuesday August 4th to visit the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles, celebrating LACI and the City of Los Angeles with a pair of awards that will directly impact L.A.’s small business community.

Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State Joins GLOSHO’15 Keynote Speakers

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.

Secretary Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy. He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.

Mark Z. Jacobson, Joins GLOSHO’15 Keynote Speakers

He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an A.B. in Economics, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford in 1988. He received an M.S. and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 and 1994, respectively, from UCLA and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1994. He has published two textbooks of two editions each and over 145 peer-reviewed journal articles.

UPDATE: The US-India Cleantech Opportunity – Global Workshop

We are very fortunate to have the participation of several eminent business leaders from India, who will be participating in the event remotely via Skype. These participants will be available for Q&A following their remarks.

The US-India Cleantech Opportunity Global Workshop

Presented By: Hosted By: The US-India Cleantech Opportunity – Global Workshop JUNE 26, 2015 9:30-12:00 PM 411 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 Lunch to Follow Get Tickets Now! Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to building a clean energy future for India. India’s solar and wind programs have already catalyzed remarkable growth. In […]

First GloSho’15 Keynote Speaker Confirmed!

Managing Partner of the Westly Group and former State Controller and Chief Financial Officer for California – will be delivering a keynote speech at LACI’s 2015 Cleantech Global Showcase (GloSho’15) on October 22, 2015.

GLOSHO’15 Partnership Opportunities

GLOSHO’15 Announces available Partnership Opportunities. Download the opportunities brochure and package information, visit the GLOSHO’15 website, or contact us directly to become participate in of the world’s best clean tech events of the year. Partnership Opportunities Brochure We invite you to download our partnership brochure for a complete view of opportunities we have available. Contact Michael Swords […]

Tours, talk, and tech: Three elected officials visit LACI

LACI, hosted three elected officials at its headquarters in the Arts & Innovation District in Downtown LA and at its bimonthly Leadership Council meeting. Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge (CD-4), California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and California State Senate President Pro-Tempore Kevin de Leòn (SD-24) visited LACI

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 […]