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THE INCUBATOR Series Featured on Mashable

In an era when it’s more of a necessity than an option to have a sustainable approach to the way we live, THE INCUBATOR, a series of short films, explores some of the coolest start-up companies that will literally change the landscape of our future. Framed by one of the most robust and interesting incubators […]

SoCal Tech

Homeboy Industries’ Innovative New Business Venture Will Create Employment Opportunities for Formerly Gang-affiliated and Previously Incarcerated Men and Women

#techies Win Contract Opportunities from Former Wall Street Investment Banker – Black Enterprise

Sky Kelley is no stranger to being a #techie. Yet, throughout her career, receiving strategic insights and knowledge has paved a road to success.

Innovative Recycling Brings Second Chances to People Who Need Them – Mashable

What do you get when you transform trash into jobs? For one LA-based recycling company, it means a whole new way of doing business.

You Could Charge Your Car with 60 lbs of Nuts – CNN Money

A startup working at LA’s clean tech incubator is developing a way to convert shells from nuts like almonds and peanuts into energy to power cars and homes.

New Resource Bank and Green Commuter Finalize Agreement to Finance the Launch of Vanpool and Car Sharing Program Throughout Southern California – Business Wire

New Resource Bank has approved a $1.5 million line of credit to facilitate Green Commuter’s fleet expansion to 30 all-electric, long range, 7-passenger vehicles. With this financing, Green Commuter will launch its vanpool, car share and fleet replacement program geared to disrupt traditional commuting in Los Angeles.

50 LA Startups to Watch 2017 – Built in Los Angeles

As it becomes clear to the rest of the world that Los Angeles is no longer just a hub for entertainment, the amount of tech talent and new companies popping up means 2017 will be a big year. For our annual top 50 startups to watch list, we looked at companies founded within the last […]

KCRW Design & Architecture CES Preview with Chai Energy

How does a small start-up company get heard above the noise? Evan Birenbaum of Chai Energy, an LA-based startup going to CES for the first time, shares their strategy.

Juicer’s Futureistic Electric Motorcycles Look 100 Years Old – Inverse

David Twomey may have pulled off something unthinkable. He’s made a cool electric motor bicycle. Los Angeles-based Juicer, a tiny firm that started in 2010, only makes two bikes per year, but those machines are turning heads wherever they go.

VC Looks to Make Another Try at Cleantech In Silicon Valley – Pick My Solar – Forbes

In an event held on December 14, 2016, Plug and Play, a VC firm and startup incubator, announced its intention to launch a Sustainability Fund.

Green Commuter car-sharing brings $9-an-hour Nissan Leafs to Chattanooga – Times Free Press

CARTA selected Green Commuter, a Los Angeles-based startup business, to provide 20 Nissan Leafs to be parked at some 20 new charging stations at locations downtown, at Northgate and Hamilton Place malls and at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

Lauren Gropper, Founder & CEO of Repurpose, featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal: DTLA Special Report

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LACI’s Hive Lighting Wins Big with Launch of New Energy Efficient LED for Entertainment Industry Production Lighting

  First Product Developed at LA’s New Advanced Prototyping Center Surpasses Crowd-funding Goal by 500% in First Week of Campaign Los Angeles, CA—November 29, 2016—Hive Lighting, manufacturer of energy efficient lighting for the entertainment industry, introduced the first product to be developed and prototyped at LA’s new cleantech innovation hub. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator […]

Hive Lighting Unveils New WASP 100-C – The Poblographer

One of the key features the company is touting for the light is that it includes their Perfect S.H.O.T. control system. This system allows users to adjust the saturation, hue, output, and color temperature to create the exact lighting they want.

MyGymPals Awarded 1st Place in OktoberTEK Innovation Competition – PRWeb

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

Partner Spotlight: Pick My Solar – CicLAvia

In our new series, we’ll be highlighting the partners that make CicLAvia happen. Digital Manager Dana Variano sat down with Chris Blevins, Founder and COO of Pick My Solar, and chatted a bit about their reflections on 2016.

Boiling Down the Top IoT Startups in the Water Industry – Lux Research

With over 50,000 water utilities in the U.S. itself, the opportunity for internet of things (IoT)-based technology is growing in the water industry.

The home solar market is full of sales tricks, but this LA startup wants to change all that. – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

What ridesharing services Uber and Lyft did to taxis, Max Aram and Chris Blevins are trying to do to the home solar industry. The founders of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator award-winning startup Pick My Solar said they have witnessed too many high-pressure sales tactics from quantity-over-quality solar companies pulling the wool over customers’ eyes […]

FreeWire’s New VP of Growth

A long time supporter, Dr. Carolin Funk comes to FreeWire from Siemens where she was the Director of Venture Technology. During her time at Siemens, she opened the doors for the then, nascent company and created a strategic partnership between FreeWire and Siemens.

ENTRADE’s On-Site Waste Gasification Systems to Balance Grid in Fukushima – Waste Management World

German small-scale onsite waste gasification technology developer, ENTRADE, has opened an office in Fukushima’s Renewable Energy Center and agreed upon a close cooperation with Vice Governor Toshiyuki Hata and the prefecture Fukushima.

3 Minutes On a Park Bench with Chris Blevins – Pick My Solar – Patch.com

Patch partner Chris Blevins of SolarUP San Gabriel tells us how he first get involved in the renewable energy industry and recommends great books everyone should read.

Radioactive Fukushima Wood Becomes Power in German Machine – Bloomberg

A lone tree inside exclusion zone, close to the devastated Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant in February 2016. Photographer: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images – Entrade contracts 20 megawatts of power sales to Fukushima – Lighty radiated wood turned to power in 400 biomass plants Japan is turning to a small German company to generate power from timber irradiated […]

Price MPP Alum Receives NASPAA ‘Public Service Matters’ Spotlight Award – USC Price School

USC Price School of Public Policy alumna Kabira Stokes was named a winner of the “Public Service Matters” Spotlight Award by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. The award – which recognizes innovative solutions to public sector problems, helping to change the world in concrete ways – was announced on […]

Check Out These Unique Ridesharing Services – KTLA News

You’ve heard of Uber and Lyft – but there are many other ridesharing services putting a unique twist on the pick-up! One ridesharing service doesn’t fit all! Here are three companies putting their unique spin on the typical pickup. Let’s start with See Jane Go. This is a service that pairs female drivers with female […]

Hollywood Electrics: #1 In the World

LACI Portfolio Company Hollywood Electrics is the premier electric motorcycle dealership and performance parts manufacturer on the planet. Trailblazing founder Harlan Flagg has carried the largest selection of electric motorcycles globally since 2010, is the top dealer for Brammo and Zero electric motorcycles, has had sales growth every year, and has an award-winning Racing Team. A […]

Pasadena Angels Invest $75K in LACI Portfolio Company Nevados Engineering

Pasadena, California (August 2, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the first investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund).  The Fund invested an additional $75K in Nevados Engineering, a clean tech company whose solar single-axis-tracker enables ground-based installation on virtually any terrain; improving on solar project economics. The Pasadena Angels have previously […]

Growing Local Roots

LACI portfolio company Local Roots is an indoor vertical farming company based in Los Angeles, designing and integrating farming solutions that are more sustainable than conventional methods. Recently, LACI visited their facility to learn a little more about their “Farms of the Future.” What inspired you to start Local Roots? The three of us, Eric Ellestad, Dan […]

Hive Lighting Wins 2016 Award of Excellence at NAB

LACI Portfolio company Hive Lighting’s new 1000 Watt Plasma Bulb successfully debuted at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show 2016 in Las Vegas last week. The 1000 Watt Plasma Bulb took home a 2016 Award of Excellence from ProductionHUB, the global network of freelancers, crew and vendors.

Repurpose Product Featured on Showtime Series “Billions”

LACI Portfolio Company Repurpose was featured on Season 1 episode 4 of the hit Showtime show Billions starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Damian Lewis (Homeland). The award-winning Repurpose insulated hot cup is being enjoyed by the US Attorney (Giamatti) and his co-workers while they plot to take down the criminal hedge fund manager (Lewis).

Hive Lighting Co-Founders Receive Prestigious IPA Tesla Award

The International Press Academy’s Tesla Award, In Recognition of Visionary Achievement in Filmmaking Technology for 2015, will go to LACI Portfolio Company Hive Lighting and its co-founders, Robert Rutherford and Jon Edward Miller…

Pick My Solar Shines
in DoE and Techweek Competitions

COO Chris Blevins was in Philadelphia, pitching the company’s innovative Solar Book software in the DoE’s SunShot Catalyst Award, while at the same time CEO Max Aram was in Miami competing to win Techweek’s LAUNCH Grand Championship.

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.

Dave Twomey and Juicer

In the search for authenticity in today’s consumer culture, words like “artisanal”, “one-of-a-kind”, and “custom” get thrown around rather casually, in a longing for a time when mass production and homogeny didn’t define American transportation options.