Author: Clare Le

Press Release – Mayor Eric Garcetti and LACI Announce First Cohort for New Impact Acceleration Program for Small Businesses and Startups in City of Los Angeles

13 Small Business and Startup Founders from Low Income Neighborhoods and Underrepresented Populations Participate in Inaugural Founders Business Accelerator Program Created with the City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, May 30, 2019. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) announces the first cohort of 13 small business founders selected to participate in the Founders Business Accelerator (FBA), a small business and startup acceleration program to help underrepresented small business and startup founders in low income neighborhoods in Los Angeles grow their business and increase their community, social and environmental impact.

“Small businesses are the beating heart of our economy—job creators that share Los Angeles’ innovative spirit with the world,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Working together with LACI, we’re ensuring small business owners have the tools they need to reach new markets, grow their bottom-line and thrive.”

The FBA program will help business founders grow their businesses by pairing them with mentors to refine their goals, finances and strategies, as well as provide up to $5,000 in legal, human resources and marketing consulting services. Additionally, founders will learn how to create and increase their business’ community, environmental and social impact.

“Many of the diverse business owners we encounter are poised to grow exponentially, given the right know-how, mentoring, facilities and network,” said Sonya Blake, Director of Community Business in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “The vibrant ecosystem the City has built at LACI is exactly what these small businesses need to succeed.”

“Los Angeles is creating opportunities to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive and revitalize communities,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “By investing in our small business owners through the Founders Business Accelerator program, we’re helping promote job growth, enhancing our local economy and ensuring that our entrepreneurs succeed.”

“I believe in the power of entrepreneurship and I believe that small businesses are central to the health and well-being of our communities,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “I am proud to support the Founders Business Accelerator, which helps founders increase their social, economic and environmental impact. I know that with a little expert training and guidance, the incredible entrepreneurs from South L.A. and across this region can make their businesses really soar.”

“From leading the development of the City’s business portal to creating the Small Business Academy—supporting small, women and minority owned businesses has been a strong focus of my work throughout my career,” said Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. “I am proud to support the Founders Business Accelerator—this program is an innovative way to create good jobs and put more resources back into our communities.”

The first workshop of the FBA program was held on May 11, 2019 and the program runs through July 2019. LACI vetted almost 200 applications for the first cohort, illustrating the opportunity and interest amongst small business founders in L.A. Applicants were accepted to the program based on ability to scale, commitment to social and environmental impact and their company’s business model. All the founders live and have their businesses located in the City of Los Angeles.

“Many people know LACI for our work with cleantech startups—now thanks to the City of Los Angeles, we are honored to offer business accelerator services to small businesses and early stage startup founders in neighborhoods across the city,” said Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI. “We are excited to work with this first cohort of founders to help them increase their impact, create a sustainable business model and access capital.”

The first cohort of businesses includes:

The Founders Business Accelerator is a free program designed to help small businesses grow, prompted by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. It is funded by the Community Development Block Grant funding via the Economic and Workforce Development Department. Additional support was provided by Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Monica Rodriguez to recruit applicants and support the program.

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a City of Los Angeles-established nonprofit organization, is creating an inclusive green economy by: unlocking innovation through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies, transforming markets through partnerships with policymakers, innovators and market leaders in transportation, energy and sustainable cities; and enhancing communities through workforce development, pilots and other programs. Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past seven years, LACI has helped 78 portfolio companies raise $221M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,750 jobs, and deliver more than $393M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org

Contact

Sarah Bryce
424.362.9462
sarah@laci.org

Press Release – LACI Announces New Workforce Development Program for Green Job Training – Participants Will Learn Job Skills and Train with Startups for On-the-Job Experience

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Opens Call for Applications for Advanced Prototyping Center Fellowship Program to Bring Under-Represented Groups Into the Cleantech Sector

Los Angeles, May 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) has opened their call for applications to the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) Fellowship Program.  Applicants must apply by May 24, and commit to attending the Career Exploration Day on June 7 at the APC, and be at least 18 years old. For more information and to apply visit laincubator.org/apcfellowship/

Participants will gain both technical and interpersonal skills in addition to industry-recognized credentials. Upon acceptance to the program, 30 participants will attend a two-week training ‘bootcamp’, culminating in a career fair with cleantech startups. Then 12-15 successful participants will complete a three-month internship with a cleantech startup or LACI Portfolio Company. 

The APC Fellowship Program will help create a green jobs pipeline for both participants and LACI start up companies. The program also supports Mayor Garcetti’s recently-launched Green New Deal L.A./Sustainable City pLAn which set a goal of 300,000 green jobs by 2035 and 400,000 by 2050.

“In order to build a truly inclusive green economy, we have to ensure that everyone has the skills and abilities to access green jobs”, said Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI. “We are grateful for the support of our partners at the Wells Fargo Foundation and Annenberg Foundation and also the support of our legislators Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and Senator Maria Elena Durazo. Over the past seven years, LACI’s programs and startups have created over 2,000 green jobs, yet we know we need to do more to create opportunities for everyone to join the cleantech economy.”

Participants in the APC Workforce Development program will not only work in state-of-the-art facilities, they will also be trained and mentored by an experienced job coach and machine shop tech. They will be introduced to the ecosystem of cleantech startups at the LaKretz Innovation Campus and to the LACI Portfolio Companies to ensure employment success and longevity in the green economy.

About the Advanced Prototyping Center

The LACI Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) is made possible by the LA Department of Water and Power & U.S. Economic Development Agency. The APC a world-class facility with advanced prototyping and industrial equipment , chemistry and electronics labs, 3D printing, and other machinery that is managed by LACI expert staff who are ready to share and teach their skills. A community of entrepreneurs, artists, inventors and startups working in a state-of-the-art collaborative workspace, APC capabilities include a waterjet, CNC mill, CNC lathe, 3D and Roland large format printing, and more. Find out more at laci.org/apc

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit organization, is creating an inclusive green economy by: unlocking innovation through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies, transforming markets through partnerships with policymakers, innovators and market leaders in transportation, energy and sustainable cities; and enhancing communities through workforce development, pilots and other programs. Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past seven years, LACI has helped 78 portfolio companies raise $221M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,750 jobs, and deliver more than $393M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org

Contact
Sarah Bryce
424.362.9462
sarah@laci.org

Press Release – Mayor Garcetti Announces Zero Emissions Mobility Pilot Fund with LACI to Advance L.A.’s Green New Deal and Emissions Goals throughout the L.A. Region

EV Scooter and Charging Pilots from LACI and LADWP Showcased at LKIC; TEP Marks One Year Anniversary with Announcement of New Partners Audi, Nissan and Proterra

Los Angeles, May 2, 2019. Fresh from his announcement for a Green New Deal for Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) to showcase innovation in L.A. to help accomplish the ambitious goals he set out earlier this week.

Mayor Garcetti helped announce a new mobility pilot program for clean air, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and bringing the benefits of the green economy to disadvantaged communities. The Zero Emissions Mobility and Community Pilot Project Fund will dedicate at least $300,000 for proposed solutions—along with technical assistance from LACI and TEP partners—in three disadvantaged communities in the City and County of Los Angeles. Proposals from communities as well as mobility solution providers will be accepted starting today.

The Mayor also showcased zero emissions mobility pilot projects installed by LACI and LADWP at the La Kretz Innovation Campus which is a living lab for new technologies. LADWP proposed the idea and provided funding for these solutions, including EV scooters and charging solutions from LACI portfolio companies CLEVR (i.e., ‘scooter SUV’), FreeWire (i.e., mobile EV charging), MOEV (i.e., EV charging power control), Perch Mobility (i.e., scooter/e-bike charging logistics solution) along with TEP partner BMW (i.e., the first North American pilot of their BMW Motorrad X2City kick-scooter).

“We cannot wait another moment to fight the climate crisis with everything at our disposal—and that starts with lower emissions and more options on our roads and rail lines,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Zero Emissions Mobility and Community Pilot Project Fund will help us meet the goals of L.A.’s Green New Deal by delivering creative solutions to cut pollution, spur innovation, and make good on our commitment to environmental justice in every community.”

“Piloting zero emissions mobility solutions that help meet the needs of disadvantaged communities while reducing air pollution and GHGs is key to meeting the targets in the TEP 2028 Roadmap,” said LACI CEO Matt Petersen. “Today, we are proud today to shine a light on some of the amazing LACI startup companies and partners who are helping the Mayor meet the goals in his updated Sustainable City pLAn.”

“CARB is proud to be a Transportation Electrification Partner with the City of Los Angeles: We need all hands on deck to turn the supertanker around,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “The challenge we face is to transform the entire transportation sector, and to do it in a thoughtful way at an aggressive pace. This investment in innovative mobility options will provide significant benefits for communities of concern and important lessons to expand these and similar programs throughout the city, and the state.”

“Working together we can all make a difference in fighting air pollution and combating climate change. That’s why it’s important to engage our customers in the communities they live and drive in,” said David Wright, LADWP’s General Manager. “This program will help spur even more innovative ideas to get more people out of their gas-guzzling and polluting cars and into clean-air EVs.”

In addition, global innovators Nissan North America, Audi and Proterra were announced today as TEP’s newest members, representing an investment in L.A. as well as a commitment to zero emissions transportation. These companies join 20 other TEP partners, including Mayor Garcetti, CARB, SCE, DWP, Metro, County of L.A., BMW, PCS Energy, Itron and others.

The Zero Emissions Mobility and Community Pilot Project Fund will be deployed in disadvantaged communities throughout the City and County of Los Angeles in areas that need zero emission mobility solutions and reduced air pollution and co-benefits such as workforce and economic development. The Pilot Project Fund is supported by funds from TEP partners along with the State of California’s California Workforce Development Board (CWDB). Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and California Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León were key champions to help LACI secure the CWDB funding in 2018.

About the Transportation Electrification Partnership

The Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP), formed by LACI in May 2018, is an unprecedented multi-year partnership among local, regional, and state stakeholders to accelerate progress towards transportation electrification and zero emissions goods movement in the Greater L.A. region in advance of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. TEP released the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap in September 2018 focusing on actions needed to achieve the shared goal of 25% additional reductions in GHGs and air pollution. The TEP Leadership Group includes the Mayor of L.A., County of Los Angeles, CARB, LADWP, SCE, Metro, and LACI.

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a private nonprofit organization, is creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies), transforming markets (through partnerships in transportation, energy and sustainable cities) and enhancing communities (through workforce development, pilots and other programs). Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past seven years, LACI has helped 78 portfolio companies raise $221M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,750 jobs, and deliver more than $393M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org

Contact
Sarah Bryce
424.362.9462
sarah@laci.org

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 Oct. 20 at the 2016 NASPAA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Stokes was honored for her efforts as founder of the social enterprise, Isidore Electronics, a full-service electronics recycling company that employs individuals who were formerly incarcerated in the California prison system, providing them with green job training and helping facilitate their successful reentry into the community. Stokes earned her Master of Public Policy from USC Price in 2010.

AIR Presents (Dis)Location

Enjoy selected findings by Beatriz Jaramillo, Elana Mann and Brittany Ransom created while artists-in-residence at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI).

(Dis)Location
January 23 – February 2, 2020

Royale Projects
432 Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Entrance on Seaton between 4th & 5th)
Open Thursday – Sunday, 12PM – 5PM

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 23, 2020
5PM – 8PM

Panel Discussion
Sunday, Jan 26, 2020
3PM – 5PM

Contact
AIR@laci.org

(Dis)Location presents selected findings by Beatriz Jaramillo, Elana Mann and Brittany Ransom created while artists-in-residence at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Through diverse media and approaches, each artist engages in a deep study of place, highlighting the loss of Los Angeles wetlands, one path towards mitigating toxic manufacturing, and tree-destroying beetles that substantially contribute to the spread of wild fires.   A bridge between land and water, wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world. Their sponge-like ability to absorb and release water creates a natural filtration system, and protects against extreme weather events. However, in order to filter water and mitigate damaging climate events, wetlands require space to breathe.

Early photographs of Los Angeles evidence thousands of acres of wetlands, with key areas stretching from mid-city to South LA, and the entirety of Marina Del Rey. Up to 95% of this natural habitat is now lost to urban development; and with this, we lose the potential to capture blue carbon, house diverse ecosystems, and recharge underground aquifers. In In Between: Los Angeles Wetlands, Beatriz Jaramillo explores the contradiction between continual urban expansion and nurturing this vital natural resource. Through research at Ballona Wetlands, Jaramillo has created a series of works in engraved aluminum and porcelain juxtaposing the serenity of the wetlands with hard edge representations of the urban infrastructure that contribute to their demise. With each wetlands area positioned within 5% of the frame, the work establishes a picture of just how much we have lost.

Elana Mann’s Dark Victory discusses the life cycle of petroleum-based black pigment, found in everything from tires to water bottles; and a possible solution in LACI portfolio company Nature Coatings. Originally presented at CicLAvia: Heart of LA Celebrating UCLA 100, the work is a collaboration with Nature Coatings, a company who  transform wood waste into high performing black pigment. Mann worked with Nature Coatings to create paint from their non-toxic pigment; and invited CicLAvia guests to make prints using this paint and the bicycle as a mobile printing press. In (Dis)Location, Mann presents documentation of this public engagement about the lineage and impact of everyday products, and ways we can improve our own carbon footprint.

Another unlikely Southern California dislocator is a tiny pest you have likely never seen. One of the most destructive wildfire seasons in California history (2018) was due in large part to swarms of silent architects no bigger than a grain of rice. Referred to by a Columbia University study as “one of the world’s most aggressive tree-killing insects,” bark beetles thrive in drought. They burrow in bark, building armies by laying eggs throughout the tree’s living tissue. While healthy trees create a resin that drowns paths and pushes the beetles out, drought-stricken trees have no capacity to do so. As the tress hollow, they become kindling for the spread of devastating wildfires. Bark beetles have killed more than 27 million trees in the greater Los Angeles area alone. As the beetles eat their way through trees, they leave behind perfectly preserved lines that resemble complex city systems. These lines are the subject of Parallel Pathways, a series of works by Brittany Ransom that study the immense impact bark beetles have on the future landscape of California. Pointing to specific places of flow, obstruction, and planned versus haphazard pathways, the bark beetle’s paths are recreated in reference to our own human building patterns and possible self destruction.

Also on view at Royale Projects:
Joel Otterson: Among Others
Jen Aitken: 3, 4½, 7½, 12

With special thanks to Royale Projects for their ongoing support of AIR.