Author: Clare Le

C40 and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launch New Partnership

LOS ANGELES, CA – C40 and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) are partnering to help cities around the world embrace innovation and accelerate climate solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This new partnership will first embark on research to inform how start-ups, entrepreneurs and corporate innovation can scale up and deliver solutions for cities to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the target identified in the Paris Climate Agreement.

C40 research has shown that a lack of sufficient collaboration between city governments and the private sector is a key barrier to taking climate action. This partnership aims to overcome this barrier by bridging the gap between the private sector, both start-up and corporate, and city governments. C40’s Business & Innovation team have already commenced a range of programs to openly support cities to unlock this barrier, and this new partnership marks an important next step. LACI is uniquely positioned to partner with C40, given its proven track record of incubating numerous cleantech start-ups that have helped cities reduce greenhouse gasses, improve air quality, and create green jobs.

“As CEO of a leading cleantech incubator and former Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles, I truly understand the opportunities and challenges for cities and start-ups to scale innovation,” said Matt Petersen, LACI President and CEO. “We’re eager to transfer some of the best practices we’ve developed in L.A. to help other cities embrace entrepreneur-led innovation to achieve the goals set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.”

C40 and LACI recognize that cities globally are focusing on identifying collaborative climate solutions, ones that engage citizens, academics and the private sector in the design process of key city projects. The goal of this partnership is to equip cities with best practices to increase engagement with the start-up, entrepreneur, incubator, accelerator and corporate innovation community to scale proven and comprehensive climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions.

“Understanding the current barriers for start-ups to scale, and ways to enable this acceleration for climate action is key to unlocking more climate solutions for our cities. We’re really pleased to partner with experts from LACI, a world-leading cleantech incubator,” said Jonathan Walter, Director of C40 Business & Innovation. “In the face of a looming deadline to scale climate action at a time of federal inaction, C40 sees partnering with LACI as the natural progression to drive innovation to the scale and speed that is necessary to support the ambitions of cities to meet the Paris Agreement.”

About C40

C40 Cities connects 96 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe. The current chair of C40 is Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania.

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (through working with start-ups 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 six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org.

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Press Release – Archaeology of the Present

Archaeology of the Present presents selected findings by artists Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco created during AIR, a six-month residency at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). AIR provided access to a state-of-the-art prototyping facility and leading minds working in climate-related issues. Through varying approaches, each artist engaged with a deep study of humans in relation to their surrounding environments, highlighting agricultural regeneration, urban erasure, and city infrastructure.

By introducing artists to an entrepreneurial clean tech hub, LACI’s AIR program brings new insights, research models and personal entry points to our most urgent ecological issues: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the systems by which we live. AIR resident artists are encouraged to remain a part of the LACI community, benefiting artists and incubator alike. This inaugural exhibition offers a snapshot of the way we work, together.

Rebecca Bruno explored the link between agricultural systems and the choreographic process used in dance and performance art. Her piece, Life Keeping Recipe for a Relic, combines data collected through a series of public movement workshops with studies on permaculture and the impact that land cultivation has on the regenerative properties of soil. The resulting actions contain both hopeful, and dismal, aspects of climate change.

Nova Jiang focused on the relational cycles of urban blight and redevelopment, specifically as they affect neighborhood accessibility and diversity. Her installation, Bunker, commemorates the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bunker Hill—an enclave of opulent Victorian mansions that fell into disrepair, and was eventually razed to make way for the promise of commercial high rises and cultural institutions. Housed in a wheel-shaped sandbox, Jiang’s 3D-printed sand molds modeled after original Bunker Hill mansions allow viewers to rebuild the lost neighborhood. Each time the wheel is spun, the neighborhood is wiped clean.

Debra Scacco initiated the first phase of her longterm project, titled Future Tense. This installation uses Los Angeles as a case study to investigate the relationship between city geographies, historic river courses, existing highway configurations, and a midcentury transit proposal never realized. The work questions our certainty of the history on which we build, the way we currently move, and the potential of an interconnected future.

ABOUT AIR
AIR, the Artist-in-Residence Program at Los Angeles Cl

eantech Incubator (LACI), empowers innovation by uniting the creative and cleantech communities in the shared aim of addressing global environmental problems.

Situated in the heart of Los Angeles’ Arts District, AIR enhances LACI’s innovation community by introducing research-led artists to a thriving environment: where entrepreneurs, engineers, organizations and policy makers collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies.

The benefits of the six-month residency include:
— $13,000 stipend
— Access to leading minds
— Training and access to prototyping equipment
— Community engagement at the interplay of technology, sustainability, and the arts

ABOUT LACI
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (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 six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org

 

 

Press Release – LACI and California Clean Energy Fund Announce the Winner of the California Climate Cup

Solstice Energy Solutions takes the top prize, while Wheeli and EVmatch win technology categories in the first-ever California Climate Cup, the global competition showcasing the most promising and innovative megacity climate solutions. CalCEF Managing Director, Danny Kennedy (left) and LACI CEO Matt Petersen (right) present Ugwem Eneyo of Solstice Energy Solutions (center) the Grand Prize Check for the California Climate Cup on the Main Stage at The Global Climate Action Summit. Photo Credit: Mike Swords

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – On September 14, The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and California Clean Energy Fund announced the winner of the California Climate Cup on the Main Stage of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, CA. The California Climate Cup is a startup competition seeking the world’s most promising climate solutions for megacities and region.

Ten competitors made it to the California Climate Cup finals held on September 10th from the US, Australia and France, and pitched their companies before a panel of judges representing Itron Idea Labs, Edison International, BMW i Ventures, Emerson Elemental, GreenBiz and Innovate UK. The top ten finalists were selected from over 100 applications in the areas of zero emissions mobility and goods movement, energy/transportation nexus, and digital solutions for sustainable cities.

Find out more information about the 10 California Climate Cup Finalists here.

Following the finals in Los Angeles, the three category winners, Wheeli, EVmatch and Solstice Energy Solutions, attended several events in San Francisco pitching in front of key customers, investors, global leaders and policymakers, culminating the Grand Prize presentation at the Moscone Center on Friday, September 14th.

Solstice Energy Solutions was awarded $25,000US and the two category finalists were awarded $5,000US.

“The California Climate Cup demonstrated that there is no lack of innovative, motivated minds tackling the climate crisis. These companies will enable a future with cleaner air for our cities and citizens, access to renewable energy and zero emission mobility, and reduce carbon emissions on a significant scale,” said Matt Petersen, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. “Business innovation along with strong climate policy will help cities, states, and countries across the globe achieve the goals set with the Paris Agreement and Global Climate Action Summit. Congratulations to the finalists and winners and we look forward to seeing their continued success.”

The competition was supported by major sponsors Edison International and Itron Idea Labs. Additional sponsorship was offered by PG&E and LADWP and affiliate partner support was provided by C40 and GreenBiz / VERGE.

Meet the California Climate Cup Winners

Grand Prize and Winner of the Digital Solutions for Sustainable Cities Category, Sponsored by Itron Idea Labs – Solstice Energy Solutions

Solstice Energy Solutions emerged as the first event California Climate Cup grand prize winner. The San Francisco-based company develops IoT and software to intelligently manage distributed energy resources. Its initial focus is on cities in emerging markets where unreliable grids have resulted in distributed energy landscapes, primarily diesel generators. Increasing integration of distributed solar and battery technology ultimately requires intelligence, flexibility and control.  

Zero Emissions Mobility and Goods Movement

Wheeli is a new York-based shared mobility company. Wheeli is the carpooling app for college students working to build a national transportation network starting with college campuses. Wheeli is the Airbnb for the empty car seats on the road.

Energy/Transportation Nexus Sponsored by Edison International

EVmatch from Santa Barbara, California provides people a network of electric vehicle charging stations. EVmatch is a peer-to-peer network for electric vehicle (EV) charging that harnesses the power of sharing to immediately create more reliable charging options. Through EVmatch, individuals and business owners rent out their private charging stations, earning money and supporting EV drivers with reservable charging. EV drivers leverage the sharing economy to easily find, reserve, and pay for charging with a few quick clicks using the company’s web or mobile applications.

About LACI

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies and ensuring an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing community. Founded as a cluster-driven 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 six years, LACI has helped 72 portfolio companies raise $159M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,695 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long-term economic value.

LACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and committed to building a more inclusive ecosystem that integrates women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups into the cleantech sector and the overall tech industry.  We strongly encourage applications from qualified applicants and members of underrepresented groups. The information collected from the application helps us ensure that we are meeting our goal of an equitable and diverse campus and community.

About California Clean Energy Fund

The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) connects capital to catalytic clean energy investments and ideas. They work across the entire lifecycle of clean energy development, commercialization and deployment. Since 2004, California Clean Energy Fund has leveraged $1.5 billion in investment, invested in over 100 clean energy enterprises, and launched industry leading centers for solution collaboration. Today, they are planning for rapid clean energy adoption, to build equity into the energy economy and to create new jobs in California, the United States and around the world. California Clean Energy Fund operates offices in Oakland, CA and Shanghai, China. Learn more at calcef.org.

Media Contact:
Clare Le
213-358-6500
clare@laci.org

Press Release – LACI Welcomes President of the Government of Spain and First Lady María Begoña Gómez Fernández for a Clean Energy and Latino Leadership Discussion

Photo Credit: Laura Rudich

LOS ANGELES – LACI welcomed the President of the Government of Spain and First Lady María Begoña Gómez Fernández on September 29th for a tour of the facility, and a discussion on the importance of climate action and Latino leadership.

Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León invited the President to LACI and the La Kretz Innovation Campus, which are in de León’s district area. LACI CEO Matt Petersen provided the President and First Lady a tour of the LKIC campus, including the Prototyping Center. Following the tour, Petersen welcomed the President and First Lady in front of a full audience to discuss climate action, and related issues facing society and how business, government, and entrepreneurs are leading the way.

“Very few places in the world are so ambitious as California in their attempts to face this issue,” said Prime Minister Sánchez in his prepared remarks on climate policy. “We are going to work together, because I am sure that together, civil society, business, and the public sector can make it happen.” 

“It was an honor to host President Pedro Sánchez, and have the opportunity to share LACI’s work with entrepreneurs, government leaders, and corporate partners to create a green, inclusive economy for the Los Angeles region,” said Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI. “We are grateful to Senator De León for his climate leadership, support for our organization’s work, and inviting President Sánchez to the campus.”

Photo Credit: Laura Rudich

After speaking briefly to press, President Sánchez led a roundtable discussion about Latino leadership.  Participants from Los Angeles included Senator de Leon, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), State Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Vice Mayor of San Jose Magdalena Carrasco, Mr. David Ayon, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Dr. Cynthia Telles, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Mr. Walter Ulloa, and Mr. Moctesuma Esparza.