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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.

LACI Portfolio Companies head to Santa Barbara for one of the Largest Earth Day Festivals on the West Coast

Showcase of Cleantech Start-ups to Feature Clean Energy Solutions, EVs and Pre-fab Home Options

SANTA BARBARA, CA – April 17, 2018 – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), dedicated to creating an inclusive, green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing community, will showcase the latest cleantech solutions at the 48th Annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival in the LACI Energy Pavilion (booth 394). The festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, at Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street in Santa Barbara.

The LACI Energy Pavilion, located in the festival’s Public Square, will showcase start-ups in LACI’s award-winning Cleantech Incubator program and its energy-focused Innovators program. Companies featured include Pick My Solar, an online marketplace helping homeowners go solar, SimpliPhi Power, a battery storage company based in Ojai, and Connect Homes aimed at making pre-fab housing more affordable and offering a promising solution for those displaced from the recent wildfires. The festival’s Green Car Show will feature LACI Portfolio Company Green Commuter and Energy Innovators EVmatch and Envoy.

LACI’s Earth Day sponsorship and start-up showcase is part of an on going effort to support clean energy, zero emissions transportation and sustainable cities innovation. Last year, LACI expanded its resources into Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange Counties through a six-year, $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission. The regional clean energy ecosystem development is part of the Commission’s statewide initiative to meet increasing demand for innovation in the energy sector.

In addition to supporting cleantech entrepreneurs, LACI is working with local Santa Barbara partners to accelerate clean energy development, including aligning with local non-profit organizations as part of the CleanEnergy805 coalition. Recently, the CleanEnergy805 coalition encouraged local businesses and municipalities to connect with energy developers in order to submit compelling local renewable energy projects in response to the Southern California Edison Moorpark Distributed Energy Resources solicitation.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival allowing LACI to introduce some of our exciting clean energy and zero emissions start-ups to the community,” stated Amanda Sabicer, LACI Senior Vice President of Market Transformation.“This is a great opportunity for the public to get hands-on experience with the next generation of technologies that will provide a cleaner, carbon-free future.”

Since 1970, the Community Environmental Council has hosted the community-organized Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, believed to be one of the largest annual Earth Day Festivals on the West Coast with 33,000 attendees in 2017. The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival attracts a wide audience and features one of the largest collections of efficient and alternative fueled vehicles at its Green Car Show. The two-day festival features 250 exhibitors in its Public Square, Homegrown Roots, Great Outdoors, Kids Corner, and Eco Village sections. For more information, please visit http://sbearthday.org/.

About LACI

The 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 $165M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. For more information, please visit http://laci.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @LACIncubator.

Media Contact:
Laurie Peters
LACI Communications Director
lpeters[at]laci.org
818-635-4101

Network for Global Innovation Launched as New Organization Under the Leadership of LACI Co-Founder Fred Walti

Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2018 – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), dedicated to creating an inclusive, green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing community, today announced that the Network for Global Innovation (NGIN) initiative is now a new organization led by Fred Walti, LACI’s Co-founder. NGIN will remain headquartered at the La Kretz Innovation Campus, home to LACI.

Recognizing the importance of international markets to its portfolio companies, Mr. Walti conceived NGIN in 2013 as an initiative of LACI with the mission of interconnecting the world’s leading clean technology innovation institutions to accelerate the adoption of sustainable technologies. NGIN has accelerated the expansion of start-up companies in more than a dozen global markets, attracted a range of innovative cleantech companies to the U.S. market, and assisted other institutions to build high performance ecosystems in the U.S., Mexico, Finland and Africa.

Mr. Walti stated, “I thank LACI for the opportunity and am honored to carry the baton in this new chapter for NGIN. The global challenges of climate change, coupled with the business opportunities created by the fast-growing clean technology sector, demands a focused effort to build a global commercialization ecosystem. NGIN is dedicated to bridging the ‘Innovation Gap’ that exists between the technology breakthroughs created in national research labs and research universities and the markets that need these innovations most, wherever they might be.”

“Los Angeles is an international city that prides itself on being both a hub for global trade and a leader in innovation,” stated Matt Petersen, President and CEO of LACI. “We are excited to be a founding member of NGIN— it is critical that we unleash the solutions needed to tackle climate change, and the innovation ecosystem is key to our success.”

Walti noted, “NGIN is now an independent global organization with a big vision that we believe is vital to the world’s ‘impact technology’ markets. Our goal is to combat the global challenges of climate change while introducing new business opportunities – especially in developing countries. To do this, we’re envisioning the collaboration of high performing innovation centers in more than 40 countries, all connected and exchanging companies, investors, customers and knowledge.”

About NGIN

The Network for Global Innovation (NGIN), created in 2013, is dedicated to building a global commercialization ecosystem focused on helping clean technology entrepreneurs collaborate and prosper no matter where they reside. NGIN has 20 members in Canada, China, Finland, Italy, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico and the U.S. Its members include premier innovation institutions and take a wide range of forms: incubators, accelerators, technology parks, venture capitalists, universities, non-profits and government agencies. All share a common commitment to sustainable technologies, assisting entrepreneurs, and connecting to the rest of the world.

NGIN is headquartered in Los Angeles at the La Kretz Innovation Center and comprises four programs used by partners in the U.S and internationally.

  1. 1. The International Access Program helps companies enter the US and other global markets
  2. 2. The Innovation Ecosystem Model is an Incubator in a Box blueprint for building high performance economic ecosystems
  3. 3. The International Trade Tour is a series of global trade missions to assist high growth technology companies enter global markets with practical, real world market entry tactics
  4. 4. The International Executive in Residence (IEIR) program provides best practice training to mentors in other incubation and acceleration programs

About LACI

The 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 $165M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. For more information, please visit http://laci.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @LACIncubator.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Laurie Peters, LACI Communications Director
(818) 635-4101
lpeters@LACI.org