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Reception Introducing New AIR Artist-in-Residence Program to be held Wednesday, May 23
Los Angeles, CA — May 22, 2018 —The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is proud to welcome its inaugural cohort of Resident Artists to the LACI AIR program. Selected AIR Artists-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco will be introduced to the public at a special reception on Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9pm. The event will include behind-the-scenes tours of the Advanced Prototyping Center, art installations and equipment demonstrations as well as an opportunity to hear about the artists’ residency projects.
AIR, LACI’s Artist-In-Residence program, is a unique program providing advanced equipment training and research opportunities for professional artists to create art focused on the impacts of climate change. AIR empowers innovation by uniting the creative and cleantech communities in the shared aim of addressing global environmental problems and programming that reflects the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of Los Angeles.
“Congratulations to this incredible group of talented artists- we are excited to welcome Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco to LACI,” said Matt Petersen, LACI President and CEO. “This is a rare opportunity to actually experience the intersection of art, technology and sustainability! Given the axiom, art leads politics, it’s so important for these artists to be able to communicate what is happening now with climate change and how we, as a community, can innovate and help fight our greatest challenge facing humanity.”
A call for submissions issued earlier this year drew applicants from all parts of the region for the opportunity to access new tools, technologies, and subject matter experts in sustainability in the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) at the La Kretz Innovation Campus. The six labs in the APC are utilized by LACI portfolio companies and open to the public through membership offering the region’s highest caliber facility where members can design, build, test, certify and manufacture products all under one roof. Features include an electronics lab, bio-chemistry lab, cell lab, CNC center, water jet center, welding shop, 3D printing shop, use of premium CAD software, laser cutters, woodworking, an assembly bay, training centers and more.
“Engineering can only go so far and technology often lacks human connection,” stated Kay Yang, Director or the Advanced Prototyping Center. “In order to help make technology opportunities understood and create impactful solutions, we need an approachable connection and these artists are going to do just that- by providing the human touch and telling the story through their arts. We are excited for our newest members of the APC!”
In fall 2016, L.A.-based artist Debra Scacco toured LACI’s Advanced Prototyping Center (APC). On recognizing LACI’s technical and intellectual opportunities and Arts District location, she immediately saw the potential for a one-of-a-kind Artist-in-Residence program merging the creative community of L.A. with the incredible resources housed at LACI. Thanks to the generosity of The Durfee Foundation and numerous others, that vision is now a reality.
“Throughout my 20 years as an artist, I’ve often thought about the ideal residency: the capacity to collaborate with thought leaders, the resources and training to learn new skills, and the opportunity to build invaluable community in my home city,” said lead Aritist-in-Residence, Debra Scacco. “When I walked into LACI nearly 18 months ago, I recognized it as one of the only places this kind of program could happen.”
Please Join Us and Meet the Artists – May 23, 2018:
Rebecca Bruno will use dance and sculpture to examine natural regenerative cycles (as seen in permaculture) and their relationship to external variables such as air quality and climate change. Bruno will conduct a series of public movement workshops both on campus and off.
Nova Jiang will use interactive sculptures and installations, which invite playful viewer participation to explore the infrastructural history of Los Angeles, and highlight the human and natural systems which shape its urban condition.
Debra Scacco will use cartographic drawing, sculpture and installation to examine structure and connectivity by mapping past, present and future rivers, highways and transit lines of Los Angeles.
In addition to the artists’ work on exhibit throughout the duration of their residency, the AIR program includes: community partnerships such as Small Green Door (Commerce) and Blue Roof Studios (South LA); artists’ studio visits and LACI site visits; professional development workshops on and off campus; artist talks at La Kretz Innovation Campus; AIR exhibition and panel discussions; and the creation of limited edition artworks related to sustainability issues.
AIR incubates artists working with ideas of water, sustainability, transportation, energy and related themes. Resident Artists will receive a $10,000 stipend, $3,000 for materials, training and six-month access to the Advanced Prototyping Center (a $10M+ facility including machine shop and wet labs), and the opportunity to work side-by-side with LACI portfolio companies, including scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs working in related fields. Limited edition pieces and a work-in-progress exhibition will showcase how access to research, government, non-profits and start-ups in cleantech are embedded in the artists’ work.
As part of LACI’s Enhancing Community pillar, AIR is committed to: working to build inclusive networks of creative people that can support one another in the making of environmentally-focused work, supporting creative practitioners in underrepresented communities through workshops and events, and leveraging internal and external networks and resources at LACI to empower artists as agents of change.
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 73 portfolio companies raise $184M 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.r.
Laurie Peters, LACI Communications Director
Los Angeles, CA – June 5, 2018— EY has announced that Julien Uhlig, CEO of Arensis, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in Greater Los Angeles. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Julien Uhlig was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special black-tie Award gala on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.
“It is a great honor to be an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award finalist in the Greater Los Angeles area- thank you EY,” said Julien Uhlig, CEO of Arensis. “When we set up our headquarters at LACI in 2016, we did so to make an economic impact for the region and to utilize the incredible resources at the incubator to advance our operations in markets around the world. It has proven to be extremely successful and we are now well on our way mobilizing the future of decentralized energy globally.”
Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in the UK, Germany, Austria and Hong Kong, Arensis helps customers around the world reduce energy costs, monetize waste streams and manage energy consumption and demand. The company has already made tremendous global impact under the guidance of Uhlig. Biomass to energy units, engineered by its German technology subsidiary, Entrade, fit inside a 20-foot shipping container and have been deployed around the world including parts of England, Scotland, Japan, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Puerto Rico and India, as well as a demo unit in Los Angeles. In addition to providing low cost energy solutions to industry, Arensis enables necessary grid alternatives for disaster relief. Following Hurricane Maria, Arensis was among the first to provide aid, deploying its off-grid energy solution to remote areas of the island. The unit is now in the Fajardo region supplying power to the Fajardo Inn where it will utilize waste streams from hurricane debris and locally grown biofuels.
Arensis has also partnered with Schneider Electric (see video) to enhance global operations and Entrade’s position as the most advanced Micro – Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system on the market.
“As one of LACI’s portfolio companies, we are incredibly proud of the work Arensis and their CEO Julien Uhlig have done to help with disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria,” stated Matt Petersen, President and CEO of LACI. “Congratulations to Julien on being a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year award!”
Now in its 32nd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 10, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the U.S. by SAP America, the Kauffman Foundation and Merrill Corporation.
In Greater Los Angeles, local sponsors include Gold sponsor: Tangram; Silver sponsors: Avison Young, Ballard Spahr LLP, Cresa, HighTower – Acacia Wealth Advisors, and Woodruff-Sawyer & Company; Media sponsor: C‑Suite Media; and PR sponsor: Olmstead Williams Communications.
Arensis, an international provider of distributed energy systems, provides waste to energy solutions based on the world’s most advanced biomass gasification technology in the market. The E4 and recently launched E5 systems each generate 50kW of electricity and 120 kW of thermal energy and fit in a 20-foot shipping container for easy and fast deployment around the world. When combined and stacked together, Arensis power systems can supply several megawatts of energy completely off grid and can be installed in weeks, not years. The units are built for primary baseload generation, producing 24/7 energy by converting both organic and inorganic waste materials into renewable Combined Heat Power and Cooling (CHPC). Arensis has been one of the fastest growing decentralized energy providers in the world, deploying more than 150 units and raising $50 million since 2016.
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 73 portfolio companies raise $184M 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.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. Please visit ey.com/eoy.
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Laurie Peters, LACI Communications Director
Partners Commit to Develop Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Pollution
Los Angeles, CA—May 29, 2018— An unprecedented partnership of local government leaders, utilities, regulators, and others are joining forces to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions and regional air pollution by accelerating zero emissions transportation by the time the world arrives for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) announced today. LACI sees the collaboration as a critical next step in its mission to build an inclusive green economy through cleantech innovation and market transformation.
The partnership will develop a 2028 Zero Emissions (ZE) Roadmap—with the first phase to be released in September 2018—which will set short-term and long-term goals for regional transportation electrification and statewide zero emissions goods movement. The process for developing the 2028 ZE Roadmap will identify needed infrastructure, market signals, and other priorities. The multi-year partnership will also include working with industry, LACI’s current portfolio companies, and disadvantaged communities on pilot projects and demonstrations as well was seeking new transportation startups, developing key markets, and helping develop a diverse workforce.
“Here in Los Angeles, we don’t wait for the future — we guide it,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “LACI is a hub for innovations that could change the world — and it has helped Los Angeles grow into the green tech capital of America. I’m excited to work with this extraordinary group of partners who share our commitment to ease congestion and clean the air we breathe.”
“LACI is the right place to bring together all the parties we need to launch the transformation to zero emission transportation by 2028,” stated Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). “We have ambitious goals and transportation is the linchpin of California’s climate action plan. We must focus on electrifying our cars, trucks and buses in the coming decade to be able to meet our air quality and climate goals. The Zero Emissions Roadmap will definitely help us get there.”
The initiative’s Leadership Group includes: California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair, Mary D. Nichols; City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Southern California Edison President, Ron Nichols; Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) General Manager, David H. Wright; Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) CEO, Phillip A. Washington; PG&E Senior Vice President, Steven Malnight; and chaired by LACI President and CEO, Matt Petersen.
“Transportation is the largest source of California’s GHGs and the region’s air pollution,” stated Matt Petersen, LACI President and CEO. “Through this unprecedented collaboration, we can grow our green economy by tapping into existing and emerging technologies, working with our dynamic startups at LACI, and identifying needed market signals. Together we will help combat climate change and protect the lungs of our children and seniors, especially in disadvantaged communities.”
LACI currently has 11 transportation portfolio companies providing transportation electrification, infrastructure and shared mobility solutions, including startups manufacturing electric shuttle buses, providing EV car sharing and vanpooling, developing electric aircraft, introducing traffic signal solutions, EV educational platforms and more. Along with recruiting rising stars of transportation and mobility-related startups, LACI is also committed to helping create a diverse workforce equipped with the skills to put transportation technology to work for the benefit of all our communities.
“California has some bold goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Accelerating these goals to 2028 through this group of key utility and transportation partners convened by LACI is even bolder,” said Ron Nichols, President of Southern California Edison (SCE). “To do that, we have to make a major effort on the biggest component of GHG pollution, which is transportation. What we are talking about here is innovation. This requires public, private, and government sectors to work together— bringing like-minds together to make this happen faster.”
“LACI has brought together a comprehensive multi-year partnership between LADWP, SCE and regional utilities and agencies,” said David H. Wright, LADWP General Manager. “The most exciting thing about this is it’s a win across the board. It’s a win globally, with reduced GHGs, it’s a win locally, to reduce air pollution, a win in environmental justice, a win for local jobs and green energy. Every aspect of this is a win, it’s exciting.”
“Given Metro’s commitment to electrifying our bus fleets to reduce emissions and enhance our riders’ experience, we are proud to be part of this partnership convened by LACI,” stated Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Whether it is through transforming our region through career opportunities in the transit industry or introducing new and exciting electric transportation projects for the County, Metro is committed to our shared goals.”
For more information on the transportation electrification partnership, please visit: www.laci.org/transportation.
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. For more information, please visit http://laci.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @LACIncubator.
Laurie Peters, LACI Communications Director
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.”
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. The International Access Program helps companies enter the US and other global markets
- 2. The Innovation Ecosystem Model is an Incubator in a Box blueprint for building high performance economic ecosystems
- 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. The International Executive in Residence (IEIR) program provides best practice training to mentors in other incubation and acceleration programs
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.
Laurie Peters, LACI Communications Director
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Government Officials and Watts Rising Collaborative Gather for Press Conference at Markham Middle School, the New Watts Healing Tech Garden Site
Los Angeles, CA- February 1, 2018— Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted a press conference February 1, 2018 announcing the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) $35 million grant awarded to the Watts Rising Collaborative for the Transformative Climate Communities program. Community Healing Gardens (CHG), in partnership with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), announced funding for the new Watts Healing Tech Garden as part of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) led initiative. The press conference took place at the site of the new Watts Healing Tech Garden, located at Edwin Markham Middle School (1650 E. 104th Street, LA).
The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) program funds development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, and economic benefits in California’s most disadvantaged communities. In celebration, Watts Rising Collaborative hosted a ceremonial tree planting to mark the beginning of the implementation phase of the grant in the community of Watts.
LACI has partnered with Community Healing Gardens to create a first-of-its-kind Community Healing Tech Garden in Watts featuring clean technology deployment, a community tree planting program, STEM education, new paths for green jobs and community engagement. The program provides a working model for Title 1 schools across the country and will feature demonstrations of LACI portfolio company technologies in the garden.
The Watts Healing Tech Garden has partnered with Tree People to plant a minimum 100 trees every two years in and around the community. In 2018 (the first full production year), the garden will also produce over 10,000 lbs. of fresh organically grown vegetables and fruits, with the potential to produce up to 20,000 lbs. a year. LACI clean technology solutions will be incorporated into the garden for students and members of the community to learn about irrigation technology, solar and energy storage systems, energy-efficient lighting, atmospheric water generation, and waste to energy conversion, among other cleantech solutions for water and energy efficiency and GHG reduction.
Additionally, in a partnership with Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), LACI portfolio company Green Commuter (a certified B Corp) will be activating its signature zero-emission vanpool and carsharing service at three new mobility hubs in Watts. As part of its winning formula, WLCAC and Green Commuter developed a plan that leverages the SGC’s investment by integrating workforce development and training opportunities for Watts residents into program operations.
“As we work to create an inclusive, green economy, LACI is proud to support our portfolio companies,Green Commuter and Pick My Solar, deliveringEV mobility and solar options to the residents of Watts,” said Matt Petersen, President and CEO of LACI. “Our partnership with Community Healing Gardens to educate students and residents about how we can grow healthy food more efficiently using our start-up technologies is another way we are engaging with disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles.”
Community Healing Garden’s mission, as part of Watts Rising, is to foster community through urban gardening. Born out of the passion of its Co-founder, Nicole Landers, CHG has had a significant impact already in Watts. It is the first and only urban tech garden housed on the campus of a local (LAUSD) school. School garden programs have proven benefits that transform lives and communities: better health, a cleaner environment, increased safety, improved academics, more community building and enhanced vocational opportunities.
“The beneficial impact of the projects awarded from this grant for the next generation will make them leaders in behavior change in their schools and homes, giving students the tools to be better stewards of the earth and their own futures,” states Nicole Landers, Co-founder of Community Healing Gardens.
As an implementation partner of LACI, Community Healing Gardens has been successful in unifying the local Watts community and building out a one acre urban garden at Markham Middle School. To date, the Healing Tech Garden has more than 300 middle school students including additional local youth ranging from 5-17 years old, hosted and partnered with 250+ volunteers, and grown and donated 5,000+ pounds of healthy greens, vegetables, fruits and herbs.
On September 14, 2016, California Governor Brown signed AB 2722 (Burke), which created the Transformative Climate Communities Program, a California Climate Investment grant program administered by the Strategic Growth Council. The Housing Authority played a significant role in the procurement of this grant and believes that Watts can become a model 21st century urban community that focuses on greenhouse gas reduction strategies that will favorably impact the lives of 40,000 residents.
To get involved with CHG, please visit https://www.communityhealinggardens.org/ to donate to, adopt a tree and/or get your hands dirty and till the soil in the Garden.
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 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long-term economic value.
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