Category: N-News

Next Wave (Tony Morberg, China)

Tony Morberg was invited to Shenzhen China to deliver a renewable energy and Cleantech global overview to over 800 investors and entrepreneurs at the 2016 Qianhai International Science and Technology Innovation Summit in December 2016. This event was held by InnoHub, a top Chinese incubator with five operating incubators in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Wuhan).

Leaders in Water Sustainability Gather at LA Kretz Innovation Campus


Gubernatorial Candidates John Chiang and Antonio Villaraigosa Shared Their Vision for a More Sustainable California at the Innovate x Water 2016 Conference

Los Angeles, CA—November 18, 2016— Water sustainability solutions and innovation were the hot topics this week with two significant events on California’s on-going drought held at Downtown LA’s La Kretz Innovation Campus. City and state leaders came out to address audiences at the Innovate x Water 2016 Conference, presented by CORO Southern California in partnership with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and Southern California Water Committee (SCWC). Later in the week, the Canadian Consulate General Los Angeles joined the Canadian Water Innovation Roadshow at the Campus, presenting fifteen Canadian water technology companies to Southern California.

Greg Good, Master of Ceremonies for Innovate x Water and Director of Infrastructure Services for the City of Los Angeles, introduced California Gubernatorial candidates John Chiang, California State Treasurer, and Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles, who spoke on the water crisis and the need for innovative technologies.  

“North versus South, farmers against environmentalists, dams versus tunnels — the warring territorial and economic interests of a state comprised of 39 million people has resulted in a decades-long water stalemate that harms our economy, public health, and way of life,” said California State Treasurer John Chiang. “We need a reimagined approach to securing a future where each drop of water is valued and Californians have access to what they need. We get there by driving innovation and investments through better pricing policies, regulatory flexibility, and new funding mechanisms.”

“There is enough water,” said 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa. “There just isn’t enough political will yet to get the water where it needs to be, to make sure less water is wasted and more water is recycled. But if we come together – we can get this done. We’re a great state because we are not afraid to take on great tasks – like creating and saving hundreds of thousands of jobs by solving our water challenge.”

Speaking about the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator at the newly opened La Kretz Innovation Campus, a vision of Villaraigosa’s when he was Mayor, he added “This is an example of what is possible.” In addition to hosting ongoing events on building a sustainable future and green economy for Los Angeles, LACI is a cluster-driven organization with quarterly cluster meetings on Water, Energy Generation & Storage, Built Environment, Transportation, Waste & Sustainable Materials and Agriculture & Food Science.

LACI’s Water Cluster helps support and grow the water technology industry in the LA region. The initial goal for the cluster work is to decrease fragmentation and increase collaboration between all stakeholders involved in water sustainability. LACI’s vision is to be a platform for government organizations, non-profits, academic institutions and corporate companies to work together and forge innovative partnerships with an emphasis on the value that technology can bring to the water sector. The cluster meets quarterly, coupled with an on-going stream of water events at the Campus. The next quarterly Water Cluster meeting is on January 18, 2017.

The role new water technologies and civic organizations play in addressing the drought were addressed in panel sessions at this week’s event, followed by presentations by LACI’s cleantech portfolio companies focused on water sustainability. LACI portfolio companies, Ayyeka, Divining Lab LLC, Envi, Rain Systems, Vena Water, and Water Canary were among the presenting companies.

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching, mentoring, and access to a robust network of partnerships and capital. LACI was founded in 2011 as a cluster-driven economic development initiative supported by the City of Los Angeles, LADWP and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. Recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world, LACI identifies local entrepreneurs across multiple cleantech business sectors and guides them to market, creating jobs that advance LA’s green economy. In just five years, LACI has helped 60 companies raise $80M in funding, created 1,150 jobs, and delivered more than $230M in long-term economic value for the City of Los Angeles. LACI operates out of the La Kretz Innovation Campus with satellite offices in Northridge, CA and Silicon Valley and is the organizer of GloSho and founder of the Network for Global Innovation NGIN. For additional information, please visit:  

La Kretz Innovation Campus and Advanced Prototyping Center

The La Kretz Innovation Campus, Los Angeles’ new cleantech innovation hub, is a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. Designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), the fully renovated 60,000 square foot facility is located in the dynamic Arts & Innovation District of Downtown Los Angeles. The Campus comprises 3.2 acres owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and is approved for LEED Platinum rating, utilizing state-of-the-art green technology including a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations, bioswales, and LA’s first public greywater filtration and microgrid systems.

Media Contact:
Laurie Peters,
LACI Communications Director
(818) 635-4101

Why Hardware Incubators are Critical to the Future of Making Things – Inc42

Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter.  Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 Bn in 2014, more than triple the amount two years earlier. Meanwhile, the ‘fairy tale’ acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats, and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups in hardware.

Long-Awaited Arts District Park Opens – Downtown News

DTLA—The Arts District is in the midst of an unprecedented residential burst. The 320-apartment Garey Building opened in July. At 950 E. Third St., a mega-development with 472 rental units is under construction. In September, plans were unveiled for a $2 billion development highlighted by a pair of 58-story towers. The list goes on and on.