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LACI Announces Launch of Advanced Prototyping Center at La Kretz Innovation Campus

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Applications are now open to access the West Coast’s most advanced prototyping equipment and lab space available to the public.


Los Angeles, CA- November 2, 2016 – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a non-profit organization helping promising cleantech companies deliver market-ready solutions and further economic development for the City of Los Angeles, announces the launch of the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) at the new La Kretz Innovation Campus in the DTLA Arts District. Significant discounts for memberships are being offered for the public to join a community of inventors, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs through the Advanced Prototyping Center’s What Will You Make Today? Indiegogo campaign.

The Advanced Prototyping Center, currently being used by LACI’s portfolio companies for product development, will open its doors to the public in January 2017. Applications are now being accepted for monthly memberships enabling innovators of all skill levels to bring their ideas to life. Use of the West Coast’s highest caliber facility for prototyping offers members the ability design, build, test, certify and manufacture products all under one roof. The facility includes an electronics lab, chemistry lab, cell lab, CNC center, waterjet center, welding shop, 3D printing shop, textile shop, material working center, use of premium CAD software, laser cutters, woodworking, measurement science equipment, assembly space, training centers and more.

“The diverse breadth and depth of capabilities within the Advanced Prototyping Center’s multiple labs and shops accommodate everyone from beginners wanting to learn about 3D printing to companies taking their product through prototyping and design to manufacturing,” states Brandon Iglesias, LACI Director of Engineering.

Tours of the Advanced Prototyping Center and product demos will be offered at the upcoming “Smart Prototyping: Turning Your Idea into a Real Product” MAKE IT IN LA event, taking place December 1, 2016 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the La Kretz Innovation Campus. The Advanced Prototyping Center is a coalition member of MAKE IT IN LA, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s region-wide initiative to connect and celebrate the nation’s largest community of makers, and will host the event on campus as part of the MAKE IT IN LA event series.

The La Kretz Innovation Campus is a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. The Campus, which is home to LACI and sits on 3.2-acres owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), is LEED Platinum Certified and houses an ecosystem of thought leaders shaping a sustainable future for Los Angeles.

The Advanced Prototyping Center is managed by LACI and was made possible through funding from the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, U.S. Economic Development Administration and founding sponsorships from Autodesk, Eppendorf, Hyperloop Tech, EMD Millipore, Faro,, ProSIM, Dassault Systemes, ANSYS, Aproe, Reactwell, Trinity, Purple Platypus, Insight Systems Exchange, National Instruments and Advanced Industrial Solutions.

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:

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AIA|LA Design Awards Go To Roberts Pavilion and LKIC


Los Angeles, CA – October 25, 2016 – JFAK is proud to announce that it garnered two awards at the prestigious 2016 Design Awards program Monday night, October 24, 2016, hosted by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA).

Roberts Pavilion, a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center at Claremont McKenna College, earned an AIA|LA Design Award. “We’re proud to say that Roberts Pavilion has become a new interactive and social hub on campus, feeding not only the bodies but also the minds and hearts of the extended Claremont Colleges community,” said John Friedman, FAIA and Principal of JFAK Architects.

La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), an adaptive reuse project in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, was honored as part of AIA|LA’s first ever COTE LA awards – recognizing projects that further and/or demonstrate achievement in the implementation of sustainability features. LKIC not only uses sustainable solutions such as solatubes, greywater filtration system, solar microgrid, and more, but is a new kind of innovation center – one at which community, culture, and technological entrepreneurship join forces in search of sustainable solutions to myriad environmental and other challenges we face today.


Principal John Friedman, FAIA, right, accompanied by Associates Derek Greene (left) and Shuang Xu, accepted the awards on behalf of the firm.

About the AIA|LA Design Awards: Completed projects, located anywhere, that are designed by AIA members from firms based in the LA area, and architecture constructed in Los Angeles by any AIA member, no matter their base of operations, are eligible for submission for Design and COTE LA Awards. Selected by a jury of distinguished architects based across the United States and conversant in the field’s potential at national and international levels, the AIA|LA Design Awards honor design excellence in some of the most significant completed projects in the country at this time. The caliber of work submitted and volume of submissions make the program amongst the most competitive AIA chapters host.

For more information, click through to the AIA|LA Press Release.

LA Cleantech Incubator To Build Global Innovation Network – Business Line

Partners with Centre for IIM-A, T-Hub

Fred H Walti II, President and Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, is on a mission in India.

Having managed to groom scores of start-ups in the cleantech space, he is seeking to build a global network of innovation, helping entrepreneurs come on its platform.

So far, it has partnered with IIM-Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, and T-Hub promoted by the Telangana government.

Walti believes it is just the beginning of what is possible through the network for global innovation.

“One can get to learn, train, innovate, be mentored, and later funded. There is no limit to what this collaboration could do,” he says.

Walti told BusinessLine: “As a non-profit organisation, we help young entrepreneurs in the cleantech space; we incubate them and take them through the learning curve, and help then raise funds and grow. Now we have four centres, three in Los Angeles and one in North California.”

Barely 12 per cent of the applicants get selected to be part of the incubation programme. After going through rigorously training, they get assigned to successful companies and their executives, who mentor them.

“We are working in Ethiopia with the World Bank in the cleantech space. India has immense scope in the area of renewable energy. Globally, the installed capacity of renewable energy is about 175 GW, and India alone is seeking to add 175 GW by 2022,” he says.

“We also hope to find investment funds and facilitate funding for these start-ups.”

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 26, 2016)

The Industry of Innovation – LA Dreams


There is a palpable fervor in the air of Los Angeles that promises to change the way Angelenos conduct business and live our lives.  We’re not talking about the remaining days of our nation’s political stage, but the industry of innovation that is booming here in Los Angeles.

In September, the second annual Los Angeles Techday was held, and the activity on the convention floor was reminiscent of the intensity found at the New York Stock Exchange.

Historically, Los Angeles has lagged behind other markets like Silicon Valley and New York City in the area of innovation and new tech startups.  But with room to grow and LA’s importance as a global center, the City of Angels is poised to be the next big thing in the industry of innovation, and leading the way is the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI).

In 2011, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that the City of Los Angeles would set out to be a leader in the green economy and developed LACI to play an important role in accelerating the commercialization of clean technologies from the area’s universities, as well as from independent inventors and entrepreneurs. Five years later, LACI officially opened their offices at the brand-new La Kretz Innovation Campus, on a 3.2-acre property owned by DWP.


On October 7th, with much fanfare and excitement, the staff and management of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) invited the public to the grand opening and official ribbon-cutting ceremony of their new La Kretz Innovation Campus in the heart of DTLA’s dynamic Arts District.  Even before they officially opened their doors to the public, the team working under the solar-paneled roof had already achieved key accomplishments within the industry of innovation.  For the second consecutive year, LACI was ranked in the top-10 of university-affiliated incubators, this time #3 in the world, by UBI Global. It was also the top-ranked cleantech incubator on that index.

So what exactly is the LA Cleantech Incubator?  Quite simply, it is a joint venture between government and industry that leverages technology and the resources of Los Angeles to develop private startup enterprises creating products and services that will advance the City’s initiative to be a leader in the green economy.

In doing so, several goals of the City are met, including over 1,150 green jobs created, cleaner air and water, improved water conservation, increased renewable energy usage (LA is #1 in the US with 20% usage), increased recycling efforts (LA has the highest rate of any major US city), and 60 LACI portfolio companies have attracted more than $78 million in invested capital, generating $230 million in long-term economic value.  All of this in just five years, working out of a much smaller, refurbished bus repair terminal.  No wonder the team was so excited on opening day of the La Kretz Innovation Campus.  If they can achieve all of this from a small garage in just five years, imagine what they can do in their new 60,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art facility.

“Innovation begets innovation and we now work in a world-class innovative space,” states Fred Walti, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. Walti says the La Kretz Innovation Campus design is pushing the envelope with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and sustainability. LACI has the country’s first public UV greywater solution and the energy created from its 175 kilowatt solar farm feeds into LA’s first public microgrid system, providing energy to the building and inspiring future microgrids for homes and businesses.


LACI / La Kretz Grand Opening, October 7, 2016

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Fred Walti, President & CEO of LACI & Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at LACI / La Kretz Grand Opening, October 7, 2016

A growing segment in the industry of innovation are creative work spaces with support staff and classroom training, as well as ‘maker spaces’, or prototyping labs, for entrepreneurs and inventors to easily develop working models of their product concepts.  The La Kretz Innovation Campus answers this marketplace need and beyond.  The facility features office space and amenities for LACI’s burgeoning cleantech portfolio companies to utilize as they grow and develop their businesses. The Campus features collaborative workspace, an Advanced Prototyping Center (including a 3D printing and laser shop, water jet center, electronics, robotics lab, chemistry lab, assembly bay and a training center), a 125-person amphitheater and event space, in addition to LADWP laboratories for both Customer Engagement and Energy Efficiency Technology, and the Case Study Home showcasing energy and water saving products as well as rebates and services available to LADWP customers, among other features.  The innovation marketplace is so strong that LACI’s business model has inspired a similar non-profit venture to set-up shop in Old Town Pasadena in 2017 focusing primarily on automotive design.

LACI helps manage the La Kretz Innovation Campus, recruiting entrepreneurs, organizations and community thought leaders focused on the region’s clean energy sector to rent space and develop businesses within the building. The shared-space design allows emerging cleantech portfolio companies and LADWP engineers to work side-by-side with leaders in innovation and environmental sustainability, receiving guidance and mentorship as they develop new technologies that both grow Los Angeles’ economy and promote sustainability amongst Angelenos.

In partnership with the City’s exceptional academic and research organizations – UCLA, USC, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory – LACI helps accelerate the commercialization of their clean technologies in addition to accelerating new products developed by independent entrepreneurs. LACI is a result of the Clean Tech Los Angeles (CTLA) alliance among the Mayor’s office, the City’s universities, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Business Council, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, LADWP and the CRA/LA.

Prototyping Solutions All In One Place

Purple Platypus, the Southwest platinum reseller to Stratasys, the largest 3D printing solutions company, has partnered with LACI.  As the exclusive 3D printing sponsor of the new additive manufacturing center inside the La Kretz Innovation Campus, Purple Platypus is committed to providing advanced 3D printing technology, tools, and support to LACI and its customers.

“We are thrilled to be a part of LA’s cleantech hub and looking forward to the collaboration with LACI in promoting an innovative culture across Southern California,” says Mark Swart, CEO of Purple Platypus.


Mark Swart, CEO of Purple Platypus

LA Cleantech members have complete access to the additive manufacturing center, which features both FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and PolyJet 3D printing technologies.  Additionally, they have access to a wet lab, electronics lab, CNC shop, and welding shop – all under one roof.

Members of the facility are encouraged to utilize the additive manufacturing center as a place to be innovative, develop prototypes, share design concepts with colleagues, and experience 3D printing demonstrations. This world-class facility also gives Purple Platypus a centralized location in Los Angeles to hold seminars, workshops, and meet with customers to discuss real-life applications in a professional environment.

The Broad Range of 3D Printng

Purple Platypus also has their own 3D printing service bureau, Purple Porcupine, for big companies who need 3D printing beyond their own 3D print capabilities, as well as providing service to individual inventors and entrepreneurs.  The uses of 3D printing are very broad.  There are many applications that are functional in the industrial world, and creative in the design world.  Clients from design, entertainment and medical industries benefit from the high-resolution, color, multiple-material output and use a technology known as PolyJet.  The other side of the coin is known as FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), and is used more for building jigs or tools which can be easily replaced when the older tool needs to be decommissioned; these features appeal to their more industrial clients like aerospace and defense. Most 3D printing falls into one of these two functions and Purple Platypus will service these needs and do it very effectively.

Purple Platypus has worked with major hospitals where they have sent over a CT scan of a patient’s lung and made a 3D print utilizing rubber material.  The surgical team is then able to perform a pre-operation on the 3D model which is very cost effective, less obtrusive and much safer than traditional lung operations that don’t benefit from visualizing the procedure.  Their 3D printers have been used for the prototyping and manufacture of medical devices, as well as used in the courtroom where legal counsel needs to illustrate complex medical terminology to a jury who may not be savvy with medical aspects of the case.

Aerospace is another key industry which uses their 3D printing technology.  When aerospace companies have a part they need to fabricate, it could cost upwards of $100,000 if the part is made using conventional methods like aluminum cast, sand casting or injection molds. 3D printing that same part is simple and would provide significant savings on cost and production time.  Once a 3D CAD file is uploaded, the machine programs itself and is able to slice the part up into layers to prepare it for print, in the terms of $100 to $2000, and with a quick turn-around time of a few days, or even a few hours.

3D printing impacts so many sectors and has advanced the technology of aerospace & defense, architecture, automotive, commercial products, consumer products, dental, medical, academic and entertainment industries.

3D Printing Forum at La Kretz Innovation Campus

To kick-off the release of the new Stratasys J750, the world’s first full color multi-material 3D printer, and the Objet1000 Plus, the world’s largest multi-material 3D printer, Purple Platypus partnered with LACI and Stratasys to bring an exclusive 3D printing forum right into the heart of Los Angeles.

Attendees witnessed new leading-edge products in person, held beautifully printed full-color parts in hand, and heard it from Stratasys technologists on how 3D printing has improved their design cycle with untouchable versatility and uncomplicated workflow.

For more information on LACI and its programs, email, go to or call (213) 358-6500.


Hyderabad and Ahmedabad Two Important Cities for Cleantech: Fred Walti – The Dollar Business

In India LACI has tied up with CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship and T-Hub (Telengana Hub) of Hyderabad, for launching green tech incubators. Fred said he is also keen that other cities in India too would make a beginning in the field. Discussing the methods LACI would use in the penetration of markets, Fred said, “We will establish incubators for entrepreneurs and budding innovators and support them to penetrate the right market in any country.”

Silver Jubilee Celebrations

Managed by the Sikh Educational Society (SES), Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiates Public School, Sector 26, on Wednesday celebrated its silver jubilee with great enthusiasm and fervour. Hazuri raagis of Sri Harmander Sahib, Amritsar, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh and Bhai Ramanpreet Singh of Gurdwara Nadha Sahib performed kirtan after the bhog ceremony of akhand path. SES secretary Col JS Bala (retd) appealed the school staff to work with missionary zeal and utmost dedication as the Institution was named after the Tenth Guru. There should be a distinctive imprint on the psyche of students who pass out from this institution, he added. Apart from parents and alumni of the school, SGGS College Principal Dr Jyoti Lamba, GGS College for Women Principal Dr Charanjit Kaur Sohi and SGGS Pharmacy College Principal Jaswainder Kaur were also present. Student interaction at Panjab varsity President and CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), USA, Fred H Walti II interacted with faculty members, students and a scientist from the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) at Panjab University here on Wednesday. As many as 150 students and faculty members from different CRICK institutions participated in the interaction. Fred H Walti II spoke on the university-based Incubators in supporting student startups for clean tech entrepreneurship. “LACI is open to collaborate with the university-based incubator for mutual hosting of startups,” he informed. PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover also interacted with students to bring their startup ideas to the forefront and discuss the challenges faced by them. He also mentioned that the first challenge for students was to convince parents about the startup rather than opting for campus placement. — TNS

PU Discusses Support of University-based Incubators for Student Startups

HANDIGARH: President and CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) USA Fred H Walti II interacted with the scientists/ faculty members and students from the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) institutions at Panjab University (PU) here on Wednesday.

As many as 150 students and faculty members from different CRICK institutions participated in the interaction.

Walti II spoke on the topic of “University based Incubators in Supporting Student Startups for Clean Tech Entrepreneurship.” He shared the case study of LACI hosting Startups in different domain. Major focus is to have startups incorporating the clean technologies like battery operated cars, energy from the solid waste etc. LACI is open to collaborate with the university based incubator for mutual hosting of the start-ups, he informed.

PU vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover also interacted with the students to bring their startup ideas to forefront and discuss the challenges faced by them. He also mentioned that the first challenge for the students is to convince the parents about the startup rather than opting for campus placement.

A Special Purpose Vehicle is formed by the Chandigarh administration for the smart city implementation which brings lot of opportunities for the students to venture into the startup culture. CRICK institutions like PECUT, PGIMER, Panjab University, IMTECH etc can be used as test bed for testing and pilot of such technologies, Grover added.

Prof Grover motivated the students to use various platforms to learn about the best practices followed throughout the world. Role of angel investors and pitching up by the budding entrepreneurs is also an ingredient to the culture of start-ups.

Earlier, Prof Renu Vig, director UIET, introduced the speaker and shared that Chandigarh administration is also looking forward for the startups to come up and take on smart city challenges. Requirements to have a successful start-up include leadership skills, innovative idea, capital investment and a good business plan.

Prof S Verma, acting director, PGIMER shared the challenges faced by the big medical institutes and motivated students to take these challenges as startup idea.

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LA’s New Innovation Campus Takes Founders Up A Notch


LA’s new innovation campus

It takes a cluster to create an innovation community. That’s now happening in the downtown Los Angeles so-called arts district as the startup frenzy increasingly expands to new turf.

The new innovation campus near the Los Angeles River in a grubby warehouse area is becoming a cool, fixed-up hub for creative energy to transform ideas into projects.

Los Angeles has not had the tech spotlight of its northern neighbor Silicon Valley. That’s now changing with the advent of virtual reality technologies blended with digital media content, and a growing number of venture investors willing to put up risk capital.

The La Kretz Innovation Campus (named after real estate visionary Morton La Kretz) in a refurbished facility is more than your typical co-working space. For one thing, it’s focused on incubating cleantech startups. At its debuts, exhibits from some of LA’s hottest cleantech companies displayed their wares in the baking sun outside the campus building, from recycling to solar lighting to water-testing to electric vehicles and green commuting services – all core to Southern California’s future.

Local politicos including Mayor Eric Garcetti were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new campus for LACI, a non-profit funded by public and private philanthropic sources. Among the accomplishments of LACI since its founding five years ago: helping 60 portfolio companies raise $78 million and creating more than 1150 jobs for the city of Los Angeles.

The comprehensive LACI facility houses co-working spaces (now with a waiting list), conference rooms, an amphitheater, prototype labs for design, testing and manufacturing, as well as a training center, academic partnerships with Caltech, UCLA and USC plus a satellite program for entrepreneurship with Cal State in San Fernando Valley. There’s also an extended global network for startups ready to expand internationally, with China a focal point given the strong connections between SoCal and the PRC – last year, China investors poured $3.3 billion in Los Angeles County, an increase of 98%.

On opening day, I sat in on a pitch by a founder before two out-of-town venture capitalists specializing in cleantech innovations. I met with an entrepreneur-in-residence who advises founders. I spoke with several enthusiastic portfolio company founders. This innovation campus is doing a deep dive in the entrepreneurial community and will make a difference in California’s still small but growing cluster of startup zones.

As part of Innovate LA week, Silicon Dragon is returning to LACI to launch its venture salon series in California, Friday evening, October 21 (just after GetGlobal’s conference) with talks by internationally minded VCs Mike Prasad and William Bao Bean, pitches, and a tech chat with a well-known entrepreneur, Jeremy Goldkorn, who managed to cash out in China with a big-time global acquisition.


VentureWell and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Partner to Accelerate Cleantech Startups

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Los Angeles, CA (October 3, 2016) — VentureWell and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) announced today that they completed the first of two three­-day workshops designed to prepare cleantech­-focused startups for investment and critical partnerships. The program, Accelerating Startup Partnerships and Investment Readiness (ASPIRE), challenges startups to use milestone­ and evidence­-based thinking as they plan not just for product development, but also for development of a strong business case that can attract the appropriate strategic partners and investors necessary to bring these products to market.

ASPIRE is an extension of VentureWell’s E-­Team Program, which has been generously supported since its inception twenty years ago by The Lemelson Foundation. The E­-Team Program helps university innovators move their inventions to market; through tools, training and mentoring, ASPIRE helps a broader community of innovators that have emerged from this and similar programs. “ASPIRE is helping science and technology entrepreneurs better position their ventures to become investment­-ready and secure next­-round funding,” said Phil Weilerstein, VentureWell President and CEO.

LACI has built a strong reputation by working with early stage companies to engage customers, secure first professional investment, prove their business model and scale the business. “VentureWell is a leader in working with companies at their earliest stages of development and a natural complement to our focus on the later stages,” said Erik Steeb, Chief Programs Officer at LACI. “Through the new ASPIRE program, LACI and VentureWell are lighting the commercialization pathways and helping startups navigate the journey from their earliest stages of venture formation through market success.”

The ASPIRE program is supported by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as part of the Foundation’s initiative to fund exemplary organizations that help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.

The first ASPIRE cleantech workshop, held on Oct. 3-­5, focused on helping participants evaluate themselves in the context of “the big picture:” identifying key players, questioning assumptions, taking stock of key risks, and assessing the needs of key stakeholders. The second workshop, being held November 16­18, will focus on helping participants articulate how they plan to use key resources in order to achieve specific milestones, while identifying and refining their pitches for partners and investors they hope to engage at each stage.

Examples of startups participating in the workshop include:

  • ADC Energy ­­ DC microgrid lighting system based on DC ‘piggybacked’ onto AC flow with zero conversion
  • MegaMatter ­­ Non­toxic flame retardants for plastics and foams, replacing banned, toxic versions
  • RealGreen Power, Inc. ­­ Modular toilet systems for remote locations that treat and reuse recycled water
  • BioCellection ­­ Biotech platform that can scalably upcycle plastic pollution into valuable biosurfactants for textiles
  • Wavve Stream, Inc. ­­ Cost­effective and biodegradable gel via shrimp shells, for the efficient removal of heavy metals and harmful chemicals in water

The eleven teams will be coached in October on vital issues related to incorporation, governance, and preparation for due diligence.

About VentureWell
VentureWell is a non­profit that fosters new ventures from an emerging generation of inventors and supports the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems that are critical to their success. We do this by building innovative communities of practice, including faculty from multiple disciplines, and by funding and training science and technology innovators at the earliest stages of developing products and ventures with high potential for socially-beneficial impact. Inventions created by VentureWell grantees are reaching millions of people in more than 50 countries. Visit to learn more and connect with us.

About LACI
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non­profit 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 $78M 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 InnovationNGIN. For additional information, please visit: