A Competition Seeking Cleantech Innovators From Around the World

focused on finding transformative climate solutions for megacities & regions in zero emissions transportation, the energy/transportation nexus, & digital tools for sustainability.

Meet the California Climate Cup Finalists:

Zero Emissions Mobility
Goods Movement

Digital Solutions for
Sustainable Cities

Sponsored by Itron Idea Labs

Energy / Transportation

Sponsored by Edison International

Meet the California Climate Cup Judges:

Lucas Scheidler

Sr. Product Manager
Itron Idea Labs

Samantha Huang

Senior Associate
BMW i Ventures

Sergej Mahnovski

Director, Growth and Innovation
Edison International

Kojo Ako-Asare

Director, Investments
Emerson Elemental

Katie Fehrenbacher

Senior Writer, GreenBiz
Conference Chair, VERGE Transport

Ian Meikle

Director, Clean Growth and Infrastructure
Innovate UK

Turn Your Idea Into Action.

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) are partnering for the California Climate Cup – a competition seeking the next generation of startups who are ready to make a global impact.

Global megacities are on the frontlines of climate impacts and solutions. From increased stress on electricity grids from heat waves and wildfires, to coastal areas now vulnerable to rising sea levels, we’re seeing long- and short-term resiliency challenges in our world’s cities. These challenges will impact everyone, but will disproportionately affect those in low income and disadvantaged communities.

The world needs game changing solutions.


Startups around the world have shared their visionary technologies, bold business models and transformative platforms designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, increase access to sustainable solutions for disadvantaged communities, and enhance resiliency in the face of increasing climate change impacts on a city and regional level.

The California Climate Cup highlights cleantech startups that think globally and bring zero emissions solutions that are ready to be deployed and/or piloted within a year of the competition.

Mobility & Goods Movement

Energy / Transportation Nexus

Digital Solutions for Sustainable Cities


August 6: Applications Due
August 13: Notification of Finalists
September 10 in Los Angeles: Category Finals Pitch Competition as part of the LACI Transportation Electrification Partnership Summit
September 12-14 in San Francisco: Category Winners Present at the Global Climate Action Summit and Grand Prize Winner Announced

Two of the category winners receive $5,000US and one grand prize winner will receive $25,000US. All category winners will join LACI and California Clean Energy Fund at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on September 12-14 with multiple opportunities for global visibility while pitching before an international audience.

Climate Cup finalists will receive additional exposure at the flagship VERGE 18 conference and expo, Oct. 16-18 in Oakland. This includes: Free booth space and curated investor networking opportunities in the Startup Showcase (for those under $5M in combined investment and revenue), as well as opportunities to demo in the Carbon Tech and Advanced Materials Showcases

To learn more, contact us at climatecup@laci.org

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 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

About California Clean Energy Fund

California Clean Energy Fund (www.calcef.org) works to promote the transition to a clean energy economy by creating institutions and investment vehicles that grow markets for clean energy technologies. California Clean Energy Fund is a non-profit umbrella organization that pursues statewide and national agendas via 1) California Clean Energy Fund Innovations, a 501(c)(3) that leads California Clean Energy Fund’s analysis and product development; and 2) California Clean Energy Fund Ventures, a 501(c)(4) that executes and scales the California Clean Energy Fund investment strategy, and 3) California Clean Energy Fund Catalyst, a 501(c)(6), industry association that engages and coordinates clean energy businesses and stakeholders.

For more information, go to calcef.org

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