First-ever Climate Cup Winner:

Climate Cup Winner

Congratulations to the first-ever Climate Cup Grand Prize Winner!

Solstice Energy Solutions took home $25,00US, presented live onstage at the Global Climate Action Summit on Friday, September 14. Two runners-up, Wheeli and EVMatch, won $5,000US each.

All three Climate Cup finalists will receive additional exposure at the flagship VERGE 18 conference and expo, Oct. 16-18 in Oakland, including free booth space and curated investor networking opportunities in the Startup Showcase, to demo in the Carbon Tech and Advanced Materials Showcases.

Congratulations to all our finalists.

Climate Cup Category Finalists

These winning innovators joined LACI and California Clean Energy Fund at the Global Climate Summit in San Francisco to pitch before an international audience, with the winner announced on Friday September 14.

Climate Cup Finalists will receive additional exposure at the flagship VERGE 18 conference and expo, Oct. 16-18 in Oakland, including free booth space and curated investor networking opportunities in the Startup Showcase to demo in the Carbon Tech and Advanced Materials Showcases.

Ugwen Eneyo,
founder of Solstice Energy Solutions, won the Digital Solutions for Sustainable Cities category. Solstice Energy Solutions develops IoT and software to intelligently manage distributed energy resources.

Jean-Pierre Adéchi,
founder of Wheeli prevailed in the Zero Emission Mobility and Goods Movement category, sponsored by Itron Idea Labs. Wheeli is the carpooling app for college students, like an Airbnb for empty car seats on the road.

Heather Hochrein,
founder of EVMatch, won the Energy-Transportation Nexus category, sponsored by Edison International. EVmatch is a peer-to-peer network for electric vehicle (EV) charging that harnesses the power of sharing to immediately create more reliable charging options.

Meet the California Climate Cup Finalists:

The California Climate Cup is 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 OUR 2018 CATEGORY FINALISTS

Mobility & Goods Movement

Energy / Transportation Nexus

Digital Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Meet the California Climate Cup Judges:

Judges

Lucas Scheidler

Sr. Product Manager
Itron Idea Labs

Ian Meikle

Director, Clean Growth and Infrastructure
Innovate UK

Katie Fehrenbacher

Senior Writer, GreenBiz
Conference Chair, VERGE Transport
GreenBiz

Kojo Ako-Asare

Director, Investments
Emerson Elemental

Sergej Mahnovski

Director, Growth and Innovation
Edison International

Samantha Huang

Senior Associate
BMW i Ventures

Sponsors

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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