Innovators & Incubation Programs

LACI is accelerating climate action through our Innovators and Incubation startup programs.

We’re recruiting the next big cleantech startup stars like SparkCharge, ReWilder Goods, and ElectricFishAre you next? Applications for our Innovators and Incubation programs are NOW OPEN!

Innovators

Incubation

Programs Overview

LACI helps startups develop their technologies, secure funding and financing, access customers and markets, test and pilot their solutions, and unlock their full potential. Our startups go further, faster, together with LACI! Each of our programs will accept and fund 15-20 companies that best fit the program criteria, our mission, and the needs of the communities we serve.

Companies selected for our next Cohorts will join a powerful and deeply connected community of diverse LACI founders and alumni who are making an impact. 

More than 315 founders have been supported with hands on mentorship, business tools, and valuable introductions to investors, to help their startups power up and successfully seed! Your dedicated LACI Cohort team will support and empower you on your journey to raise capital, develop partnerships, acquire customers, develop, test, fund and launch your pilot, and gain valuable media exposure.

Are you an ambitious cleantech startup, hungry to create solutions in clean energy, zero emissions transportation, or smart and sustainable cities that would benefit from hands-on support through market access, business services, and introductions to funders? Then our two-year, Incubation program is right for you!

Or maybe you would benefit from for our one-year Innovators Program which offers a lighter-touch, high-impact concierge style ecosystem access opportunity.

Benefits

  • Monthly coaching with a LACI Executive in Residence (EIR)

  • Opportunities to engage with peers and industry experts through workshops, networking events, and LACI’s Alumni of more than 315 Startup Founders

  • A time efficient, low-demand curriculum delivers high-impact opportunities and growth

  • Participation in LACI and partner events and showcases, including LACI’s signature showcase Power Day event(s) with 100+ angel, venture capital, corporate strategic, and family office investors Inclusion in newsletters and startup updates sent to LACI partners, investors

  • Invitations to community building opportunities with LACI founders

  • Promotion as a LACI Startup via LACI’s website and social media

  • Inclusion in LACI newsletters and startup updates sent to LACI partners, investors, stakeholders, and community

  • Deep discounts on desk space, LACI’s Advanced Prototyping Center, and membership at the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles

  • Possible opportunities for inclusion in news/media features

  • There is no cost to apply and the Innovators program is FREE for participants selected

    LACI is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs with innovative clean technologies in the pre-seed and seed stages. LACI encourages entrepreneurs from communities that have been historically underrepresented – including women, founders of color, formerly incarcerated, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Benefits

  • Up to $160,000 in business services and other perks including personalized expert assistance with legal, accounting, and creative services

  • Eligibility to participate in the LACI EPIC Prize Program, which awards up to $60K in funding for small-scale pilot deployments (See prize rules here)

  • Access to apply for capital and financing through LACI’s Impact Fund and Debt Fund

  • Advanced curriculum with a focus on building teams, customer acquisition and sales, and creating a strong legal foundation for business growth

  • Dedicated advisory and 1:1 mentorship with a LACI Executive in Residence (EIR) serving as business coach, helping define business milestones and engagement roadmap to finalize product development, grow team and operations

  • Investment-preparation advisory services and strategic support from LACI’s Investments Team

  • Opportunities to meet relevant investors and partners via 1:1 introductions, LACInestor Talks, virtual roundtable discussions, and LACI’s signature showcase Power Day event(s) with 100+ angel, venture capital, corporate strategic, and family office investors

  • Workshops by leading industry service providers on topics such as business formation, corporate governance, customer discovery, investment readiness, grant writing
  • Deep discounts on desk space, LACI’s Advanced Prototyping Center, and membership at the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles
  • Possible opportunities for inclusion in news/media features

Is Your Startup Technology Ready to Pilot?

Perhaps LACI’s Market Access program is a better fit! Designed to help companies de-risk tech through pilot deployment, proof points, market traction, and enable companies to scale operations, enter new markets, and create environmental, social and economic impact in Los Angeles – the Market Access Program is an 18 month pilot- and investor-focused program supported by a full menu of advanced incubation services aimed at cleantech startups that are ready for commercial growth through large scale pilots.

Meet LACI’s Executives-In-Residence

Our Executives-In-Residence (EIRs) are mentors and accountability coaches for business founders in LACI Programs. EIRs lead collaborative meetings and work with startup founders to co-create roadmaps and milestones for success.

Eligibility

 Innovators Requirements

  • Have a cleantech solution that addresses Clean Energy, Zero Emissions Transportation, or Smart & Sustainable Cities: Circular Economy

  • Own or license a novel proprietary technology

  • Have a significant presence, operations, or sales plans in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, or Orange Counties

  • Established some proof of concept or TRL 3 with critical function 

 Incubation Requirements

  • Have a cleantech solution that addresses Clean Energy, Zero Emissions Transportation, or Smart & Sustainable Cities: Circular Economy

     

  • Own or hold license to a novel proprietary technology

  • Have a significant presence, operations, or sales plans in Los Angeles

  • Raised under $25MM or in Series A+

  • Be in business for less than 10 years

  • Need funding assistance for pilot execution, beyond sole purchase of technology or product

  • Have a pilot concept that considers budget, potential partnerships, and timeline

  • Have at least 2 full-time employees

  • Have a working prototype (TRL 4+)
  • Commit to attend all weekly curriculum workshops during the first 6 months

  • Agree to a 1.5-3% equity stake in the form of a warrant with the opportunity to earn back through achieving impact milestones

 Evaluations Are Based On

  • Startup technology type, innovation, and credibility

  • Pilot design, implementation plan, and risk assessment

  • Environmental and community impact of the solution

  • Potential for job creation in Los Angeles area

  • Potential to scale solution through LACI channels (i.e partnerships, customers, LA market generally)

  • Founder and team’s coachability, experience, and commitment

  • Startup’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Overall fit of startup and team within the LACI community

LACI Founders In The News

LACI programs are committed to building an inclusivity-focused community to take action on climate change. Have a look at the success of startups in our programs.

“Working with LACI helped us double revenues year over year; raise substantial capital from both early stage investors and leading strategic partners; and forge relationships with strategic utility partners including Con Edison, SDG&E, and Edison (SCE).

Max Aram 
Co-Founder & CEO
PickmySolar

“LACI has been a great partner and advocate of ChargerHelp! since our formation in January of 2020. As an FBA alumnus and current Portfolio company ChargerHelp! has been given access to multiple connections and resources that have led to our quick growth in 10 months

Kameale Terry
Founder & CEO
ChargerHelp!

“Securing investor funding for female-led companies, especially in cleantech, is difficult, but LACI assisted Repurpose in successfully pitching the Pasadena Angels to invest over $1 million in Repurpose early on.”

Lauren Gropper
Co-Founder & CEO
Repurpose

LACI has been recognized as a top 10 business incubator worldwide by UBI for 6 years. 

315
startups served
$695
in funding
$317M
in revenue
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$555M
in longterm economic impact

Stay Connected

Don’t miss this opportunity! Applications just opened and will close on May 31. If you’re unsure about your eligibility or have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Pipeline Team at pipeline@laincubator.org.

 

If our Innovators and Incubation programs are not a fit for your startup, please visit our Programs page to learn more about other LACI opportunities to accelerate your clean technology business and make an impact!

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