Innovators Program

Supported by
the California Energy Commission

LACI Innovators is the premiere network access program for early-stage startups in Southern California working together to create an inclusive green economy.

Since 2018, the Innovators program has helped Cohorts 1, 2 and 3:

Raise $
in funding
jobs in
Southern California
Connect with

clients, customers
and investors

“This is a really great program for early stage startups who need to be a little more connected to the community!”

- Rejoule, 2019 Cohort 3

“[The Innovators program gave us] resources to help further develop our company and connections to events and opportunities within the industry.”

- Alumina Energy, 2019 Cohort 3

“The relationship and the consistent on-hand connections with the LACI team, both leading us towards fundraising opportunities and providing us insight where needed was the most valuable part of the Innovators program.”

- Sunnie Solar, 2019 Cohort 3


The Innovators program is a 12-month light-touch network access program for early -stage startups in the clean energy and zero emissions mobility industries. Designed for startups in Southern California, this free program helps startups access opportunities across the state.

Details of the 12-Month Program

  • Cohort 4 begins on September 1, 2019 
  • There’s no cost to apply or participate
  • Applicants must fill out quarterly metrics report for the California Energy Commission 
  • Program services are light touch- with network access- we like to say we act as a “concierge” rather than a coach
  • Earlier stage companies are eligible- defined as those typically pre-seed and pre-revenue, with at least a proof of concept


  • Curated monthly communications about industry opportunities
  • Bi-monthly meetings with LACI team
  • Workshops, pitch clinics and customer access opportunities
  • Opportunities to engage with LACI corporate partners
  • Featured at annual Energy Innovation Symposium conference
  • Visibility within the California Energy Commission network
  • Discounted access to LACI hot desk and Advanced Prototyping Center