Mayor Villaraigosa Announces New Funding for La Kretz Cleantech Innovation Campus

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Villaraigosa today announced that the City of Los Angeles has been awarded $2.124 million from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the construction of the La Kretz Innovation Campus in the downtown Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor. “The La Kretz Innovation Campus will be a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and policymakers […]

Nancy Sutley, Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality, Visits LACI

Today, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley visited LACI for the second time in a year. Chair Sutley and a key group that included Romel Pascual (Los Angeles Mayor’s Office), Sean Arian (Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce), Kelli Bernard (LA Department of Water and Power), Tom Soto (Craton Equity Partners), Mike Swords (UCLA, Cleantech LA), […]

David Bloom Gives a Great Primer on PR and Social Media

LACI Advisor David Bloom has been helping organizations with PR and social media for a long time, and he’s really good at it.  In fact, he just gave what we think is the best primer we’ve seen to LACI Portfolio Company executives and community members in the latest C-Level Series, “Telling Your Company’s Stories.”   […]

LACI Announces E-Waste Systems, Inc. (EWSI) as its Newest Portfolio Company

LACI is pleased to announce the addition of its newest portfolio company, E-Waste Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:EWSI). E-Waste Systems, Inc. has been established to create a market-leading, integrated business in the emerging waste electrical and electronics equipment industry. The City of Los Angeles is strongly committed to supporting the green economy and to providing assistance to […]

LACI Summer Showcase (video from Future360)

Future360 heads to downtown Los Angeles to the LA Cleantech Incubator’s Summer Showcase, which brings together investors, mentors and advisors for a chance to hear from the incubator’s portfolio companies.

4sphere joins LACI as newest Portfolio Company

I’m pleased to announce that 4sphere has been accepted by LACI as our newest Resident Portfolio Company. 4sphere has developed and patented an alternating wake turbine that has the potential to be disruptive in wind, water, and other forms of renewable energy generation. The design of the turbine is highly efficient and eliminates wake turbulence, vibration, […]

Hive begins assembly operations at LACI’s new Annex

LACI Portfolio Company Hive Lighting has just expanded its footprint by moving into LACI’s light manufacturing/assembly facility, the LACI Annex. Hive’s Annex operations focus on final assembly and quality control of their plasma lights aimed at the entertainment industry. They’ve been very positively received by the entertainment industry and they’re now building their first run of production […]

Experts Show Us How to Do Business with LA County

Did you know that with a $24.2 billion budget, if it were a nation Los Angeles County would have the 19th largest economy in the world?  Staggering, right? As part of the LACI C-Level Series, two fine folks that help manage purchasing for LA County came to show Portfolio Companies and the LACI community how […]

LACI holds first Portfolio Company Showcase in its “Garage”

LACI held its first Portfolio Company Showcase on June 28th, 2012, featuring six Portfolio Companies and a stealth guest.  The informal afternoon was designed to bring the LACI network of advisors, mentors, investors, stakeholders and Portfolio Companies together for greater visibility and collaboration. Held in the new 2500 square foot “LACI Garage,” our newest facility […]

Communication Pro Schools Portfolio Company Execs

As part of our C-Level Leadership Program, LACI Portfolio Company executives received exclusive, in-depth communications training from one of the best in the business. Allen Weiner, Managing Director of Communication Development Associates (CDA), devoted an entire day to a handful of emerging cleantech leaders in Los Angeles in addition to personalized one-on-one follow up sessions. […]

It’s Good to Have Friends

This Spring has been busy for LACI as we’ve had visits from lots of new and old friends, conducted seminars and roundtables, and held the occasional mixer in our spare time. Being equally inconvenient for one and all, LACI is becoming a popular place to visit or just hang out. Good things usually happen at […]

350Green Installs 1st Public EV Fast Charging Station in California

Congratulations to LACI portfolio company 350Green, who installed the first public fast charger in the State of California which will greatly increase the mobility of electric car drivers. The first of 25 fast charging stations was installed at Stanford Shopping Center and manufactured by Efacec USA. Read more in the New York Times here.

Forbes covers LACI & the LA Cleantech Corridor

There was a terrific piece in Forbes today by Lori Kozlowski, titled “Growing Green: Welcome to the Cleantech Corridor.”  It covers LACI and the vision behind creating a cleantech ecosystem here in Los Angeles. Los Angeles already boasts more cleantech start-ups than any other region in the nation, but city leaders believe there’s more to be […]

LACI Welcome DB New Energy

    We’re pleased to welcome DB New Energy to the LACI community as our newest portfolio company. Pioneering proven EV battery-swapping technology in the US commercial fleet market.  DB New Energy is the US subsidiary of China’s DB New Energy Technology Co. DB is a leading technology developer, manufacturer and service provider for electric vehicle […]

Secretary of Labor Solis visits LACI

  LACI has had a very busy couple of weeks on the outreach front, the crowning event being a visit from Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on the 22nd.  Madam Secretary visited LACI to learn about the job creation capabilities of LACI.  We gave the Secretary a tour of the current and future home of […]

Angels Fund Gridtest Systems

We’re excited to announce that LACI portfolio company Gridtest Systems has received funding from a syndicate of investors from the Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels.  CEO Neal Roche and his team have continually impressed us over the past 6 months and its terrific to see the greater Los Angeles investment community support this rising […]

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Part 2

If you would have told me at the end of Week One in DC that it was a warm up for Week Two, I would have broke down and cried. It took the full weekend between Part 1 and Part 2 to recuperate and get ready for the home stretch. As it turned out, we were just getting started.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Part 1

Mike Swords, CTLA Chair and ED of UCLA Strategic Research; Mark Goodstein, new ED of CTLA; Sean Arian, President of Eos Consulting and myself are in Washington to make the case for supporting Los Angeles’ cleantech efforts. While Mr. Swords and Mr. Arian have done this before, this is Mark and my first “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” trip. It’s been a hell of a learning experience and we’ve just completed the first week.

LACI Welcomes California Lithium Battery

We’re pleased to welcome California Lithium Battery to the LACI community as our newest portfolio company. California Lithium Battery Inc. is a start-up California company established in 2011 to develop and manufacture the most technologically advanced and affordable lithium battery for grid scale energy storage, transportation, and renewable energy industries.

LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and La Kretz Innovation Campus moving forward as planned.

As a new era of redevelopment begins in LA, there has been much speculation about the fate of CRA funded projects across the city. Despite the uncertainty, at the City’s clean technology business incubator things are moving forward as planned.

L.A.’s Cleantech Incubator Adds Two Tenants: L.A. Business Journal

Eliosolar, which makes solar power systems and shades for buildings, and ClearWater Holdings, which makes electric motors and generators that power buildings and run power plants, join two other companies already in the incubator at 411 S. Hewitt St. near the Los Angeles River.

DOE Chief of Staff Brandon Hurlbut to Headline Panel at La Kretz Campus on Dec 7

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — On Wednesday, December 7th, from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Southern California Gas Company and the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting Fostering Cleantech Innovation in Los Angeles, which will feature an entertaining and informative panel discussion exploring the future of energy policy in America, and how Los Angeles can play a pivotal role in our nation’s clean-energy future.

LA Times: LACI Example of Cleantech Investment Moving to So Cal

Firms in the green sector raised almost $1.2 billion in the third quarter – up 73% from $684 million collected in the same period last year, according to a report released Wednesday by Ernst & Young. The number of deals in the quarter grew to 76 from 56, according to the report, based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource.

Gridtest Wins at Cleantech Open

Outstanding news… our second portfolio company, Gridtest Systems, just won the Cleantech Open California Region competition in the Transportation category. This competition is very tough as the Cleantech Open is the largest competition of its kind. There were 120 companies competing in six categories in this region. Here’s a link with more details. While I’m […]

And so it begins at the Nickel Diner

Early one morning almost three years ago my partner Neal and I sat in the Nickel Diner on Main Street with Alex Paxton (CRA/LA), Sean Arian (The Mayor’s Office) and a couple of other folks interested in cleantech.