LACI Portfolio Companies head to Santa Barbara for one of the Largest Earth Day Festivals on the West Coast

Showcase of Cleantech Start-ups to Feature Clean Energy Solutions, EVs and Pre-fab Home Options SANTA BARBARA, CA – April 17, 2018 – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), dedicated to creating an inclusive, green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing community, will showcase the latest cleantech solutions at the 48th Annual Santa Barbara Earth […]

Money Smart: Chai Energy App

If electricity bills are constantly putting you in shock, plug in with a new Money Smart app called Chai Energy

Los Angeles Magazine – A Local Company Is Building the Farm of the Future From Shipping Containers

In industrial Vernon, Local Roots Farms is growing salad greens that are “better than organic”…

EVObsession – California Governor Signs Executive Order Meant to Increase EV Sales

Following the signing of a new executive order by California Governor Jerry Brown, the official target for all-electric vehicle sales…

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Los Angeles Downtown News-Homeboy Industries feature – February 27, 2017 – How Homeboy Industries Now Runs an Electronics Recycling Center

Homeboy Industries’ Innovative New Business Venture Will Create Employment Opportunities for Formerly Gang-affiliated and Previously Incarcerated Men and Women

Innovative Recycling Brings Second Chances to People Who Need Them – Mashable

What do you get when you transform trash into jobs? For one LA-based recycling company, it means a whole new way of doing business.

Yahoo! Finance – January 24, 2017 – New Resource Bank and Green Commuter Finalize Agreement to Finance the Launch of Vanpool and Car Sharing Program Throughout Southern California

New Resource Bank has approved a $1.5 million line of credit to facilitate Green Commuter’s fleet expansion to 30 all-electric, long range, 7-passenger vehicles. With this financing, Green Commuter will launch its vanpool, car share and fleet replacement program geared to disrupt traditional commuting in Los Angeles.

50 LA Startups to Watch 2017 – Built in Los Angeles

As it becomes clear to the rest of the world that Los Angeles is no longer just a hub for entertainment, the amount of tech talent and new companies popping up means 2017 will be a big year. For our annual top 50 startups to watch list, we looked at companies founded within the last […]

Black Enterprise—Avisare Featured – January 12, 2017 – #techies Win Contract Opportunities from Former Wall Street Investment Banker

Sky Kelley is no stranger to being a #techie. Yet, throughout her career, receiving strategic insights and knowledge has paved a road to success.

KCRW Design & Architecture CES Preview with Chai Energy

How does a small start-up company get heard above the noise? Evan Birenbaum of Chai Energy, an LA-based startup going to CES for the first time, shares their strategy.

Juicer’s Futureistic Electric Motorcycles Look 100 Years Old – Inverse

David Twomey may have pulled off something unthinkable. He’s made a cool electric motor bicycle. Los Angeles-based Juicer, a tiny firm that started in 2010, only makes two bikes per year, but those machines are turning heads wherever they go.

VC Looks to Make Another Try at Cleantech In Silicon Valley – Pick My Solar – Forbes

In an event held on December 14, 2016, Plug and Play, a VC firm and startup incubator, announced its intention to launch a Sustainability Fund.

Green Commuter car-sharing brings $9-an-hour Nissan Leafs to Chattanooga – Times Free Press

CARTA selected Green Commuter, a Los Angeles-based startup business, to provide 20 Nissan Leafs to be parked at some 20 new charging stations at locations downtown, at Northgate and Hamilton Place malls and at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

Lauren Gropper, Founder & CEO of Repurpose, featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal: DTLA Special Report

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LACI’s Hive Lighting Wins Big with Launch of New Energy Efficient LED for Entertainment Industry Production Lighting

  First Product Developed at LA’s New Advanced Prototyping Center Surpasses Crowd-funding Goal by 500% in First Week of Campaign Los Angeles, CA—November 29, 2016—Hive Lighting, manufacturer of energy efficient lighting for the entertainment industry, introduced the first product to be developed and prototyped at LA’s new cleantech innovation hub. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator […]

Hive Lighting Unveils New WASP 100-C – The Poblographer

One of the key features the company is touting for the light is that it includes their Perfect S.H.O.T. control system. This system allows users to adjust the saturation, hue, output, and color temperature to create the exact lighting they want.

MyGymPals Awarded 1st Place in OktoberTEK Innovation Competition – PRWeb

Cal Net Technology Group and Original Shark from Shark Tank, Kevin Harrington, Announce Shark Tank-Style Contest Winners

Partner Spotlight: Pick My Solar – CicLAvia

In our new series, we’ll be highlighting the partners that make CicLAvia happen. Digital Manager Dana Variano sat down with Chris Blevins, Founder and COO of Pick My Solar, and chatted a bit about their reflections on 2016.

Boiling Down the Top IoT Startups in the Water Industry – Lux Research

With over 50,000 water utilities in the U.S. itself, the opportunity for internet of things (IoT)-based technology is growing in the water industry.

The home solar market is full of sales tricks, but this LA startup wants to change all that. – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

What ridesharing services Uber and Lyft did to taxis, Max Aram and Chris Blevins are trying to do to the home solar industry. The founders of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator award-winning startup Pick My Solar said they have witnessed too many high-pressure sales tactics from quantity-over-quality solar companies pulling the wool over customers’ eyes […]

FreeWire’s New VP of Growth

A long time supporter, Dr. Carolin Funk comes to FreeWire from Siemens where she was the Director of Venture Technology. During her time at Siemens, she opened the doors for the then, nascent company and created a strategic partnership between FreeWire and Siemens.

3 Minutes On a Park Bench with Chris Blevins – Pick My Solar –

Patch partner Chris Blevins of SolarUP San Gabriel tells us how he first get involved in the renewable energy industry and recommends great books everyone should read.

Price MPP Alum Receives NASPAA ‘Public Service Matters’ Spotlight Award – USC Price School

USC Price School of Public Policy alumna Kabira Stokes was named a winner of the “Public Service Matters” Spotlight Award by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. The award – which recognizes innovative solutions to public sector problems, helping to change the world in concrete ways – was announced on […]

Check Out These Unique Ridesharing Services – KTLA News

You’ve heard of Uber and Lyft – but there are many other ridesharing services putting a unique twist on the pick-up! One ridesharing service doesn’t fit all! Here are three companies putting their unique spin on the typical pickup. Let’s start with See Jane Go. This is a service that pairs female drivers with female […]

Hollywood Electrics: #1 In the World

LACI Portfolio Company Hollywood Electrics is the premier electric motorcycle dealership and performance parts manufacturer on the planet. Trailblazing founder Harlan Flagg has carried the largest selection of electric motorcycles globally since 2010, is the top dealer for Brammo and Zero electric motorcycles, has had sales growth every year, and has an award-winning Racing Team. A […]

Pasadena Angels Invest $75K in LACI Portfolio Company Nevados Engineering

Pasadena, California (August 2, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the first investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund).  The Fund invested an additional $75K in Nevados Engineering, a clean tech company whose solar single-axis-tracker enables ground-based installation on virtually any terrain; improving on solar project economics. The Pasadena Angels have previously […]

Growing Local Roots

LACI portfolio company Local Roots is an indoor vertical farming company based in Los Angeles, designing and integrating farming solutions that are more sustainable than conventional methods. Recently, LACI visited their facility to learn a little more about their “Farms of the Future.” What inspired you to start Local Roots? The three of us, Eric Ellestad, Dan […]

Hive Lighting Wins 2016 Award of Excellence at NAB

LACI Portfolio company Hive Lighting’s new 1000 Watt Plasma Bulb successfully debuted at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show 2016 in Las Vegas last week. The 1000 Watt Plasma Bulb took home a 2016 Award of Excellence from ProductionHUB, the global network of freelancers, crew and vendors.