Startup Programs Overview

We want to help you develop the next big idea to fight climate change

We’re creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing communities. Each year we work with 30-40 companies across our three tracks of startup programs and Founders Business Accelerator to raise outside funding and gain traction in the market.

Learn more about the timing, curriculum and benefits of the Innovators Program, launching Cohort 5 in September 2020: 

  • Access to platforms, resources, workshops & pitch clinics
  • Regular check-ins with LACI staff
  • Showcasing to LACI’s ecosystem
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This free light-touch network access program focuses in three areas: energy, transportation, and sustainable cities.

Read through our Applicant Packet.
NOTE: applications for Cohort 5
are now closed.

Meet our startups!

LACI Programs

Founders Business Accelerator Innovators
Market Access Program

Focus Area

Small Businesses with Impact

Energy, Transportation & Sustainable Cities

Energy, Transportation & Sustainable Cities

Energy & Transportation

Program Overview

Accelerator for small businesses in the city of LA focused on economic development and impact

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Light-touch network access program to plug early-stage energy entrepreneurs into California ecosystem

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Hands-on program to support cleantech startups in Southern California through market access and business services

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Pilot and investor focused program to scale cleantech companies in Southern California through large scale pilots & partnerships

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Who Applies

Small Business


Pre-Seed & Seed

Series A+

Application Requirements

Small Business located within the City of LA (home and business)

• Pre-Seed to Seed
• 4-county region
• Pre-commercial product

• Pre-Seed to Seed
• Southern California
• Beta or pilot product

• Series A to B+
• Southern California
• Commercial product




1.5% - 3% (warrant)

0.5% - 1.5% (warrant)

LACI is committed to creating a cleantech community that integrates women, people of color and other underserved groups – we strongly encourage applications to all of our programs and competitions from underrepresented groups to help us build a more sustainable and equitable ecosystem.

Learn more about our diversity and inclusion efforts.​