Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
LACI incubates early stage cleantech companies and helps bring their products and services to market by convening investors, corporations, and customers to drive innovation throughout our economy.
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- CREATE ·2022 Grants Challenge·🎉 Winner
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)’s Equity Innovation Program (EIP) is a strategic, additive layer of support for underrepresented cleantech entrepreneurs within LACI’s small business incubation and acceleration programs. EIP offers cleantech founders access to targeted coaching and curriculum, pilot funding, and technical guidance to help secure financing, expand their network, or scale their startups, so they can help the City of Los Angeles achieve its ambitious climate goals by the year 2050.
- CREATE ·2016 Grants Challenge
LACI will help make Los Angeles a more creative, inclusive economy by training our city's youth in the technical and business skills necessary to join LA’s rapidly growing cleantech sector.
- 2013 Grants Challenge
- Establish a Hub for Cleantech Innovation and Job Creation: We are revitalizing a blighted area of Los Angeles by creating new companies – and therefore thousands of jobs across the economic spectrum – in the fastest growing business sector on the globe. The nonprofit LA Cleantech Incubator has launched 14 new companies in just the last 18 months, creating over 75 direct jobs & millions of dollars in job opportunities for electricians, maintenance technicians, engineers, fabricators, plumbers, construction workers, office workers, executives, manufacturing workers, & more. When the La Kretz Innovation Campus opens less than a year from today, we will have capacity to serve substantially more companies at various stages of growth, as well as a more robust workforce development capability – & this is just the beginning.
- Create a Roadmap for Revitalizing the Downtown Industrial District: Our goal is to transform what was once LA’s industrial core into a vibrant, growing Cleantech Corridor, thus creating a long-lasting economy & sustainable, family-supporting jobs for Angelinos. This project enlists a strong group of partners in economic development, policy, planning, architecture, higher education, local political & community leadership, as well as business leaders & entrepreneurs. Together, we will build on our assets to create, demonstrate, & promote a new Cleantech Corridor Roadmap that will serve as an action-plan for building this regional hub.
- Seize the Cleantech Opportunity: Cleantech innovation is critically important to the United States, & to Los Angeles in particular. The sector is massive and growing at a tremendous rate. The global market volume of the cleantech sector today is $2.7 Trillion per year, and it is projected to double by 2025. Mirroring global trends, renewable energy is the fastest growing sector in the US economy, growing 49% between 2007 and 2011.
Along with this enormous new market opportunity come opportunities for creating well-paying, sustainable and diverse jobs. Nationwide, cleantech jobs pay 13% more than jobs outside the sector, and 26% of all cleantech jobs lie in manufacturing as compared to only 9% of jobs in the economy as a whole. These jobs are higher paying and growing at 10 times the rate of non-green jobs. Los Angeles is already the second largest green economy in the US, but important as cleantech is to LA’s economy today, it will be orders of magnitude more important in the decades to come as the world rebuilds its transportation & energy infrastructure.
Alongside these promising statistics, it is important to note another widely acknowledged fact: creating new companies is the best way to create new jobs. For example, during the last three decades all net new jobs created in the United States – 44million – have come from companies less than five years old. The Kaufman Foundation did an important study about economic growth & found that new companies create an average of three million new jobs every year in the US while existing companies lose one million jobs. This is why we focus on new company creation.
- Build a Cleantech Corridor: The next step is the creation of a hub for this burgeoning industry in Los Angeles. Encompassing a 4-mile stretch of land straddling the LA river from Union Station to Washington Blvd., from the Arts District to Boyle Heights, the Cleantech Corridor is that hub. We think of it as an Arts and Innovation District on the banks of the LA River.
- Our Action Plan: Over the seven-month period of this grant, LACI/CTLA will work with our partners and collaborators to produce an interactive roadmap that will demonstrate how current constraints, including existing policies, infrastructure, programs, etc. can be adapted to transform a blighted neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles into a thriving new industrial powerhouse that will serve as a hub for the region’s clean economy.
Semester-long, multidisciplinary studios will be conducted at USC’s public policy and architecture schools, as well as SCI-Arc. We will examine issues and opportunities and how these manifest in terms of buildings, infrastructure, and the way we interact. Most importantly, we will explore how this profound growth of new companies will change the picture in terms of number of jobs, job density, and wages accross the economic spectrum.
The result will be a critical examination of the current policy environment, leading to an action plan for the City, and an interactive visual representation of how these exciting projects will be integrated into the community. All findings will be published, and presented for review and comment.
We will do all of this while expanding the LA Cleantech Incubator and Clean Tech Los Angeles, building the La Kretz Innovation Campus, supporting development of the Cleantech Manufacturing Center, and creating real, family supporting jobs every day.