small business incubators and accelerators

small business incubators and accelerators

EWDD administers and provides financial support to several incubators in the City of Los Angeles through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The incubator and accelerator programs contribute to the City's innovation landscape by supporting the creation and growth of start-ups.

Business incubators are specially designed programs to help young startups innovate and grow. They usually provide office spaces, mentorship, education, and access to investors. These resources allow companies to determine if a business concept is viable while building a network with like-minded individuals. Incubators require a commitment for a specific amount of time; typically 1-2 years.

Accelerators are similar to incubators but are short-term and fast-paced; typically only 3-4 months. Many accelerators are competitive and limit the number of participants. Most companies join accelerators hoping to be put on an aggressive growth trajectory.


Incubators and Accelerators Partnered with the City of Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
for start-ups interested in green economy and fighting climate change
LACI is the City’s non-profit clean technology commercialization center focused on helping promising, early-stage clean technology companies bring their products and services to market, thereby creating "green" jobs in the City and promoting an inclusive green economy. LACI seeks to integrate and coordinate workforce training, a critical component of the cleantech ecosystem. Innovation and commercialization need a well-trained workforce of technicians to build large-scale companies and student technicians need a source for on-the-job training. Three programs are currently ongoing: Core Incubator, Market Access, and Founder’s Business Accelerator.

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Grid110
for entrepreneurs looking to grow with a network community
Grid110 is a cohort-based startup accelerator program based in Downtown Los Angeles focused on supporting early-stage entrepreneurs and innovative companies by providing access to free programs, mentorship, and other critical startup resources. The goal is to help startups to scale with stable trajectory to stimulate economic and community development in Downtown LA, as well as other underserved regions in the Los Angeles area. Three programs are currently ongoing: Residency Program, PledgeLA Founders Fund, and Friends & Family.

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Seasoned Accelerator
for food entrepreneurs looking to grow and expand into new sectors
Seasoned Accelerator is operated by Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) supports food entrepreneurs sustain and become profitable within farmers’ markets, grow from sidewalk vending to farmers’ markets, and/or expand from farmers' markets to other models. SEE-LA’s mission is to build sustainable food systems and promote social and cultural activities that benefit both low-to-moderate income residents of Los Angeles while also supporting California small- and mid-sized farms and local small businesses.

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Blue Accelerator Programs
for start-ups interested in blue economy and ocean conservation
Accelerating a Blue Future launched in January 2022 at AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, with companies focused on port efficiencies, aquaculture and fisheries, ocean observation, water and energy, and other sustainable ocean solutions. Entrepreneurs work with a team of advisors, instructors, and market partners to accelerate business growth on a path to commercialization, connecting with angel investors and seed and venture capital partners. Three programs are currently ongoing: LA Blue Ocean Pre-Accelerator, Celsius Ocean Pre-Accelerator, and Blue+ Ocean Accelerator.

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Healthy Neighborhood Market Network
for corner and liquor stores looking to become healthy food retailers
Healthy Neighborhood Market Network is run by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) is at the forefront of improving the healthy food offerings of corner stores in Los Angeles’ communities of color by transforming corner markets and liquor stores into a convenient and healthy food retail option for residents. Storeowners receive training, guidance and upgrades to their stores, transforming them into beacons of healthy, affordable food. Each market receives light technical assistance and/or medium technical assistance such as produce management, marketing, pricing and profitability, and store layout and design. Stores who successfully complete the first two phases can move on to receive transformational and post-transformational services.

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