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Join Us in 2019!

Cleantech Open West invites you to apply for our 2019 accelerator program!

Please let us know of your interest in our program. We’ll follow up with you. Use our Expression of Interest Form to get on our radar. 

2019 is shaping up to be another robust year for Cleantech Open West:

  • ~50 startups across California and the West Coast, including 20 startups from the CalSEED grant program
  • 120+ active mentors
  • 2 major networking events – our National Academy West in June, and our Awards & Innovation Showcase in October (aligned with VERGE 19)
  • 40+ events across the West, including business and pitch clinics
  • 30+ active cleantech commercialization support ecosystem partners
  • 20+ active members of our team of pro bono professionals running the program

To get a full view of our program, please review our 2019 Cleantech Open West overview deck.


About Cleantech Open West

Established in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005 as the California Cleantech Open, Cleantech Open West has been working with early-stage cleantech startups for over a decade to help them advance to market.

We’re a non-profit network of over 500 pro bono professionals dedicated to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. Each year, we work with 25-50 startups across the West, providing them the structure, guidance, and connections to move their innovative cleantech ideas and technologies a step closer to market.

Now a program of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Cleantech Open West works to increase the number of viable cleantech startups moving into the rapidly maturing cleantech commercialization support ecosystem across in the West. We’re an important player in the San Francisco Bay Area, our historic stronghold, and we’re rapidly expanding our presence in the burgeoning cleantech ecosystem in Southern CA.

We work in close partnership all the key players in the cleantech commercialization ecosystem in the West. This includes a deep relationship with the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) in support of the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) grant program.

Cleantech Open West a founding member of Cleantech Open, a national network of 8 regional accelerators focused on supporting early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs in their journey to market and impact.