Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Aims At Diversity, Inclusion With New Effort

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), the nonprofit incubator which helps to support clean technology startups in Los Angeles, is making a push to increase diversity and inclusion in the cleantech sector, the incubator said Tuesday. LACI said it has launched a new Diversity in Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, specifically aimed at bringing women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups into the cleantech sector. The new effort comes in addition to existing efforts in the area by LACI, which are being funded by $200,000 in a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co., plus $50,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). LACI said its efforts in the diversity and inclusion area in cleantech will be through a combination of outreach, mentorship, and cultural-specific programming. Those programs include a new Women in Cleantech steering committee and opportunities for young women in STEM programs to learn about careers in clean technology.