CalSEED is an innovation program that supports our state’s most promising energy entrepreneurs.
We invest in early-stage concepts that will usher in a new era of sustainability for California’s energy future. If you’re developing novel solutions for transforming the energy grid, we want to hear from you.
CalSEED provides up to $600,000 in grant funding for early-stage development of promising new energy concepts.
Access & Inclusion
California is a recognized leader in progressive energy, climate policies and tech innovation. But many communities in the state still lack access to clean energy resources.
As we promote energy innovation, we’re committed to bringing the full benefits of a clean energy economy to our most underserved communities by making equity a key component of the CalSEED Initiative. Here’s how:
Social Equity In: Encouraging a diverse pool of applicants
We’re making sure diverse communities across California fully participate in the development and implementation of clean energy solutions by bringing in applicants from small, woman-owned and diverse-owned businesses as well as from underserved, low-income, LGBTQ, rural and veteran communities.
Social Equity Out: Supporting equity-led clean energy solutions
Low-income communities need clean energy investments that create healthier environments and reduce the cost of basic necessities. CalSEED encourages entrepreneurs to develop equitable energy solutions for our most vulnerable populations.
We encourage projects that: