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Find out how our unique program helps cleantech startups bridge the “valley of death.

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Investing in California’s clean energy future

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The Program

CalSEED is one of several initiatives funded by the California Energy Commission EPIC program to advance energy innovation. CalSEED grants of up to $600,000 are awarded to early-stage clean energy entrepreneurs to accelerate California’s clean energy goals.

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SolarFlexes, CalSEED Cohort 3 Company
“Due to our involvement with CalSEED, we plan to support a more equitable society by seeking diverse candidates in our hiring practices and providing differentiated products that specifically increase clean energy access, increase jobs, and provide economic opportunities to disadvantaged, low-income, and vulnerable communities.”
—SolarFlexes, CalSEED Cohort 3 Company

We accept applications for our concept awards ($150,000) and prototype awards ($450,000) every year! Learn more about when applications are open and how to apply to our program.

How to Apply


The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development Initiative (CalSEED) is a $24m grant program created to help early stage California clean energy startups bring their concepts and prototypes to market. CalSEED is administered by CalCEF Ventures on behalf of the California Energy Commission.

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