We support diverse entrepreneurs who deliver equitable outcomes from their clean energy innovations.

Strive for a 100% clean energy economy for the 100%

Our approach

Thriving California


CalSEED is one of several initiatives funded by the California Energy Commission to advance energy innovation. This public sector investment aims to accelerate California’s clean energy goals and serves as an important avenue for economic development

Access & Inclusion


California is a recognized leader in progressive energy, climate policies and technology innovation, but many communities still lack access to clean energy resources. As we promote energy innovation, we are 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

Social impact

Social Equity In: Encouraging a diverse pool of applicants

We welcome 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

Program impact

Woman-led Startups

22

Total Startup Awardees Invested In

50

Total Amount Invested

1,865

Total # of Startups that Have Received Additional Funding

8