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 to 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 equitable 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 (Cohort 1 & 2)

Woman-led Startups


# of Startup Awardees Invested In


$ Funding Awarded in Millions


$ Follow-on Funding Raised by Awardees in Millions