CalSEED Program Funding Reauthorized by the California Energy Commission

June 09, 2021

$25M of new funding will provide essential capital to California’s early-stage clean energy entrepreneurs

Gridware Raises $5.3 Million In Seed Round For Its Tech To Eliminate Suburban Wildfires

June 08, 2021

Gridware, the California-based wildfire prevention technology company, has announced that it raised $5.3 million in a seed round. The funding round was led by Fifty Years and True Ventures with investment also coming from Y-Combinator, SOMA Capital, Liquid 2 Ventures, and Anorak Ventures, plus other funds and angel investors.

CalSEED awards $2.7 million to clean energy startups in California

February 10, 2021

The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program awards $2.7M to the 6 winners of the third annual Prototype Awards. Each will receive $450k for their innovations accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy.

5 Startups Working to End Utility-Caused Wildfires

January 05, 2021

To help California mitigate its ever-growing wildfires, the CalSEED program, in collaboration with the CEC and New Energy Nexus, recently selected 28 startups to receive grants of $150,000 each, including five companies focused specifically on protecting the power grid from wildfires and mitigating public-safety power shutoff events.

Tips for Making the Leap from University Engineer to Entrepreneur

November 02, 2020

For engineers and technology experts, the process of becoming a clean energy entrepreneur can be difficult and time-consuming. But it’s often a critical step in getting a new technology solution to market. As a Walton Family Foundation report on technology transfer put it: “Successful research results change the world, but only after they leave the lab.”

CalSEED awards $4.2 million in grants to early-stage clean energy innovations

October 14, 2020

The CalSEED program is pleased to announce that the fourth cohort of innovative clean energy concepts has been approved by the CEC - 28 companies out of 212 were selected to receive grants of $150,000 each to become our 2020 Concept Awardees.

Second Life: Carmakers and Storage Startups Get Serious About Reusing Batteries

July 28, 2020

In a step forward for the sector, California-based startups RePurpose Energy, Smartville Energy and ReJoule each received $2 million to $3 million in funding last month from the EPIC funding pool to validate their technology. All three startups previously received funding from the CalSEED program.

Move Over Natural Gas, Sunvapor Has a Solution

June 16, 2020

Today, Sunvapor’s low-cost solar thermal collector technology generates industrial process heat that is cost-competitive with natural gas and produces virtually zero carbon emissions.


April 27, 2020

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South 8’s Mission to Create Innovative Batteries for the Equitable Advancement of all People

March 04, 2020

Energy storage startup South 8 Technologies started in a hallway between two labs at the University of California, San Diego. Today, South 8 has grown to five employees strong and was recently awarded $150,000 from CalSEED's Concept Award program to help accelerate the development of its battery chemistry.

How CodeCycle’s Innovative Software Helps Building Efficiency Standards Realize their Full Potential

January 27, 2020

CodeCycle is a software platform created to help city building departments enforce California’s Title 24, Part 6 building efficiency standards. The solution is to basically digitize the standards, so rather than having humans wade through long and complex building code requirements, computers do most of the work for them.

CalSEED awards $2.7 million to Clean Energy Prototype Winners

January 22, 2020

Six concept awardees were selected to receive $450,000 each for their innovations. CalSEED is pleased to announce Stasis Group, Empow Lighting, Maxout Renewables, InPipe Energy, GenH and SkyCool Systems as the winners of the second Prototype Awards.