Build & scale your unique clean energy solution

Get the support you need to develop new technologies and jumpstart and grow your clean energy business in California. Get the tools to build the solutions that will drive a more equitable and just economy.

The New Energy Nexus team has 20+ years of experience guiding diverse entrepreneurs through the early stages of technology development into commercialization and impact, from building and testing a prototype to workforce development.


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Tap into California’s clean energy network

  1. Find Your Program: Review our programs and determine your eligibility. Entrepreneurs from under-represented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  2. Apply: Sign up to receive notification when application windows open and apply for the funds and resources you need to build your solution.
  3. Launch, grow, and scale: With the right resources and funds to bring your solutions to market, you’ll be part of the clean energy transition and help to build a cleaner, brighter future for all Californians.

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Find your program


Do you have an idea-stage clean energy solution that needs funds and resources to get it to market? Is your research on the verge of a breakthrough, and you just need some funding to advance your concept or prototype? This might be your program.

CalSEED supports early-stage entrepreneurs in delivering clean energy, efficiency, or storage projects while considering equity of access and benefit to serve California’s most vulnerable populations. As a first step in California’s innovation pipeline, the program incubates energy concepts. It readies them for investment and deployment by providing professional development services and direct, non-dilutive grant-based funding up to $700,000.


Do you have a clean energy solution that needs third-party testing at a world-class laboratory? The California Testbed Initiative (CalTestBed) provides more than $8.8 million in testing vouchers for California clean energy researchers and entrepreneurs to conduct third-party testing in more than 70 testbeds across nine University of California campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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