Innovation Ecosystem

Investing in California’s Energy Future

About Our Program

The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development Initiative (CalSEED) is an early stage grant funding and professional development program for diverse innovators working to bring clean energy concepts to market. CalSEED is made possible by the California Energy Commission and funded through the Electric Program Investment Charge. CalSEED is administered by CalCEF Ventures, an organization of New Energy Nexus. 

With CalSEED you can:

  • Receive up to $600K in grant dollars to advance your concept

  • Access professional development resources

  • Get operational and technical support resources

  • Connect to the state’s best accelerator and incubator programs.

Our next application cycle opens March 1st. 2019.

How it Works

Concept Application  Apply for eligibility online. Select applicants will be notified of their eligibility and invited to submit a full application

Application Review  Our review committee will evaluate the merits of your project

Concept Awards  Winners are awarded up to $150,000 in grant funding

Capacity Building  Once awarded you will have the opportunity to participate in select networking events, workshops and webinars

Business Plan  Create your business plan and pitch your concept to our review committee

Prototype Awards  Business plan competition winner(s) receive up to $450,000 to further pursue their innovation