Accelerating Market Traction for Energy Startups
About Our Program
The Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) is a free program for startups based in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial counties that are developing solutions to help California meet its energy goals. The program, managed by Cleantech San Diego, provides access to the resources of regional partner organizations and offers connections with industry in order to accelerate the commercialization of emerging energy technologies. Companies accepted into the program receive a range of services customized to their unique needs, including:
Research and Testing Facilities
Pilot Project Opportunities
Regulatory and Policy Guidance
Hardware Design and Simulation Support
Software/Data Analytics Support
Access to Student Intern Projects
Marketing and Pitch Deck Support
Introductions to Capital Providers
Notification of Grant Solicitations and Prize Competitions
IP and Export Assistance
What Is the Process For Being Accepted?
Complete an application (accepted on a rolling basis)
Application screened by Cleantech San Diego staff to determine whether company meets eligibility criteria
If company meets eligibility criteria, a follow-up call is scheduled by Cleantech San Diego staff to learn more and determine next steps
Company is scheduled for an Entrepreneur Intake Session, where they present to a committee of program partners and industry experts for acceptance into the program
If company is accepted, they receive a Customized Service Plan and are paired with a mentor
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members aid in the screening of later-stage startup applicants for the SCEIN program by participating (when possible) in Entrepreneur Intake Sessions or remotely volunteering feedback and services (ex. pilot projects, referrals) to accepted companies in order to support their success. The Committee is composed of a diverse group of professionals from the private, public, and academic sectors who have domain expertise across the broad scope of technologies spanning the evolving energy space. By expressing an interest in joining the TAC, you are signing up to receive notifications about upcoming Entrepreneur Intake Sessions featuring presentations from later-stage SCEIN startup applicants. This is a volunteer position with no monetary compensation.
Mentoring SCEIN Startup Companies
Mentors support Cleantech San Diego staff in ensuring smooth operation of the program by checking in with assigned SCEIN companies on a monthly basis. At these check-in meetings, mentors assess how SCEIN service delivery is going, keep track of progress on critical business milestones, and offer tailored gui dance to mentees as they see fit. This is a volunteer position with no monetary compensation.