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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:

  • Industry Connections

  • 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

  • Market Intelligence

  • Mentoring

  • Business Workshops

  • Marketing and Pitch Deck Support

  • Introductions to Capital Providers

  • Notification of Grant Solicitations and Prize Competitions

  • IP and Export Assistance

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What Is the Process For Being Accepted?

Complete an application (accepted on a rolling basis)
 Apply Now!

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




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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. In filling out this form, you may also indicate your interest in becoming a mentor for SCEIN startups. Mentors support Cleantech San Diego staff in ensuring smooth operation of the program by checking in with assigned companies on a monthly basis to assess how program service delivery is going, keep track of progress on critical business milestones, and offer tailored guidance to mentees.

Program Partners

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