ECO is a new multidisciplinary festival and ecosystem gathering designed to foster innovation for a sustainable planet. Our event in Los Angeles served as a crucial platform for learning, collaboration, and practical solutions.

By engaging with communities on the frontlines of today’s most urgent climate change and environmental challenges, we aim to identify and accelerate groundbreaking innovations that can make a real impact. Bringing together 200+ forward-thinking startups, investors, businesses, philanthropists, community organizations, and government agencies, ECO moves beyond traditional conversations to collective action.

We empower change-makers to shape a future where sustainability is not just a buzzword, but a tangible reality. Together, we can forge a path towards a healthier and more resilient world.

Larta Institute Open House

Monday, December 4

This event highlighted Larta Institute’s 30 years of groundbreaking innovations, the impacts, and opportunities for the future. Activitiesincluded curated talks, interactive briefings, prototype viewings and a light networking reception.

Heal.LA Demo Day

Tuesday, December 5

Larta’s Heal.LA Demo Day event showcased innovations tackling  healthcare challenges in underinvested communities. Activities included portfolio showcases, interactive discussions, action planning, and a networking reception.

Venture Fellows Demo Day

Tuesday, December 5

Larta’s Venture Fellows Demo Day event showcased entrepreneurs tackling climate change in underinvested communities. Activities included portfolio showcases, interactive discussions, action planning, and a networking reception.

NOAA SBIR Demo Day

Wednesday, December 6

Larta’s NOAA Commercialization Assistance Program is a partnership initiative designed to support SBIR Phase II grantees in translating R&D into commercially viable enterprises. Activities included a portfolio showcase, interactive discussions, action planning, and a networking reception.

Key Program Sponsors & Partners

We extend deep thanks to our steadfast steering committee and program partners

Heal.LA

Venture Fellows

NOAA SBIR

Speakers

We support aspiring & underserved entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to translate their ideas into sustainable enterprises.

Abhi Arora
Healing Gardens

Abhishek Arora

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Larta Institute

Bob Ashley

Ann Carpenter
Braid Theory

Ann Carpenter

Steve Baule
Los Angels Mayor's Office of Energy and Sustainability

Steve Baule

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Zeakal

Han Chen, CFA

Stephen Cheung
LAEDC, WTCLA

Stephen Cheung

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7 Generation Games

AnnMaria De Mars

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CSU Channel Island

Geoffrey Dilly, Ph.D.

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Thermoshade

Emily Dinino

Chris Earl
CalOSBA

Chris Earl

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BlackSwift Technologies

Jack Elston

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LA Chief Sustainability Office

Ali Frazzini

Jon Goodman
Town Hall Los Angeles

Jon Goodman

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Larta Institute

Carlos Gutierrez

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Cedars Sinai

Monica Jain

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Noblespace

Stephanie Hsieh

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Wells Fargo & Company

Chris Johnson

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LA Chief Sustainability Office

Rita Kampalath, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Sarah Kapnick
NOAA

Dr. Sarah Kapnick

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Sensee

Hando Kim

Genevieve Lind
NOAA

Genevieve Lind

Kelly LoBianco
LA County Department of Economic Opportunity

Kelly Lobianco

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Hyperlocal Farms

Nicholas Metropulos

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Larta Institute

Vaishali Paliwal

Derek Parks
NOAA

Derek Parks

Julia Perederiy
OmBiome

Julia Perederiy, Ph.D.

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Everytable

Sam Polk

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NIDDK, NIH

Matt Portnoy, Ph.D.

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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Dr. Shetgiri Rashmi

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Schmidt Futures

Smita Satiani

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Aquaria

Brian Sheng

Rohit Shukla
Larta Institute

Rohit Shukla

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Terviva

Naveen Sikka

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Larta Institute

Gunjan Siroya

Leesa Soulodre
R3i Captial

Leesa Soulodre

Dr. Galen Treuer
Miami Dade County, Office of Economic Development

Dr. Galen Treuer, Ph.D.

Troy Vaughn
Los Angeles Mission

Troy Vaughn

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Orcana

Arati Desai Wagabaza

Matt Walton
Larta Institute

Matt Walton

ECO ‘23 explored our intricate systems of food, energy, healthcare, oceans, and education, showcasing both the challenges and innovative solutions within each sector, through the activation of six threads of programming: communities & people, interactive discussion, policy & adoption, innovation showcases, connections & introductions, and funding.

Communities & People

Engaged with local community leaders, residents, and activists on the true problems being faced at grassroots level from the impacts of the economy, climate change, and challenges of health equity.

Talks & Discussion

Listened to curated short talks and participate in panels discussions with thought-leaders from Larta’s startup ecosystem – focused on identifying, nurturing, and scaling solutions for impact.

Policy & Adoption

Engaged with policy makers, from local city, state and federal agencies to understand how to collaborate on innovation and accelerate R&D to scale for impact across U.S. communities.

Innovation Showcases

Discovered early-stage R&D and scalable solutions that can change the world for positive impact – a curated showcase of leading sustainable innovation from Larta’s portfolio and alumni companies.

Connections & Introductions

Met selected experts and partners from Larta’s ecosystem – we’ll facilitate curated introductions and connections to relevant government agencies, investors, industry, and community leaders.

Funding

ECO convened Larta’s active funding network including impact investors, family offices, foundations, VCs, and government agencies – innovations will be matched to funding sources.

Ecosystem.

ECO '23 in LA brought together local community leaders, grassroots innovators, academia, government, industry, foundations, and investors.

Los Angeles, 2023.

ECO '23 was based at Larta Institute’s HQ innovation campus in thriving downtown Los Angeles.

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Event Sponsors

We extend deep thanks to our generous sponsors. Hearty meals, snacks, and beverages were enjoyed by our mission-aligned partners:

Get involved.

ECO '23 in LA offers opportunities for community leaders, grassroots innovators, academia, government, industry, foundations, and investors.

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About Larta Institute

Each year, we select over 500 founders and ventures to join our startup accelerators. We provide innovators with access to our programs, ecosystem, and funding, which all play a vital role in supporting the development and implementation of their solutions.

Programs Overview

Community Labs

Publicly-Funded Government Programs

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