ECO '24.

LA’s festival & ecosystem for sustainable innovation.

ECO is a multidisciplinary festival and ecosystem gathering designed to foster innovation for a sustainable planet. Our event in Los Angeles serves 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.

In 2024, Larta Institute will be hosting ECO again on December 9th & 10th with bi-monthly events leading up to the gathering. Stay tuned by signing up for our newsletter and visiting this page to learn more.

The Road to ECO.

Fostering Science & Technology Innovation.

Nature Preservation & Repair Mixer

July 30, 2023 | 5PM–7PM | Larta Headquarters

Join us for the Road to ECO: Nature Preservation & Repair Mixer on July 30th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at our headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles. We will explore interdependent initiatives and groundbreaking solutions dedicated to sustaining and improving life on our planet. Experience a short panel discussion and connect with our ecosystem of innovators, key partners, and dedicated community of supporters. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us in fostering science and technology innovation for a sustainable planet.

Keynote & Panels

Keynote: Restoring Abundance: In A Changing World, Nature Is The Solution

As the climate crisis intensifies with heat waves, droughts, megafires, and floods, restoring abundance in nature becomes a critical imperative. This discussion focuses on the idea of moving beyond sustaining an already diminished state of nature towards active restoration of the richness and array of critical natural functions we depend on for survival in a climate-changed world. By focusing on innovative strategies to restore our oceans, revive freshwater flows in rivers, wetlands, and aquifers, and create resilient networks of wildlands, we can harness nature’s power to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Investing in these transformative solutions not only protects natural landscapes but also fosters climate resilience, ensuring a thriving and balanced environment for future generations​

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The Nature Conservancy

Danny Johnson

Keynote Speaker
Panel: The Butterfly Effect of Sustainable Innovation: From Land to Sea

Experience a short panel discussion, where industry experts will reveal how small actions can create significant impact within our physical systems. As ecosystems provide us with essential resources such as food, water, medicine, and materials, we’ll delve into the key question: What does nature preservation and repair mean for the future of Earth, humanity, and ecology?

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USDA National Program Leader

David Songstad

Panelist
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Founder & CEO of SEED

Sabrina Williams

Panelist
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Founder & CEO of Algas Organics

Johanan Dujon

Panelist
Cassie Rauser, Ph.D.
Founder & Principal, MorphoStrategies

Cassie Rauser, Ph.D.

Moderator

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​Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and connect with our ecosystem of innovators, key partners, and dedicated community of supporters. Join us as we collectively work towards fostering science and technology innovation for a sustainable planet.

Past Highlights and Upcoming Events

Take a look at our previous “Road to ECO” event and what we have planned for the upcoming months leading to our big ECO event in December.

A special celebration on Earth Day, kicking off our “Road to ECO” bi-monthly event series. Located in our newly renovated innovation studio in DTLA, this gathering marked the debut of our thesis and impact areas, the release of our 2023 Impact Report, and the introduction of our 2024 Heal and Venture Fellow cohorts.

Join us for Larta Institute’s Road to ECO: Nature Preservation & Repair Mixer. Experience a short panel discussion, “The Butterfly Effect of Sustainable Innovation: From Land to Sea,” where industry experts will reveal how small actions can create significant impact within our physical systems. 

September TBA

Community Solutions, Equity & Health Mixer

Join us for an impactful event in September, centered around community-led solutions for climate, health, and equity, in alignment with LA Climate Week, Indigenous Peoples Day, and World Humanitarian Day.

October TBA

Nature, Systems Transformation & Community Mixer

Join us for an exploration of nature, systems, and community dynamics during Larta Institute’s October event, coinciding with World Mental Health Day, LA TechWeek, World Food Day, and World Cities Day.

ECO '24 in Los Angeles.

LA’s festival & ecosystem for sustainable innovation.

December 9–10, 2024

Join us at ECO ’24 for a 2-day showcase and celebration, championing the bold innovators and solutions from Larta Institute’s Community Labs programs.

Our Venture Fellows and Heal.LA Demo Days will unveil groundbreaking innovations tackling climate change and healthcare challenges in underinvested communities. 

Activities will include portfolio showcases, interactive discussions, action planning sessions, and a vibrant networking reception.

Together, we can forge a path towards a healthier and more resilient world.

ECO at a Glance.

ECO ‘24 will explore our impact areas of nature preservation & repair, food, water & energy systems, and equitable, healthy & resilient communities, 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.

Engage 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.

Listen 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.

Engage 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​.

Discover 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.

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

Community Labs Programs

With three decades of experience in delivering commercialization assistance to government-backed ventures, Larta is now expanding our impact to empower community-focused entrepreneurs and solutions.

Heal.LA

Do you have an idea for an innovation to improve the health & wellness of underserved communities in LA County?

The Heal.LA Bioscience & Healthcare Accelerator is a 9-month, hands-on program, geared towards investing in diverse entrepreneurs to nurture and scale innovations that positively impact the health and wellness of communities in Los Angeles.

Partners & Funders include:

Venture Fellows

Entrepreneurs vs. Climate Change

Do you have an idea to make your community more resilient, equitable, & sustainable?

The Venture Fellows program is a 9-month, hands-on accelerator, focused on investing in diverse innovators to pilot good ideas that help communities become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Partners & Funders include:

Los Angeles, 2024.

ECO ’24 will be based at Larta Institute’s HQ innovation campus in thriving downtown Los Angeles.

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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

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Publicly-Funded Government Programs

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