Larta Institute Welcomes 2024 Venture Fellows Cohort

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April 22, 2024
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In its second year, accelerator supports innovators in Los Angeles and Miami who are developing solutions to combat the impacts of climate change in communities that are most at risk

April 22, 2024 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Los Angeles, CA.—Larta Institute, a non-profit organization accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship, today announced its 2024 Venture Fellows cohort, after successfully piloting the inaugural cohort last year. The cohort of 10 startups, drawn from applicants based in Los Angeles and Miami, will receive support for their innovative concepts to combat the impacts of climate change in communities that are most at risk. The program, funded in part by Wells Fargo, is supported by the County of Los Angeles Chief Sustainability Office, Miami-Dade County, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, DRK Foundation, SDG Investors, Include Ventures, Edison International and SoCalGas.

“The innovators who will be joining the Venture Fellows program are developing solutions to some of the most pressing challenges communities, especially underserved residents, are facing related to climate change in the cities of Los Angeles and Miami and across the globe,” said Rohit Shukla, founder and CEO of Larta Institute. “Their work addresses the challenges of protecting from the ravages of heat, providing nutritious food, clean energy, clean water and air. We are looking forward to collaborating with them to drive their innovations forward.”

Focused on the theme “Entrepreneurs vs. Climate Change,” the Venture Fellows accelerator advances innovative approaches to combating the effects of climate change in underserved communities. It is designed to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 13: Climate Action.

“The group of companies participating in Venture Fellows is a testament to the impactful ideas being developed by innovators in our cities,” said Darlene Goins, head of Philanthropy and Community Impact at Wells Fargo. “With Larta Institute’s program, Wells Fargo aims to support small business growth and help communities become more resilient to future climate impacts.”

Venture Fellows is a no-cost, nine-month accelerator that offers entrepreneurs a unique combination of guidance, resources, and funding to nurture and scale solutions that can advance community- centric climate action. Program benefits include 1:1 mentoring and group cohort sessions, local pilot support, legal incorporation fees, access to investors, assistance in developing grant funding and investment opportunities, and up to $25,000 for validation of a project in the targeted community.

This year’s cohort of companies are:

Los Angeles

  • Airvitalize Innovations: Capturing outdoor particulate pollution for cleaner air
  • Bag/Get: Tackling food insecurity by increasing the accessibility of food banks using software
  • Hago Energetics: Converting biogas from landfills to develop clean hydrogen
  • Replate: Reducing food waste through tech driven food recovery systems while improving healthy food access for underserved communities
  • SEED: Democratizing agtech with affordable soil remediation solutions

Miami

  • Algas Organics: Converting algae into sustainable products and fertilizer for more nutrient-dense food
  • Go See the City: Combating food waste and food insecurity by connecting non-profits and customers to eateries for a donation/discount 
  • Gradible: Providing companies with food waste, water conservation
  • and energy efficiency solutions
  • Kadeya: Hydrating frontline workers with lower logistics, costs and safety risks
  • WatQ.AI: Using AI to tackle water contamination in the Biscayne Bay

To learn more about the 2024 Venture Fellows, visit: larta.org/venture-fellows-current-cohort

For more information about the reach and aspirations of Larta’s Venture Fellows program, please contact Julie Mai (BMC@larta.org).

About Larta Institute

Larta Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is dedicated to fostering science and technology innovation for a sustainable planet. Our platform supports startups across three key impact areas: Nature Preservation & Repair, Food, Water and Energy Systems, and Equitable, Healthy and Resilient Communities. Founded in 1993, we’ve helped more than 5,000 startups raise over $7 billion. In partnership with federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture, we drive commercialization of novel research and ideas. Our community programs promote the development and adoption of innovative solutions in and for underserved communities. To learn more about our work and impact, visit larta.org.

Contact

Julie Mai
Larta Institute
Office of Brand, Marketing, & Communications
BMC@larta.org


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