Sustainability Innovators: Larta’s Monthly Digest (June 2024)

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June 27, 2024

June 2024

In this edition, we are thrilled to highlight the “Taiwan Selects LA” event this month, brought to life by the combined efforts of the Taiwan Global Eastbound Association of Launching America in Los Angeles (TeaLa), the Taiwan ITRI New Venture Association, and Loyola Marymount University. Thank you to the organizers: Min-Yi Shih, Professor David Choi, and Dr. Cervantes Lee.

Our Founder and CEO, Rohit Shukla, had the honor of participating in a dynamic panel discussion on the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem of Los Angeles and its capacity to foster innovation and support startups. He was joined by distinguished panelists Dave Whelan, Allison Clark, Len Lanzi, and Dr. William Yu. The event showcased groundbreaking presentations from 20 pioneering Taiwan startups, each focusing on sustainable technology, biotechnology, and food technology.

Larta is excited to collaborate further with TeaLa and Canopi Impact Investment through our new Global Bridge program to enhance Taiwan’s entrepreneurial ventures in the American market.

As a valuable member of our ecosystem, we look forward to sharing the many opportunities ahead with you.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Road to ECO – Nature Preservation & Repair Mixer on July 30 — and keep reading to explore the latest advancements, initiatives, and groundbreaking ideas driving progress and redefining what it means to build a sustainable planet.

— Events & Opportunities —

Non-Dilutive Funding through National Institute of Health Grants Webinar

Are you a startup looking for funding? Join us for an exclusive webinar where the Larta team will guide you through non-dilutive funding opportunities from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

🗓️ Date: Monday, July 1

🕙 Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST

🎓 Topics Covered:
  • Types of NIH grants
  • Company qualifications
  • Application process
  • Tips for a successful application
  • How to receive additional Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) funding
  • Expert resources and support

❓ Get your questions answered by our experts!


👤 Gunjan Siroya, Chief Solutions Officer, Larta Institute
👤 Tobias Varntoft, Manager, Analysis & Evaluation, Larta Institute

Don’t miss this chance to learn how to fund your startup and register here!

Road to ECO: Nature Preservation & Repair Mixer

Join Larta Institute for our upcoming ecosystem mixer to explore interdependent initiatives and groundbreaking solutions dedicated to sustaining and improving life on our planet.

🗓️ Date: Tuesday, July 30

🕙 Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM PST

📍 Location: Larta HQ, DTLA

Register to attend here.

Meet Our Team at These Upcoming Gatherings

  • Prime Health’s Challenge Final Pitch (July 18, Los Angeles) – Hosted at Larta’s headquarters, this live pitch competition will feature the top digital health solutions vying for the chance to win a portion of the prize funding and the chance to pilot their solution with a safety net healthcare partner. Register here.
  • LA Climate Week (September 8-15, Los Angeles) – Events for the LA community to collaborate, exchange ideas, and foster local climate solutions. Get involved here.
  • VERGE 24 (October 29-31, San Jose) — A leading climate tech event. Register here.
  • ECO 2024 (December 9–10, Los Angeles) — ECO, hosted by Larta Institute, is multidisciplinary festival and ecosystem gathering designed to foster innovation for a sustainable planet. 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. Check out our 2023 festival recap and stay tuned to learn more.

Funding Opportunities

Explore the resources available and apply directly through the links below.

  • NSF SBIR/STTR Fast-Track programs provide non-dilutive, fixed-amount cooperative agreements for the development of science and engineering technologies with the potential for societal and economic impacts. The next deadline for full submission is November 5th. Learn more here.
  • Larta Institute and TurboSBIR are partnering to help you take advantage of federal funding opportunities, from Phase I SBIRs to Phase II SBIRs and beyond. Find and apply for new SBIR opportunities here.

— Alumni Spotlights —

Program: NOAA Commercialization Assistance Program

Impact Area: Nature Preservation & Repair

Congrats to Modern Meadow and and Earthletica for creating a bio-based jacket for Olympic athletes!

Modern Meadow is a climate-tech pioneer creating the future of materials through innovations in biology and material science. Their bio-materials technology platform with nature-inspired protein solutions delivers better performance, sustainability, scalability, and cost while reducing reliance on petrochemical and animal-based inputs. Modern Meadow offers “plug and play” technologies that can be dropped into existing global manufacturing environments, allowing partners to bring next-gen products to industries such as fashion, footwear, outdoor, automotive but beauty.

Program: NSF Commercialization Assistance Program

Impact Area: Equitable, Healthy & Resilient Communities

Congrats to Apptronik for entering R&D trial for its Humanoid Robot with GXO!

Apptronik is a spinout from the Human Centered Robotics Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. Founded in early 2016, their goal is to bring forth the next generation of robots that will change the way we live and work. They have built some of the most diverse robots, spanning from exoskeletons to humanoid torsos, biped mobility platforms, and unique robotic arms that lift more than they weigh. The experience and learning from all this work led to the development of Apollo, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot.

Program: Heal.LA

Impact Area: Equitable, Healthy & Resilient Communities

Congrats to Pharus Diagnostics for securing an exclusive license with City of Hope for Early Pancreatic Cancer Biomarkers!

Pharus Dx is conquering cancer through early detection and intervention, so patients can have more time with their loved ones. Utilizing proprietary ML/AI technology, they are looking to identify microRNA biomarkers to detect cancers early, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

— Alumni Showcase —

Our Alumni Companies in the News

— Our Impact —

and Other Resources

Larta Institute’s 2023 Impact Report
On Larta Institute’s 30th year anniversary, we are proud to share a glimpse into our transformative journey through the lens of our 2023 Impact Report.

Did you know that Los Angeles is on the cusp of a major food justice revolution? Read our Rooted Horizons Report, a groundbreaking research collaboration between Larta Institute and Los Angeles Food Policy Council, funded by California Community Foundation.

— Our Growing Team —

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