From new founders to early-stage startups, Larta can help to transform your idea into a sustainable enterprise.

Accelerate your startup.

Join a program. 

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.


Larta startups


of the startups in our active programs identify as women- or minority-led

$7+ billion

funding raised by our portfolio companies


acquisitions of Larta portfolio companies


IPOs by Larta portfolio companies

Publicly-Funded Government Programs.

America's Seed Fund.

Each year, America’s Seed Fund awards over $4 billion of equity-free funding to American small businesses through federal agencies.

Through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, America’s Seed Fund provides non-dilutive funding to develop your technology and chart a path toward commercialization.

Currently, Larta offers formal programs for the U.S. Department of Energy (SBIR Phase I) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (SBIR Phase I and Phase II).  We have also served as formal partner to NIH, NIST, NSF and more recently, NOAA on these agencies’ Phase I or II programs.  We provide assistance to companies who have received Technical & Business Assistance (TABA) funding from all agencies, including NASA.

Partners & Funders include:

“The mission of America’s Seed Fund is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities.”

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.


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:

Our Portfolio – you’re in good company.

Since 1993, we’ve worked with 4,500+ startups across a range of sustainability impact areas – translating ideas into sustainable enterprises via our programs, ecosystem, and funding.

Featured Portfolio Companies

“We recognize the potential of innovations in science and technology to catalyze transformative solutions. While the rapid pace of innovation holds the promise of progress, it demands careful guidance to yield tangible benefits. Our impact investment philosophy is anchored in translating promising breakthroughs into pragmatic solutions that bolster resilient communities in the face of climate change.”

Impact & Sustainability.

What we look for in a startup

We select founders and startups into our programs based on alignment to our Thesis – our impact, investment, and portfolio strategy.

We have identified three strategic impact areas for our efforts, which are built upon the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. These impact areas are strongly interconnected, requiring coordinated efforts to effect change in communities, in the systems we use to manage our resources, and across the natural planet as a whole. This structured approach offers a clear framework with measurable outcomes to assess our impact.

Our understanding of sustainability is influenced by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which are a set of 17 interconnected global objectives designed to serve as a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

Our Innovation Platform

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.

Together, these three pillars comprise a robust entrepreneurial support platform that empowers innovators and startups  to address the multifaceted challenges of climate change, health, and wellbeing  effectively.


Our programs provide essential support to vetted early-stage ideas, nurturing them with specialized expertise, tools, and guidance, ensuring these concepts evolve from ideas into practical, impactful solutions.


Our ecosystem provides innovators with a supportive network that includes government bodies, industry leaders and academic institutions. This network not only offers resources but also valuable connections and partnerships, fostering an environment where innovative solutions can thrive and gain traction.


Funding is the lifeblood of nascent innovation. A diverse mix of financial support, encompassing non-dilutive funds, grants, debt, and equity, offered by Larta and its partners, ensures that first-of-a-kind climate change solutions have the financial backing necessary to be developed, scaled and make a tangible impact on the world.

Larta's involvement was crucial in our early days to validate our value proposition into a cohesive roadmap and business plan.

Etosha Cave, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer
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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

Funding & Investment

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