The La Kretz Innovation Campus
Located on an entire city block in the heart of the Clean Tech Corridor, the La Kretz Innovation Campus is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. Plans for the Campus now include a 30,000 square foot home for LACI, cleantech demonstration centers, R&D labs, conference facilities, work force training facilities as well as space for more mature cleantech companies.
Where R&D, education and business live under one roof
Bringing all of this under one roof will turbo-charge cleantech commercialization in Los Angeles. Start-ups will be able to use research labs, have direct access to newly trained workforce, and be able to contribute and learn from the continuous symposiums held each month. R&D efforts will be able to walk across the hall to enlist the help of entrepreneurs in bringing their inventions to market. Conference, symposium, and workforce training attendees will be able to enrich their learning with the real world business-building experience of the incubator.
The La Kretz Innovation Campus – a game changer for Los Angeles
Every once in a while a project comes along that will dramatically impact those across the breadth of its reach. For residents in the Arts District, the La Kretz Innovation Campus will not only bring high-paying jobs and the money its employees spend locally, but it will create one of the few green spaces in the city with a public park that has grass, water, wi-fi, and park benches. Restaurants and retail businesses will emerge to service the needs of these new members of the community. Warehouses will be converted to lofts and commercial space at a increasing pace. The redevelopment of the east side of downtown will forever be changed.
For the Clean Tech Corridor, the La Kretz Innovation Campus will stand as a beacon that will attract talent, companies and capital to the pursuit of building a green economy. We will—for the first time – have the “center” that cleantech in Los Angeles needs. Entrepreneurs, and those that help them and benefit from them, will help create the much described “ecosystem” that innovation commercialization needs. Graduates from LACI will seek ever-expanding space needs. They will attract new green tech talent to the area, which will pull in more companies, technology and capital.
For the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, its new 30,000 square foot facility will dramatically increase the number of entrepreneurs it can nurture under its roof. Offices of all shapes and sizes will be available, along with the wet labs and bench space that’s needs to perfect their inventions. Walk down the hall and brainstorm with a local provider of financial services, or HR talent, or marketing services, or IP protection or…. colleague. On any week they’ll be able to attend a symposium or conference related to what they’re doing. On the south side of the building, they’ll be able to demonstrate the commercial capabilities of their product. Or check to see if their EV is fully charged. Or…
Inventors want to be with other inventors. Leaders want to be with other leaders. Students want to be in an exceptional learning environment. Entrepreneurs want to hang out with others who are as committed as they are in building a company. This is what the La Kretz Innovation Campus offers – a focal point for those who are passionate about inventing and commercializing the city’s cleantech future.
Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011