Southern California Energy Innovation Network

Accelerating Market Traction for Energy Startups

What is the Southern California Energy Innovation Network?

The Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) is a free program for startups that are developing solutions to help California meet its energy goals. The program provides access to the resources and facilities of a number of regional partner organizations (listed below) and connections with industry in order to accelerate the commercialization of emerging energy technologies.

To date, 33 energy startup companies have been accepted into the SCEIN program. Together, these companies employ more than 171 people and have raised $25 million of private capital and $1.2 million of public funding.

The program is the result of a five-year, $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission awarded in 2016 to advance the San Diego region’s energy innovation industry.


What Business Services Are Available?

The Southern California Energy Innovation Network engages with partners, regional stakeholders, and other local service providers to offer free business services customized to the unique needs of each company, including:


  • Industry Connections
  • Research and Testing Facilities
  • Pilot Project Opportunities
  • Regulatory and Policy Guidance
  • Hardware Design and Simulation Support
  • Software/Data Analytics Support
  • Access to Student Intern Projects
  • Market Intelligence
  • Mentoring
  • Business Workshops
  • Marketing and Pitch Deck Support
  • Introductions to Capital Providers
  • Notification of Grant Solicitations and Prize Competitions
  • IP and Export Assistance


Who is Eligible?

Southern California Energy Innovation Network applicants must meet all of the following criteria:


  1. The company must have a California business address
  2. The company must currently operate out of (or have near-term plans to do business in) one of the four counties in our territory: San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, or San Bernardino
  3. The company’s technology must be energy-related with the ability to benefit California’s electric ratepayers. It should fall under one of five general categories:


  • Energy Efficiency (envelope, lighting, HVAC, plug loads, pumps, energy management software)
  • Renewable Energy Generation (wind, solar, wave, geothermal, hydro)
  • Energy Storage (battery materials, electrochemical, mechanical, and thermal storage devices)
  • Smart Grid and Energy Services (demand response, energy IoT, smart metering, DERMS, data analytics, and microgrid technologies)
  • Clean Transportation (EV charging infrastructure and software platforms)


Important Technology Notes:

Intellectual Property: The IP for an applying company’s technology must be either owned or licensed by the applicant’s company.

Clean Transportation Technologies: Only electric vehicle infrastructure technologies and software platforms that manage the interaction of EVs with the grid are eligible for the program. SCEIN does not support companies with new vehicle or engine designs. For further details about this distinction, please contact


Marty Turock, Program Manager,

Alyssa Gutner-Davis, Project Manager,

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Applicants who
 pass the pre-screening process will be invited to present at an Entrepreneur Intake Session, where a selection committee will determine who is accepted into the program.

Accepted Companies by Category

Smart Grid and Energy Services
Energy Efficiency
Renewable Energy Generation
Energy Storage
Clean Transportation

Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee aids in the screening of entrepreneurs/technologies that are seeking support from the program. The committee is composed of diverse professionals from the private, public, and academic sectors who have domain expertise across the broad scope of technologies that span the evolving energy industry.

Company Mentors

Mentors support Cleantech San Diego staff in ensuring smooth operation of the program by checking in with assigned Southern California Energy Innovation Network companies on a monthly basis. Mentors assess how program service delivery is going, keep track of progress on critical business milestones, and offer tailored guidance to mentees.

The Technical Advisory Committee includes domain experts from:

  • Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
  • Better Energies
  • Black & Veatch
  • Calpine Energy Solutions
  • Cisco
  • City of Carlsbad
  • City of Chula Vista
  • City of San Diego
  • DNV GL
  • EDF Renewable Energy
  • Enel Green Power North America
  • EvoNexus
  • Impala Ventures
  • Itron
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Perkins Coie
  • Port of San Diego
  • Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch
  • Proteus Consulting
  • Qualcomm Technologies
  • Renovate America
  • S Curve Strategies
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • SDG&E
  • SEED San Diego
  • Sempra Infrastructure, LLC
  • Solar Turbines
  • Southern California Edison
  • Stoel Rives
  • Tech Coast Angels

Partner Organizations

Supporting Organizations

Related Funding Programs

CalSEED and CalCEF

The Southern California Energy Innovation Network is a partner in the CalSEED Initiative. Through the CalSEED Initiative, the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) will distribute $25 million in Series A and Series B grants and provide a robust suite of business development services—business planning, research teaming, fund development, and mentoring—for emerging entrepreneurs. Learn More

California Energy Commission Grants

The Southern California Energy Innovation Network is funded by the California Energy Commission. Sign up to receive future grant opportunity announcements from the Energy Commission. Learn More