Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator in Berlin
Borderstep deepens city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles
Executive Director Fred Walti and Chief Strategy & Investment Officer Ian Harris of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) visited Berlin from November 24 to 27, 2013, at the invitation of the Borderstep Institute.
The LACI is a center established by the city of Los Angeles in 2011 to support green economy and environmental technology start-ups. A public-private partnership and part of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, the Berlin incubator is intended to help transform Germany’s capital into a green metropolis in the coming years.
The purpose of the visit was to continue the collaboration on cleantech between the sister cities Los Angeles and Berlin, which began in 2009. The goal of the collaboration between Borderstep and the LACI is to intensify the cooperation between the sister cities in the area of green start-ups and to support start-ups from both cities in accessing new markets.
The visit to Berlin was timed to coincide with the kick-off of the Germany-wide start-up initiative StartUp4Climate. It was presented at Startup Week Germany on November 27, 2013, at the “Start-ups in the Green Economy” event at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Berlin.
At a German-American dialogue event in Berlin’s city hall on November 25, spokesperson of the Berlin Senate Dr. Richard Meng, Hardy Rudolf Schmitz of WISTA Management, Fred Walti of LA Cleantech, and Borderstep founders Dr. Klaus Fichter and Dr. Severin Beucker presented their approaches for the sister cities to collaborate around green start-ups. The event was facilitated by journalist Erik Kirschbaum (Reuters).
In addition, the Borderstep Institute organized numerous meetings with business incubators and business organizations in Germany’s capital, which resulted in initial agreements on bilateral cooperation between the LACI and partners in Berlin.