Supporting Organizations

With the support of academic, community and industry organizations, PortTech Los Angeles provides clients access to the experts they need to make their businesses successful.

California Institute of Technology | The California Institute of Technology is an internationally recognized research and teaching institution where faculty, students and staff investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology. The Institute's many cross-disciplinary research centers support a special type of collaboration that develops powerful ideas and addresses global challenges. PortTechLA clients have access to the Institute's researchers who are at the forefront of technological breakthroughs.

Clean Energy Alliance | The Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) is a national organization of non-profit incubators with a focus on cleantech. CEA Members are highly skilled incubators and accelerators known for leadership in their fields. Collectively, they offer a wide range of services, expertise, and facilities that support the commercialization of technologies and services covering the gamut of the cleantech arena.

Cleantech Open | The Cleantech Open is a non-profit organization that runs the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups. Their mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. PortTech's Executive Director Stan Tomsic is Director of LA Metro for Cleantech Open.

City of Los Angeles Clean Tech Initiative | CleanTech LA brings together business, government and academia to expand and develop the clean technology sector in Los Angeles, promoting sustainability and economic growth. By telling LA's clean technology story to the world, CleanTech LA promotes Los Angeles as a center for clean technology research and innovation. PortTechLA collaborates with CleanTech LA to encourage clean technology entrepreneurs to establish businesses in Los Angeles.

City of Los Angeles Community Development Department | The Community Development Department offers services to business owners and developers either directly or through their network of service providers. By providing financing, technical assistance, training, business tax incentives and workforce programs, the Department strives to improve the economic climate of Los Angeles and help businesses grow. PortTechLA clients benefit from many of the Department's services and resources.

CMTC | CMTC (California Manufacturing Technology Consulting) is a non-profit that offers consulting solutions and manufacturing services for large and small companies. Their industry experts work closely with Southern California manufacturers to help prepare them to compete at a higher level in the changing global marketplace.

Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce | Established in 1975, HAIC was formed to initiate, sponsor and promote policies to further enhance development of commerce and industry in the area. HAIC is a non-profit industrial and commercial trade association which serves as a united voice on trade, transportation, energy, environmental and land-use issues affecting the South Bay and harbor business communities.

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator | LACI provides cleantech business incubator services to accelerate development of cleantech start-ups by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a growing network of experts and capital. LACI identifies local talent, nurtures it, and helps it get to market, resulting in more jobs and a bigger green economy in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center | PortTechLA has a special relationship with the LA Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is part of the national Small Business Administration. SBDC provides free consulting to small businesses in Los Angeles County including everything from explaining accounting statements to helping complete paperwork for a bank loan. Here’s the best part: Our clients participate in SBDC training programs at no charge.

Los Angeles Venture Association | Since 1985, LAVA has been providing forums where entrepreneurs and executives of start-up, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services. John Dmohowski, PortTech's Director of Client Services, currently sits on the LAVA Board of Directors.

Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network | Pacific Gateway helps Long Beach businesses meet the challenge of finding, training and retaining qualified employees. The organization helps companies reap the benefits of hiring tax credits, provides employee recruitment services and offers employee training programs. PortTechLA clients have access to many of Pacific Gateway's services and resources.

Port of Los Angeles | The unique public/private partnership that has become PortTechLA started in January 2008 at a meeting between the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Dr. Geraldine Knatz. Since that time, the Port of Los Angeles, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, has become PortTechLA’s principal sponsor through its financial, technical and personnel support. Key Port staff members sit on the PortTechLA Board of Directors.

Port of Long Beach | The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port welcomes 4,000 vessels a year carrying trade valued at $155 billion. A major economic engine for the region, the port supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Southern California.

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce | The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce played an instrumental role in founding PortTechLA and continues to support our work by connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to crucial resources within San Pedro. Since 1906, the San Pedro Chamber has effectively promoted, supported and advocated on behalf of the San Pedro business community to make San Pedro a better place to live, work and visit.

The Propeller Club of Los Angeles - Long Beach | The Propeller Club of Los Angeles - Long Beach is an international maritime organization dedicated to promoting the interests of international commerce, shipping transportation, and supporting industries including governments and communities. The Propeller Club's objective is to provide a forum for discussion and to promote public education regarding critical maritime issues.

UCLA California NanoSystems Institute | The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) encourages university collaboration with industry and facilitates the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanoscience and nannotechnology. CNSI members are faculty at UCLA and UCSB and are thought-leaders in four nanosystems research areas including energy, environment, health-medicine and information technology. Through CNSI, PortTechLA clients have access to nanotechnology experts and resources.

UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation | The Luskin Center for Innovation unites the intellectual capital of UCLA with forward-looking civic leaders to address the most pressing issues confronting the local community, nation and world. The Center is organized around initiatives that seek to translate world-class research and expertise into real-world policy solutions. Current initiatives include Sustainable Energy for California and Electric Vehicles & Alternative Fuels.

USC Stevens Center for Innovation | USC founded the Stevens Center for Innovation to serve as a university-wide resource for USC innovators. The Center uses a unique combination of creativity and pragmatism to advance breakthrough research and transform bright ideas into real world products and services allowing USC research to have the greatest societal impact. PortTechLA clients have access to some of the resources and services provided to USC innovators.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce | The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce is one of PortTechLA's strategic partners and Chamber President Patrick Willson also serves on our Board of Directors. Through the Chamber, PortTechLA clients have opportunities to network with Wilmington business owners and community leaders. Since 1904, the Wilmington Chamber has worked to promote, support and enhance a positive business environment that improves the quality of life for everyone in Wilmington.