The Cal State University will offer workshops at five local campuses to encourage study of clean energy entrepreneurship, officials announced this week.
The university system received a $250,000 grant from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s new Energize California initiative. The workshops will be held at Long Beach, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, Pomona and Northridge.
“These workshops will encourage more students and entrepreneurs to pursue careers in the clean energy industry and inspire innovations that will keep California the U.S. leader in promoting green technology,” CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiatives Director Boykin Witherspoon said in a statement.
The workshops, held over the next five years, will focus on exploring resources and programs to help students and other bring new clean technologies to market. Various formats will be used, such as a “Shark Tank” style activity for students to practice their idea pitching skills.
Energize California is funded by a six-year, $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission as part of a statewide initiative to meet increasing demand for innovation in the energy sector as more renewable resources are deployed.