CoWorking, Accelerators, Incubators & Startup Dojos

LA is one of the most undiscovered tech hubs in the country.
-Mark Suster, GRP Partners

ACCELERATORS, INCUBATORS & STARTUP DOJOS ON THE WESTSIDE

Elevator Labs (Westwood)
http://elevatorLabs.com
“We believe in the power of ideas.
Good ideas are great, but the right idea executed at the right time is the only proven key to building value. That’s the foundation of Elevator Labs and the core focus of everything we do. Our team starts with filtered ideas, then we fund and build those concepts into fully functioning, revenue generating businesses…”

RainforestLA (Westwood)
http://rainforest.la
“rainforest.LA is designed to foster, accelerate and advance start-up entrepreneurship through the creation of an innovation ecosystem — human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output…”

Originate Labs (Westwood)
http://originate.com
“We work with early-stage ventures as well as more established companies that are positioned for explosive growth. Generally, we focus on innovative products and technologies within the mobile and web spaces, and we also work with turnaround companies that have a great product but need strategic structuring or direction…”

Start Engine (Westwood)
http://startengine.com
“Start Engine hopes to help the city of Angels live up to its name, as the startup accelerator today opens up the application process for its first class of 30 startups. The audacious goal of accelerating and mentoring 120 startups per year is all part of trying to put Los Angeles on the map as an American technology capital, perhaps one day rivaling Silicon Valley…”

Startup UCLA (Westwood)
http://startupucla.com
“Startup UCLA seeks to develop a culture of startup thinking on campus; to connect students with alumni who are successful in the startup world and with the rapidly growing Southern California startup community; to give students opportunities to learn the basics of startup thinking; and to provide a community in which students can develop and launch their early-stage ideas…”

Brighthouse (Santa Monica)
http://brighth.com
“We turn great ideas into fast-moving startups ready for the next step…”

Cross Campus (Santa Monica)
http://crosscamp.us
“This summer, Cross Campus will be the home to some of LA’s most creative startups, dedicated mentors, and innovative ideas…”

Launchpad LA (Santa Monica)
http://launchpad.la
“Launchpad LA is a mentorship organization designed to help young entrepreneurs based in Los Angeles get the guidance and relationships needed to help take their companies to the next level. It combines the best venture capitalist in Southern California, many experienced entrepreneurs and executives and a select group of service providers who are committed to working with early-stage companies. Launchpad LA was founded by Mark Suster (2x founder & CEO, VC at GRP and author ofwww.BothSidesoftheTable.com), who runs the program with Adam Lilling (3x founder & CEO including Pentagon Music acquired by Virgin and BiggerBoat backed by First Round Capital and Tim Draper) and Joshua Roth (3x startup CTO including Viva Group (dba Rent.com/eBay) and NTI/Blackboard, 1x founding CEO of Amuzu)…”

Los Angeles Syndicate of Technology (Santa Monica) http://last.vc/
“Los Angeles Syndicate of Technology, Inc. is a technology incubator that builds web and mobile technology companies. We develop new companies in the highest-growth segments of the technology market including digital media, consumer internet, and social networks. We accelerate innovation by making seed investments, providing support services, and connecting companies to our network of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors…”

NantAccelerator (Santa Monica) http://www.nantworks.com/nantaccelerator
“NantAccelerator provides seed funding and a wide array of resources to support startups. We seek out entrepreneurs who are ready to launch their ideas into the market. We are interested in many types of startups, but especially in web and mobile applications…”

MuckerLab (Santa Monica)
http://muckerlab.com
“MuckerLab is a 12-week program that includes up to $21k in funding, office space, access to world-class mentors, and hands-on product, marketing, legal and fundraising support…”

Science Inc. (Santa Monica)
http://science-inc.com
“Science creates, scales and acquires successful digital businesses by bringing together the best ideas, talent, resources and financing through a centralized platform. We focus on three things: developing new businesses, providing emerging startups with operational strategy and capital, and transforming later-stage Internet ventures with new talent and innovations…”

upStart.LA (Santa Monica)
http://upstart.la
“upStart.LA is a startup accelerator based in Los Angeles that helps tech entrepreneurs get their business up and going. We offer an intensive three-month program and provide up to $18,000 of seed capital, extensive mentorship and a shared work environment to help entrepreneurs go from idea to product to fundable business…”

Dreago (Beverly Hills)
http://www.dreago.com/
“We are a Los Angeles based business incubator. We merge great ideas with talent, marketing, management and financial backing power. We focus on applications of science and technology developments and traditional online business concepts. Our structure allows us to test multiple ideas and turn promising ideas into new products and companies by fueling them with human and financial capital necessary to bring them to market…”

Amplify (Venice)
http://www.amplify.la/
“Amplify.LA is a hands­‐on startup accelerator and multi-­‐faceted entrepreneurial campus in LosAngeles. We amplify startups by providing seed funding, access to additional capital and guidance from highly engaged mentors and advisors who have a unique connection to media and entertainment…”

Startup Foundation (Santa Monica) @ Coloft
http://coloft.com | http://la.startupweekend.org/
http://la.startupweekend.org/2011/02/24/lasw-wrap-up/

Founder Institute (global with programs in LA/SM)
http://fi.co/faq
“The Founder Institute is a global network of startups and mentors that helps entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. Through our four month idea-stage incubator program, you can launch your dream company with expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs, while not being required to quit your day job…”

IdeaKickLA
http://ideakick.org/la
“Where you start when you want to start something…”
Los Angeles – Santa Monica, CA.

K5Launch
http://www.k5launch.com/
“Entrepreneurs in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Orange County with innovative ideas, particularly in the social, mobile, local media and Internet marketplaces, can apply for the opportunity to be a part of this emerging community. Accepted applicants will not only be eligible for a pre-seed fund up to $25K to begin developing a prototype, they will also be guided through the process of building a lean company during K5Launch…”

LACleanTechIncubator (LA; affiliated with UCLA)
http://laincubator.org/
“Los Angeles has launched its new cleantech business incubator 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….”

Note: See LA’s Incubator & Accelerator Cheatsheet for a summary of deadlines, deals, funding amounts, etc. (prepared by, LeanLA.com )



COWORKING SPACES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Coloft (Santa Monica) http://coloft.com
“Coloft is a community and work space focused on empowering entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, programmers, designers, professionals, and all awesome people in general. Because putting all of us together results in amazing things –together we are even more brilliant than we are alone.”

CoWorks Spaces (Santa Monica) http://CoWorksLA.com
“CoWorks is a coworking space located at the heart of silicon beach, in Santa Monica, one block from the beach and Third Street Promenade. We are an alternative to traditional workplaces, loud coffee shops or lonely home offices. Suited to freelancers, entrepreneurs, and startups, we provide modern open desks and private workspaces…”

NextSpace (SF area, Culver City and Venice) http://nextspace.us/nextspace-los-angeles/
“NextSpace is the workplace for the new economy. NextSpace provides innovative physical and virtual infrastructure that freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creative class professionals need to succeed in the 21st century knowledge economy. In an increasingly disconnected world, NextSpace creates a collaborative community that is revolutionizing the nature of work.”

Working Village (Santa Monica) http://workingvillage.com/
“Working Village is a creative and technologically advanced workspace designed to meet the diverse needs of micro businesses, freelancers, home-office workers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, tech workers, writers, designers and other savvy professionals.”

The Writers Junction (Santa Monica) http://www.writersjunction.com/
“The Writers Junction is an affordable shared workspace for writers. It’s where you’ll find the quiet of a library, the society of a coffee shop, the focus of a daily office, and the camaraderie of a private club.”

C&P Work Club (Santa Monica) Coffee & Power
“A C&P Workclub is a physical space where the C&P community can go to transact with each other, meet new people, and share ideas and best practices over a cup of coffee. C&P Workclubs should have an abundance of free power, wifi and (preferably) java!”


Honorable Mention – Greater LA Area

Blankspaces (Hollywood) http://blankspaces.com
“BLANKSPACES is a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and start-ups, where we provide flexible office plans available by the hour, day, and month.
We are located in Mid-Wilshire, central to Hollywood and media firms. Collaboration and camaraderie are the key reasons why members often hire each other. At BLANKSPACES, you ‘work for yourself, not by yourself.”

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