Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (SEED) founder and CEO Sabrina Williams
EWDD provides financial support to early-stage entrepreneurs through cohort-based, accelerator style incubator programs. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), which was created with a mission to create a more equitable green economy in the City of LA, recently helped a local agriculture tech startup.

Far too often, women and people of color are overlooked and underrepresented in the startup and cleantech worlds. SEED founder and CEO Sabrina Williams is why

"My goal is to continue to work and help make my city a more beautiful place." quote from Carlos, a LA:RISE and CRCD program participant
Carlos was recently paroled and feared becoming homeless. He did not see many opportunities for himself until he was connected to the LA:RISE program.

Through LA:RISE social enterprise partner CRCD Enterprises, Carlos received

Marielle Castorena, owner of the Speed Rolling Performance auto shop in San Fernando Valley
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted Marielle Castorena, owner of the Speed Rolling Performance auto shop, with obtaining total loan forgiveness for a PPP loan that helped keep her business stay afloat during COVID-19.

Marielle established her business in January 2019. After gaining more than ten years of experience closing contracts with

Wo'se Kofi (far right) owner of Baba's Vegan Cafe in South L.A.
From his beginnings of rapping at local poetry and evening events, Wo'se Kofi realized that after shows, there were no healthy options at venues or nearby in South LA.

As someone who was raised vegan, Wo'se thought it would be great to provide this option for audiences. He had prior experience in restaurants, so it felt like a natural calling to

Ambo, LA:RISE Participant, working at the Skid Row ReFresh Spot in DTLA
Ambonisye, or "Ambo" as he likes to be called, came into the West Adams WorkSource Center (WSC) after receiving an email about the LA:RISE program. Ambo was looking for work and ready to start his career.

After learning about the program requirements, Ambo was asked what he wanted for his future career

LA:RISE and Chrysalis logos
Ten years into his career as a barber, Anthony found himself in an on-the-job altercation that led him to serve five years in prison. While incarcerated, Anthony reflected on his career and his future.

Upon his release from prison, Anthony's brother recommended that he check out LA:RISE social enterprise partner Chrysalis for assistance in restarting his career. At the time, Anthony was