Key Programs

1. NGIN Membership

NGIN is offering membership opportunities to selected innovation institutions around the word. NGIN members may be incubators, accelerators, technology parks, academic institutions, think tanks, corporations, government institutions, VC’s, and NGO’s.

The NGIN innovation value chain touches every stakeholder of the impact technology commercialization value chain from members to entrepreneurs to universities:


Will get access to a global pipeline of interested customers, potential investors, and partners through NGIN’s showcase, market expansion and tech scouting programs. Entrepreneurs will also have access to a wide range of facilities worldwide thus potentially reducing their research and production costs. Entrepreneurs will have increased opportunity to source management team members from partners.


Will get access to commercialization best practices including content developed by the best innovation institutions in the world. They will be introduced to more funding sources and potential partners to collaborate on projects together. They will raise their brand awareness among the thought leaders of sustainable technology development.


Will get access to a global pipeline of vetted quality investment opportunities under one roof, and they will receive market intelligence that can drive investment theses.


Will get access to a global pipeline of innovation and will be able to harness the networks’ sourcing power to solve specific R&D challenges.


Will become part of a global cross-disciplinary and cross-nation conversation that helps identify and/or refine the problems and challenges of climate change as they manifest in different contexts. University scientists and professors will have increased opportunities for consulting and speaking engagements.


(local, regional, national)

Get solutions that mitigate climate change effects while creating jobs, improving living conditions and generating incremental tax revenue. They have access to policy advisors and ecosystem experts that can drive progress in their respective countries.


Including the economically disadvantaged, people of color, and women will be included in the process of creating economic wealth through company creation.

2. International Market Access Programs

NGIN international access program(s) are for sustainable technology entrepreneurs who are ready to enter international markets. The IAP offers the right contacts, international business preparation, in-market assimilation, and local facilities tailored to each entrepreneur’s situation. These programs last from two weeks to three months.

US-Bound International Access Programs assists entrepreneurs in entering the world’s largest economy. The West Coast program is hosted at LACI’s headquarters in Los Angeles and the East Coast Program is held at Greentown Labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Non-US Bound International Access Programs Working with its members in ten countries, NGIN provides entrepreneurs with vetted IAP programs for India, China, Brazil, Japan and Europe. NGIN often works with sponsoring organizations to facilitate multi-market, multi-company market access.

3. Building High Performance Innovation Ecosystems

Many of the markets that need cleantech innovation and commercialization do not have well developed ecosystems to support development in their home market.
Many factors contribute to this, ranging from cultural (few countries have a history of entrepreneurism, for example) to the lack of knowledge (using best practices) to the embryonic nature of the cleantech market itself (thus not generating the resources to develop and sustain an ecosystem). To address this gap, NGIN is working with organizations, cities and countries to strengthen their cleantech commercialization ecosystem.
Working with organizations like the World Bank, the U.S. State Department, Washington State, Mexico City and the government of Ethiopia, NGIN is implementing its Cleantech Ecosystem Model as a blueprint for commercialization acceleration. The Model is a comprehensive solution to cleantech innovation and commercialization that has six interconnected components phased in over time.

High Performance Incubation Boot Camp: This five-day intensive workshop is aimed at management teams and program managers who want to take their programs to the next level. This program includes pipeline development, Entrepreneur-in-Residence coaching programs, business model assessment, operations and successful network programs.

Sources of Ideas

A local source of ideation, innovation, creativity, invention, or disruptive alternatives. Sources include universities, institutes, research labs, corporate strategics, entrepreneurs, consumer and customer suggestions.

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Support

Company-building best practices that can be compiled, modified over time and communicated via experienced practitioners to the entrepreneurs. It includes the programs, tools and networks necessary to clearly, accurately and consistently mentor, coach and support the evolution of a company through all its growth stages.


Sources of funding must be identified, secured, coordinated and exposed to new opportunities. Sources can be any combination of public, private, venture, angel, government, or philanthropic.

Stakeholder Engagement

Provides the venues, but more importantly, the individuals and relationships to coordinate, convene, communicate, and promote the cluster to the community, partners, sponsors, strategics and governing bodies.

Policy Support

In the cleantech market, policies drive markets, they enable capital investments, and support technology investment. An important component of an effective innovation ecosystem is the close cooperation between the ecosystem and the policy makers and political leaders. This role is by necessity an informational and advisory role, with open and clear lines of communication between entrepreneurs and policy makers.

World Market Connections

Connecting the ecosystem to mirrored global collaborators, provides unparalleled reach for companies with scarce resources to have access to international markets. Using secondary published resources, and local collaborators’ knowledge, LACI conducts a baseline feasibility study that includes an assessment of the “readiness” or availability of the supporting ecosystem requirements. In short, a state of the art incubator that is not supported by the requisite ecosystem components may not be positioned for success.

4. Global Acceleration

NGIN has supported the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP), a global cleantech accelerator led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). GCIP is focused on supporting entrepreneurs in emerging and developing countries and to date, has supported over 1,000 cleantech startups across 9 countries. Most recently, NGIN has provided extensive training for GCIP entrepreneurs and local capacity building in South Africa, Morocco, Ukraine and Thailand.

5. Industry-Wide Technology Challenges

NGIN is partnering with GreenMomentum (its Mexico City NGIN member), to launch GreenMomentum’s new Platform 39 Global Industry Challenge. P39 is focused on identifying big, industry-wide technology problems and then using the NGIN network to issue global technology challenges. Entrepreneurs from NGIN, Cleantech Open, and other programs can respond to these challenges to compete for technology funding.

6. The NGIN Impact Technology Index

We will then embark on our most important mission – providing access to impact technology companies by connecting the world’s entrepreneurs with the worlds customers, investors, and partners. The NGIN Impact Technology Index will identify vet, and index 1,500 companies from every market in the world. We’ll put them online to be easily searchable and available by our members.

7. The “NGIN 50” Showcase

We will launch the first NGIN 50 Impact Technology Company Showcase in 2020. This roadshow will feature the world’s top 50 impact technology companies from members in each of Cleantech Open and NGIN’s global regions. The NGIN team will work with the leadership of each NGIN member to select the best companies from each market, then profile them, and put together a technology roadshow for select NGIN members.

We will bring companies from every corner of the globe to customers, investors, partners, and fellow entrepreneurs. This roadshow will result in securing sales, investment, potential partners for each of the selected companies.

8. Best Practices From 20+ Premier Innovation Institutions

We’re going to share our knowledge and experience in building effective ecosystems with the rest of the world. Beyond holding a range of best practice workshops, licensing our business assistance content, and training the trainers, we will help our members and others build ecosystems with our help. We’ve done that for LA, CDMX, Washington State, CSUN, Ethiopia and Fremont.