Financing & Incentives

The Jump Start loan program can help start or grow businesses for entrepreneurs that may not qualify for loans at traditional lenders or other programs because they are often too new or too small.

Climate Tech Finance, in partnership with the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank offers loan guarantees up to $5M to bridge financial gaps between climate entrepreneurs needing working capital and commercial and community lenders.

Business Services

With the help of volunteer attorneys from top firms, UC Hastings law students meet new companies’ legal needs from incorporation to privacy policies to option plans, licensing, trademark, and beyond.

Entrepreneurs can improve their chances of picking the right path by investigating four generic go-to-market strategies and choosing a version that aligns most closely with their founding values and motivations.

SCORE Orange County offers free business mentoring, small business workshops, and templates and tools to help you start or grow your business.

The Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network offers business consulting, training, and online courses to entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties at no cost.

Accelerators

This accelerator supports early-stage startups. The MuckerLab program has no set duration. Instead, it works with companies for as long as it takes for them to achieve mutually agreed milestones of business, customer, and financing.

Heal.LA will be accepting up to 15 diverse innovators and startups from California for their 2023 program. The program is free for startups to participate (no fees or equity), paid for by partners and government grants.

The LACI Incubation program offers hands-on incubation services for cleantech startups to grow in Los Angeles.

Lair East Labs is a startup accelerator based in New York that empowers founders to expand internationally.

The Long Beach Accelerator provides early-stage startups with the support, resources, and funds they need to flourish.

The SPIE Startup Challenge is a global competition where entrepreneurs with light-enabled products have 5 minutes to pitch their business to a team of expert judges. 

Disclaimer

  • Sunstone Management and its affiliates do not receive any direct benefits, compensation, or soft dollar benefits from the entities listed on the SMI Startup Resource/Perks pages.
  • The inclusion of resources is solely based on their merit and relevance to the business startup community. Prior to posting a resource, Sunstone employs a diligent evaluation process, considering factors such as relevance, credibility, and potential value to startups. Resources are from local, state, and federal entities, and may involve resources from nonprofit entities partnering with the government programs.
  • Sunstone does not represent or endorse any services not identified as an existing partner, such as Lair East Labs and Long Beach Accelerator to whom Sunstone Management has committed resources in support of startups participating in those programs.