Do you have an idea to make your community more resilient, equitable, & sustainable?

Become A Venture Fellow.

Funding & Support for Good Ideas.

The Venture Fellows program provides diverse innovators with funding & support to create resilient, equitable, & sustainable urban communities in response to the impacts of climate change.

Our Fellowship program begins in April 2023.
Apply now to join a cohort in Los Angeles or Miami.

Tell us about your idea & vision — and our team will be in touch with next steps & more info.

Funding & Support for Good Ideas

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Food Security, Zero Hunger

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Program Partners

The Venture Fellows program is supported by our partners.

The Venture Fellows program gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to turn their ideas into real ventures for impact on local communities — through a mix of mentoring, connections, resources, and funding.

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Join a cohort of social entrepreneurs who are innovating to build a better future for local urban communities.

The Ventures Fellows program is a 9-month hands-on experience to help turn your idea into a real startup for impact on local communities.

Become a Venture Fellow — Los Angeles

Loa Angeles — Applications open
October 1, 2022

Up to 5 applicants who have good ideas for Los Angeles communities will be selected to participate in the 2023 program. Applications will be open from October 2022 > late February 2023. The program is scheduled to begin in April 2023, and shall run until December 2023.

Become a Venture Fellow — Miami

Miami — Applications open
October 1, 2022

Up to 5 applicants who have good ideas for Miami communities will be selected to participate in the 2023 program. Applications will be open from October 2022 > late February 2023. The program is scheduled to begin in April 2023, and shall run until December 2023.

Program Overview & Benefits

The Venture Fellows Program is a 9-month commitment — helping you move from an idea to startup launch.

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$100,000 in resources & funding to develop community-based solutions

— No cost program – no equity or fees
— 1:1 mentoring and group cohort sessions
— Connections, Resources, & Funding

Trial & iterate your idea in local Los Angeles or Miami communities

— Deploy your MVP solution in a local community
— Market access support from local cities & NGOs
— Learn from real-life use case experiences

Legal fees paid to incorporate your startup

— Legal services provided for incorporation
— Expert advice on creating your startup
— Setup your business with legal support

Access to investors & grant funding to scale your new startup

— Hands-on help to prepare your pitch & materials
— Support identifying & applying for funding/grants
— Curated sessions with seed investors + Demo Day

Mentors & Advisors

During the program you will be mentored and supported by leading experts from LA & Miami communities.

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Rohit Shukla founded Larta Institute in 1993 - Larta's mission is to foster science and technology innovation for a sustainable planet.
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Head of Programs & Evaluation

Vaishali Paliwal

Vaishali leads impact measurement & management across Larta's portfolio. She is a Global Fellow of Social Impact at the MovingWorlds Institute.
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Senior Fellow, Innovation & Ventures

Lewis D. Rowe

Lewis leads portfolio strategy & pipeline analysis for Larta Ventures. He is a Global Fellow of Social Impact at the MovingWorlds Institute.
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Chief of Staff

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Chief Development Officer

Carlos Gutierrez

Carlos leads engagement with Larta's startup ecosystem, including federal agencies, foundations, family offices, industry, and private investors.
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Director, CleanTech & Energy

David Berokoff

David leads Larta's accelerator program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy - creating a pipeline of CleanTech & Energy startups.
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Senior Advisor, Sustainability

Gunjan Siroya

Gunjan leads Larta's accelerator programs in partnership with USDA & NOAA - creating a pipeline of startups focused on Food and the Environment.
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Head of Operations

Judy Hseih

Judy fosters a pipeline of emerging BioScience & Healthcare startups via the Heal.LA program - for the health & wellbeing of underserved communities.

Steering Committee

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Program Details

Program Overview

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Who's Eligible?

The program is open to everyone, and we highly encourage applications from diverse & underrepresented innovators & founders including:

–minority & women-led ideas and/or startups
–innovators from marginalized communities
–academic / student innovators (individuals or teams)
–social entrepreneurs & grass-roots organizations

Funding

The Venture Fellows program is no cost to selected applicants. There are no fees or equity to pay. The program is funded by Wells Fargo.

Enrollment Deadlines

Applications open October 1, 2022 – and will be open until late February 2023.

Duration

The program is a 9-month commitment, from April 2023 to December 2023.

Hours

This is a part-time program intended to run alongside your education or job. We expect the hours required per week to vary depending on phase of the cohort. 

Our fellowship program begins in April 2023.
Apply now to join a cohort in Los Angeles or Miami.

Tell us about your idea & vision – and our team will be in touch with next steps and more info.

FAQs

General Questions

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For our first cohort, we have funding to support 5 Fellows in Los Angeles, and 5 Fellows in Miami.

Application Process

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The Program

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