Proposal for Project Sponsorship

Please submit this form with your proposal. Date September 1st, 2009 Project Name Green –Sustainable Business Incubator for Southern California Primary Contact Name Amit Jain Address 8655 Belford Ave., 249 Los Angeles, CA 90045 Phone Number 3109010709 Alternate Phone Number Fax Number 3108079270 E-mail Website How did you learn about Community Partners? The Wired Woman Please use the attached format to propose a project for sponsorship by Community Partners. Proposals will be accepted on the first of each month. Submit your typewritten double-spaced, unbound proposal including attachments to: New Projects Community Partners 1000 North Alameda Street, Suite 240 Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Proposal for Project Sponsorship

Mission Statement:
Our mission is to support, incubate, mentor and transition clean technologies, renewable energies, green businesses, sustainable enterprises, products and services for Southern California in order to foster green economic development.

 Clean Tech/Green Business Incubator  Additional Programs that support the Community through Education, Commerce, and a Sustainable Environment  Resource for students, professionals, businesses and, and the broader community

Needs Statement:
Besides Sustainable Business and Clean Technology being a necessity for the future of humankind on the planet Earth, it is future of the American Economy. Many of our smartest and most powerful leaders have already stepped forward to help spurn the Green Economy

Stimulate the local economy with clean technology/green business growth.


Incubate 4 startup/small businesses within the first 12 months. Incubate 10 startup/small businesses within 24 months. 1 Tradeshow by 2011 Some potential programs with GSBISC will include:
CleanTech Forum, Venture Forum, and Investment Summit Entrepreneur Roundtable, Golf Networking and Speaker Panels Green and Sustainability Programs for certification and academic instruction

Business ventures that would qualify for incubator:

Market to the general public in the idea that entrepreneurs, small businesses inventors and innovators will step forward: o o o Local Universities – Entrepreneurship Departments o Sponsorship and Advertising at various Green – Eco-friendly Events o Chamber of Commerce for different commercial centers o California’s Green Workforce Coalition o o Local Municipalities – Political Figures o Local Corporate Sponsorship o Sustainable Business Council


Incubator Application Process • Application received online through incubator website • In-person interview with candidate • Decision given along with report from Incubator committee on recommendations. Decisions based upon: – Fit within incubator preferences – Founding team strength , track record, commitment to venture and references – Strength of business and revenue model and ability to create jobs within economy – A unique application or service in terms of business concept • Grants available through agencies such as Air Quality Management Department and Department of Energy GSBISC will accept applications from entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, non-profits, etc. In addition, GSBISC will advertise available technologies through organizations such as JPL, Exxon, Chevron, Boeing and CalTech for commercialization. Phase 1: • • • Initial Preparation Assign Mentor to Entreprenuer Prepare business for proof of concept Prepare for Angel Investor presentation • Streamline business, financial, and operational plans and models • Build corporate identity which includes logos, websites, and other collateral as deemed required • Prepare for Angel/VC Investment • Legal Incorporation of business in the State of California • Define funding amount required for Stage 2 and Stage 3

Duration 2-4 months

Phase 2: Proof of Concept • Develop Proof of Concept of business – Develop Technology or Service – Develop Staffing Plan – Implement Business Plan – Implement Marketing Plan • Seek Intellectual Property Protection, if any • Define mass production and distribution requirements, if any • Develop relationships with vendors, suppliers and distributors • Prepare for VC Funding and presentations • Duration: 6 – 12 months Phase 3: Commercialization • Market business • Seek customers and long-term contracts • Streamline business, revenue and operational models • Implement staffing plan • Develop support services • Have incubee mentor other businesses within incubator • Duration: 12 – 15 months

November/December 2009 • Build Website • Develop Marketing Collateral • Find Office Space and set up Office • Recruit Interns • Hire Employees • First approach for Grants, Funds, Donations January • Hold Board of Directors Meeting • Launch Marketing Efforts • Start Planning Events at Local Universities March • Evaluate Efforts of first quarter

Geographic and Demographic Community Served:
Southern California Region o Los Angeles County o Orange County o San Bernardino County o Riverside County Target Population • Entrepreneurs • Inventors/Innovators • Students • Green Small -Business Owners • Green Manufacturers • Job Seekers


Needs of the Target Population:
Economic Recession has led to a record-high national unemployment rate 9.7% in June of 2009. California is also at a record high of 11.6%. The best way to get people spending again is to create good jobs at good wages. Over the past 15 years, small businesses created over 93% of all net new jobs. That is almost 22 million new jobs. In fact, during the first four years of this century, large businesses have already shed over 3.6 million jobs. Today, small businesses make up 99.7% of all employer firms. The best engine for job growth and the economy continues to be small business.

National  American Recovery & Reinvestment Act  Extends production tax credits for renewables projects  Small Business Innovation Research funding pool through EPA and NSF  Green-Collar job growth: 5 million new jobs in next 10 years Recognition of the importance of and investment in clean technologies is now viewed as a solution to combating climate change and stimulating our economy. California  Global leader in environmental awareness and action  36% of all Venture Capital for clean energy technology comes to California  Aggressive goals for 2020 in building, purchasing, energy, transportation, public utilities and other sectors  Rebates and incentives for consumers and business to invest in eco-friendly green and clean tech  Explosive job growth predicted for CA over next 10 years Los Angeles  City is investing $10 billion over next 10 years to establish LA as the national center for Clean Tech research and development  Progressive policies and initiatives encourage “green” businesses

Other Organizations addressing something similar:
Business Technology Center CALSTART Project Hatchery, Pasadena Incubator idealab! AccelTech & NASA Commercialization Center Redondo Beach Information Technology Center UCLA Venture Development Program Altadena Pasadena Pasadena Pomona Redondo Beach Westwoo d Los Angeles Focused on HighTek firms through business management services Focused on High-tech clean transportation. For profit think-tank. Technology-based incubator for R&D. Technology incubator in the South Bay. Geared towards UCLA students to provide strategy and business plan development for scientists and engineers. Very similar to GSBISC

Benefits within 2 years:
Within 2 years, GSBISC will have successfully incubated 4 businesses that will be ready for capital investment. These businesses will in estimation at the very least create 25 jobs for the local economy. Based on investment from outside firms there will also create jobs for vendors, and organizations within their supply chains. The incubator will create awareness for sustainable living practices and promote clean energy and sustainable

consumer products challenging the current, destructive paradigm. The incubator itself will be a model for a sustainable office setup. GSBISC will be a knowledge-hub for the green economy in Southern California.

Work leading up to project:
• Approached CSU-Dominguez Hills, CSU- Channel Islands, and Loyola Marymount University for incubator concept o Budget constraints and current economic conditions combined with the bureaucratic process stopped talks. Extensive research of Green Business and Clean Technology o Reports Available on request Member of California’s Green Workforce Coalition o Direct connection to employers and leaders of LA’s green economy o Potential for political involvement and corporate sponsorship (SoCal Edison) Have networked at all Green Professional events in Southern California o Have a strong network of leaders at various organizations o Have met over 10 entrepreneurs that can potentially be incubated LEED Accredited Professional (Amit Jain)

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Amit has been a business developer at various companies including start-ups and small to mid-sized organizations. He has also been a key contributor in the corporate environment being an 'intrapreneur,' applying the same entrepreneurial concepts to make a significant impact. Amit's experience includes Sales and Marketing Management, Marketing Strategy, Business Development, Business Planning, and Project Management. He has worked as a project manager and a supervisor in a variety of capacities turning limited resources into the utmost results. Amit has managed up to 60 employees and has raised up $1 million for start-up companies as well as consulted with CEOs of companies with revenues above $5 million. Amit completed his undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University in Information Systems & Management. He also completed his MBA from Loyola Marymount University with a double emphasis in Entrepreneurial Organizations and Marketing Management. He was recognized in 2005 Graduate Student of the Year. In his professional career, Amit, had the chance to volunteer for a non-profit organization. His leadership and abilities made a huge impact as he rose become the Co-Chair (200708) of Young Jains of America. After his 2 ½ years of service, he now is an advisor to the current national executive committee. Amit is 100% committed to a sustainable future through green living, green business, and clean technologies. He has attained is LEED accreditation in New Construction. He is member of California's Green Workforce Coalition as well as many other NGOs that support sustainable initiatives. Decision-makers see the value in his skillset and the intangibles he brings to the table and are pleased with his commitment to just getting things done the right way.

Key Relationships:
Robert Mejia - Employment Services Manager at South Bay Workforce Investment Board (Founder of California’s Green Workforce Coalition. Robert is very passionate about a green economy. He has been a valuable friend because of his connections to across every sector of industry being involved in the WIB. He started the CGWC and has brought together industry

leaders who are focused on job growth in Southern California. Through Robert and his organizations there is access to potential corporate sponsorships, political endorsements, community colleges support, and knowledge of upcoming legislation from government organizations. Amit Jain is a signature member and has already discussed the incubator with several members of the coalition to get them involved in various ways. Incubees can attend meetings and showcase their businesses in addition to reach out to fill positions. Nathan Joyner - Experienced Cleantech & Technology Investment Banker. Nathan has access to Clean Technology Investors and his firm is focused on clean tech deals. Nathan will be a good person to evaluate projects coming through the incubator and also put invest in firms. Andy Funk - Socially and Environmentally Focused Venture Capitalist. Andy believes that businesses have the ability to make significant contributions to people, society and the environment. As an accomplished entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, Andy embodies the Funk Ventures philosophy by expertly combining his passion for business and investing with an altruistic vision to impact the world for good – the firm focuses exclusively on socially and environmentally responsible companies. Funk Ventures is a great place to for deals for incubator graduates. Also, Funk Ventures might be able to sponsor or donate to GSBISC. The Indus Entrepreneurs - The TiE ecosystem comprises 11,000 members and 2,500 charter members, who are the top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, lawyers and management professionals in their chosen field. This organization is a great place to find great ideas for businesses and technologies. There is a Los Angeles Chapter where Amit is a member of. This organization is set up to bring entrepreneurs with investors. GSBISC can work as intermediary with businesses that have proven concepts by going through the incubation. This is the perfect place for incubees to network at. Similar organizations to TIE that Amit is a member of or has access to: L.A. Bankers Los Angeles Venture Association Southern California Venture Network DealMaker – LA Private organization formed for the purpose of bringing together L.A.'s finance community for a continuing series of cocktail events
Providing forums where entrepreneurs and executives of middle-market companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services.

Increase the entrepreneurial velocity of both start-up and emerging growth companies by encouraging entrepreneurs to take advantage of our network of skilled professionals, high-level business contacts, and on occasion funding sources to help navigate the many road blocks that often prevent early stage and late stage entrepreneurial companies from reaching their full potential in a timely manner. Dealmaker Media operates at the intersection of business, technology, venture capital, and the future.We are a network of innovators from early-stage startups with an eye for disruption, to some of the most influential companies in the world. Our conferences, roundtables, blogs, and research are designed to interconnect CEOs, technology and entertainment executives, investors, analysts and press.

Networking Communities for Southern California Green Professionals – place where green entrepreneurs can be found: Green Business Networking Eco Tuesday Green Business Networking was formed in 2005 when a small group of business leaders began meeting informally to discuss ways to work together to advance green, sustainability and wellness ideas and businesses. Featuring opportunities for sustainable business leaders to network and learn about current issues from an innovative speaker and from one another. During the

LA Green Drinks

introduction circle, all participants share one sentence about their business and a passion or interest around sustainability. Green Drinks allows for anyone concerned about environmental issues to get together over a drink. West Side 1st, South Bay 2nd, Hollywood/Silverlake 3rd, Valley 4th - Thursday. Downtown 4th Wednesday. Green Drinks events are very simple, informal, unstructured, and self organizing but help connect the green network. Let's bring together the huge LA environmental community and have fun doing it! Subscribe to the LA Green Drinks email by clicking the Sign Up link, below right.

Advisory Board:
Advis or
Eric Tanez aki David Lasky Toni Dasgu pta Megha Kadaki a David Choi

Intellectual Property Law Partner at Stetina Brunda Garred & Brucker Director of Business Development : Green and Alternative Technologies at Global Marketing Partners, Inc. Managing Partner at Paradigm Select Assets VP, Global Strategy and Finance, Creative Visions Foundation at Creative Visions Foundations Entrepreneurial Executive and Advisor to Entrepreneurial Firms; Associate Professor at Loyola Marymount University Integration Manager at Integration and Risk Management UCLA ME Ph.D Candidate, Sustainability Advisor

Future Contribution to GSBISC
Intellectual Property consultations/office hours with Incubees Provide Green Expertise

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Mentor Incubees, provide additional contacts and create enroads into UCLA Mentor Incubees, assist with Incubator financial planning Mentor Incubees and provide expertise as a proven successful entrepreneur and educator Mentor incubees and help with strategy for overall Incubator Operations and Marketing Clean Technology and Systems Engineering Advisor

Omar Aziz

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Tony Pereir a

apereira@ucla .edu

Expectations from Community Partners:
GSBISC is expecting Community Partners to help with the trials and tribulations of starting a non-profit from the ground level: • Assist with drafting Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and selection of Board of Directors • Assist with Site Selection • Help publicize GSBISC Activities

Give access to Community Partners network of grantmakers, individual donors, and small businesses willing to sponsor or donate • Advise on best practices and streamlined operations • One-on-One Consultations • Financial and Administrative Support • Supporting and Adapting Sustainable Policies for Community Partners Working with community partners will benefit GSBISC in several ways. Not only will GSBISC save time and effort by using the Community Partners method in setting up a nonprofit, but having access to Community Partners network will help stabilize GSBISC in its nascent stages. Financially, the odds of success rise tremendously just being involved with Community Partners.