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Southern California Portfolio Spotlight

Max Aram & Chris Blevins, Founders of PickMySolar

As social entrepreneurs and environmental stewards, Max and Chris are passionate supporters of solar energy. Their dream was to put panels on every compatible rooftop in America, but realized customer uncertainty about the bidding and purchase process was a major deterrent. So they made it their mission to simplify the process, drive down costs and provide the consumer advocacy necessary for solar to achieve market success.

Revoterial is developing eco-friendly products and services for fashion technology, based on the cradle-to-cradle concept. Its core objective is to promote clean manufacturing while replacing the outdated toxic system that has negatively affected millions of people and our environment.  

Southern California News

Read past news on the companies that received Innovation Fund So Cal funding.


Long Beach City College founded Innovation Fund So Cal, one of the Innovation Fund America pilot locations, to stimulate regional entrepreneurial activity, wealth creation, and social prosperity by funding and mentoring entrepreneurs launching innovation-led startups with high-growth potential. LBCC is one of the largest single college districts in the California Community College System, providing comprehensive quality educational programs and related student services to nearly 30,000 students pursuing a wide range of degrees, certificates, transfer, and other courses of study.

The College:

• Is a driving force in the regional economy development, job and wealth creation   
• Serves as the lead host of the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network
• Launched and manages the national Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative site serving Southern California

In 2013 alone, LBCC supported small businesses in the creation of 2,348 new jobs, increased client sales by more than $195 million, and helped clients access more than $100 million in new capital. Its economic activity generates over $2.12 million daily in the region’s economy.  


Southern California Vital Statistics

With the recent launch of Innovation Fund So Cal, Long Beach City College has made a commitment to the LA Basin. It’s our goal to convene assets to overcome regional impediments to innovative activity and to disrupt traditional entrepreneurial support systems. And we’re just getting started.

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