Net Zero Accelerator

We guide, pilot and promote building technology innovation to empower our net positive future.

Following the many successes of our inaugural cohort in 2019, we’ve sought and selected, from 161 applicants, what our team and industry-leading Advisors found to be  the 17 most promising net zero building solutions for the 2020 cohort (Read the Press Release). Together, and with the support of our partners and advisors, we will  help make zero carbon, zero energy, zero water, and zero waste buildings a reality

The 2020 program is focused primarily on building decarbonization (materials & operations) as well as clean construction (waste & efficiency) and occupant wellness for all building types (commercial, institutional, multi-family, affordable housing, etc.).

Our promise is to bring targeted expertise, broad awareness, and high-potential to pilot projects at regional building sites with marquee partners in order to remove roadblocks and speed market adoption.


“This is an exceptionally compelling group of companies commercializing and scaling diverse solutions that address our shared goals. We're excited to help them overcome market-entry barriers often encountered by new technologies. A big part of achieving this is in how we pair them with green building experts and significant pilot sites throughout our region to increase their momentum and quickly see results optimally before the new year." ~ Colin Mangham, Director, Net Zero Accelerator


We’re not your typical accelerator. We aim to rapidly drive measurable adoption of net zero solutions, today. We pair our Cohort companies with experts to encourage scalable solutions, promote awareness of their solutions to the right audience, and focus a strong emphasis on placing technology pilots with building partners that support a net positive future.

  • STRENGTHEN cohort to help them become more investable and bankable.
  • GET TECH TO MARKET through pilots with committed green building leaders.
  • BUILD AWARENESS of viable solutions and market innovation.


There are plenty of great programs in place that help companies with business fundamentals. We look for companies that already have those basics covered. In short, ones that are ready for market entry or already in market and ready to scale.

  • PILOT-READY PLAYERS get focused advice to streamline and de-risk adoption.
  • GREEN BUILDING EXPERTS counsel on strategy, fit and viability.
  • PILOT SITES measure, validate, and benefit from low-cost building innovation.

“Operators of building types of all kinds across the city have raised their hands to provide pilot sites and their expertise to help us get to net zero with increased focus onresilience clean construction and occupant health. Our goal is to work with our advisors to fine tune the technical and business models of these technologies helping to deliver solutions today in a way that they can scale at an accelerated rate going forward.” ~ Ben Stapleton, Executive Director, USGBC-LA


Collectively, we’re some of the most capable BUILDING OWNERS + OPERATORS, INDUSTRY EXPERTS, FUNDERS, INVESTORS, UTILITIES, and CORPORATES committed to empowering a net positive future for our built environment.


Together, we will spread the word and work hard to build broad awareness of cohort solutions. STORIES and CASE STUDIES that showcase the cohort, pilot sites, partners and sponsors, and pilot results will be delivered to THE RIGHT AUDIENCE of proven green business leaders, over 3,000 USGBC-LA members, key officials with the City and County of LA, and green building advocates in the broader sustainability world.


Download the overview deck for the 2020 NZA program here for more details ->


Our next application period begins in January 2021. Following are some key features and requirements for participation. If you would like to be notified as we near or begin the next application window, please email Colin@USGBC-LA.org.


Mutual Expectations Stage of Development HQ + Markets
  • No equity required to participate; modest subsidized fee.
  • 7-month commitment to dedicate the time and resources to complete the program in Los Angeles.
  • Secured from “Seed” up through “Series A” investment (or equivalent).
  • Ready to pilot technology commercially, or already in market.
  • Domestic and international companies are invited to apply.
  • Los Angeles and California geographic markets must be a strategic priority.
Technology Focus Areas
All early-stage companies with building technologies that support a net positive future will be welcome to apply.  Relevant sectors include BuildingTech, UrbanTech, PropTech, and even AgTech. While not limited to these alone, explicit priority areas for 2021 are Building Decarbonization, Clean Construction, and Occupant Wellness, with an overarching emphasis on the Post-Pandemic Market for green building technologies and solutions.





“Yotta was able to develop many pilot partnerships [in 2019].  A lot of accelerators promise great things. NZA delivers.”

Omeed Badkoobeh, Yotta Energy


“NZA helped us clarify essential aspects of our business and forge effective relationships that assisted us in establishing a cohesive plan towards being a successful small business.”

Charles DeRosa, Angel City Lumber


“The NZA was a terrific experience. The quality of the mentors was top notch, the events were great, and the camaraderie of the cohort was super fun!”

Andrew Blume, InHouse Produce


“The NZA was a great opportunity to be matched with industry and product specific mentors that are keen to the nuances that built-environment startups experience. The USGBC-LA ecosystem and network were very helpful and welcoming to our team, and we recommend this opportunity to building technology and materials startups in the Southern California Region.”

Jose Urizar, DTE Materials

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