L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (SEED) founder and CEO Sabrina Williams
EWDD provides financial support to early-stage entrepreneurs through cohort-based, accelerator style incubator programs. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), which was created with a mission to create a more equitable green economy in the City of LA, recently helped a local agriculture tech startup.

Far too often, women and people of color are overlooked and underrepresented in the startup and cleantech worlds. SEED founder and CEO Sabrina Williams is why LACI exists. She came to LACI in 2020 with an environmental plan in need of access to cleantech mentors, ways of embedding in the local ecosystem and growing her business.

Sabrina entered LACI through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-funded Incubation Founder Business Accelerator (FBA) program and continued getting support as a portfolio company in the Incubation Core program. Being able to benefit from two CDBG funded business programs, SEED has grown into an ag-tech company addressing sustainability practices and food security in low-income, transitional and homeless populations.

SEED, which stands for Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development, is dedicated to providing healthy, carbon-rich soil opportunities for small and underserved farmers to bring credits to the carbon market, the same economic opportunities that benefit corporate farms.

SEED recently received a $25,000 Friends and Family grant from Hello Alice and Project Entrepreneur, a program of UBS Bank, to expand the business. This additional funding will allow the business to produce new units of their “full-service, technologically-advanced farm-in-a-box.”

SEED is located in the Arts District of Los Angeles, with most of its impact in Central and South LA. Sabrina and SEED's Chief Branding Officer Andraleia Villand are currently using the mentorship provided at LACI to work on closing their seed funding round from local and regional investors to increase production and create new jobs in the city.

As part of LACI's Incubation program, SEED was able to run pilot programs at Pacoima Community Garden, San Pedro Community Gardens, Carmelina Garden West LA and Stanford Avalon Community Garden. The pilots provided valuable experience and data focused on sustainable development within underdeveloped communities.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 7, 2022. Read this issue and more.

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