iHubs and Industry Associations

California’s Innovation Hub Initiative

California’s Innovation Hub (iHub) Initiative operates under the auspices of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s Innovation and Emerging Technologies Unit.

Certified iHubs are anchored by existing or planned state-of-the-art technology centers, and provide incubator space and technology for the development of startup ventures. Important contributors to regional innovation initiatives like the Diablo Innovation Alliance, iHubs enrich industry clusters by offering business assistance for young companies, which can include staff training, technology transfer information, financing advice and contacts, as well as access to innovation funds.

Region Offers Two iHubs

The DIA supports and works closely with the region’s two iHubs. The East Bay Green Corridor in Oakland has supported startup companies based on Berkeley Lab science, producing some 13,000 jobs since 1990. A second iHub, the Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence (i-GATE) in Livermore supports small businesses and works to maximize the economic potential of green transportation and clean-energy technology; its work is based on Sandia National Laboratories (i-GATE program lead) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory science.

Solar, Wind, and Water Industry Associations

Industry cluster core companies, service providers, and professionals have access to several industry associations in the region, which provide support, advocacy, and networking opportunities for their members.

The two principal solar associations are the Northern California Solar Energy Association, based in Berkeley, and the California Solar Energy Industries Association, based in Rancho Cordova.

The California Wind Energy Association is based in Berkeley.

The Northern California Water Association is based in Sacramento.

Economic Development and Advocacy Organizations

Economic development business and advocacy associations include the Contra Costa Council and its nonprofit partner, the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, along with the East Bay Economic Development Association (East Bay EDA) and the Solano Economic Development Corporation.

More information is available on the Regional Cluster Map and Regional Cluster Database.