Erik Stokes is the head of the Energy Deployment and Market Facilitation Office at the California Energy Commission. In his 12+ years at the Commission, Erik has spearheaded numerous initiatives to advance low-carbon technology solutions. Over the past five years, Erik has worked to strengthen California’s innovation ecosystem for cleantech entrepreneurship. This included establishing a statewide network of incubator/accelerator programs, testing facilities and other entrepreneurial support services; as well as developing several non-dilutive funding programs for clean energy entrepreneurs including the world-renowned CalSEED program. These efforts have helped cleantech start-ups supported by the California Energy Commission attract over $1.8 billion in private investment.