March 23, 2023
By Alex Nicoll, AJ LaTrace, Kelsey Neubauer, Jordan Pandy, Daniel Geiger, Alcynna Lloyd, Catherine Boudreau, and Dan Latu
City: Los Angeles
Year founded: 2020
Total funding: $3.2 million
What it does: Aeromine produces rooftop devices for capturing wind energy.
Why it's hot: Many companies are looking for ways to generate on-site renewable electricity to reduce their carbon footprints and find relief from high energy costs.
Aeromine said its systems, which mount to the edge of flat-roof buildings like warehouses and data centers, generate up to 50% more power than other sustainable-energy options that cost the same or less.
The main challenge it faces: It said the largest challenge had been keeping up with demand, with 6,000 customer requests in the three months after its public launch in November.