Innovation and Partnerships Office

Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) / DOE Lab-Corps

IPO is committed to supporting and expanding Berkeley Lab’s innovation ecosystem and integrating it with regional and national activity. While not every researcher may want to participate in a startup (entrepreneurship), engaging with the private sector from within the Lab can help researchers move ideas to the marketplace for a greater impact on society (intrapreneurship).

IPO’s Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) is the only group dedicated solely to advancing lab-to-market efforts for Berkeley Lab technologies and to providing entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial training and resources for Lab researchers. All Lab employees are eligible to join.

October BLIC Expert Speaker Event

More Talk, More Impact
with Todd Morrill, Faculty Director and Instructor for Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Room 15-253, Berkeley Lab
Refreshments will be served
Learn how customer interviews can make your research program more impactful and help grow funding. Todd Morrill, Faculty Director and Instructor for Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps, will discuss ways to talk to private and public sector “customers” who can help move your ideas forward — even if you don’t want to start a company — and provide examples from years of experience coaching startups. Berkeley Lab researchers Katy Christiansen and Peter Frischmann will share their customer discovery experiences and outcomes as well.

Entrepreneurial Training

Winter 2017 Lab-Corps Program
February 15 – April 6, 2017
Webinars and In-person Sessions
Contact by Oct. 12 if interested
Technology teams in the following areas will be considered for this session: Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Scientific Computing Research (with clean tech applications), Bioenergy, Building Energy Technology, Electric Grid Components/Systems/Controls, Environmental Management, Fossil Energy Technology (related to carbon capture, storage and utilization), Fuel Cells, Geothermal, Nuclear Energy, Solar Energy Technology, Vehicle Technologies, Wind and Water Power. Teams include a Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurial Lead and Industry Mentor. IPO may be able to assist with finding team members to complete a team.

What is DOE Lab-Corps?
Based on NSF’s I-Corps™ model, DOE Lab-Corps is a seven-week immersive training experience that gives national lab-based research teams the tools and training to help transition energy-related technologies into products that benefit society and the national economy. Watch short films of Berkeley Lab researchers participating in the MyGreenCar team and Ring Burner team as they conduct information-gathering interviews with potential customers and supply chain members and then address hard decisions about markets, applications, and pivoting.

BLIC has also sent teams to the Bay Area Regional NSF I-Corps programRead the researchers’ experiences and positive outcomes in a recent Innovation article.

Entrepreneurial Resources: Events, workshops, conferences and local resources of interest to entrepreneurial researchers are updated regularly.

Past BLIC Events and Slides

The Journey from Lab Scientist to Entrepreneur
September 20, 2016
Dr. Peter S. Fiske, published scientist, startup founder, and now CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc., on innate similarities between scientists and entrepreneurs and the journey from research to startup. Entrepreneurship for Scientists (pdf)

Navigating Conflict of Interest
April 12, 2016
Berkeley Lab Conflict of Interest  (COI) policies and issues from Molly Stoufer, Requirements Program Manager and COI Coordinator, for staff interested in consulting for an outside entity or starting a company to license and develop Lab technology as well as staff with financial interest in a company that could work with the Lab. LBNL Conflict of Interest and Case Study (pdf)

The VC Landscape
March 2, 2016
Insights on the latest in the venture capital world from Doug Collom, a professor of venture capital and entrepreneurship at The Wharton School’s Executive MBA Program in San Francisco and a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. VC Landscape (pdf)

Legal Considerations and Innovation Resources for Startups
January 28, 2016
Larry Adkison, Senior Counsel for the Business Transactions Group at UCOP, and Todd Rumbrger, Partner at Foley and Lardner, on legal considerations for startups. Noore Kadri, Manager of the QB3 Innovation and Incubator Network, on resources to lower barriers to entry for bringing new innovation to market. Legal Considerations for Startup Entrepreneurs (pdf)

Lab-to-Market Resources
December 8, 2015
Hemai Parthasarathy, Ph.D., of Breakout Labs, a funding and support system for science companies, and Entrepreneur Jim Kiles of YStrategies, on his experience advising DOE’s Lab-Corps program and lab-to-market transitions. QB3 – Resources for Innovators (pdf)

SBIR / STTR Program Goals and Funding Details – July 2015 presentation by Manny Oliver, Director DOE SBIR / STTR Programs Office (presentation may take a few seconds to load)