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.
Entrepreneurial Resources: Events, workshops, conferences and local resources of interest to entrepreneurial researchers are updated regularly.
Next BLIC Expert Speaker Event: TBA
NEW! Spring / Summer Entrepreneurial Training Opportunities
If you’d like to apply for any of these programs, please first contact Robin Johnston, RJohnston@lbl.gov
July & August 2016, Colorado and webinar
DOE EERE’s Lab-Corps program will select teams with technologies in the following areas for its summer training program: Advanced Manufacturing; Bioenergy; Building Energy Technology related to HVAC and water heating and appliance (funded by the BTO program); Fossil Energy Technology related to supercritical CO2, rare earth elements, industrial carbon capture; Fuel Cells; and Solar Energy (funded by the Solar Energy program). Selected teams will receive a $75K grant for the program.
When / Where:
Summer Cohort Kickoff Webinar: July 6, 2016
Opening Session (Golden, CO): July 12-15, 2016
Weekly (Wednesdays): July 20 – August 17, 2016 (webinar)
Closing Session (Golden, CO): August 23-25, 2016
Deadline for applications: May 6, 3 pm (contact RJohnston@lbl.gov if interested)
I-Corps National Program
July & August 2016, Bay Area and webex
Berkeley Lab researchers with NSF-funded technology or research OR Berkeley Lab teams that completed the regional I-Corps program (even if no one on the team receives NSF funding) can qualify to apply for the full, six-week national NSF I-Corps program.
Opening Session: July 17 (pm) & July 18-20 all day (Bay Area, TBD)
Weekly (Tuesdays, 10 am – 1 pm PT): July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 (webex)
Closing Session: Aug 29-30 all day (Bay Area, TBD)
Who: Anyone with a technology-based idea, team of 2-3 people
Deadline for applications: June 1 (contact RJohnston@lbl.gov if interested)
Lab-Corps Program (tentative)
October – December 2016
What is Lab-Corps?
Based on NSF’s I-Corps™ model, Lab-Corps gives researchers tools and training to help transition energy-related technologies into products that benefit society and the national economy. Go here to see a video series covering the MyGreenCar team, the first Berkeley Lab Lab-Corps team. Watch as they conduct information-gathering interviews with potential customers and supply chain members and then address hard decisions about markets, applications, and pivoting.
BLIC also sent three teams to the summer session of the Bay Area Regional NSF I-Corps program. Read the researchers’ experiences and positive outcomes in a recent Innovation article.
Past BLIC Events
Link to presentation slides
Navigating Conflict of Interest
April 12, 2016
Want to consult for an outside entity or start a company to license and develop your Lab technology? Do you have financial interest in a company that could work with the Lab? Molly Stoufer, the Lab’s Requirements Program Manager and COI Coordinator, and Innovation and Partnerships Office staff will lead the discussion on conflict of interest issues and answer questions.
The VC Landscape
March 2, 2016
Hear 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.
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.
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.