Innovation and Partnerships Office

Resources for Entrepreneurial Researchers


Register Now to Meet One-on-One with SBIR/STTR Managers
Friday, September 15, 8 am – 5 pm
Pauley Ballroom, 2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
UC Berkeley and 14 federal funding agencies are offering 350 entrepreneurs the opportunity to partner directly with federal SBIR / STTR program managers to help them gain access to non-dilutive funding and overcome common mistakes in the SBIR process. The September 15 summit includes access to one-on-one meetings with 25 SBIR / STTR managers and local VCs as well as panel presentations geared for startups. Register here.

Fall 2017 DOE Energy I-Corps (formerly Lab-Corps)
The application period has closed. Stay tuned for future training opportunities.

An Open Source Stack for Physical Science Startups by Raymond Weitekamp, polySpectra founder

July / August  2017

Pitch at VERGE 17
Nomination Deadline: July 7
Early stage companies and entrepreneurs with solutions that address market opportunities in energy, transportation, buildings, infrastructure, urban resilience, or the circular economy are invited to apply for a fast-pitch competition held during the VERGE Accelerate showcase, Sept. 19-21 in Santa Clara, CA. Information, tips on pitching, and nomination link.


Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator, a startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship center operated by the University of California, Berkeley. Next application period opens Sept. 1, 2017.

Cyclotron Road: Two years of support from concept to first product.
The next application cycle will open Oct. 1, 2017. Sign up for an informational webinar
Supported by the DOE EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office, Cyclotron Road provides two year fellowships to support hard science innovators developing energy technologies that have potential for broad impact on the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. Cohort innovators spend two years embedded at Berkeley Lab with an explicit mandate to bring their ideas to the point of commercial viability. Participants in the program receive:

  • A two year fellowship, including a cash stipend, health insurance, and travel funds
  • Access to world-class research facilities and expertise at Berkeley Lab, along with $100k of project funds
  • Training, mentorship, and networking from our program team and network of advisors

The UC Berkeley College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET) fosters high-tech venture creation. Classes, an annual competition, and programs serve engineers and scientists.

The Haas Business School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a primary locus at the University of California, Berkeley for the study and promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation in management and new enterprise development.

The UCSF Center for BioEntrepreneurship offers classes, programs, and resources to assist entrepreneurs and leaders in the life science industry.

The UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship  is a springboard for innovations developed in university research programs. Through a broad range of experiences and programs, the Center helps science and engineering undergrads, graduate students, researchers, post-doctoral researchers and faculty move their ideas out of the lab and into the world. Programs are open to researchers from national and international universities.

The Cleantech Group, formerly the Cleantech Venture Network, pioneered clean technology as an investment category in 2002. The company provides market-leading research and data, industry insight, access to innovation and deal flow, news coverage, sales leads, networking events, promotional/brand-building opportunities and custom advisory services to accelerate the development and market adoption of clean technologies.

The Berkeley Startup Cluster (BSC) is a collaboration of UC Berkeley, the City of Berkeley, the East Bay Green Corridor, the Downtown Berkeley Association and private sector companies to establish an area in downtown Berkeley as a thriving destination for technology-oriented startups, investors, entrepreneurs and establised tech companies.

Center for Commercialization & Entrepreneurial Training (CCET) is the education/training arm of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC), in partnership with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers classes, consulting services and business planning resources for new and small businesses throughout Alameda County.

Life Sciences Lab Space / Incubators (CLSA)
Bay Area Incubators Contact List -possible office space, mentors and investment partners.


For information on the Small Business Administration’s programs supporting research and development businesses see:

For funding opportunities for high risk, high payoff concepts – technologies promising true energy transformations, see DOE’s ARPA-E website:


The UC Berkeley Startup Competition website provides helpful resources. is an online information resource for entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship. It provides information coded by stage of business development. EntreWorld is a collaborative project created and maintained by entrepreneurs and coordinated by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The Stanford University Technology Ventures Program provides a free online collection of entrepreneurship resources through their “Educator’s Corner.” You can watch videos and webcasts of talks by prominent venture capitalists and entrepreneurs giving advice about how to raise funding for a start-up, how to negotiate valuations, learning to take risks (Larry Page), common mistakes that entrepreneurs make, and other relevant topics. To see all the resources go to

Resources for the entrepreneur from the MIT Sloan School of Management can be found at:

Online rating and review of the funding sources including VCs:

Information on the components of a good business plan can be found at:

Blogs on emerging technologies/products:

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) fosters, supports and promotes entrepreneurship for women.

Silicon Valley Forum (SVForum) sponsors Special Interest Groups (SIGs), monthly dinner meetings, free business clinics, seminars and electronic forums.


The Technology Transfer Department has a webpage covering Berkeley Lab Conflict of Interest in Licensing policies.

Other Technology Transfer Related Resources: