Innovation and Partnerships Office

Resources for Entrepreneurial Researchers


Cleantech Open
Applications due May 1

Want to help solve some of the greatest global challenges? Submit your idea to the 2017 Cleantech Open Accelerator. Selected companies will have access to prize money, world class mentoring, training, and networking opportunities. Since its inception in 2006, Cleantech Open has accelerated over 1,200 startups leading to $1.135 billion in external capital and 3,067 jobs. Information and application.

Applications due March 30

Have a startup in mind? Join Skydeck, a proprietary six month program to accelerate startups towards a position of strength for growth and survival in their market. Skydeck’s Berkeley Acceleration Method (BAM) is a practical, experience-based program designed by serial entrepreneurs, VCs, and thought leaders informed by the discipline of entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley.  Application information.

March  2017

The Art and Science of Building Your Business Model – Presented by Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
March 29, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Pillsbury Law, 225 Hanover Road, Palo Alto
Learn the nine key elements of the Business Model Matrix and how to test, iterate and validate your business model. Understand the questions investors will ask about your business and common characteristics of failing business models. Register by March 28.

April  2017

Rosenman D-Series: Laura Parmer-Lohan, Ruckus Partners. “So, You Want to Go to Market in Medtech. Now What?”
April 13, 5:00-7:00 pm, UCSF
Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay, 1700 4th St, San Francisco

Learn the role of product marketing in medtech and the critical milestones for preparing your product for launch, from crafting a compelling value proposition to developing strategies for the key stakeholders involved in the buying process. Network with others in the medtech field. Registration is free.

Entrepreneurship for Researchers with Manan Mehta of Unshackled Ventures
April 14, 4:00-5:00 pm, Room 50B-4205, Berkeley Lab
This presentation is part of the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association‘s initiative to develop entrepreneurship among its members.

StartUP Pitchfest
April 26, 5:00-8:30 pm, Pillsbury Law
Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco
Get coached and guidelines for your elevator pitch. Learn to refine your “What is it we do” statement. Pitch your ideas to investors. Register here.

May  2017

StartUP World 2017
Thursday, May 4, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm, Palo Alto
2550 Hanover St, Palo Alto
Pitch your ideas to investors. Get funding advice and guidance directly from investors as to what they want and expect from a start-up company seeking funding. Register here.

Rosenman D-Series: Marijke Annis, Ruckus Partners. “Reimbursement 101 for Medtech Startups”
Thursday, May 18, 5:00-7:00 pm, UCSF
Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay, 1700 4th St, San Francisco
Learn and understand the reimbursement challenges your technology may face and set a strategy early in the product development process to navigate the medtech field. Network with others in the medtech field. Registration is free.



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

Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator, a startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship center operated by the University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneur Program (BPEP) fosters entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community by providing tools, mentoring and a platform for science-business communication to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.

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.

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

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 Hass 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 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.


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.



Cleantech Open provides resources, education and support for clean tech entrepreneurs. Activities include the Annual Business Competition, Mentoring, Sustainability Workshops, a series of Public Symposia and Resource Directory.

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Haas School of Business offers a variety of opportunities to work with MBA students to showcase innovative technologies in four premier business plan competitions.


For general information on starting a venture see the Small Business Administration website.

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:

SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) provides a chance to win part of the more than $1 billion in funding available each year from Federal Government sources to small firms for R&D projects. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Small Business Administration.


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

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