Innovation and Partnerships Office

Resources for Entrepreneurial Researchers


Fall 2017 DOE Energy I-Corps (formerly Lab-Corps)
Applications due May 31, 2017
All potential applicants must contact Russell Carrington, x-6439, by Fri., May 19

DOE is hosting its next six-week, Energy I-Corps session from early October to mid-November. This entrepreneurial training program features:

  • 100 interviews with potential customers so you learn about the commercial potential of your technology, including product-market fit and the business model canvas
  • Teams from all national labs so you can network with a broad group of business-minded researchers, mentors, and instructors
  • $75k per team to cover time so you don’t have to moonlight

Teams consisting of a PI with a mission-appropriate* technology and an entrepreneurial lead are invited to apply. Contact Russell Carrington, x-6439, no later than Fri., May 19 if interested. Russell will attempt to pair individual PIs and ELs looking for team members.

*DOE Energy I-Corps is limited to technologies funded by, or in the mission space of, the following program offices: Advanced Manufacturing; Building Energy; Electric Grid Components, Systems, and Controls; Environmental Management (with a preference to robotics projects and complementary techniques); Fossil Energy (limited to carbon capture, storage, and utilization); Fuel Cells; Nuclear Energy; Vehicle Technologies.

KEY DATES: Applicants must commit to the opening session, closing session, and weekly webinars:
Submission deadline for proposal: May 31, 12 pm PT
Expected date for notifying selected teams: June 30
Kickoff seminar: Sept. 27
In-Person Opening Session (held in Golden, CO): Oct. 3-6
In-Person Closing Session (held in Washington, DC): Nov. 14-16
Weekly Webinars: Wednesday afternoons Oct. 11-Nov. 8

For more details: Laboratory Call for Energy I-Corps Teams
Videos of past Berkeley Lab Energy I-Corps teams

May  2017

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.

June  2017

Beyond the SBIR: Non-Dilutive Funding for Your Startup
Thursday, June 15, 12:00-1:00 pm, UCSF Mission Bay
Room 212, Byers Hall, 1700 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
Billions of non-dilutive dollars are awarded annually across scientific fields, mainly from NIH, DOD, and other government sources. Meytal Waiss of the FreeMind Group will give an overview of non-dilutive funding, discuss alternatives to SBIR/STTR, and discuss how to maximize funding. Register here.


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

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 supports 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: