Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) offers networking, I-Corps training, pitching training and practice opportunities, and funding information and resources for scientist-entrepreneurs.
Interview with DOE’s Chief Commercialization Officer Vanessa Chan on Innovation
June 2, 2021
Entrepreneurship Webinar: Pitch for a Pilot
May 19, 2020
Angel investor, startup advisor, and adjunct instructor at UCB Extension Jeff Wallace shares how to attract investors and gain market traction through collaboration.
Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing Webinar
April 30, 2020
How does the Lab decide which technologies to patent? How are Lab technologies licensed and marketed? How can you exchange proprietary content with collaborators? The Intellectual Property Office hosted a webinar for Berkeley Lab researchers and staff on April 30, 2020. Topics discussed included:
- intellectual property and technology licensing,
- materials transfer agreements and non-disclosure agreements,
- technology maturation funding opportunities, and
- upcoming entrepreneurship training events.
Monthly Networking Event: Interview with Erika Suzuki
December 11, 2019
Erika Suzuki, DOE Energy I-Corps alumni and program officer in the Applied Nuclear Physics program, talks about her path to entrepreneurship and her experience with I-Corps.
Rapid Fire Elevator Pitch Contest
April 24, 2018
Entrepreneur and pitch coach Christina Ellwood provided insightful feedback on elevator pitches from six entrepreneurially-minded Berkeley Lab researchers in a session similar to the one she leads annually at Cleantech Open West Academy. Read Christina’s LinkedIn post on the event.
The Path to Market: Mike Biddle, Evok Innovations
February 22, 2018 – Presentation slides (pdf)
Dr. Mike Biddle, Managing Director of Evok Innovations, presented perspectives on the technology-to-marketplace process from his point of view as a former startup founder and, now, investor.
Writing a Successful Grant: Michel Foure’ of Berkeley Grant Writing
October 12, 2017 – Presentation slides (pdf)
Michel Foure’ translated his grant writing success as a researcher into a consulting business, Berkeley Grant Writing LLC. Michel’s presentation featured an interactive exercise to support grant writing efforts — whether for startup funding or continuing research.
Adam Lorimer / Alphabet Energy (Berkeley Lab startup)
May 9, 2017 (no slides available)
Adam Lorimer, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering for Berkeley Lab startup Alphabet Energy, discussed the company’s path to commercialize hard science cleantech developed at an academic institution. Alphabet Energy offers thermoelectric generator products converting waste heat into energy for a variety of industries.
Steve Visco / Polyplus Battery Company (Berkeley Lab startup)
February 10, 2017 (no slides available)
Steve Visco, founder of Polyplus Battery Company, discussed the evolution of his startup and provided insights into the battery industry. Earlier in 2017, Visco was featured in Nova’s Search for the Super Battery.
Mark Modera / Aeroseal (Berkeley Lab startup)
December 12, 2016 – Presentation Slides (pdf)
While at Berkeley Lab, Mark Modera developed an aerosol-based duct sealing process to reduce heating and cooling energy losses in residential and commercial buildings. Modera established Aeroseal, a startup to commercialize the process, and become the company’s CEO in 1997. Today, Modera is an engineering professor at U. C. Davis, where he also serves as Director of the Western Cooling Efficiency Center and the Sempra Energy Chair in Energy Efficiency. Since its founding, Aeroseal has sealed over 125,000 ducts saving an estimated $4.2 million in annual energy costs. Over 600 dealers in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia make up the Aeroseal network.
More Talk, More Impact
October 18, 2016
Todd Morrill, Faculty Director and Instructor for Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps, on talking to private and public sector “customers” who can help move your ideas forward — even if you don’t want to start a company. More Talk, More Impact (pdf). Berkeley Lab researchers Katy Christiansen and Peter Frischmann will share their customer discovery experiences and outcomes as well. Customer Discovery Experiences – Sepion (pdf).
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)
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)