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ACCELERATORS / MATURATION FUNDING
Berkeley Lab IPO Innovation Grants are periodically awarded to Berkeley Lab-developed technologies determined to have sufficient commercial interest yet lacking funding for developments such as advanced/specialized testing or prototype development that would attract potential licensees and industry partners.
Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator is a startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship center operated by the University of California, Berkeley. The application period for the Fall 2018 Cohort is now closed.
Cyclotron Road: The Fall 2017 application period has closed.
Supported by the DOE EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office, and with newly sponsored tracks by DARPA and the California Energy Commission, Cyclotron Road provides 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 are embedded in the Berkeley research ecosystem 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 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley, along with $100k of project funds
- Training, mentorship, and networking from our program team and network of advisors, and partners
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
An Open Source Stack for Physical Science Startups by Raymond Weitekamp, polySpectra founder
The Berkeley Gateway to Innovation (BEGIN) website provides a roadmap to entrepreneurial resources at UC Berkeley and the Bay Area innovation ecosystem and FAQs re: funding and related topics.
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. http://entrepreneurship.ucdavis.edu
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.
For information on the Small Business Administration’s programs supporting research and development businesses see: http://www.sba.gov/sbir/
For funding opportunities for high risk, high payoff concepts – technologies promising true energy transformations, see DOE’s ARPA-E website: http://www.arpa-e.energy.gov/
The UC Berkeley Startup Competition website provides helpful resources.
Entrepreurship.org 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 http://edcorner.stanford.edu/index.html
Resources for the entrepreneur from the MIT Sloan School of Management can be found at: http://web.mit.edu/e-club/hadzima/
Online rating and review of the funding sources including VCs: http://thefunded.com/
Information on the components of a good business plan can be found at: http://www.bplans.com/
Blogs on emerging technologies/products: http://venturebeat.com/
Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) fosters, supports and promotes entrepreneurship for women. http://www.fwe.ca/
Silicon Valley Forum (SVForum) sponsors Special Interest Groups (SIGs), monthly dinner meetings, free business clinics, seminars and electronic forums.
TECH TRANSFER AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN LICENSING
The Technology Transfer Department has a webpage covering Berkeley Lab Conflict of Interest in Licensing policies.
Other Technology Transfer Related Resources:
- LBNL is operated by the University of California. Information about the University’s technology transfer can be found at the UC Office of Technology Transfer.
- Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) sponsors courses, conferences, and events on tech transfer; publishes sample standard agreements, lists patent, copyright, trademark, government/university TT resources available online.