INCUBATORS AND ACCELERATORS
Applications Due Oct. 31, 2018
Interested in exploring the commercial applications of your energy, electronics, or manufacturing technology? Consider the Cyclotron Road fellowship program. For two years, Cyclotron Road fellows are embedded at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for applied research and a program of intensive mentorship, education, and networking. Since 2015, Cyclotron Road has awarded more than $13 million directly to 41 fellows, who have gone on to generate more than $60 million in early-stage funding to support their projects. The next application round is open October 1 – 31. Visit cyclotronroad.org/apply for more information and to apply.
Applications Due Oct. 10, 2018
This immersive short course (Oct. 15, 17, and 22 at UCSF Mission Bay) is based on the Lean LaunchPad Method. Teams of two or three people will use the Business Model Canvas and customer discovery to de-risk product ideas. Teams that complete the program and receive instructor endorsement are eligible for the national program, which includes grant awards of up to $50,000. UCSF affiliation is not required. Register here for the information session. Apply here for the short course. Email email@example.com with questions.
OLLIE — Online Legal Library and Information for Entrepreneurs — a resource developed by Berkeley Law, walks entrepreneurs through the process of getting a business off the ground. Topics include Business Modeling, Capitalization, Managing Risks, Entity Formation, Operational Relationships, and Permits / Licenses.
Raymond Weitekamp, Berkeley Lab researcher, Cyclotron Road founding cohort member, and CEO of polySpectra, has launched PhD to CEO, a newsletter for the physical science startup community. Raymond draws from his personal experiences to share insights, solutions and motivation that all startups and entrepreneurial researchers will find beneficial. Sign up and receive Raymond’s Five Most Common Pitfalls of Deep Tech Founders.
EVENTS AND TRAINING
Pitch Feedback Event
Apply by Oct. 3
Event is Oct. 17 at Aquatic Park Center, Berkeley
Want to know how to pitch your business? The Batchery, a Berkeley-based global incubator for seed stage entrepreneurs, is co-hosting an event with Berkeley Startup Cluster and Wareham Development to provide eight entrepreneurs with the opportunity to get feedback on their pitch. Apply by Oct. 3, 2018 to practice your pitch in front of a panel of experienced angel investors, startup executives and professional investors at Pitch Perfect on Oct. 17, 2018 at the Aquatic Park Center in West Berkeley.
SBIR Workshop in Berkeley – four sessions
Oct. 3 – Nov. 14
UC Berkeley, 177 Stanley Hall
Seeking non-dilutive federal funding for a life science startup? Instructor Gabrielle G. LeBlanc, Ph.D. walks participants through the SBIR application with the goal of preparing a complete application with the best chance of success in time for the January 5 NIH funding deadline. Tickets available.
How to Build a Resilient, Winning Team
Tuesday, Oct. 9 (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
UCSF Mission Bay, Room 212, Byers Hall
A startup’s chances of success depend critically on the people who make up the founding team. What should you think about when looking for co-founders? Learn from Lindred Greer, associate professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Professor Greer’s work focuses on the impact of team composition on intragroup conflict and team performance. Tickets available.
Oct. 16 -18
Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, CA
A platform for accelerating a clean economy, VERGE 18 convenes a high-powered audience of more than 2,500 leaders to explain scalable solutions at the intersection of technology and sustainability within clean energy, transportation and mobility and the circular economy. This year’s conference and expo includes three concurrent conferences – VERGE Circular, VERGE Energy, and VERGE Transport – dozens of inspirational plenary sessions, the solutions-focused Interconnect Expo, a 100% renewably powered microgrid, unique special programs and unparalleled networking opportunities. Tickets available.
Cleantech Open West – 2018 Awards & Innovation Showcase
Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, CA
The Cleantech Open West 2018 Awards & Innovation Showcase is an opportunity for cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, corporate sponsors, and university and government partners to showcase and award the best of the region’s early-stage cleantech ventures. This year, the capstone event will be aligned with VERGE 18. Join to meet the startups and connect with members of the Cleantech Open West community. Register by Sept. 30 and enter the code “Earlybird2018″ to receive the Early Bird discount. Tickets available.
Partnering, Business Models, & Consumer Insight at P&G
Tuesday, Nov. 27 (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
UCSF Mission Bay, Room 212, Byers Hall
Procter & Gamble maintains a strong initiative in innovation, developing new products to meet consumer needs. P&G actively seeks startups with technologies in areas of Life Science (including microbiome and aging), Chemistry, Materials Science, Smart Products (including Al) and Advanced Packaging. Join us to hear from Amy Trejo, Open Innovation Manager at P&G, about the company’s perspective and insights on innovation in consumer products. Amy has worked as part of the Corporate Open Innovation Team for the past four years, bringing the best of external technologies into P&G to accelerate and strengthen their R&D programs. Register here.
Feb. 12 & 13, 2019
Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
The Startup Grind Global Conference provides an environment where our community of startups, partners, investors, thought leaders, and worldwide directors comes together for invaluable educational content provided by world-class speakers and hours of impactful networking and partner opportunities. Whether you are looking for a co-founder, have just started your company, or are grinding and scaling by the minute, there’s something for everyone. Join us to connect with the largest startup community in the world. Tickets available.
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 First 2019 Cohort is now closed.
Cyclotron Road: The next application period opens Oct. 1, 2018.
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.