NEW! Energy I-Corps Cohort 7 for Spring 2018
Informational Webinar: Jan. 10, 2018 noon PST Join the webinar at https://bluejeans.com/643718036
Application deadline: Jan. 24, 2018, 2 pm PST
Contact Russell Carrington, KRCarrington@lbl.gov, x6439, if interested
Based on NSF’s I-Corps™ model, DOE’s Energy I-Corps is an immersive training experience giving national lab-based research teams the tools and training to help transition energy-related technologies into products that benefit society and the national economy. Highlights of the six-week Energy I-Corps program include
- 100-interview milestone so you have more opportunities to learn about product-market fit, the business model canvas, and the commercial potential of your technology
- Teams from all national labs so you can network with a broader group of business-minded researchers, mentors, and instructors
- $75k per team to cover your time so you don’t have to moonlight as much
Participation is limited to technologies funded by, or in the mission space of, the following program offices: Advanced Manufacturing, Bioenergy, Building Energy, Electric Grid Components/Systems/Controls, Environmental Management (all topic areas under this technology area will be considered, however, projects related to robotics and complementary technologies are of particular interest), Fuel Cells, Geothermal, Nuclear Energy, Vehicle, Water and Wind.
Applicants must commit to attending the opening and closing sessions in Golden, Colo. and all weekly webinars. For more details and session dates, read the DOE Energy I-Corps call for teams.
NEW! Bay Area NSF I-Corps Short Course
Jan. 29, 31 and Feb. 5, 6 – 9:30 pm, at Haas School of Business
Application deadline: Jan. 12, 2018
The Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps (I–Corps) one-week immersive course focuses on the Business Model Canvas, Value Propositions, and Customer Discovery — all essential to de-risking your idea and achieving product-market fit. Expect to spend 20-30 hours outside of class on customer discovery interviews. Teams that complete this course and receive instructor endorsement may qualify for the National I–Corps program and a $50k grant for customer discovery. Apply here. Questions? contact Eugene Noh.
Cleantech Forum San Francisco
Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco
Cleantech Forum is an annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offering opportunities to network, learn and get deals done. Attendees include entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, investors, and innovation leaders. Register for Cleantech Forum here. Read more about Cleantech Forum’s typical attendees and reasons to attend.
Women’s Fundraising Roundtable
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 305 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto
This 6-session program, starting in January, provides insights on key criteria to successfully raising a first or follow-on funds. There will be discussions led by women who have started their own successful firms as well as insights from various LPs. It is open to senior women VCs and experienced senior level women entrepreneurs only. Review the program and apply here.
QB3 Seminars for Life Science Entrepreneurs
Thursday, Feb. 1, 12 – 1 PM
Room N-114, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay
This seminar is for life science entrepreneurs looking for the right lab space for their companies. Speakers Ben Stern and Brandon Service from the commercial real estate firm Newmark Cornish & Carey will provide a primer for entrepreneurs. Reserve your seat here.
Feb. 1 – Mar. 29, 2018 (Six sessions, on Thursdays)
Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay
Feb. 14- Mar. 14, 2018 (Four sessions, on Wednesdays)
Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
The QB3 SBIR workshop is for entrepreneurs looking for non-dilutive federal funding to get life science startups off the ground. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from US federal agencies can provide up to $225k (Phase I) or $1.5M (Phase II) for startup R&D. Our instructors walk you through your NSF or NIH SBIR grant application to ensure you complete everything properly and submit by the April NIH or June NSF deadlines. Reserve your seat at UCSF or at UC Berkeley.
Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator, a startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship center operated by the University of California, Berkeley. The Fall 2017 application period has 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 Berkeley Lab 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:
- Berkeley Lab 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.