DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) will announce a new funding round later this summer. Contact [email protected] for program details. DOE’s TCF leverages R&D funding in the applied energy programs (the Offices of Electricity, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Cybersecurity, and Nuclear Energy) to mature promising energy technologies with the potential for high impact. These funds are matched with funds from private partners to promote promising energy technologies for commercial purposes. TCF goals are to 1) increase the number of DOE national lab-developed energy technologies that graduate to commercial development and achieve commercial impact, and 2) enhance DOE’s technology transitions system with a forward-looking and competitive approach to lab-industry partnerships.
EVENTS and TRAINING
QB3 Seminar: “Drug Discovery & Development in Cancer Immunology”
Tuesday, Sept. 17 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay
Join us to learn from Dr. Ira Mellman, Vice President of Cancer Immunology at Genentech, how an understanding of the basic science can lead to the discovery and development of novel, effective therapies for cancer. Dr. Mellman will also contrast the differing approaches to R&D in industry, academia, and startups. Register here.
QB3 Biotech/Biopharma Pitch Summit
Deadline to apply: Friday, Sept. 20
UCSF Mission Bay
Are you commercializing a technology in the biotech or biopharma space? Register and apply to pitch QB3’s panel of judges (a mix of financial/strategic investors, subject matter expertise and clinicians). If among the 10 startups selected, you will be introduced to motivated investors and industry partners in a private pitch session and be eligible to be chosen to receive a range of valuable in-kind service prizes. The competition is open to early-stage life science companies (up to and including Series A investment) based in California, or with a senior leadership position based in California.
QB3 SBIR Workshop at Berkeley, Fall 2019
4 Sessions: Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
Are you working on preparing a well written and packaged SBIR or STTR proposal? Join us to learn how to effectively navigate the NIH and NSF application and review processes – including filling out your budget, Biosketch, and other forms – from Gabrielle G. Leblanc, Ph.D. Dr. Leblanc is a professional grant consultant and writer with 11 years of experience as an NIH Program Director. This workshop will focus on the Research Plan sections of NIH and NSF SBIR proposals, with one full session devoted to helping attendees craft their Specific Aims, the most important section of the application. Register here.
QB3 Seminar: “Score! How Your SBIR/STTR Application is Reviewed and Scored”
Thursday, Oct. 3 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay
The SBIR/STTR grant review process can be extremely frustrating and opaque. Learn how to navigate the process and make your application stand out from Dr. David Spellmeyer, an expert SBIR consultant. He will reveal the inner workings of an SBIR/STTR Study Section Review Panel and will cover panel composition, review assignments, meeting mechanics, critiques, and the scoring process. Register here.
QB3 Seminar: “Lessons Learned at Atreca from Founding Through IPO”
Thursday, Oct. 31 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay
Atreca develops novel therapeutics based on the human immune response. The company’s IPO raised $125 million in June. Dr. Tito Serafini, Atreca’s CEO from inception through 2018, will be sharing his insights and reflections on the company’s founding and growth. Register here.
18th Cleantech Forum San Francisco
Jan. 27 – 29
Lauded with praise from past attendees, this gathering of our global cleantech innovation community is a kick-off for the year ahead and offers unique opportunities for learning and generous amounts of networking. Meet and connect with other entrepreneurs, high level corporate and investor representatives, and innovation leaders as you participate in breakouts and parallel tracks, some plenary sessions, and more intimate, conversational-style formats and group sizes. Join and be inspired to transform your industry and drive a sustainable future across the globe. Register here.
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 2019 Cohort has closed.
Applications for Cohort Six will open this fall.
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
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. Sign up and receive Raymond’s Five Most Common Pitfalls of Deep Tech Founders.
An Open Source Stack for Physical Science Startups by Raymond Weitekamp, polySpectra founder
The QB3-Berkeley Graduate and Postdoc Career Development Office, launched in fall 2018, strengthens professional development support for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biological sciences at Berkeley. The office provides career planning resources and professional development opportunities on its website and through a Twitter account: @QB3CareerDev.
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.