Apply by September 29
Have a great, for-profit startup and proof of feasibility? Apply for SkyDeck to participate in the Berkeley Acceleration Method (BAM), SkyDeck’s proprietary, experienced-based program guiding startup teams from product story to business model and funding plan during a six-month residence. For more information, see SkyDeck’s FAQs. OPEN HOUSE Thursday, Sept. 14, 4:30 – 6 pm. Register here.
FORM + FUND Workshop Series
Throughout September – December
Pauley Ballroom, 2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
A series of interactive programs featuring leading attorneys and venture capitalists addressing critical operations, financial and legal components of starting and scaling a successful business. The final event is an investor showcase featuring presentations from Silicon Valley investors and Berkeley incubators. Priority given to entrepreneurial researchers enrolling in the complete series. Series schedule and registration form.
Wednesdays from October 4 to November 1,
2 – 5 pm,
171 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
Learn to develop a compelling, well-organized research plan that wins over reviewers. A full session will be devoted to the Specific Aim section. Other topics include filling out your budget and making the most of graphics. Register here.
EVENTS, WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
CSO: Point of the Innovation Spear (space limited)
Tuesday, September 19, noon – 1 pm
Helen Diller Building, Room 160, UCSF Mission Bay, San Francisco
Learn what the position of Chief Technology Officer or Chief Scientific Officer really entails from entrepreneur Zach Serber, Ph.D., who serves as Zymergen’s CSO. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.
IP Primer: Leveraging Patents to Launch and Build Your Business
Wednesday, September 27, noon – 1:30 pm
Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), 5885 Hollis Street, Emeryville
Seminar Rooms A&B (978-4132, 978-4134)
Learn possibilities and pitfalls facing scientists, entrepreneurs, and others seeking to translate research from the bench to consumers. Speakers Jeremiah Frueauf and Peter Jackman are directors in the Biotechnology / Chemical Group for Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, PLLC. They counsel domestic and international clients on patent procurement, product development and clearance strategies, and protection of complex worldwide patent portfolios. Berkeley Lab researchers have the opportunity to meet directly with the attorneys in a group discussion setting immediately after the presentation.
UCSF Entrepreneurship Center – Life Science Angels Mentoring Day
Thursday, September 28
UCSF Mission Hall, Room 1401 – 550 16th Street, San Francisco
A no-holds barred mentoring session offering expert business plan advice from investors in all sectors of life science and healthcare. Sign up for a 50-minute mentoring slot. Tickets are available for a meet and greet luncheon as well.
Cleantech Forum San Francisco
January 22-24, 2018
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.
Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator, a startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship center operated by the University of California, Berkeley. Next application period opens Sept. 1, 2017.
Cyclotron Road: Two years of support from concept to first product.
The next application cycle will open Oct. 1, 2017. Sign up for an informational webinar
Supported by the DOE EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office, Cyclotron Road provides two year 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 spend two years embedded at Berkeley Lab 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, along with $100k of project funds
- Training, mentorship, and networking from our program team and network of advisors
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
An Open Source Stack for Physical Science Startups by Raymond Weitekamp, polySpectra founder
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.