Announcing DOE-Sponsored $100K “Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP)”

Berkeley, CA (August 17, 2015) – UC Berkeley has been selected as one of eight national hosts for the Department of Energy (DOE) Cleantech University Prize competitions for aspiring collegiate cleantech entrepreneurs.

Each fall student teams will apply to the UC Berkeley’s annual DOE-Sponsored Cleantech UP Collegiate Competition, “The Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP)”. Selected teams will receive cleantech mentorship, access to Berkeley fabrication/prototyping spaces and entrepreneurial training. CUP will leverage the larger Berkeley Cleantech Ecosystem including world-class professionals from the Haas School of Business’s Cleantech to Market (C2M), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Cyclotron Road, the American Jobs Project (AJP), the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Foundry, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) and the BECI Energy Challenge. After four months of mentorship and training, the selected student teams will compete for the $100,000 Berkeley CUP which will be awarded in conjunction with the annual BECI Philomathia Forum and BERC Energy Summit.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) program aims to inspire the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs and innovators by providing them with competitive funding for business and commercialization training and other educational opportunities.

For further information on the Berkeley CUP Competition and Prize visit: The Berkeley Cleantech University Prize.

UC Berkeley was selected as one the DOE’s Cleantech University Prize collegiate hubs as the result of a joint proposal from the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute (BECI) and the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC). In coordination with the DOE’s Cleantech University Prize National Hub hosted by Spark Clean Energy, UC Berkeley will leverage numerous partners and existing cleantech programs to further advance collegiate cleantech entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the U.S.

“The Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP) is an exciting opportunity for students throughout the U.S. to engage with Berkeley’s innovation ecosystem as part of the greater Department of Energy initiative to stimulate collegiate cleantech entrepreneurship.” – Sean Wihera, Competition Program Director

DOE Cleantech University Prize Background
On June 26, the US Department of Energy announced the winners of the Cleantech University Prize, a $2.5 million funding program focused on commercializing new technologies that reduce carbon pollution and grow the clean energy economy. The Cleantech UP National Hub will be hosted by Spark Clean Energy, a national nonprofit focused on engaging students in clean energy, is responsible for creating a national-level prize, training student entrepreneurs, and serving as a coordinating body for energy entrepreneurship training. In addition to the national competition, eight universities will host individual collegiate competitions with cash prizes that aim to equip students with business skills to bring clean energy technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. The other DOE Cleantech UP Collegiate Competition hosts include: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Clean Energy Trust, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rice University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and University of Central Florida

About the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute (BECI)
The Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) is the coordinating hub for energy and climate research at UC Berkeley. BECI fosters collaboration between UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and other external partners. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary research by integrating science, technology, business and policy. BECI is dedicated to advancing research, innovation, and new educational programs to cultivate the next generation of energy innovators.

About the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC)
The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) is a multidisciplinary network of UC Berkeley students, alumni, faculty, industry professionals, and advisors who seek to turn world-leading research into world-changing solutions by tackling tough and timely energy and environmental challenges. More specifically, BERC’s mission is to connect, educate, and engage its members in order to foster innovation and action.

Media Contacts
Sean Wihera (Competition Program Director, BECI): swihera@berkeley.edu
John Romankiewicz (Co-President, BERC): sustainablejohn@berkeley.edu