General requirements:

    1. At least 50% of your team must be students (undergraduate or graduate) attending accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. or graduated within 12 months.
    2. At least 1 member of your team must be a U.S. citizen.
    3. Teams may apply from across the country. However, special attention is paid to applicants from these states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
    4. Applications should focus on advancing technologies and/or services which address the EERE’s mission (as listed on their website) and having a demonstrable impact in these areas: Energy-Saving Homes, Buildings, & Manufacturing; Renewable Power; and Sustainable Transportation.

EERE Programs and Research Areas:

Prior Investments:

  • Companies/Teams cannot have raised more than $200,000 in equity capital before entering the competition.
  • A venture attracting more than $200,000 in financial support after submission and prior to the Berkeley CUP may still participate.
  • However, in the cases of investment greater than $1 million, the Berkeley CUP and its Judging Panel reserve the right to award the top prize to the second place winners.

Other notes:

  • Innovations in technology will typically be the foundation of your application, but are not required to be patented at the time of submission.
  • Your company does not have to be incorporated at the time of application, but will need to be incorporated in order to receive the award.
  • Service businesses are also eligible if they represent either novel applications of new or existing technologies or innovative financing models.


Other questions? Please write to info@beci.berkeley.edu