Program History

The Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP) kicked off in 2016 as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cleantech University Prize Program. In the Department of Energy’s own words, “Cleantech UP aims to inspire the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs and innovators by providing them with competitive funding for business development and commercialization training and other educational opportunities.” The Berkeley CUP stands as one of 8 regional competitions, representing the Northwest region. For more information on the inaugural National Cleantech UP Conference & Competition, please visit the