The Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) are pleased to present the Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored “Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP)”.

Each fall student teams from throughout the U.S. will apply to the Berkeley CUP. Selected teams will receive extensive cleantech mentorship, entrepreneurial training, and access to fabrication/prototyping spaces at UC Berkeley. Additionally, selected teams will benefit from the Competition’s dedicated mentors and educators; 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 and Technology (SCET), SkyDeck 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. Winning teams will advance to the DOE’s Cleantech University Prize National Conference hosted by Spark Clean Energy.

(Full Berkeley CUP website coming soon!)

9/2015 Applications Open
10/2015 Teams Selected
11/2015 Program Commences
11/20/2015 Workshop I
1/22/2016 Workshop II
2/2015 BERC Energy Summit & Winners Selected


Participants will be partnered with our expert Mentors throughout the program and provided assistance based on their unique needs and challenges.


Selected teams will compete for the $100,000 Grand Prize (and numerous other prizes!)


The program includes two Workshops that will cover a wide variety of entrepreneurial topics and draw on cleantech expertise from throughout the region.

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