BECI Energy and Climate Challenge @ The Foundry
To foster the next generation of energy & climate related startups emerging from the Berkeley ecosystem, The Foundry@CITRIS and the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) have partnered to create the BECI Energy Challenge @ The Foundry. The BECI Energy Challenge will provide the resources and mentorship required to translate promising research technologies into companies. Winners of the BECI Energy Challenge will have access to the full range of benefits offered by The Foundry as well as additional support from BECI. Since development of energy technology is resource intensive, winners of the BECI Energy Challenge will receive an additional $5,000 for a total prize of $10,000.
- 6 month incubator program + 6 month extension option
- Membership to The Foundry program including all resources, space and mentorship
- Access to all Foundry workspaces, including collaborative office and studio spaces in Sutardja Dai Hall and the Downtown Berkeley Skydeck facility
- Full membership to the Invention Lab for building and testing prototypes
- Regular mentor events and educational seminars
- Connections to energy-specific mentors and investors through BECI
- Each startup receives an additional $5,000 for a total of $10,000 in seed funding from BECI
- Teams working on energy and/or climate-related technologies that include integrated digital technologies (software, hardware and/or services)
- Preference for innovative technologies or solutions with the potential to make a significant impact
- Startups must have at least one team member that is a student, faculty, staff or alumni less than three years graduated from any of the CITRIS campuses (UC Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Davis or Merced)
- Startups must apply to The Foundry through the standard application process and select the “BECI Energy & Climate Challenge” option. Applicants are first evaluated for acceptance into The Foundry, and then separately chosen for the challenge.
About the Sponsored Teams
Clairity is developing a personal air quality sensing device that wirelessly communicates with users’ smart devices. Users can check real-time exposure to particulate matter, a harmful air pollutant, with a glance at their smart device or by pressing the sensor, which will display a light indicating air quality. Similarly, users can be alerted when they encounter hazardous air quality and track cumulative exposure over time. The app will use crowdsourced data from the portable sensors to generate real-time pollution maps of cities, allowing users to search for public venues or navigation routes with low exposure. The company will also develop algorithms to predict future air-quality levels based on location.
WattTime provides data, software, and expertise that enables your smart devices to prioritize energy from clean power sources. It’s a new way to save carbon—automatically.
SimpleWater sells an electrochemical water treatment machine to small water system managers with arsenic contamination of local groundwater. Our customers have a problem and it is that existing best available arsenic treatment technologies are too expensive. We solve this problem with ArsenicVolt, a remotely operated water treatment process based on the controlled corrosion of simple iron plates with low voltage electricity. ArsenicVolt is a patented electrochemical water treatment product that cleans water from arsenic, pathogens, and other heavy metals for 60% lower cost than Best Available Technologies.
BioInspira is a startup company based on an award winning concept developed at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Our technology is a versatile sensor platform, allowing us to scale to a large number of applications. At BioInspira, we aim to provide innovative sensing solutions that improve our quality of life through a wide range of applications.