Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of UC undergraduate and graduate students who develop solutions that address pressing social challenges.
Cleantech to Market
Cleantech to Market (C2M) is a partnership between students, scientists, engineers, and professionals to translate low-carbon energy, green chemistry, and water research into market opportunities. During the C2M cycle, C2M helps develop the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders. C2M evaluates and selects promising cleantech inventions from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and beyond. C2M then hand-selects commercialization teams comprising top UC Berkeley graduate students from over 20 programs, including business, engineering, science, law, policy, and the Energy and Resources Group.
C2M matches their academic and work experience with each project. C2M supports the teams with leading energy industry professionals who bring deep subject matter expertise (e.g., electric grid operations, biofuels economics, early stage venture). They help guide the students as speakers, mentors, and contacts. The result is 1,000 of professional technology evaluation and market assessment for each project. Students experience the rewards and challenges of moving cleantech to market; scientists and engineers gain valuable business feedback on their research; and professionals engage with fresh talent and new ideas.
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.