Dynamic Partnership
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. In the process, C2M helps develop the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders.

Scientists & Engineers

C2M first evaluates and selects promising cleantech inventions from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and beyond.


Graduate Students

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.

Energy Professionals

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. 

Innovation in Action

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.


2014 Project Summaries


2014 Project Update Slides


C2M Roles & Responsibilities


2014 Info Session Slides


"I was thrilled to work with a team of students to explore the market opportunities for my research."

 - Christine Ho, Co-Founder Imprint Energy, PhD Material Sciences 2010


"I view C2M as a highly valued partner in the shared mission of commercializing university technology."

 - Paul Wright, Director, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute


"C2M occupies a vital niche... providing campus researchers with information and insights on the critical questions to move projects closer to commercial relevance, and in-depth market analyses that inform and catalyze industry investments. Several startup companies have emerged from C2M activities, so you are an economic driver of the region as well."

 - Carol Mimura, Assistant Vice Chancellor, IPIRA, UC Berkeley