Cleantech to Market


Dynamic Partnership
Cleantech to Market (C2M) is a partnership between students, scientists, engineers, and professionals to translate cleantech research into market opportunities. In the process, C2M helps develop the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders.

Researchers and Entrepreneurs

C2M first evaluates and selects promising cleantech inventions from UC Berkeley and other leading universities, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other Department of Energy labs, and existing start-ups.


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.

Cleantech Professionals

C2M supports the teams with leading cleantech industry professionals who bring deep subject matter expertise (e.g., electric grid operations, storage, economics, early stage venture). They help guide the students as speakers, mentors, and contacts. 

Innovation in Action

The result is 1,000 hours of technology evaluation and market assessment for each project. Students experience the rewards and challenges of moving cleantech to market; researchers and entrepreneurs gain valuable business feedback on their research; and professionals engage with fresh talent and new ideas.


2014 Project Summaries


Researchers and Entrepreneurs Served


Benefits to Researchers


Course FAQs


2015 Information Sessions for Team Leads:
Tues, Mar 17, 12:30 - 1:30 Cheit Hall C132



"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


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

 - Paul Wright, Director, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute


"On every criteria rigor, relevance, realism, grasp of the technical, policy, and business implications this was nowhere near good, it was great. ARPA-E has high expectations. You've exceeded them and then some."

Josh Gould, Technology-to-Market Advisor, ARPA-E