Cleantech to Market

Energy Institute at Haas

Entrepreneurs & Researchers - Apply Now for Admission to C2M's 2017 Cohort:

  • Applications are due by 6 pm on February 28 - for more details and the application form, see C2M's FAQ page.

Dynamic Partnership

Cleantech to Market (C2M) is a partnership between graduate students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry professionals to help accellerate the commercialization of emerging cleantech. In the process, C2M also develops the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders.

  • Entrepreneurs & Researchers

    C2M first evaluates and selects promising cleantech inventions from existing startups, leading universities, and Department of Energy labs.  

  • Graduate Students

    C2M then handpicks graduate student commercialization teams from over 20 UC Berkeley disciplines, 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 professionals who bring deep subject matter expertise (e.g., batteries and related components and controls, electric grid operations, 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 taking cleantech to market; entrepreneurs and researchers gain valuable market feedback on their technologies and business plans; and professionals engage with fresh talent and new ideas.

Check out the extraordinary startups from C2M’s 2016 cohort:

  • Calwave - Harnessing the ocean’s wave energy
  • Feasible - Reducing battery costs through acoustic testing
  • Matrix Sensors - Measuring air quality & composition with new sensors
  • Nelumbo - Increasing efficiency (HVAC & more) with new coatings
  • Opus 12 - Converting CO2 into valuable materials
  • Sepion - Electrifying transportation with lighter batteries 
  • Synvitrobio - Enabling cell free bioengineering


  • "We were thrilled with the progress, understanding, and relationships that developed in the C2M program, and we highly recommend it."
    - Liam Berryman, CEO, Nelumbo
  • "The team did an amazing job of obtaining interviews with key people, resulting in productive discussions and connections with potential investors."
    - Steve Yamamoto, CEO, Matrix Sensors
  • "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, Tech to Market Advisor, ARPA-E