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