Cleantech to Market (C2M) is a partnership between graduate students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry professionals to help accelerate the commercialization of emerging cleantech. In the process, C2M also develops the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders.
C2M first identifies promising cleantech from (1) existing startups, (2) top-tier universities such as Berkeley, Stanford, Caltech, Princeton & MIT, (3) accelerators/incubators such as Cyclotron Road and the Cleantech Open, and (4) government programs such as ARPA-E and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
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.
C2M supports the teams with leading cleantech professionals who bring deep subject matter expertise (e.g., energy generation, efficiency, storage, and transportation, green chemistry, water purification, grid operations, economics, early stage venture, and much more). 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.
"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."