Cleantech to Market

Energy Institute at Haas

Course Details

Course Credit

The three-unit C2M course (MBA 212) is part of the Haas Applied Innovation Initiative. The course meets at Haas two days a week with additional events outside of class. Applicants are chosen from over 20 graduate programs at UC Berkeley, including business, engineering, the sciences, law, policy, the Energy & Resources Group and many more.


Technology Applications Due February 22
Projects Selected for Fall Semester March 6
MBA's Apply for Team Lead Roles April 5
Haas Students Bid into C2M Week of April 22
Other Graduate Student Applications Due April 26
C2M Student Teams Selected May 2
Technology Evaluation & Market Assessment Fall Semester
C2M Annual Public Symposium December 6
Final Market Reports Due December 13

Time Commitment

Students are expected to spend 6 - 8 hours outside class every week. In-class time is devoted to lectures and supervised teamwork. Because C2M works on real projects for world-class scientists, attendance and time commitments are evaluated.

Key Objectives

  • Give students real world experience working with emerging energy technologies
  • Provide greater exposure for promising inventions
  • Foster connections with the cleantech business community
  • Spur the creation of new ventures and licensing or research partnerships
  • Provide market and business feedback to scientists
  • Supply scientists and technology transfer departments with useful market reports and presentation slides


  • "Tremendous learning, amazing professors, incredible network. This class was one of the reasons I decided to go to Haas and it lived up to its expectations."
  • "This class has given me access to clean energy. It helped me make the transitions MBAs are always trying to make."
  • "If you're a science or engineering Ph.D. thinking about options outside of research and are interested in cleantech and business, you can't NOT apply for this course."
  • “One of the best reasons to attend Berkeley.”
  • “No other program rivals C2M on meaningful engagement with cleantech startups.”
  • “It was a really good experience learning how to commercialize new technology – first understanding the technical hurdles, then the commercial hurdles, and then working with an interdisciplinary team to package that into a coherent story. That basically describes my current job.”