Cleantech startups can apply for the opportunity to receive world-class, tailored mentoring from experienced business experts, access to a powerful network of influencers, hands-on training, and cash prizes. Applications due May 1. For details, eligibility requirements, and an application toolkit, go to Cleantech Open West’s website.
A team including Hanna Breunig of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division was accepted into the Bay Area regional NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps), a program designed to help start-ups conduct customer discovery. Torq3, the start-up team, is developing new configurations of the Halbach Array Electric Motor to make them more powerful and energy efficient. More>
A recently introduced Assembly bill would split $66 million over three years to help UC campuses and Berkeley Lab carry innovations into the marketplace. The bill is modeled after incubator programs like UC San Francisco-based QB3, which helped raise $600 million and generate $161 million in revenue between 2000 and 2014. More>
DOE’s EERE Lab-Corps program, which aims to accelerate the transfer of clean energy technologies from the national labs to the marketplace, has announced a second round of training for entrepreneurial teams at the national labs. The Biosciences Area has two teams of researchers participating in this round of training: team BioAlchemy and team Evodia. More>
In 2003 Lab researchers Nitash Balsara and Hany Eitouni were developing an electroresponsive polymer that turned out to be not such a good artificial muscle, their original goal, but an excellent basis for a battery electrolyte—so good, in fact, that it was commercialized and recently acquired by Bosch. More>
One key difference between a technology that stays in the lab and one that reaches the marketplace is customer interest. In Episode 1 of “Who Will Buy My App?” the Lab’s MyGreenCar team gets ready to step outside the lab and test their fuel economy app’s value to consumers in a scientific way. This first of six films captures the ups and downs of the customer discovery process through DOE’s Lab-Corps Program.
IPO selected two teams for DOE’s Lab-Corps Program: MyGreenCar (Sam Saxena, Nihar Shah, Dana Hansen) and Ring Burner (Peter Therkelsen, Mike Tucker, Vi Rapp). Based on NSF’s I-Corps™, Lab-Corps helps researchers move energy-related technologies to the marketplace. More>
Private industry can more easily take advantage of Lab resources via CalCharge, a unique public-private partnership uniting California’s battery technology companies with academic and government resources. Venkat Srinivasan will discuss next-generation batteries at the AAAS conference on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. More>
Battery scientist Nitash Balsara has worked for many years trying to find a way to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries. Now he believes he has found the answer in a most unlikely material—a class of compounds that has mainly been used for industrial lubrication. His startup is called Blue Current. More>
Lab researchers can access Lux market research reports for use in grant applications, presentations, and commercialization plans through the Innovation and Partnerships Office’s subscription. Contact Bill Shelander (x4810) to request a report. More>