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Cleantech Open West Offers Startup Funding

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.

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ETA’s Breunig Part of Start-up Accepted to Bay Area NSF I-Corps

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>

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Could QB3’s Entrepreneurial Bent Work on Other UC Campuses?

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>

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Biosciences Researchers Participate in Lab-Corps Program Training

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>

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How Berkeley Lab Battery Spinoff Seeo Got Acquired

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>

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Short Film Series: Who Will Buy My App?

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.

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Lab-Corps Teams Selected

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>

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Better Batteries From Berkeley Lab’s Work With Industry

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>

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Blue Current Promises Safe Lithium Batteries

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>

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Innovation & Partnerships Office Now Offers Market Research

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>

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