Participants will be partnered with expert Mentors throughout the program & provided assistance based on their unique needs.


Selected teams will compete for the $50,000 Grand Prize and numerous other exciting prizes! Don’t miss out on this opportunity.


A workshop that will cover a wide variety of entrepreneurial topics & draw from cleantech experts throughout the region.

What is it?

The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) is pleased to present the Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored “Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP).”

Each fall, student teams from throughout the U.S. will apply to the Berkeley CUP. Selected teams will receive extensive cleantech mentorship, entrepreneurial training, and access to fabrication/prototyping spaces at UC Berkeley. Additionally, selected teams will benefit from the Competition’s dedicated mentors and educators; including world-class professionals from the Haas School of Business’s Cleantech to Market (C2M), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Cyclotron Road, the American Jobs Project (AJP), the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Foundry, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) and SkyDeck.

After two months of mentorship and training, the selected student teams will compete for the $50,000 Berkeley CUP which will be awarded following a pitch competition in April. Winning teams will advance to the DOE’s Cleantech University Prize National Conference.

NEW for 2018! The Department of Defense is offering an additional $35,000 prize track at the national competition. The Berkeley CUP will offer an opportunity for teams to qualify to compete at nationals for this new prize.

When is it?

This year’s Berkeley CUP will be taking place at 2pm on Friday, April 13th at the Krutch Theater on UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus. Watch teams pitch their cutting-edge clean energy technology! Admission is free.

We are pleased to announce that the competition will be taking place alongside the 2018 Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference hosted by the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, where more than 40 senior experts from more than 5 countries will address the major challenges, opportunities and best practices in going 100% renewable across sectors and jurisdictions. The theme of this year’s conference is Toward Electrification In All Sectors: Getting Across the Finish Line. Register for the conference here.