Berkeley Innovation Ecosystem

Entrepreneur Start-up Guide

The Berkeley CUP draws on cleantech and entrepreneurial expertise from throughout Berkeley Innovation Ecosystem, including:

The CITRIS Foundry

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society’s (CITRIS) Foundry is an applied tech incubator based at UC Berkeley that supports early stage startups developing disruptive solutions for society’s pressing needs.

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET)

The Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is one of the premiere institutions on the UC Berkeley campus for the study and practice of “technology-centric” entrepreneurship and innovation. Since 2005, SCET has created the foundation of Berkeley’s entrepreneurship ecosystem including SkyDeck, the Fung Institute, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program, Global Venture Lab, and an extensive ecosystem of Silicon Valley and Global partners (see our history).


SkyDeck combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of our research university. This robust partnership, coupled with SkyDeck’s unique mentorship program, gives startups the opportunity not only to grow their businesses, but also to launch and compete with industry leaders.

Cyclotron Road (at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL))

Cyclotron Road is a home for top entrepreneurial researchers to advance technologies until they can succeed beyond the research lab. Our purpose: support critical technology development and help identify the most suitable business models, partners, and financing mechanisms for long-term impact.

Cleantech-to-Market (C2M) (at the Haas School of Business)

Cleantech to Market (C2M) is a partnership between students, scientists, engineers, and professionals to translate cleantech research, green chemistry, and water research into market opportunities. In the process, C2M helps develop the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders.

QB3 (The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences)

QB3 harnesses the quantitative sciences of physics and engineering to unify our understanding of biological systems at all levels of complexity, from atoms and molecules to cells, tissues, and entire living organisms. QB3 scientists make discoveries that drive the development of technologies, products, and wholly new industries, ensuring that California remains competitive in the 21st century.