The Berkeley CUP draws on cleantech and entrepreneurial expertise from throughout Berkeley Innovation Ecosystem and beyond. Our Program Partners include:

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.

IPIRA (Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances)

UC Berkeley’s Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) was created in 2004 to provide a “one-stop shop” for industry research partners to interact with the campus. IPIRA’s mission is to establish and maintain multifaceted relationships with private companies, and thereby enhance the research enterprise of the Berkeley campus. These relationships include sponsored research collaborations, and intellectual property commercialization (sometimes referred to as technology transfer).

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE)

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) is the hub of Berkeley Law’s research and teaching on the impact of law on business and the U.S. and global economies.

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.

First Look West (FLoW) (at the California Institute of Technology )

The FLoW 2.0 program prepares students with projects aimed at making a positive contribution to environmental sustainability for entrepreneurial success. With a special emphasis on scientists and engineers, FLoW 2.0 establishes a core foundation of skills to turn ideas and technologies into products and businesses. Through our program, scientists and engineers emerge as future leaders in the business community.

Energy Excelerator

Energy Excelerator was founded in January 2013 to help startups solve the world’s energy problems starting in Hawaii and began working to support energy innovation in Hawaii through a program called Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture, which funded energy innovation with $9M of support from the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy Excelerator operates as a program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR). PICHTR was founded in 1983 to tackle the challenges of Hawaii’s oil dependency.

XLR8UH (at the University of Hawai’i )

XLR8UH educates, mentors, and invests in the University of Hawaii ‘s world-class research and talent. Our founders range from students to post docs, faculty, and alumni. XLR8UH is one of the first university investment programs in the nation to take an equity stake in the companies it invests in, revolutionizing the way innovation is commercialized at universities.

The Cleantech Open

Cleantech Open is a not-for-profit organization that runs the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups. Cleantech Open’s mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. Founded in 2005 by leaders in Silicon Valley and Boston, our organization has established itself as the leading force for accelerating clean technology entrepreneurs. Of the over 1,000 companies we have worked with in the United States alone, nearly half have gone on to raise external capital now totaling over $1B USD. A network of more than 2,000 volunteers powers this process: remarkable professionals who lend their time and expertise to entrepreneurs, facilitating the growth of the cleantech industry and the positive impact that will come from such technologies.