Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program that supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance a project with the potential for global impact. Since 2015, we have awarded more than $13 million to 41 fellows who have gone on to generate more than $48 million in early stage funding to support their projects.
How it works
Every year, we recruit a Cohort of entrepreneurial scientists and engineers from around the world to join Cyclotron Road. For two years, our innovators are embedded in the Berkeley research ecosystem, where we provide them funding, access to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley, and a program of intensive mentorship, education, and networking.
Our goal is simple: empower innovators to mature their ideas from concept to first product, positioning them to align with the most suitable commercial path to bring their technology to scale.
Introducing two new team members: Tom Boussie, managing director of technology, and Robert Ethier, investment director.
For its special section on innovators advancing world-changing ideas and technologies, the Times included Cyclotron Road alumna Kendra Kuhl as a climate change visionary.
Opus 12 chief science officer (and Cohort One alumna) Etosha Cave has drawn a bevy of attention recently with a feature in Ozy, a spot on the Grist 50 list, and inclusion in Vanity Fair's fantastic list of 26 women of color diversifying entrepreneurship.
We are thrilled to announce our next cohort of Cyclotron Road fellows. These 13 scientists and engineers will spend the next two years embedded at Berkeley Lab, advancing their technology innovations from promising concepts to first products.
Unless you happen to closely follow developments in polymer science, you likely missed Weitekamp’s big discovery — the one on which he founded polySpectra, a startup that is looking to make an indelible mark on 3D printing.
It’s a good question, the one that Bob Dylan once asked, about how many roads a person must walk down. Conventional wisdom tells you the paths are many, but sometimes it’s just about finding the right one. This crystallized for me with my recent stint as an executive-in-residence with Cyclotron Road.
Tandem PV (formerly Iris PV) has recently landed nearly $1 million in grants, which it is using to pilot its methods of producing perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells cheaply and at scale.
Cyclotron Road fellow Richard Wang, whose startup Cuberg enables safe, high-performance batteries for critical applications, has closed a second round of seed funding, led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures. This second round brings Cuberg’s total funding to $3.3 million in grant funding and investment to date.
Activate 2017 was the second event we’ve held to bring together our broader stakeholder community and give them a chance to hear from our innovators and engage with their vision for future technology.