Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program that supports leading technology innovators as they advance a project with the potential for global impact. Since 2015, we have awarded more than $10 million to 28 innovators 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.
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.
Cyclotron Road alumni Etosha Cave, Kendra Kuhl, and Nicholas Flanders, cofounders of Opus 12, were recently highlighted in Rolling Stone's 2017 Future Issue
Cyclotron Road fellows David Bierman and Lauren Otto, and Nelumbo CEO and cofounder Liam Berryman were honored on the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list for energy.
Based on Weitekamp's PhD research under Nobel Laureate Bob Grubbs at Caltech and two-years of development supported by Cyclotron Road, COR Alpha is a 3d printing resin that aims to fill an unmet need for rugged polymers in the additive manufacturing market.
Working so closely with our innovators allows us to gain insight to the critical institutional, educational, and financial gaps they face between concept and first product. Over the coming months we will be working with several partners to pilot a number of new initiatives that are designed to address the most severe of these gaps.
Cyclotron Road innovators can now access the labs and expertise of UC Berkeley faculty in driving their scientific research toward commercial products. A newly created Visiting Entrepreneurial Research Fellows program will let entrepreneurial scientists and engineers do applied research on UC Berkeley’s Campus in collaboration with faculty, while retaining rights to commercialize the resulting inventions.