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 $60 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.
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“I’ve been a big fan of what Cyclotron Road is doing,” said former DARPA director Arati Prabhakar. “One of the big strengths is that it recognizes that there’s not a single recipe to figure out how every new insight progresses. Helping these researchers become entrepreneurs and figure out what the path is for their particular advance…that is extremely powerful.”
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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.
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