Cyclotron Road is a partnership between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Activate, an independent non-profit organization. Since 2015, Berkeley Lab and Activate have supported 56 fellows who have gone on to generate more than $100 million in funding to support their work.
How it works
Every year, we recruit a cohort of entrepreneurial scientists and engineers from around the world. For two years, these innovators are embedded in the Berkeley research ecosystem, where we provide them funding, access to Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, and a program of intensive mentorship, professional development, and networking.
Our goal is simple: empower our fellows 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.
Cohort Five includes research scientists, recently minted Ph.D.’s., chemists, electrical engineers, teachers, a guitarist, a mountaineer, a classical violinist, three muay Thai practitioners and a cage fighter…
The story of how this startup was born, the path it is making for a cleaner electric grid, and why it’s already a Cyclotron Road success story.
Environmental news site Grist has included our executive director Ilan Gur on its annual list of the most inspiring innovators working on fresh solutions to the planet’s biggest problems.
Alexei Marchenkov likes a challenge. In fact, he arguably needs a challenge. Thrives on it, even.
Five Cyclotron Road fellows are named in the inaugural cohort for the GCxN accelerator, a collaboration between Shell’s GameChanger program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The cohort is developing long-term energy storage and control technologies for the energy grid of the future.
Activate is the event of our year, every year—it’s when our fellows get to shine and show the power of their innovations. This year’s event made Cyclotron Road co-founder and managing director Sebastien Lounis more optimistic than ever about our program and its future.
By displacing petroleum-derived material feedstocks with engineered, bio-based alternatives, Visolis is focused on creating renewable products for the circular economy. With key pieces of the puzzle now set in place, Visolis’s founder, Deepak “Sultan of Scale” Dugar, is moving the firm from pilot scale to mass production.
Our 2018 Impact Report takes a deep dive into some of the key progress indicators we're tracking and the impact we are making for our fellows. The bottom line: our support is enabling a new path for the development of an innovator and their idea that would otherwise not exist.
Bleximo Corp., a startup that is bringing quantum computing from the research lab to industry, has announced the close of a $1.5 million seed round.