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"Why Some of the Most Groundbreaking Technologies Are a Bad Fit for the Silicon Valley Funding Model" Greg Satell, Harvard Business Review, April 5th, 2018


Ilan Gur, founding director of Cyclotron Road, a program that incubates advanced technologies in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, also points out that industrial technologies face a far more complex selling environment: “Compared to consumer markets, industrial technologies need to check off a lot more boxes before you go from an expressed interest to a validated market opportunity. For deeper technologies, you can’t always innovate at a venture capital cadence, where you have to get big super fast." HBR

"Berkeley Lab Program Champions Neglected Energy Entrepreneurs" James Temple, MIT Technology Review, April 26th, 2017

These are tough days for anyone hoping to commercialize an energy venture, as the federal government looks to slash research funding, and venture capitalists mostly sidestep the sector. But one refuge for energy entrepreneurs is Cyclotron Road, a cross between a fellowship program and startup incubator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, established to help turn early science into viable companies.

"Energy Entrepreneurs Chart a New Path in the Wake of the Cleantech Crash" Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune, September 29th, 2016

... a new group of big thinkers have been creating novel programs meant to help these science and engineering-based entrepreneurs build and sell their ideas, while sidestepping the land mines that have knocked down so many that have come before them. These programs have been merging various models—like the tech accelerator, the government system, and the corporate R&D lab—and come up with something entirely new. Fortune

"Raising our game in clean energy innovation" Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary of Energy,, June 23rd, 2016 logo black.gif
Researchers at Cyclotron Road are hard at work on a variety of projects that may enable us to harness renewable energy sources and make more efficient use of fossil fuels. The impressive young people working there express genuine urgency -- knowing that time is of the essence in getting their ideas out into the world. I share their sense of urgency in meeting the threat of climate challenge -- and admire their pioneering spirit!

"America's national labs seek a new ally: the neighbors" David Ferris, E&E News, Energywire, September 10th, 2015


Named after the road that connects the lab to the University of California, Berkeley, [Cyclotron Road] is a sort of incubator program meant to "spin-in" marketable ideas to the Berkeley lab, as opposed to the "spin out" represented by the licensing agreements, spinoff companies and published research by which the labs usually spread their knowledge. E&E News

"There's a new renaissance emerging for energy innovation" Katie Fehrenbacher, GigaOM, February 19th, 2015

A renaissance of creativity around developing innovations for energy has emerged in the wake of Silicon Valley’s cleantech bust in the U.S. It’s taken several years to materialize. Bolstered by a series of energy success stories, this newfound creativity has been propped up by increasingly low costs of clean energy technologies and energy storage, and has floated on a change in the political winds. ... GigaOM

"New Public-Private Partnerships for Energy Innovation Build on Record of Success" American Energy Innovation Council, February 11th, 2015

... The full value of public investments can only be realized when partnered with robust private investment in innovation. Case after case of successful U.S. energy innovation demonstrates that partnerships have been critical factors in innovation success. In reflection, this is not surprising–companies invest in energy innovation when they see market opportunities, and federal innovation investments can speed the emergence of those opportunities. More importantly, private companies do the difficult work of turning a promising idea or technology into a proven and competitive market proposition–and so provide critical feedback to the federal government’s innovation investments. ... AEIC

"An Incubator for Innovation" John Markoff, The New York Times, February 6th, 2015

... Now Dr. Gur and his colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley hope to duplicate that initial success. They have created a technology incubator program intended to support entrepreneurs from academic laboratories until their ideas are mature enough to earn financial backing from chemical or oil and gas companies, or possibly even private investors. ... New York Times

"Introducing a brand new type of R&D program for energy entrepreneurs" Katie Fehrenbacher, GigaOM, July 24th, 2014

... As the amount of funding from venture capitalists in cleantech has dwindled, new funding models have emerged from corporations, from family offices, from international investors and from these types of new accelerator hybrids. Think of Cyclotron Road as a riff on the Valley incubator program, but with the deep science and lab connection, the multiyear length, and the advisors who have been through the energy commercialization game before. If Y Combinator morphed into something actually useful for an energy-focused entrepreneur it’d be Cyclotron Road. ... GigaOM