Science innovation takes significant risk, capital, and time. Our fellowship is designed to provide the runway, tools, knowledge, and networks innovators need to turn a promising concept into a transformative product.

How we support our fellows

Activate Fellows receive a yearly living stipend of $80,000 to $110,000 plus a health insurance stipend and travel allowance. This enables them to focus on their project full-time. Each project also receives $100,000 of research support from the host laboratory.

Bringing technology to market can be a long and lonely road. Our fellows take this journey together as part of a dynamic community of scientists, engineers, and technologists who share what they know and celebrate each other’s victories.

We facilitate connections between fellows and our broad network of industry executives, investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other experts from academia, industry, government, and finance—any of whom can serve as advisors or partners.

Fellows are able to access world-class research tools, equipment, facilities, and expertise through collaboration with the host laboratory. Fellows fully own or jointly own all intellectual property developed during their two-year fellowship term.

Our experienced team meets with fellows one-on-one on a regular basis to help develop priorities, provide guidance, and make connections to our broader network of advisors, industry experts, and investors.

Tailored for scientists and engineers and delivered on a weekly basis, our startup curriculum includes sessions on core business and product development concepts, VIP speakers, skill development workshops, and shared learning from other Activate Fellows and alumni.

Embedded in the heart of Berkeley

Our fellows are embedded in the heart of one of the world's most formidable research and innovation ecosystems. With unencumbered access to collaborations with scientists and faculty at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, fellows are able to work hand-in-hand with world-leading facilities and experts across nearly all fields of science and engineering.

What makes Berkeley special:

Transforming energy and resource-intensive industries.

Cyclotron Road supports innovators working to transform the most energy and resource intensive industries on the planet. Thanks to our sponsors, our current program supports entrepreneurial scientists and engineers who are developing technologies targeting three broad impact areas: advanced manufacturing, clean power, and electronics. All fellows receive the same programming, regardless of impact area. 

  • Advanced Manufacturing—Energy-intensive manufacturing accounts for 27 percent of total energy use worldwide and is a driver of overall economic growth. In addition, manufactured products have a significant impact on energy use in every industrial sector. Our Advanced Manufacturing track supports innovators working on advanced materials or manufacturing related energy technologies that have the potential for broad impact on the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

Sponsor: US Department of Energy EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office

  • Clean Power—Electricity production accounts for nearly 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and access to reliable, safe, and low-cost electricity is a basic requirement for a high quality of life. Our Clean Power track supports innovators working on electricity generation, distribution, or end use technologies with the potential to reduce emissions while improving the reliability, cost, and safety of the electric power sector in California and beyond.

Sponsor: California Energy Commission

  • Electronics—Electronics underpin the critical systems and infrastructure of a data-driven economy. Without transformative innovation, network connected devices are projected to constitute six percent of total electricity consumption worldwide by 2025. Our electronics track supports innovators developing new materials, devices, and systems with the potential to increase performance and reduce energy consumption in computing and electronics.

Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office

darpa logo.jpeg

Interested? Get ready to apply

We will accept applications for Cohort Six (2020-2022) in fall 2019. Click here to sign up for a webinar to learn more and view more program details.