Cleantech to Market (C2M ) – the First Cleantech Accelerator – is now accepting applications for 1,000 hours of free commercialization support – including the identification of early-stage market opportunities, prospective customers and partners, and funding sources – for promising innovations in low-carbon energy, green chemistry, and water technologies. C2M is a partnership between graduate students, startups, and industry professionals to help accelerate the commercialization of leading cleantech solutions. In the process, C2M also develops the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders.
C2M first identifies promising cleantech from: (1) existing startups, (2) accelerators & incubators, (3) government-sponsored programs, and (4) top-tier universities and national labs.
C2M then handpicks graduate student commercialization teams from 20+ UC Berkeley disciplines, and matches their academic/work experience and interests with each project.
C2M supports the teams with leading cleantech professionals who bring deep subject matter expertise. They help guide the students as speakers, mentors, and contacts.
The result is 1,000 hours of free technology, market, and business model assessment for each project. Students experience the rewards and challenges of taking cleantech to market; startups gain valuable market feedback on their technologies and business plans; and professionals engage with fresh talent and new ideas.