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CITRIS Foundry is the University of California accelerator for founders building deep technology startups. We bring extensive experience at the leading edge of university-driven innovation and entrepreneurship to guide startups and institutional partners in bridging the gap from lab to market.
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Foundry Calendar

Foundry Calendar

September 22, 2021
  • 12:30 am - 2:30 am Startup Law 102 - Berkeley Law FORM+FUND

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    Learn the basic of founders stock and founder financing, the key terms you should know, and what a "typical" process looks like when raising money from investors.

    FORM+FUND is Berkeley Law’s workshop series for Berkeley-affiliated entrepreneurs. Now in its fifth year, FORM+FUND teaches the core legal, financial, and organizational aspects of starting and scaling a venture-backed business.  Sessions may also include office hours hosted by leading Silicon Valley attorneys, entrepreneurs, and/or venture capitalists. Attendance is by registration only.

  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Foundry Forum - September


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    Hello everyone,

    You're invited to join us for our monthly Foundry Forum! This time we'll be sharing some announcements about exciting upcoming Foundry events and introducing our newest cohort. We hope to see as many of you there as possible so you all the 2021 teams can meet!

    This month's Foundry Forum Agenda:

    • Mentor mixer on 10/14 - Our first in person event in over a year!
    • An update on our Startup Showcase
    • Meet the newest Foundry cohort for Fall '21!

    We hope to see you there!

    Mikhail Holst is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    NOTE: All participants and hosts are now required to sign into a Zoom account prior to joining meetings hosted by UC Berkeley. See "How to sign into your UC Berkeley Zoom account" ( for how to sign in.

    Participants who are not eligible for a UC Berkeley-provided Zoom account can use a Zoom account provided by their institution, can create a free, consumer Zoom account (at, or can dial in via the phone.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 333 600 6333

    Join by SIP

    Join by H.323 (US West) (US East) (China) (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad) (Amsterdam Netherlands) (Germany) (Australia Sydney) (Australia Melbourne) (Hong Kong SAR) (Singapore) (Brazil) (Canada Toronto) (Canada Vancouver) (Japan Tokyo) (Japan Osaka)
    Meeting ID: 333 600 6333

September 24, 2021
  • 12:00 am - 1:00 am Big Ideas Pitch Event

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    NOTE: This will be a hybrid event. Attendees may participate either in-person (B100 Blum Hall, UC Berkeley) or virtually (via Zoom).

    About this event - RSVP HERE

    Get inspired by the most innovative social ventures being developed by student teams across the University of California system.

    The UC Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day and Awards Celebration brings together the entire UC Big Ideas community to recognize the most outstanding innovations of 2020-2021. This annual highlight of the Big Ideas Contest is an exciting event that will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about the biggest Big Ideas being developed by students from across the University of California system.

    All of the 2021 Big Ideas award-winning teams (list of projects) will be on hand to pitch their innovative ideas. The top six teams will vie for top honors and the $10,000 Grand Prize at the annual Big Ideas Grand Prize pitch competition. Following the Grand Prize pitches, seven other Big Ideas award-winning teams will quick pitch their ideas and those in attendance will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project in the People's Choice Award pitch competition.

    Winners of the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award will be recognized during the Awards Celebration remarks at the conclusion of this exciting event!

    Additional details (COVID protocols, Zoom Link) will be shared with confirmed attendees a few days prior to the event.

    2021 Grand Prize Pitch Day Teams (Project Summaries)

    BLACKBOOK UNIVERSITY: Blackbook University is a diversity, equity, and inclusion solution designed to empower Black students with tools that enable peer-to-peer connection, academic enrichment, and professional development.

    CATENA BIOSCIENCES: Catena Biosciences uses a novel protein conjugation method to bring breakthroughs in biological therapeutics, autoimmune disorders and vaccine development.

    GREEN STEEL PRINTING: Green Steel Printing is a new way to manufacture steel that completely eliminates CO2 emissions, decreases manufacturing costs, reduces waste, and increases energy efficiency.

    KOVADx: KovaDx provides an AI-based diagnostic and monitoring device for sickle cell and other hemolytic anemias combining 3D phase imaging with deep learning.

    SENDHELP: SendHelp is an AI chatbot that helps residents experiencing non-emergencies call non-police first responders quickly and easily.

    UNICADO: Unicado makes ecologically restorative seafood to protect kelp forests, commercializing purple sea urchins via aquaculture and gourmet food products.

    2021 People's Choice Pitch Day Teams (Project Summaries)

    BELONGING: Belonging creates a secure, durable, and mobile storage unit for unhoused individuals to prevent their belongings from being lost during homeless sweeps.

    DESIGNING SHELTERS FOR DIGNITY: This project renovates and revamps existing homeless shelters to foster a clean, safe, and inclusive environment.

    LACNATION: LacNation creates nutrition solutions to save the lives of preterm infants through innovations in human milk processing, packaging, and delivery.

    NURLABS: NurLabs is listening for the signals that cancer cells release to detect cancer early, when it is most treatable.

    PLASTIC2FOOD: Plastic2Food diverts hard-to-recycle plastic waste through natural processes to safely support the growth of fresh and healthy food.

    SAL-PATCH: Sal-Patch is a periodontal patch that regenerates bone and gum to reverse periodontitis-induced damage delivery through extended drug delivery to local tissues.

    SECURE-SWAP: Beat Medical has created Secure-Swap -- a cost-effective breathing tube holder that is scalable, timely, and that can make mechanical ventilation safer.

  • 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm *Foundry* Office Hours: Carr & Ferrell LLP [Legal/Strategy]

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    Office hours with counsel from Carr & Ferrell LLP 

    -- Brian Bathurst --

    Brian is Senior Counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Carr & Ferrell. Brian's experience includes patent and trademark prosecution, litigation and licensing.

    Brian has extensive experience in several technological areas including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, hardware, software and e-commerce. Prior to practicing law, Brian held positions of increasing responsibility in the biochemical manufacturing, clinical research and strategic operations groups for Genentech, Inc. Having worked on the product development and market launches of Activase®, Nutropin®, Pulmozyme®, Actimmune® and Herceptin®, Brian's biopharmaceutical clients benefit from his industry experience.

September 27, 2021
  • 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Foundry* Office Hours: Shuo Yang of Fifty Years (VC)


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    Fifty Years is an entrepreneur-run early stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco. They partner with companies that inspire. Specifically, they back companies that, if successful, will be both massively profitable and make a serious dent in achieving one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Shuo Yang is the Principal at Fifty Years and a Berkeley alum. He's also a multi-time founder with a wide breadth of industry and international experience.