The CITRIS Foundry provides entrepreneurs with time, resources and space to develop into venture-ready startups. As part of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS), Foundry teams will gain access to the institute’s broader innovation hub and community of experts.
Uniquely situated across multiple UC campuses, the CITRIS Foundry is ideally positioned to help new generations of innovators and entrepreneurs bridge the gap from lab to market with advanced technology that solves global challenges.
Entrepreneurs can come from any area within the IT stack including applications, software, hardware and semiconductors. Innovations can be applied through products and services for a wide variety of markets including transportation, industrial, enterprise, health, biotech, genomics, energy, climate, environment, agriculture technology and more.
Several leading law firms and university law programs offer support such as:
Banking and Funding Guidance
Technology and Research
This is a self-paced program to meet the unique needs of each team. Each entrepreneurial team will have the opportunity to develop a flexible engagement framework depending on their interests. Primary activities center around company formation, funding and banking guidance, product development, market exploration and customer discovery.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
Team Size | Team should have a minimum of two founders. Office space is available for two team members.
Type of Innovation | Team project is based on an innovation in the discipline of engineering, information technology, biological/health or physical sciences, or semiconductors.
Readiness Level | Team has developed a prototype or proof of concept of your innovation.
Intellectual property | All projects with IP developed outside of UC own that IP, regardless of affiliation with CITRIS Foundry. IP developed during the program utilizing specific UC lab facilities will
will be treated on a case-by-case basis depending on the lab facility agreement.
Affiliation | Requirements are campus-specific due to specific university facility access restrictions. Applications are currently being accepted from all CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz. At a minimum, one founder must have one of the following affiliations: current undergraduate student, graduate student, post-doc, faculty, staff and visiting scholar with current local credentials. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) founders can apply and will be accommodated at the UC Berkeley campus. Recent alumni (within the past five years) from UC Berkeley and UC Merced may apply and will be accommodated by the alumni campus.
WHAT ARE IDEAL TEAM CHARACTERISTICS?
Prepared | Ready to form a company and understand the startup, company creation and venture funding processes.
Capable | Core innovation is cutting-edge and the team’s background and technical expertise are uniquely suited for deploying it.
Readiness Level | Team is self-directed and able to utilize and access resources available through the program, broader UC ecosystem and the startup market.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Application cycle and deadline | The program accepts applications twice per year, roughly in November and May. The deadline to apply for the spring 2024 cohort is Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Start of program | Teams start in alignment with the UC Berkeley academic calendar in January/February and August/September.
Application form | Please find the application form here.
Interviews | Finalists are interviewed in a 30-minute Zoom meeting.
Orientation | Teams that are accepted are invited to the online orientation for onboarding.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS? HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST AND HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Team members who want access to the campus co-working spaces must secure the appropriate building access and or badge access requirements. The program is free with no cost to join, no equity required, and no funding offered.
WHICH CAMPUSES WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
CITRIS Foundry supports teams located on each CITRIS campus including UC Berkeley, UC Davis (and UC Davis Medical Center), UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE OF THE PROGRAM?
The CITRIS Foundry offers a one-year program that starts in alignment with the UC Berkeley academic calendar. The timeline for the two cohorts per year are listed below (dates are subject to change):