CITRIS Foundry | Program
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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CITRIS Foundry accepts motivated teams with technologies that will significantly impact the world. Our facilities are set up to assist both hardware and software companies.

What we’re looking for:

Technology solutions that are original, scalable, and viable.

Founders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Affiliation with top-tier research universities including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and UCSF.

What we offer:

A 6-month incubator in our innovation program headquartered at UC Berkeley.

Expertise, mentorship, networking, and guidance to identify the best pathway to pursue your innovation.

Access to lab, co-working, and conference space, and prototyping facilities.

Define your pathway to market:

Social enterprise, non-profit, B-corps.

VC track start-up or small to medium business.

Tech transfer, tech transformation, licensing.

Expertise and support in solving unique hurdles for deep technology start-ups, small businesses, social enterprises, and technology transformation.

An international network of partners, mentors, and advisors.

Services and support in legal, banking, software, and business development.

Applications for the CITRIS Foundry Innovation Incubator are open!

Want to speak with us about your application?

Contact to schedule a meeting.

Applications for the Fall 2017 startup cohort are now closed.

Step 1: Complete the Application

Click on the “Begin Application” button above to answer a few questions about your team and your idea. Here’s what we ask:

Company Section

  • What is your company going to make?
  • What is the problem you are trying to solve, and how did you come across this problem?
  • Did this start as a research project?
  • What skill sets do you need to add to the team to complete a market-ready prototype?
  • How far along are you? (as a company)
  • What is the stage of your prototype?

Founder(s) Section

  • How did you all meet? How long have you worked together?
  • Where will the company be based?  Will all team members reside in that location?
  • Have you ever built something outside of work or school? What’s your favorite example?
  • Describe your other major obligations over the next 12 months.
  • Please upload your resume or provide a link to your LinkedIn profile.

Step 2: Submit a Prototype

Submit a concept prototype of your project in the form of a weblink. We get it: a short written description isn’t nearly enough to capture the impact of your idea. Show us a concept prototype instead. We’re pretty open minded about what can be considered a prototype, so use whatever form best conveys your team’s vision. Ideas include: videos of any prototypes you’ve created, technical drawings or animations, a website, or maybe a few sample data plots. Feel free to get creative.

Next, submit a 1 minute video introducing the founders and your company. We would like to hear your elevator pitch as well as your motivations for founding this company. Please make sure to also tell us what’s interesting about your technology.

Step 3: Interview With Us

Finalists will be asked to join us for an in-person interview at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.