CITRIS Foundry | Visiting Innovators
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.
uc berkeley, startup, startups, incubator, accelerator, technology, applied technology, applied tech, deep technology, hardware, software, services, entrepreneurship, entrepreneur, foundry, co-working, engineering, computer science, university of california, uc, berkeley, davis, santa cruz, merced, san francisco, citris, apply, tech, cs, eng, cohort, sutardja, dai
page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-18369,qode-quick-links-1.0,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-theme-ver-11.2,qode-theme-bridge,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.7,vc_responsive

Visiting Innovators


The Visiting Innovators Program at CITRIS Foundry enables global innovators, students, tech entrepreneurs, scientists, and researchers to embed themselves within the CITRIS Foundry for a period of 4-12 months, join our broad community and participate in our programs and activities.


Participants will enjoy all of what the CITRIS Foundry has to offer, will have access to selected UC Berkeley’s resources and services while being hosted at the Foundry, and will be able to connect to Silicon Valley’s vast networks and resources.


This immersive program develops the participants innovation mindset, innovation potential, and practical skills to move technology into market to create value and impact.


The Visiting Innovators will be embedded within the concurrent core Incubator Program. Participants can choose to join the cohort as independent teams with their own ideas/technologies, or to join existing Foundry cohort teams with whom they share common interests and goals.



Innovation Exploration - A chance to test, refine, and validate ideas and learn how to implement them for high impact

Campus Liaison - personalized support to acclimate to UC Berkeley Campus and the broader Bay Area

Mentorship - Individualized coaching in technology & product, organization & funding, target market

Access to campus classes - UC Berkeley's Sutarjda Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET), Haas Business School, other technical courses

Teaming opportunities - Work on your own project or with a current Incubator team, build community with all current and alumni teams

Co-working support - desk space within 3500 sq ft open office and necessary material resources


New ventures, such as companies and non-profits

Licensable IP

Mergers of teams and projects with larger organizations

Skilled talent, ready-for-hire



To be eligible, applicants must be sponsored by their institutions or governments. CITRIS Foundry has established partnerships with a number of global organizations to sponsor visiting innovators.


Off-campus housing will be paid by the visiting innovators or their sponsoring institute. Foundry staff will provide advice and assistance in locating and securing appropriate accommodations. 


Legal entry to the United States in required and the Foundry will help support in securing the necessary J-1 Visa. Innovators will be provided with an email address, an affiliate ID card, and access to the SDH building.


If you represent an organization or a government looking to sponsor visiting innovators from your organization or country to participate in the CITRIS Foundry Visiting Innovators Program, please contact us at


If you are an innovator, researcher, scientist, or student looking to join the CITRIS Foundry as a visiting innovator, please contact us at