CITRIS Foundry | Prototype + Plan + Pitch
The CITRIS Foundry is a University of California applied technology incubator based at UC Berkeley that supports early stage startups developing disruptive solutions for society’s pressing needs.
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CITRIS Foundry is the University of California accelerator for founders building transformative technology companies.

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CITRIS Foundry is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 cohort.

Applications are due September 25th, 2016 at 11:59PM

SPACE TO BUILD

Set up shop in the CITRIS Foundry's collaborative office and studio spaces on the UC Berkeley campus while refining your designs in the CITRIS Invention Lab, Marvell Nanolab or QB3 Garage located right in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus.

FUNDING & RESOURCES

Each startup selected to join the CITRIS Foundry receives $5,000 in cash, plus more than $30,000 worth of in-kind infrastructure and services.

CUSTOMIZED MENTORSHIP

Gain access to on-demand coaching and connections from the CITRIS Foundry’s extensive network of entrepreneurs and industry experts. We provide structured workshops, technical office hours, and investor pitch sessions to challenge and guide your team.

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The CITRIS Foundry helps top entrepreneurs from the University of California build transformative technology companies that make a significant impact on the world.

Our companies tackle big problems in industries ranging from cleantech to medical devices to consumer products and software. The Foundry typically accepts early-stage startups before they’ve raised money or chosen a go-to-market strategy—we help with both steps. By leveraging the incredible resources and expertise at UC Berkeley, we help launch companies that are ready to disrupt industries.   We’ve helped build 31 companies that have collectively raised over $30 million from sources including angel and venture capital investors, crowdfunding, and federal grants. Additionally, Foundry companies have added more than $70 million to California’s economy. Our companies have received press coverage from Forbes, TechCrunch, Businessweek, CNN, and many others.

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TRANFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

We work best with companies developing technology solutions built on fundamental science and engineering that are ready to move into the world . We look for disruptive solutions that are solving society’s pressing needs in existing and emerging industries . Our facilities and resources are designed to help both software and hardware startups through access to the CITRIS Invention Lab's advanced fabrication tools which include 3D printers, laser cutters, and PCB mills.

STRUCTURED PROGRAM

The CITRIS Foundry program is 6 months long, with an option to extend an additional 6 months if milestones are met. While admission is on a rolling basis, application deadlines are offered twice per year. We currently accept 5-7 teams per cohort for a total of 10-14 teams each year.

University Accelerator

We accelerate companies formed out of the University of California ecosystem with a focus the CITRIS and Northern California campuses including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced and UC San Francisco. At least one founding team member must be a student, faculty member, staff, or recent alumnus from one of these campuses.

FUNDING SUPPORT

A minimum $5,000 cash prize is provided to each Foundry team to develop a market-ready prototype, combined with an additional $30,000 worth of in-kind infrastructure and startup services.

FOUNDRY COMMUNITY

We believe in experiential education and community-based learning. Teams work side-by-side, helping each other solve common hardware and design challenges. From shared studios to Hardware Labs to “Dealer Days” feedback sessions, The Foundry is designed with community in mind.

MENTORS + INVESTORS

The CITRIS Foundry offers focused mentor sessions with experts who’ve “been there and done that” including interface design, customer identification, and manufacturing strategy. We host monthly 'board meetings’ and frequent pitch sessions with investors to refine each company’s strategy and milestones.

In exchange for all of these benefits, the University holds a 2% equity stake in each CITRIS Foundry company. More than just a return on investment, we hope this creates an alignment of interests between the University and your business over the long term. This structure also allows your company to retain all intellectual property created while utilizing the resources provided as part of the CITRIS Foundry program. Our success is tied to your success!

Interested in working with our startups? Check out our Foundry Fellows Program!

FUN FACTS

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YEAR FOUNDED

31

COMPANIES FOUNDED

30

RAISED BY OUR COMPANIES

70

ADDED TO CALIFORNIA'S ECONOMY

OUR PARTNERS

Resource Partners

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Network Partners

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The Foundry

OUR TEAM

Patrick Scaglia

Co-Founder

Peter Minor

Co-Founder

Alic Chen

Co-Founder

Julie Sammons

Director of Communications

Danielle Lauber

Program Coordinator

Eugene Noh

Partnerships Lead
FELLOWS

Kyle Clark

Foundry Fellows Program Lead

Shantanu Mittal

MBA Fellows Program Coordinator

Aakash Ranavat

MBA Fellows Program Coordinator

Steven Truong

Engineering Fellows Program Coordinator

George Kopas

Industry Fellow
CREATIVE & MEDIA

Uzma Amin

Marketing & Social Media

Cheryl Martinez

Design Specialist

Dan Chapman

Artist

Adriel Olmos

Multimedia Specialist
Emeritus & Alumni

Paul Wright

Director Emeritus, CITRIS

Jason Ogden

Foundry Fellow

Steve DeMello

Co-Founder, Emeritus

Amrit Acharya

Foundry Fellow

Christian Kaas

Head of Startup Growth & Development Programs

Quinn Shen

Engineer in Residence

Prashan Dharmasena

Engineer in Residence

Katherine Yip

Events Specialist

Andrew Lee

Marketing & Social Media

Gali Ross

Foundry Fellow

Federico Merino

Foundry Fellow

APPLY NOW

The CITRIS Foundry is looking for highly-motivated teams who are ready to make a significant impact on the world. We like ideas that are original, scalable, and financially viable. Our facilities are set up to assist both hardware and software companies.

Qualifying teams must:

Include at least one member who is a student, faculty, staff, or alumnus (less than 5 years since graduation)

Include at least one member who is affiliated with one of the four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, or UC Santa Cruz. Applicants for the QB3 Biotech challenge can be affiliated with UCSF as well.

We are physically located at UC Berkeley, but our program also supports entrepreneurs at UC Davis, Santa Cruz, Merced and San Francisco.

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The CITRIS Foundry is currently accepting applications for our Fall 2016 cohort.

Applications are due September 25th, 2016 at 11:59PM!

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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.

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.

NEWS + EVENTS

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