Set up shop in The Foundry's collaborative office and studio spaces while refining your designs in the CITRIS Invention Lab—a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping facility located right in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus.
Each team selected to join The Foundry receives $5,000 in cash, plus more than $25,000 worth of in-kind infrastructure and services. An additional $5,000 in funding plus in-kind resources are available to teams selected for our Challenges.
Gain access to on-demand coaching and connections from The Foundry’s extensive network of entrepreneurs and industry experts. We provide structured workshops, hardware labs, and investor pitch sessions to challenge and guide your team.
Our teams tackle big problems in industries ranging from cleantech to medical devices to consumer products. The Foundry typically accepts early-stage companies 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 10 companies that have collectively raised over $7.2 million from sources including angel and venture capital investors, crowdfunding, and federal grants. Additionally, Foundry companies have added more than $18 million to California’s economy. Our companies have received press coverage from Forbes, TechCrunch, Businessweek, CNN, and many others.
We work best with companies at the intersection of hardware and software. This often involves sensors, data, and connected devices—our sweet spot. Foundry teams receive access to the CITRIS Invention Lab's advanced fabrication tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, and PCB mills.
The 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.
We focus on companies formed out of the UC Berkeley ecosystem (CITRIS headquarters) and the other CITRIS campuses at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced. At least one founding team member must be a student, faculty member, staff, or recent alumnus from one of these campuses. Applicants for the QB3 Biotech challenge can be from UCSF as well.
A minimum $5,000 cash prize is provided to each Foundry team to develop a market-ready prototype, combined with an additional $25,000 worth of in-kind infrastructure and startup services. Additional funding and specialized resources are available for teams selected for one of our Challenges.
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.
The 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.
Your company will provide advanced services and enhanced experiences by augmenting mobile and wearable smart devices with novel sensors and platforms. Examples include non-invasive mobile health devices, biometric technologies, environmental sensing, or integrated sensory systems.
Your company is developing ultra-low power computing designs, platforms and technologies for wearable IoT (Internet of Things) with an emphasis on localized computing. Examples include ultra-low power designs of processor architecture, sub-memory systems, software stacks, or optimized power management methods.
Your company is developing robotics that provide in-home life care solutions. Examples include robotics for companionship, managing family health and life, household assistance or networking hubs or gateways for Internet of Things.
Your company is developing either: a) novel materials with heat absorbing materials and/or thermoelectric materials that go beyond the existing commercialized products or b) novel device architecture for massive heat removal in microelectronics using the existing commercialized materials.
RAISED BY OUR COMPANIES
ADDED TO CALIFORNIA'S ECONOMY
...helped us transform from research engineers to capable startup founders very quickly.
...taught us how to work with large companies and gave us advice from the customer’s perspective.
...opened up an enormous network for us!
The Foundry@CITRIS 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 best assist teams that have a hardware component to their project, but we also support software-focused solutions.
Qualifying teams must:
Include at least one member who is a student, faculty, staff, or alumnus (less than 3 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.
Teams that apply must have regular access to the Berkeley campus during the 6-month program. Our facilities, events, and resources won’t be much help if your team is unable to utilize them.
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
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 hardware you’ve created, technical drawings or animations, a website, or maybe a few sample data plots. Feel free to get creative.
Finalists will be asked to join us for an in-person interview at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
Gagan Biyani, Co-Founder and CEO, Sprig; and Co-Founder of Udemy Matt Kent, Co-Founder and Engineering Lead, Sprig Join us for refreshments...16 September, 2014