Resources for Investors and Ecosystem Partners

Intellectual property developed at Berkeley has formed the foundation of many successful companies.

The Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) and its Office of Technology Licensing work with faculty and student researchers and industry partners to commercialize Berkeley technology and provide guidance through the patent process, company formation, and financing options.

Learn more about some specific research units, projects, and programs using the links below.


Bakar Fellows Program

Fosters the entrepreneurship of early career-stage faculty in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture. On a competitive basis, Bakar Fellows are awarded discretionary research support to mature & translate their ground-breaking discoveries and innovations into commercial solutions.

Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

The mission of the BCGC is to bring about a generational transformation toward the design and use of inherently safer chemicals and materials. BCGC is building a novel academic program to advance green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship, which consists of faculty, researchers, and students in the College of Chemistry, School of Public Health, College of Engineering, College of Natural Resources, the Berkeley School of Law, and the Haas School of Business.

Berkeley Center for Law and Business

Of special interest to the Cal innovation community is the Berkeley Center for Law & Business (BCLB), Berkeley Law’s hub for rigorous, relevant, and empirically based research, education, and programming on the interrelationships of the law, business, and the economy. Their areas of focus include venture capital and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Berkeley Engineering Corporate Relations

Provides in-depth content and client services for partners of the college’s eight engineering departments and research centers.

Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

An ambitious cross-sector partnership to enable the advancement of the state-of-the-art in data science. This major initiative focuses on several levers to enhance research, methodologies and education, and will support numerous faculty, post-docs, graduate students and community activities.

Berkeley Lab - Intellectual Property Office

Transitions technologies from Berkeley Lab to the marketplace for the benefit of society and the U. S. economy by executing exclusive and non-exclusive licenses and options to Lab-developed technologies.

Berkeley Office of Vice Chancellor for Research

Offers news and info about major research initiatives, faculty experts, tech transfer, research centers, and opportunities for collaboration with Berkeley’s vast research enterprise.

Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurs Program (BPEP)

BPEP provides the postdoc and graduate community with tools, mentoring, and a platform for science/industry interaction to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.

Berkeley School of Information — Research

I-School’s research and teaching in data science and information management extend into areas as diverse as computer science, law, policy, design, social sciences, and management.

College of Chemistry Industry Relations

Information and personalized service for industry partners in support of the College of Chemistry.


UC Berkeley’s platform for crowdfunding, marketplace finance and fintech. CrowdBerkeley also hosts an annual academic symposium on the latest research in crowdfunding.

Faculty Research at the Haas School of Business

Gateway to interdisciplinary research and thought leadership from Haas faculty.

Intellectual Property & Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA)

Establishes and maintains multifaceted relationships between Berkeley researchers and private companies, including sponsored research collaborations and intellectual property commercialization. IPIRA reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and consists of two peer divisions: the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), and the Industry Alliances Office (IAO).


QB3 is the University of California's hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in life sciences. The institute supports UC researchers and empowers Bay Area entrepreneurs to launch startup companies and partner with industry.

RISElab (formerly AMPlab)

The RISELab aims to develop technologies that enable applications to interact intelligently and securely with their environment in real time.

Signatures Innovation Fellows

Supports innovative research by UC Berkeley faculty and researchers in the data science and software areas with a special focus on projects that hold commercial promise.