Earth Week Speaker Event
Accelerating Innovation: Physical Science Startups at Cyclotron Road
President Obama's recent announcement of "Mission Innovation" at COP21 in Paris solidified a multi-national commitment to innovate our way to sustainable energy utilization. If accelerated innovation is going to be a critical component of addressing climate change, we need new models for translating technology from the lab to the marketplace. Raymond Weitekamp, lead for the polySpectra project at the Cyclotron Road Accelerator and PhD in Chemistry from Caltech, will share his experiences as part of the first cohort of entrepreneurs at Cyclotron Road, an incubator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for early-stage startups in energy and advanced manufacturing. Specifically, he will discuss the implications of leveraging business-model-agnostic resources to dramatically change the trajectory of early-stage ventures. Finally, Raymond will give an update on his startup polySpectra, which is developing functional materials chemistry from Caltech towards applications in energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing.
Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome.