We built the path. You lead the way.

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The Activate Fellowship

A two-year fellowship to turn your technology concept into a product.

 
 
 
 

TWO YEARS OF FUNDING

Activate Fellows receive a yearly living stipend of $80,000 to $110,000 plus a health insurance stipend and travel allowance. This enables them to focus on their project full-time. Each project also receives $100,000 of research support at the host laboratory.

A COMMUNITY OF PEERS

Bringing technology to market can be a long and lonely road. Our fellows take this journey together as part of a dynamic community of scientists, engineers, and technologists who share what they know and celebrate each other’s victories.

AN UNRIVALED NETWORK

We facilitate connections between fellows and our broad network of industry executives, investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other experts from academia, industry, government, and finance—any of whom can serve as advisors or partners.

WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH LABS

Fellows are able to access world-class research tools, equipment, facilities, and expertise through collaboration with the host laboratory. Fellows fully own or jointly own all intellectual property developed during their two-year fellowship term.

RIGOROUS MENTORSHIP

Our experienced team meets with fellows one-on-one on a regular basis to help develop priorities, provide guidance, and make connections to our broader network of advisors, industry experts, and investors.
 

STARTUP CURRICULUM

Tailored for scientists and engineers and delivered on a weekly basis, our startup curriculum includes sessions on core business and product development concepts, VIP speakers, skill development workshops, and shared learning from other Activate Fellows and alumni.

 
 
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Locations

We operate each Activate location in partnership with a world-class host laboratory and supported by a dedicated local team. Activate Fellows embed at the host laboratory where they can collaborate with world-leading experts and access facilities to advance their project.

 
 
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Cyclotron Road

The birthplace of the Activate Fellowship, our Berkeley, CA location is hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a multiprogram science lab supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs. Activate has supported Cyclotron Road in partnership with Berkeley Lab since 2016.

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Activate Boston

Our Boston location is hosted by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a federally funded research laboratory operated for the U.S. Department of Defense by MIT. Founded in 1951, MIT Lincoln Lab pioneered the use of computers for data analysis and transformed the future of computing. Today, it continues to explore new technology applications that can help keep our nation safe and aid in international humanitarian efforts. Applications for Activate Boston will open alongside Cyclotron Road on October 1st, 2019.

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The Experience

Every innovator’s journey is unique, but the Activate Fellowship is consistent across locations: Two years spent turning a technology concept into a real-world product, with the support of a world-class research laboratory, rigorous mentorship, and a community of peers.


Tracks

 

Each track supports Activate Fellows whose projects are aligned with the mission area of one of our sponsors. In each of these areas, Activate is assembling a coalition of funders, commercial partners, industry advisers, and technical experts that can help guide your project, whatever path it takes.

 
 

TRACK 1

Advanced Manufacturing

Our Advanced Manufacturing track supports innovators working on advanced materials or manufacturing related energy technologies that have the potential for broad impact on the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

Note: You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for this track.

SPONSORED BY

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TRACK 2

Clean Power

Our Clean Power track supports innovators working on electricity generation, distribution, or end-use technologies with the potential to reduce emissions while improving the reliability, cost, and safety of the electric power sector in California and beyond.

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California Energy Commisions

State of California Energy Commission

 
 

TRACK 3

Microelectronics

Our microelectronics track supports innovators developing new materials, devices, and systems with the potential to increase performance and reduce energy consumption in computing and electronics.

Note: You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for this track; only U.S. citizens are eligible to work at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

SPONSORED BY

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TRACK 4

Climate & Environment—Open Topics

To combat climate change and protect our natural environment, humanity will need innovations that cross industries and sectors. This track is open to applicants whose technologies do not fit squarely in our other tracks but could serve this broader mission.

 

Take your next step with Activate.

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