The BERC Energy Summit kicks off on Thursday evening, February 22nd, 2018 with the annual Innovation Expo and the Berkeley Cleantech University Prize pitch competition. See below for more details on each of these events and on how to submit your research poster for the Innovation Expo and contest.

Winners of the Cleantech University Prize and the Innovation Expo poster contest will be announced on Friday, February 23rd at the conference portion of the BERC Energy Summit. 


The Innovation Expo is a research poster exhibition and prize contest, where attendees and participants can enjoy light refreshments and drinks while learning about innovative energy research from the student researchers themselves! BERC hosts this annual event to provide undergraduate and graduate students an avenue to show off all the hard work they're doing on campus and at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Attendees range from startup founders and funders to world renowned scientists, to community members and student peers interested in learning about the fascinating energy research going on right here in Berkeley.


  • A prize pool of $5,000 will be split among the winners

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded by judges, who are varied experts in the energy field

  • There will also be an “Attendee favorite” prize, voted on by the Expo attendees

The Innovation Expo will be held in Hearst Mining Hall's beautifully restored Moore Lobby, to follow directly after the CUP pitch competition on February 22nd, 2018.


Berkeley Cleantech University Prize Pitch Competition - $50,000 Prize

The Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP) Program provides selected student Teams with 15 weeks of cleantech entrepreneurial training, focused mentoring and access to prototyping by providing access to expertise and facilities throughout the UC Berkeley Innovation Ecosystem. On February 22nd, student-based cleantech startups from throughout the U.S. Western region will pitch their innovations to a panel of expert judges as they compete for a $50,000 prize.

For more information, please visit the CUP website

Exhibit Your Research Poster

BERC will accept submissions for posters at the BERC Innovation Expo! This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your ideas, research, thesis, and project to the entire community. People from all trades of energy will be attending the poster session. From energy financiers to startup founders, from world renowned scientist to someone just curious about energy, this poster session will expose you to people from all walks of the industry, and potentially even your next employer. 

Entries are welcome from UC Berkeley students across disciplines and departments, and winners will share in a $5,000 prize pool! Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this event! Participants who submit by the early abstract deadline will receive a coaching session with one of our judges. Registration for the BERC summit is free if your poster is accepted, and we’ll even print the poster for you at no cost! More on abstract and poster specifications and eligibility, here. 

Questions? Reach out to ask!