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Our goal is to help young companies grow their businesses through a supportive community of collaborators providing educational and financial support.

Caltech's Rocket Fund is a member supported granting pool that helps academic and garage innovators turn their technologies into commercial realities through financial support, entrepreneurial mentoring and education.

  • $25,000 - $100,000 in non-equity grants for cleantech and sustainability startups

  • Opportunity to work with utilities and access further funding

  • Introductions to experts in product development, scale up and manufacturing

  • Access to legal advice covering corporate structure and IP

  • Channel relationships with IN2 Wells Fargo, Shell GameChanger for securing voucher funding covering lab testing facilities and technical expertise

  • Partnering opportunities with the Electric Power Research Institute on million dollar+ grants, finding lab testing facilities, and technical expertise

  • Introductions to early stage investors

  • NEW: Introductions to accelerator programs offered by Aditya Birla and Halliburton Labs

  • Connections to incubators and accelerator programs in California

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Innovation Support Ecosystem

  • We pay for real world demonstrations designed by you, that will attract customers and investors.

  • Our funds can help you attract matching dollars from utilities or channel partners to leverage the award.

  • Our process streamlines your ability to connect with potential customers.

Student Cleantech Entrepreneur

  • $1.875 million in Awards Made
Young Entrepreneurs
Credit: Megan Gray

  • 48 Companies with $64M Total Investment

Rocket Fund metrics for success