ACTIVATE: Fellows Information Session (Graduate Level Students)

  • Remote Access Enabled - Webinar
  • Virtual Presentation
Career Presentation

Activate is creating a new path for world-changing innovators, helping scientists and engineers whose innovations could benefit society to develop and commercialize their technology:

Fellows receive:

  • A yearly cash stipend of $80K - $110K, health and travel benefits
  • Access to world-class research facilities in Berkeley, CA and Boston, MA
  • $100K in research funding
  • A program of intensive entrepreneurial training, mentorship, and networking

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree and 4+ years post-baccalaureate scientific research, engineering, or technology development experience (e.g. PhD. or equivalent experience). 
  • Must be proposing a project based on an innovation in the physical or biological sciences, or related engineering disciplines.
  • Must not have raised more than $2,000,000 in debt or equity funding from non-governmental sources for the proposed project. 

Find out more about how to apply Here.

If interested, potential applicants can sign up to attend their next webinar on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT to learn more about the fellowship and what they can offer.

Please use this link to REGISTER

Etosha Cave —  CSO @ Opus12
→ Etosha Cave is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Opus 12 and an expert in the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels and high-value chemicals. After earning a B.S. in integrated systems engineering from Franklin W. Olin College, Cave worked at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where she serviced HVAC systems and built the laser diode for future NASA missions. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford. Cave has been an Accel Innovation Scholar, an Echoing Green Fellow, a Smithsonian Institution Innovators to Watch. In 2018, Vanity Fair named Cave one of 26 Women of Color Diversifying Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Media, and Beyond.

Opus12 has developed a device that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO₂ emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO₂ into some of the world's most critical chemical products. They can reduce the carbon footprint of the world’s heaviest emitters, while creating a new revenue stream from what is discarded today as a waste product.

Peter Frischmann  — CEO @ Sepion Technologies
Following a lifelong passion to power cars with solar energy, Pete Frischmann has devoted the past 10 years to the discovery of advanced materials for breakthrough energy technologies. In 2015 he co-founded Sepion Technologies, a California Bay-Area Startup, to commercialize ion-selective membrane products he co-invented at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab that boost the energy density, safety, and lifetime of lithium and beyond lithium batteries. His technical expertise in synthetic chemistry and self-assembly provides a unique vantage point to leverage innovative materials to solve long-standing battery problems. Through the support of the prestigious Cyclotron Road Energy Technology Incubator (now Activate) and the NSF I-Corps program, Pete has transitioned his focus from lab scientist to hardtech entrepreneurship placing him at the crossroads of technology and business development. Prior to Sepion, he was a Project Scientist at Berkeley Lab, an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Würzburg in Germany, and he holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in chemistry from Idaho State University.

Justin Briggs — CSO @ Antora
→ Justin Briggs holds a B.S. in physics from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University. During his Ph.D., Briggs studied next-generation renewable energy technology, with a focus on thermophotovoltaic energy conversion.

Antora Energy is building a low-cost thermal battery for grid-scale energy storage. By combining inexpensive thermal storage media at high temperatures with high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic energy conversion, they will support the widespread integration of renewable resources on the electricity grid.

Activate empowers entrepreneurial scientists and engineers to transform their research into world-changing products and businesses. Partnering with leading funders and research institutions, Activate supports fellows working to invent a more sustainable infrastructure for our global economy, across climate and energy, advanced manufacturing, microelectronics, and beyond. Fellows’ startups have broken world records, created new market categories, and attracted follow-on investment from top investors and corporations.

For More Information, Please Contact: 

careers@cs.cmu.edu / ece-careers@cmu.edu