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Technology-to-Market Program

The Energy Department selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop and pilot training with over a dozen partners to help cleantech startups advance prototypes into scalable products.

The Energy Department selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop and pilot training with over a dozen partners to help cleantech startups advance prototypes into scalable products.

The private sector, not government, chooses which innovations will succeed in the marketplace. Rather than funding individual technologies, the Technology-to-Market Program (Tech-to-Market) focuses on eliminating the barriers that otherwise prevent market exploration of new technologies. Tech-to-Market is working to ensure that every U.S. dollar invested in clean energy research and development (R&D) has the potential for economic return. We focus on two interrelated areas to accomplish this:

Preparing Innovations for Commercial Potential through Industry Collaboration

Many innovations never go beyond the lab, despite billions invested in clean energy R&D each year by U.S. taxpayers. Our programs bring the business mindset into the lab and the invention process, so that American-made innovations can be considered by the market. Our programs facilitate industry collaboration to both identify and adopt competitive solutions.

PROGRAMS: Lab-Corps, Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP), Build4Scale, National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE)

Lowering Barriers to Resource Access

The U.S. innovation system is a cornerstone of American competitiveness—from its top universities and robust national lab system, to an entrepreneurial culture and thriving capital markets. Yet barriers prevent the efficient alignment of these resources, stifling innovation and economic impact. Our programs lower the barriers to accessing capital and physical resources in service of sustaining America’s competitive edge and yielding economic growth.

PROGRAMS: Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV), Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR), Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program