Citris Foundry at UC Berkeley

West Coast - Bay Area

Clean Tech/Tech4Good/MedTech


The University of California, Berkeley is a public land-grant research university in Berkeley, California. Established in 1868 as the University of California, it is the state's first land-grant university and the first campus of the University of California system. Its fourteen colleges and schools offer over 350 degree programs and enroll some 31,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students. Berkeley is ranked among the world's top universities by major educational publications.


When it comes to Research, ​from expeditions to Egypt in the late 1800s to stem cell research and artificial intelligence today, Berkeley has been at the forefront of research throughout its history. Here students can work side-by-side with Nobel Laureates, Fields medal winners, Fulbright Scholars and MacArthur fellows.


Uniquely situated across multiple UC campuses, the CITRIS Foundry is ideally positioned to help new generations of innovators and entrepreneurs bridge the gap from lab to market and actualize rigorous, validated solutions to society’s biggest challenges. The Foundry’s Incubator offers guidance, education, and a home-base to de-risk entrepreneurship for early-stage founders, especially supporting those who have been historically marginalized, allowing innovators to confidently identify pathways to success and reach the next stage of development and investment for their emerging technology venture.


CITRIS FOUNDRY is part of CITRIS as one of its programs.

Citris Banatao Institute departments' focus:

  • Health Research

  • Energy

  • Robots

  • Policy Lab

  • Enterprise Innovation represented by Citris Foundry





450 Sutardja Dai Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94704


Who can apply and how long does the program last?

Tech Start-ups, or Innovative SMEs (patents granted or being granted), and Corporates can apply at any time. The program is designed to last from 18 to 24 months. 


Application Criteria

The focus of this ENRICH in the USA - Citris Foundry Landing program is on European - and from associated countries - entrepreneurs who want to develop a US venture. As long as there is a project of trying to launch a business in the SF Bay Area - no requirement of legal entity is needed. 


Visa options 

  • J-1 Trainee (up to 18 months) when available

  • J-1 Long Term Scholar (18 to 24 months renewable for up to 5 years)


For more information about the J-1 Visa, please contact us.