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The LabStart 2024 Fellowship Application is now closed

LabStart is actively recruiting a diverse cohort of individuals - passionate about climate solutions, for a paid, year-long fellowship. During the program, fellows will work to build a startup around technologies licensed from national labs and universities.

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Learn about the Fellowship

Watch our informational webinar 

Program Overview

The LabStart Fellowship is an opportunity for you to create and launch your own climate startup with technologies you select and license from the nation’s premier research institutions.


LabStart provides funding, structured programming and mentorship with a peer cohort, access to industry networks and funding pipelines, and guidance navigating the patent licensing process.


One Year •  Cohort Based • Hybrid Program

You commit to working full-time on launching your company and we commit to making that possible! Selected entrepreneurs will convene with an in-person kickoff March 5 - 7, 2024. We anticipate 3-5 in-person events throughout the year and 6-8 virtual hours per week of LabStart curriculum, mentorship, team building, and coaching.

By the end of the program, LabStart Fellows will:

  • Incorporate a startup with a validated technology, market, and pathway to commercial success

  • Have initial licensing or copyright agreements in-hand for intellectual property of focus

  • Be competitive applicants for downstream incubators, accelerators, and public and private funding

About LabStart

Recruiting YOU - the inaugural cohort of the LabStart Fellowship - has been three years in the making. The LabStart vision is to reimagine the lab-to-market commercialization process in a way that welcomes all entrepreneurs, accelerates climate innovation, and incentivizes tech transfer accessibility and inclusion. 

LabStart and our strong partner network have developed a hybrid, startup studio program to help match market-ready climate tech with talented entrepreneurs. We build relationship and resource bridges to help underrepresented entrepreneurs, such as women, BIPOC, and rural based individuals, launch new climate companies.

Experimenting, building, and testing is what we are about. And hope you are too!


How To Apply

Step 1: Review the Informational Deck

Step 2: Decide if this is the program for you
Have questions about that? Attend one of our webinars or reach out to

Step 3: Apply! 

We encourage authentic answers that reflect your passion, drive, and potential as an entrepreneur. Review the vetted technology list in the application to determine what climate innovation inspires you most. All four application sections are presented here and explained further in the Informational Deck.

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