Activate is a nonprofit organization that partners with funders and leading research institutions to support the Activate Fellowship, a new path for entrepreneurial scientists and engineers to transform their discoveries into world-changing technologies.  Activate has fellowship programs in Berkeley, California at the Berkeley Lab and Boston, Massachusetts in partnership with MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.

EFN and Activate are outreach partners.   EFN helps promote Activate’s fellowship programs through our network.   Activate promotes EFN’s training programs to its community.

Since Activate’s launch in 2015, Activate has supported more than 50 innovators developing transformative energy, climate, and manufacturing technologies, resulting in more than 30 new companies that have collectively raised more than $100MM to support their work. The two-year Activate Fellowship provides funding, access to world-class research facilities, entrepreneurial mentorship, networking, and education.  The Activate Fellowship was developed at Cyclotron Road, a program of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

In 2019, Activate launched a second fellowship location in Boston in partnership with MIT Lincoln Laboratory.